Fantasy Basketball: Find Your Championship "Through the Wire"

John LorgeSenior Writer IJanuary 12, 2009

Every season, players get hurt, start off slow, go in a slump or simply don't perform.

As fantasy owners, we get tired of dealing with these players, and when we try to trade them, it's no surprise that they have limited value.

Often times this will result in owners dropping a well-known fantasy player who's cold for one who's hot.

Is that really the best way to go?

In public leagues this year I have seen Al Harrington, Corey Maggette, Monta Ellis, Mike Dunleavy, Peja Stojakovic, Randy Foye, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Martin, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Chris Kaman, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the wire to name a team's-worth. 

You will find many of those names on the Seattle SuperSonics throughout the fantasy realm now.

Attention Fantasy Owners: Quit dropping your valuable fantasy players out of spite.

Attention Fantasy Owners: Pick up valuable fantasy players at first sight.

Sure, I had to stash Kevin Martin on my roster for nearly two months, and you may be in such a competitive league that you don't think you can afford to have an inactive roster spot.

Since coming back, Martin has been a top 25 fantasy player, and barring another injury, he will add more value to me this season then the price I had to pay to get him.

That brings up another good point, if this guy has already been hurt he's just going to get hurt again, right? 

Well, if you are afraid of that happening then trade him.  In one league I picked up Maggette then paired him with Ben Gordon and acquired Kobe Bryant.  I didn't need Gordon's 3's and I was worried about Maggette getting hurt again, now I have LeBron and Kobe on the same roster.

You can scrap your way to a fantasy title with no-namers, it's been done before.  If that's your strategy then best of luck to you.

Just remember, when you drop a proven player for the Anthony Morrows of the world, though in your eyes your team may get better, you are also opening the door for all of your competitors to advance.

Every week on fantasy sites you read a list of names to pick up, but don't get so consumed in getting the hot no-namer when it means risking a quality starter, or even a star. 

The guys on the pickup lists are often times low-level starters or bench players who had an above-average week. There is nothing to suggest that their short burst of success will be sustained.

Go and look at your league's transaction list for the year. Did you drop someone who has blown-up? Did somebody else pickup Ginobili before you did?

Is there a difference-maker you can get right now?