In Yahoo! fantasy football, your team’s record is not necessarily the best indicator of how good your team is. The real benchmark is points scored.
In the NBA, net rating is a comparable stat to your fantasy team’s points scored. It can sometimes tell you more than an overall record.
Net rating = a team’s point-differential per 100 possessions, or how much a team outscores (or gets outscored by) its opponent over roughly the course of an average basketball game.
A good example of net-rating at work is the Miami Heat. They’re 17-6, which is the fourth-best record by win percentage in the league. By net rating, though, they’re at 5.3, which is eighth-best in the league, while their strength of schedule so far has been favorable. We would be willing to bet the Heat pile up a disproportionate amount of losses to their 17-6 record over the next few weeks.
Elsewhere, the graph shows how scary the Bucks, with a 12.7 net rating, have been; they’ve outscored their last six opponents by an average of 27.8 points per game.
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