Tremendous fantasy value to be found on league's forgotten teams
It always seems strange that the star player and big market effects in the NBA carry over to fantasy basketball. In fantasy basketball, owners can choose from any of the nearly 500 active players in the league and get bombarded by stats at every turn to inform their decisions. And yet, in an output-to-ownership comparison, players in small markets and on teams without stars still seem to be at a disadvantage in fantasy leagues. However, this is one disadvantage that you can easily turn into an advantage for yourself if you are willing to give some of your attention to these teams.
The lack of national attention that Chris Bosh received on the Raptors was one of the many reasons why he left Toronto, but just because a star leaves doesn't mean there aren't still viable fantasy options on a team that rarely plays nationally televised games.
With their record setting 24-game losing streak, the Cavs are pretty much the definition of a bad team, so any half-decent fantasy player in Cleveland is probably flying under most radars. There certainly has been no shortage of opportunities for fresh faces since injuries have reduced the Cavaliers roster to a veritable "Who's Who" of guys you've never heard of.
The Pacers have been a mess this year, but at least they decided to part ways with Jim O'Brien. It's tough to support anyone who doesn't want to find a way to make Roy Hibbert work.