Category Archives: Fantasy Hockey

Fantasy Chatter: Week 16 – Replacing Rinne & Bobrovsky and First Line Roundabouts

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The Week Ahead: Jan 26 – Feb 1

4 Game slates: ARI, MON, NASH, PIT, WASH
3 Game slates: ANA, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, PHI, STL, TB, TOR, VAN, WINN
2 Game slates: BOS, COL, LA, OTT, SJ
Back to Back games: ANA, ARI, BUF, CAR, CHI, MON, NASH, NJ, PIT, STL, TOR, WASH (x2)

By Lane Myer

In recent vintage we’ve covered first half over and underachievers as well as TTMI’s Top 50 Keeper/Dynasty League Under 25 Rankings for those fledgling teams who are looking towards next season and have no alternative other than undergoing a rebuild.

Hopefully the amount on goalie info won’t be quite as daunting and time consuming as it was this week, so we hope to concentrate on those owners in redraft leagues who are in the middle of the pack in their respective league’s standings and need to start making their move now with some high risk/high reward trade targets. By that measure we’re talking about selling high on some first half over performers and targeting first half underperformers who may be primed for a second half market correction. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 15 – Top 25 First Half Over/Underachievers & Deep Cuts: Rookie Bias Edition

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The Week Ahead: Jan 12 – Jan 18

4 Game slates: ARI, BUF, COL, DAL, DET, NYR, PHI, TB, TOR, WASH, WINN
3 Game slates: ANA, BOS, CAR, CLB, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON, NASH, NYI, OTT, PIT, SJ, STL, VAN
2 Game slates: CAL, CHI, NJ,
Back to Back games: ANA, ARI, BUF, CAR, COL, CLB, DAL, DET, MON, NASH, NYI, NYR, PHI, TB, TOR, VAN, WASH, WINN

By Lane Myer

We’ve officially reached the midway point for all but four NHL teams. That makes for a good point to reflect back on some draft maladies and which players have killed your standing. Thus here are the top 25 over and underachievers in fantasy hockey arbitrarily ranked in an undisclosed (read: highly convoluted) method that contains a mix of ADP in relation to their current ranking in standard size leagues as well as factoring in how much these particular players have probably murdered some key stat categories, again for standard category leagues.

We’ve omitted players who suffered low rankings due to injury such as Patrick Sharp or Zdeno Chara, though not a guy like Alex Semin who has been injured, healthy scratched, and terrible. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 14 – TTMI’s Keeper/Dynasty League Top 50 Under 25 Rankings

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The Week Ahead: Jan 5 – Jan 11

4 Game slates: CHI, MIN, SJ, WINN
3 Game slates: ARI, BOS, BUF, CAL, CAR, COL, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, NASH, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, STL, VAN, WASH
2 Game slates: ANA, LA, MON, PIT, TB, TOR
Back to Back games: BOS, BUF, CAL, CHI, CLB, DET, FLA, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, SJ, WASH, WINN

By Lane Myer

As we foreshadowed two weeks ago, here is our maiden entry in the keeper or dynasty league sphere. We’ve ranked the top 50 players 25 years old or younger to perhaps use as a guide for those of you in keeper or dynasty leagues that will be undergoing a rebuild, or continuing to rebuild your roster for the forthcoming seasons.

If you’re a hardcore fantasy baseball player, you may be aware of the 500 inning plateau for young starting pitchers. Meaning that around 500 innings banked at the major league level, you begin to see what a starter is capable of…on average.   Data fluctuates a bit more wildly for hockey, but among NHL level defensemen, you start to see a similar maturation around their third to fourth and into their fifth professional season. This can be seen in Hawkland with Duncan Keith who was a 30 point player in his third year. He then jumped to a 44 point player in his fourth season and then soared to an elite level in his fifth year when he recorded 69 points en route to his first Norris Trophy. It was also true for Brian Campbell who rose to a 62 point season in his fifth full season.

With forwards the data is a little trickier. Some data suggests a forward peaks at 25, while some believe it’s anywhere from age 22 to 25. This is primarily why we’re keeping our requirements at age 25. Obviously this will vary wildly in terms of age range. Max Pacioretty broke out in his fourth year, but in those previous three seasons, he accrued essentially a season and a half’s worth of games. Then you look at a guy like Joe Pavelski who spent his first seven seasons becoming a prototypical second line center only to break out as an elite level first line scorer at age 29. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 13, Down Goes Mike Smith (again), and a Favorable Blackhawks Remaining Schedule

The Week Ahead: Dec 29 – Jan 4

4 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAR, COL, DAL, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON, NASH, NJ, NYI, PHI, PIT, STL, TB, TOR
3 Game slates: ANA, ARI, CAL, CHI, CLB, DET, NYR, OTT, SJ, VAN, WASH, WINN
Back to Back games: BOS, BUF, CLB, DAL, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON(x2), NASH, NJ, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ, STL(x2), TOR

By Lane Myer

The NHL predictably ramped up the post-Christmas schedule with all 30 organ-i-zations playing at least 3 games this week. The schedule also includes a heavy dose of 4 gamers, and 19 back to back tilts. Hence it’s another good week to stream some backup goalies if you’re still in need of making up some ground in your league’s goalie counting stats.

