Nothing to lose!

Eric Maltais




You’re way back in the standings in your fantasy league; you think you have no shot at the championship or at making the playoffs. If that’s the case, what do you do? Well, most people who aren’t in keeper leagues lose interest and just don’t bother to play anymore. But there’s another solution and while it’s a long shot, it sure is plenty of fun to go for.


Let’s face it, if you are 50 points off the pace in a typical pool or are 15 games back for a playoff spot in a head-to-head league, you have absolutely nothing to lose this season. So you might as well make the ultimate gamble and hope with all your might that it pays off.

Making the ultimate gamble means acquiring every player you can who has been a bust and whom no one else in your league wants a part of or will let go at a very low price. You want players who have the talent and at the start of the season were considered good to excellent, but are having such bad seasons that they are practically hopeless for the 2007-08 season.

You’ll have to pay a little for those players and you ‘ll have to give players who are having better seasons, but you are going for the upside here and remember, you have nothing to lose. For example, you might offer Mike Comrie for Patrick Elias, Markus Naslund for Jonathan Cheechoo or Cam Ward for Ray Emery.

You want to build your team with guys who have displayed the ability to produce in the past in the hopes that they will perform in the second half of the season.

Other players to consider include Patrick Marleau, Jason Blake, Maxim Afinogenov, Matt Carle, Thomas Vanek and Slava Kozlov.

You can also go after guys who are going through a cold spell or are dealing with injuries. Players like Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat, Simon Gagne, Zach Parise, Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk, Alexander Semin, Glenn Murray, Sheldon Souray, Dan Boyle, Bryan McCabe, Mattias Ohlund.

Some free-agents should also be available like Michael Ryder, Ladislav Nagy, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Bergeron

Of course, one of the reasons you might be so far off in your league is because you might have had too many of the players mentioned here on your roster during the first half of the season. But since you now have nothing to lose, you might as well throw all your eggs in the bust basket and hope for a turnaround.

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