Top of the Key: Power Surge

Originally Published: January 25, 2005
By Vincent Hui | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Fantasy basketball teams usually don't have a bench large enough to accommodate all the guys you want to squeeze onto one roster. In head-to-head leagues, winning teams will stream one or two of their slots and rotate guys in and out to win games. In roto, teams will always be forced to designate an expendable player who can be dropped if a random player on the waiver wire gets hot for a week and has some potential.

Fact is, there are always players on the waiver wire that could help your squad and always players on your roster you want to cut; the long-term ramifications of doing so determines your decision. Let's highlight some players on the wire with some serious long-term upside:

  • Jason Collins, NJ - Since Richard Jefferson landed on IR on January 11, Collins has put up impressive numbers: 8.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks on 40.4 percent shooting. That nearly mimics P.J. Brown's production although he's not nearly as consistent nor can he shoot free throws as well. Still it's a surprise given all the attention Nenad Kristic has received, but Collins is the better player right now due to nice hustle numbers to go along with near double-double numbers each night.