With Montreal engaging in two sets of back to back contests this week, Dustin Tokarski would seem like the best pickup. Sadly for goalie streamers, there is already some speculation that Carey Price may be in goal for both back to back nights to open the week given that Montreal has had almost a week off, and Price has started all 10 of Montreal’s December games. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 12, Leddy Drives and Netting a Timeshare in Winnipeg

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The Week Ahead: Dec 22 – 28

3 Game slates: ANA, ARI, NASH, PIT, WASH
2 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, CET, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, SJ, STL, TB, TOR, VAN, WIN
1 Game slates: MON
Back to Back games: ANA, ARI, NASH, PIT, WASH

By Lane Myer

This holiday week will obviously be a slow one in fantasyland with only five clubs set to play more than two games. If your head-to-head league scores this week as one stand alone week, make sure you have enough starts in goal to meet your weekly minimum requirement. If you play in a league where rosters lock on Monday, it’s a good week to sit all Montreal players you own in lieu of their one game schedule. If you need to add a goalie start off the wire for the week, the backup situation is pretty light given the choices of Bryzgalov, Dubnyk, Hutton, Greiss or Justin Peters.   On paper the best bet may have been Thomas Greiss who would seem a good choice to face Florida while Fleury grabs the Lightning matchup the following night, but Greiss was ill this past week and has undergone testing for mumps. So he may not even be available. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Inaugural Mailbag, Neal vs Hornqvist, Waiver wire; 2011 Draft Edition

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The Week Ahead: Dec 15 – 21

4 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAR, NJ, OTT, PHI, TB, TOR
3 Game slates: ANA, CAL, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON, NYI, NYR, PITT, STL, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: ARI, NASH, SJ, VAN
Back to Back games:
ANA, BOS, BUFF(twice), CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, TB(twice), TOR

By Lane Myer

* NOTE: it’s a heavier than normal Sunday schedule this week which translates to a number of Saturday & Sunday back to back scenarios which can be beneficial to those looking to stream some backup goalies.

In these here, lean fantasy hockey news times, we’ll reach into the tattered burlap TTMI Fantasy Chatter mailbag* and address a letter or one. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: The Wire; Raanta Time?, Ekblad Shines and Stephen Weiss is….Add-able?

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The Week Ahead: Week 10, Dec 8 – 14

4 Game slates: CAL, CHI, EDM, LA, NJ, TOR
3 Game slates: ANA, BUF, CAR, COL, CLB, DET, FLA, MIN, NASH, NYI, NYR, PHI, PIT, SJ, STL, TB, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: ARI, BOS, DAL, MON, OTT, VAN
Back to Back games: ANA, CAL, CHI, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, NJ, NYR, PIT, TOR(twice)

By Lane Myer

As mentioned some ten weeks ago, we weren’t going to cover much in the realm of keeper or dynasty leagues here at TTMI. I haven’t participated in a hockey keeper league in four years. For whatever reason, at least here in the US, not only are they not real popular, but it’s nearly impossible to get more than five owners to make a concerted effort in a keeper hockey league all season.   It’s difficult enough to maintain five or six seasonally active owners in a basic 10 or 12 redraft league for that matter. Having less than 75% engaged all season long in a keeper or dynasty league makes for an awful league. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Crawford’s Ascension; Domers Unite

The Week Ahead: Week 9, Dec 1-7

4 Game slates: ANA, ARI, BOS, DET, FLA, MON, OTT, SJ, TB, VAN
3 Game slates: BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, EDM, LA, NASH, NJ, NYI, PHI, PIT, STL, TOR, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: MIN, NYR
Back to Back game slates: ARI, BOS, CHI, COL, DET, FLA, MON, OTT, PHI, SJ, STL, TB, VAN

By Lane Myer

Back to a normal schedule for the week, but if you’ve forgotten to drop those goalie streamers it’s time to check the aforementioned back to back games for this week. If you picked up Dubnyk or Tokarski it might work out for one more week as the Coyotes face the Oilers and Flames in back to back games, while Carey Price will almost assuredly receive the start against the Hawks with Tokarski perhaps grabbing the start in Dallas the following night. If you are still desperate for some goalie counting stats, Calvin Pickard presents that opportunity with Colorado facing back to back games with the Flames and Jets. Al Montoya could get the first of the back to backs, and the more favorable matchup against the Jackets in Columbus while Detroit looms the following night for perhaps Luongo’s return. Alex Stalock returns from the IR with back to back matchups against the Calgary and Edmonton to close the forthcoming weekend. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 8 double-down, bad goalies, a Dubnyk and a Klingberg

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THE WEEK AHEAD: WEEK 8, NOV 24 – NOV 30

4 Game slates: DET, MIN, NYI, OTT, PHI, PITT
3 Game slates: ANA, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, EDM, FLA, LA, NASH, NJ, NYR, STL, VAN, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: ARI, BOS, MON, SJ, TB, TOR
Back to Back Games: ANA, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, EDM, LA, MIN, MON, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, PIT, STL, WASH, WINN

By Lane Myer

Chris Block, TTMI overlord, has added an extra comma to my paycheck. Thus, beginning this week we will be adding back to back games to the Week Ahead schedule. Now is the opportune time to do so as this week’s schedule will see an unusually high number of back to back games due to the real American Thanksgiving providing a slew of Friday and Saturday back to back contests. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 7 – Pacing Yourself & the Waiver Wire: East Coast Bias Edition

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The Week Ahead: Week 7, Nov 17 – Nov 23

4 Game slates: ARI, MON, NYR, STL, TB
3 Game slates: ANA, BOS, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, NASH, NJ, NYI, PHI, PIT, SJ, TOR, VAN, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: COL, MIN, OTT

By Lane Myer

Chasing points stinks.   You’re fully aware of this because chasing wins from goalies in fantasy hockey or W’s from starting pitchers in fantasy baseball can be maddening. One of the follies fantasy hockey players might run into at this time of the year, at least for those of you in standard roto leagues (where there are games played limitations), is balancing chasing those points and trying to maintain your league’s games played pace. It’s even more difficult to restrain yourself if you find your drafted heroes well behind the leaders in your league’s current standings. Read more »

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