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02/11/2014 11:01 am ET | Updated Apr 13, 2014

Already Missing Fantasy Football? Give Fantasy Basketball a Shot

With the NFL season now over, most fantasy football players feel that their fantasy sports year is done until draft time next August. What many don't realize is that fantasy basketball is growing significantly in popularity and can actually be even more fun than fantasy football.

The best thing about fantasy basketball is that there are games every night. Even a slow night in the NBA has two games and they're usually on national TV. Now you don't have to wait a week between games. You also get the same rush of setting your lineup as you would in NFL leagues, but you can do it every day if you want to.

For many, this can actually be a turnoff because they don't want the hassle of having to set a lineup each day. That's where daily fantasy basketball leagues come in. Daily fantasy sports allow you to only play on days that you want. If you want to take a day, a week, or even a month off, not a problem, there are no consequences in the daily fantasy world. You can join new leagues every day and those leagues end once the NBA games for the night are over.

On daily fantasy sites, such as DraftStreet.com, NBA leagues are extremely popular. In 2013, there was actually more prize money awarded in daily NBA leagues than any other sport including NFL.

The strategy behind fantasy basketball has its share of similarities and differences from football. Like with football, you want to look for good matchups - players going against weak defenses or opponents who defend their particular position poorly.

The one major factor in basketball, rarely accounted for in football, is minutes played. You want to avoid players who may be in a blowout and not get a lot of playing time as a result and look for players who recently saw an increase in court time, due to an injured teammate or because their coach have more confidence in them. The value gained from a significant increase in minutes far outweighs any other value in fantasy basketball when evaluating on a one-night basis.

One of the best differences about fantasy basketball is the scoreboard watching. Unlike other sports, fantasy points are being scored every few seconds by all players, as long as they are on the court. Fantasy production doesn't depend on a player's team having the ball or being at bat.

A shared commonality between fantasy football and basketball is the potential for fun. While the NBA season has just hit the halfway point, with 1,230 regular season games, it's worth giving it a shot and you don't have to wait until Sunday every week to enjoy the games!