RULES: INTRODUCTION

The popularity of fantasy games has grown tremendously in the last decade. The ability of the Web to deliver immediate sports statistics takes interaction with the sporting world to a whole new level, increasing the enjoyment of fantasy games by providing a more personal experience for sports fans of all ages and intensities. In every facet of the game -- engineering, design, technical & customer support, price, content, customer interaction and overall enjoyment -- our goal at ESPN Fantasy Games is to provide members with the ultimate fantasy gaming experience. If you have any questions regarding our Fantasy Basketball game, we are here for you every day of the week, 365 days a year! Our Customer Care team stands ready to assist you. We can be reached at 1-888-549-ESPN.

What are Fantasy Games?
Fantasy games are a way for individuals to compete against each other to see who has the best managerial skills in any given sport. Although fantasy football is traditionally considered the most popular of all fantasy games, fantasy basketball has developed a very passionate following, with thousands of new users discovering the thrill and excitement of the game each year.

The first order of business in creating any fantasy league is collecting team owners. As team owners, individuals draft real-life professional players to be members of their respective fantasy teams. The statistics these players generate in their real games are collected, and fantasy points are awarded based on these statistics -- the better a player performs, the more fantasy points he accrues for his owner's team. In fantasy basketball, these points determine a winner in either a rotisserie, points-based or head-to-head league, the latter featuring weekly match-ups between the league's teams. The team that accumulates the most points or victories over the course of the season -- and in the case of head-to-head prevails in the postseason -- is declared the league winner.

What is Fantasy Basketball?
ESPN.com's Fantasy Basketball (FBA) is as close as anyone but Mark Cuban will come to owning franchise and becoming the team's manager, owner and president. All decisions are yours to make. Each team owner is supplied with all of the tools -- multiple draft methods, unlimited waivers and trades, free agency, an all-empowering commissioner, chat rooms, league bulletin boards, player statistics, etc. In other words, everything needed to build a championship team.

Statistical reports, expert analysis and up-to-date feature articles from ESPN.com editors are readily available to keep owners informed. Armed with this information, owners are free to create the team of their dreams. To win, an owner has to be crafty, as each team competes directly with nine other owners who are equally determined to come out on top. Owners can choose who they compete against and are free to join a league at their own level of competition.

Like the race for the final NBA playoff spot, the league title could be determined on the very last day of the season in rotisserie leagues. For head-to-head scoring, the top four teams in each league will play each other in the playoffs, conducted during the final weeks of the NBA regular season. The remaining teams compete in the consolation bracket. Regardless of your regular season record, your team is guaranteed to play every week of the NBA season.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2010?

  • New live draft app: For both Snake and Auction drafts! The new flash-based app has improved displays, expanded stats and more stability.
  • Watch lists: The most requested feature in our feedback forums. You now have the ability to track, or "watch", players not on your own team.
  • Charts in player cards: (Coming Soon) This new tab gives you graphical representation of a player performance over the course of the season.
  • H2H Acquisition Limits: This season the system enforces a maximum number of acquisitions allowed per head-to-head matchup.
  • 2009 Champion and ESPN Insider Leagues: These new league settings only allows members who qualify to join them.