Welcoming H2H hoop playoffs, free agents

Updated: March 19, 2008, 4:23 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
For those who casually check their ESPN fantasy basketball head-to-head teams, check a little closer this week. The playoffs are here! To quote Jim Mora, "Playoffs?" Sure, not all of you made it, but if you did and thought you'd passively make lineup decisions until the regular season ended, there's breaking news: The playoffs are here! Leave no free agent stone unturned!

Not that this was a total surprise for me. Let's just say the two ESPN teams I have that cruised into the playoffs will now be managed differently. Every game matters now. The waiver-wire moves are more critical. The decisions made on Fridays and Saturdays for the next day need to be made with more care, with an eye on taking advantage of every last statistic. I admit, for the past month or so, knowing these teams of mine weren't in jeopardy of the evil "consolation" status, I didn't make a ton of moves. Now? Time to work.