How To Finally Win Your Fantasy League

Daniel RibakContributor IOctober 14, 2008

If only you could win every fantasy league you did, life would be great.  There are a lot of people out there saying to themselves, "Why can't I just win one already!".  Well, that's where I come in hand. Lets get down to business.  There is always a key to winning a fantasy league, and that is going an entire year without any injuries.  Wouldn't that be nice?  To start off, ALWAYS and i mean ALWAYS have your fantasy draft after the preseason is over, you ask why?  Well I'm sure all the people who drafted Amare Stoudemire in the first round in 2005 will tell you why.  During preseason on October 12, 2005, Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery to repair damage to his injured left knee.  That news gave all the Stoudemire owners' indigestion.  That is why you always have your draft after preseason is complete, to avoid injuries.  However, avoiding injuries is only a piece of the puzzle in winning your fantasy league.  You must know the players, and who is going to sneak up on people and breakout.  For example, in the 2005-06 season if I asked you who was Kevin Martin, you would have said, "You mean Kenyon Martin, right?" Wrong. In the 2005-06 season Kevin Martin averaged 10.8 points per game, and I bet hardly anyone knew who he was.  The following year Martin's points per game went up 9.4 points. That's almost 10 points more then he averaged last year!  My hat goes off to all the owner's who snatched him late in their 2006-07 fantasy drafts.  You must of done your homework.  Those are the sort of things that can win you your leagues, finding out who will have a breakout year and keeping it a secret.  These are some of the player's that will make fantasy owner's wishing they had drafted.



Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) - Wow.  If I were to ask you who averaged 19 points and 17 assists (no this is not a typo) in the final three games of the regular season last year, who would you have said? If you said Ramon Sessions, you would have been right. Point guard Mo Williams has moved on to join Lebron James in Cleveland, leaving the Bucks point guard job in question between Ramon Sessions and Luke Ridnour.  You should keep an eye on this situation, because if Sessions wins the point guard job be sure to snatch him.

Chris Duhon(New York Knicks)-  With a new team and a new style of offense Chris Duhon should do much better in New York then he did in Chicago. Playing alongside of Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, and Quentin Richardson, Duhon should rack up the assists in bunches. Look for him in your drafts in need of assists.

Marcus Williams(Golden State Warriors)- With the Nets, Williams did not get a lot of playing time, due to injuries and with having to be Jason Kidd's backup. However, now in Golden State and with the injury to Monta Ellis.  William's fantasy value is rising by the moment.  With the Warriors run and gun offense and the injury to Ellis, Marcus will show the Warriors what he can do.  With plenty of playing time it would be wise to use a draft pick on him.
Francisco Garcia, John Salmons(Sacramento Kings)- With the departure of Ron Artest, Garcia and Salmons will play major roles with the Kings. Garcia proved to be a force last year averaging 16.4 points per game in 20 games as a starter. On the other hand, last year in 41 games without Ron Artest, Salmons averaged 17.5 points in 38.1 minutes per game.  Be sure to draft both of these player's in your upcomming draft.  These player's are also eligible at the Guard position.

Thaddeus Young(Philadelphia 76ers)- With a brand new toy in Elton Brand, Young's numbers should rise, he played very well last year as a rookie.  He averaged 12 points during the last 12 games of the regular season and played very well in the first round of the playoffs against the tough Detriot Pistons.  His numbers should only get better this year, especially with defenders worrying about Elton Brand. 

Kenyon Martin(Denver Nuggets)- With defensive force Marcus Camby moving to L.A, the Nuggets are desperately going to need a low post presence and K-Mart will be their guy.  I know he is getting up their in age but he did have a decent year last year by averaging 12.4 points 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks and it can only help his fantasy production with Camby moving to another team.

Matt Barnes(Phoenix Suns) Barnes played very well at times in Golden State and now with the Suns he is a player to keep an eye on. Even with a new coach, the suns offense should remain in a high tempo, and it is always a good thing by having Steve Nash at point. 

Kevin Love(Minnesota Timberwolves)- Love has to have the highest basketball IQ out of all the rookies.  He can shoot rebound and can pass the ball very well for a center and that's hard to come by.  He is also playing alongside Al Jefferson and that's only a plus.  Consider him as a number 2 center
Josh Boone(New Jersey Nets)- With Nenad Krstic going to play in Russia, Boone is the man in the middle for the Nets.  As a sophomore last year, Boone averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds.  Last year he had 19 games where he grabbed 11 or more rebounds.  If you need a center by the end of your draft, Boone could be that guy.
Marc Gasol(Memphis Grizzles)- He will get his playing time in Memphis, as there is not a lot of competition to be won.  Last year he was the MVP of the ACB League in Spain, averaging 16 points 8 rebounds and 2 blocks a game. He knows how to play the game. This year averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds with a block a game is not out of the question, and that is fine for a number 2 center.