We have one KL member who hasn't played with the scoring system we're going to this year and there may be some from the ABA so I wanted to post some hints on the scoring system.

First, and the reason most of us like this system so much, is it uses a head-to-head matchup system for games and those matchups directly correlate to the NBA's 82-game season.

Unlike the system we used last year, players' scores from different games are not added for a weekly result. In this system there will be 56 regular-season and 26 playoff games.

The way this works is each players fantasy scores will be added to league games in a direct correlation with their NBA team's games. That means that Eddy Curry's Fantasy Game 1 score will come from the Knicks' first regular season game. His Fantasy Game 10 score will come from the Knicks' 10th regular season game, and so on.

To utilize the scoring you really need to have a handle on two things - lineup deadline and setting lineups. The deadline for setting the lineup for each fantasy game is the first NBA game that correlates to that fantasy game.

To illustrate: If the first NBA game is next Tuesday night at 7 p.m., then that's the deadline for your lineup to be set for game 1. It doesn't matter that you may have a player whose team doesn't play its first game until Thursday - the entire lineup needs to be set by Tuesday. Any change in lineups after that date will be credited to Game 2. Later in the season you can have players with as much as a 10-day gap between when you set lineups and when they may actually play - that's the way this game is set up and if Sacramento's playing Game 30 on January 10 and Boston plays it on January 20, you'll have 10 days to find out how much Kevin Garnett's Game 30 score will count.

Next is lineups.

The important thing about lineups is you want to figure out what's the best 240 minutes your team can put out there. Anything after that is irrelevent. Games are scored by taking 48 center minutes, 96 forward minutes and 96 guard minutes. OT adds on another 25 minutes but I won't bring that up here.

If you have a 2-position player, the position he's listed at FIRST in your lineup is where his fantasy points are scored first. Frex, I have Carlos Boozer, a C/F. If I list him in the lineup as a C/F his points will first be scored at center - any leftover points as forward. However if I list him as F/C the reverse is true.

I'll use my lineup to(hopefully) show how this works:

I will probably look to set my lineup something like this:

C - Okur - 40 minutes played - all 40 will go at center
C/F - Boozer - 38 minutes played - 8 will go to center, 30 to forward
F - James - 42 minutes - all 42 at forward
F - Smith - 32 minutes - 24 points will count, the other 8 won't count
G - Bibby - 38 minutes - all go to guard
F/G - Johnson - 42 minutes - since all forward minutes are full, 42 go to guard
F - McDyess - 30 minutes played - don't count
F - Nocioni - 30 minutes played - don't count
C/F - Abdur Rahim - 26 minutes played - don't count
G - Robinson - 24 minutes played - 16 go to guard, the rest don't count
G/F Garcia - 18 minutes played - don't count

Now in reality, I'm stronger and deeper at forward than guard so I'd probably list Joe Johnson at G/F rather than F/G - I have other high-producing forwards. McDyess was nearly a 1 fantasy point per minute player last year while Nate Robinson was both lower and very erratic. I want JJ's minutes at guard. Also, if Boozer got hurt there's no reason I need a C/F 2nd in the lineup. If SAR is scoring, say, .80 while Dice and Nocioni are both higher, by leaving him where he is I'd still get the 8 center minutes but not have the lower production at forward.

The best way, for me anyway, to figure out what's the best lineup is just to switch things around and run the math. Multiply the players' minutes played by FPPM and look at different lineups for the best point total. This game can reward the team with a bunch of backups who give you decent production in small minutes. Players like Bobby Jackson and Alonzo Mourning have been great players under this system in the past. They may only play 20 minutes but if they score 25 in those 20 they may help you more than a starter who averages 40 mpg and scores 30.

This reads confusing and probably is - it always takes a little while to figure it out. There's also a description of how the scoring works on the sports.ws site. Hopefully some other vets can fill in any blanks I've left - or help clear up any confusion.