Fantasy Basketball: A Golden Opportunity

Dec 20, 2009

Written by Alex Woods

More and More we are beginning to see the value in playing the match-ups in fantasy basketball.  This year’s BleacherCreatureRotoTalk Fantasy Basketball strategy series has already explored the effects of playing match-ups against teams with good interior defenses in great detail. (Does It Make Sense to Sit Postup Fantasy Basketball Players Against Top Ranked Defenses?)  However, there is one match-up scenario that clearly stands out as one that must be exploited at all costs –THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.

The Warriors are by far the WORST defensive team in the league. It is amazing how good they are at making everyone look great this year.  When you see Golden State as an opponent of one of your fantasy basketball players your eyes should light up, this is a cant miss match-up that should be exploited every time.

Golden State is letting up a league worst 111 points per game.  Opponents are shooting a league best 49% against them showing that not only are they giving up ton of points, but teams are getting easy looks.

The other night Gilbert Arenas dropped 45 points, the previous game Tim Duncan went for 27 points and 15 rebounds, before that it was Thaddeus Young who went for 26 points and 14 rebounds.

The Warriors make good players look like super stars AND make bad players look like super stars too!  Even Rodney Stuckey exploded for 29 points and 7 assists last week.

Examining detailed stats from, the Warriors are letting opponents shoot 60% from the inside!  While it appears everyone is getting into the scoring fun against the Warriors, post players (like Duncan) and slashers (like Arenas and Young) seem to have the best chance of going off against Golden State.

Golden State has a light upcoming schedule over the holiday season.  However, there are some games to be played so be sure to get Memphis, New Orleans, and Phoenix players into your lineups as Don Nelson and his Warriors are handing out Holiday presents to all fantasy basketball ballers lucky enough to match-up with his no-defense squad!

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