Did you know that one of the best ways to win money online these days isn’t just sports betting, it’s with fantasy basketball? That’s because there are tons of different ways to enter big tournaments that can all provide you with great prizes. These tournaments are made up of loads of different fantasy teams and can win you money based on how well your team performs against everyone else’s team. In this article, we’re going to look at how these fantasy tournaments work, as well as how to win some actual money with them. That means building the best fantasy team.

For a while now, the only way to make real money with sports online was via betting. People love sites offering online basketball betting because they’re a great way to get live odds and all sorts of other markets.

However, these aren’t the only options. Actually, in many states online betting like that is actually banned. But in many more states you CAN actually still make money from sports online, and that’s with fantasy.

Jan 16, 2020; New York, New York, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio (11) shoots the ball over New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

These fantasy games work by giving you a budget to build a team for that day’s basketball. Other sports are also available.

You then build the best team possible and see how it performs against all the other teams.

The tournaments work a lot like poker tournaments, if you’re familiar with them. The biggest prize goes to the first place team, while smaller prizes are awarded to the top 10 or 20% of finishers (normally).

You team will get points based on how your players perform in real basketball matches. You’ll score points for assists, 3 pointers, steals, rebounds and overall points, amongst other things.

Fantasy basketball tips

Now you know the basics, you probably want to know how to build the best fantasy basketball team for that day’s action.

Start by looking at the Vegas odds. These will let you know what the high scoring games are going to be. You want to score as many points as possible, so target players from offensive teams who are expected to sore a lot.

Another thing to look at is defense vs position stats. These will tell you which teams give up a lot of points to certain positions. Try and fill your team with the best matchups in this area.

Jan 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Have a look at injury news and try and get some bargain players in your team. People who might normally be bench players but have been promoted to the first team can be underpriced.

Always make sure you check lineups before tip off, even if you built your team earlier. You don’t want any players to be removed. Make sure every player in your team is set to play. Now you can sit back and enjoy the day’s basketball while following all your teams. Hopefully you’ll win big! You can throw up a few cheap teams to try and cover more bases, or go all in on one lineup.