Anyone ever had an accident-prone friend? Growing up I had a friend, Matt, who seemed to ALWAYS get hurt. He accumulated well over 100 stitches before the end of elementary school, and if it wasn’t him getting hurt, it was me. Matt and I were both good athletes and worked well together, but I had to get some chemistry with other players, because I never knew when I would have him in the lineup or not, due to how often he got injured. So I understand exactly what every Houston Rockets player goes through with this Yao Ming saga. He plays limited minutes, puts up pedestrian numbers, and doesn’t play back-to-backs. He’s out for at least a week with a leg injury and he’s still 74% owned in all Yahoo leagues.
If you were drinking during your live draft and selected Yao, like I was, you feel stupid, like I do right now. I keep telling myself “you can’t save them all Hasselhoff,” but still I am ashamed of this poor selection, and my fiancee calling me in the middle of my live draft asking me about wedding colors also didn’t help me concentrate either. But anyone who’s married or in a serious relationship knows telling your significant other that you are unable to talk due to fantasy sports is a form of suicide. So I take responsibility; it’s the cross I bear for love, which is a slight decrease in fantasy prowess.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t heed my warning now. Trade or drop Yao Ming. I know, you drafted him and you hate to let him go, but he will never be what he once was. If you can find some poor schmuck in your league who needs a center and you can get a decent guard in return trade him. If not, find another center. This may be a difficult task if you are in a deep league of 12 teams or more, but if you were smart and drafted more centers than you thought you needed, which by the way I recommend, than you can afford to pick up any position to fill your roster out. Rewind really quickly back to drafting more centers, I know it’s a little late for draft advice, but in the future draft centers when they are available. You can always find a breakout guard or forward during the season that can at least give you 3-pointers, or steals or some category that justifies you picking them up. Centers, on the other hand, are more of a premium. There are very few elite centers anymore that do it all. You either settle for the defensive center who blocks shots and rebounds, or you get the scoring center who is a weak defender and average glass-cleaner. You draft an extra center or two and you have some room to breathe. Also when others are thin at center on their rosters they may be willing to give up a better guard player to fill that need, of which you can reap the benefits.
I know it may be hard, but you need to let Yao go. He’s more unreliable than a workaholic father telling his son he’ll make it to his little league game. Even though you have that hope that he’ll come through, he’ll more than likely disappoint you in the end.
About the Author
Written by Trevor Stewart
I am a sports geek who loves all sports. Miraculously, a woman has agreed to marry me, knowing full well sports are my obsession, so I got lucky there. I graduated from Biola University with my Bachelor's in Journalism in May and I am looking to break into the sports journalism industry. I currently am a reporter for the Voice in Hickman, Nebraska. I think it was Confucius that said "If you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life." That's what working in sports would feel like for me.