5 Key’s to Playoff Success in Fantasy Hockey.

Every fantasy hockey league is diverse and has a plethora of stat categories and rules to consider. Here are five tips to give you a competitive edge for your run to championship glory!

  1. Check the schedule. Obviously right?! But it can be the difference between winning and losing so hear me out. This week in Yahoo fantasy leagues which typically run from Sunday-Sunday, there are two teams who play five games (Nashville and Carolina) ,eighteen playing four games and ten teams playing three games. Now I am not saying drop a superstar for a bad player on a team that plays five games but it might be beneficial to drop one of your fringe players for someone who can give you similar stats for more games.
  2. Really check the schedule: It is also important to look at when each game is played. Most teams in the NHL have a fairly even schedule for the entire week, but that is not always the case. The Buffalo Sabres demonstrate this playing two games early in the week and then not playing until Sunday. This means that you can play these players for the first two games and still pick up another player who plays more games later in the week maximizing your possible stats for the week. That begin said, be careful as any player you decide to drop can be claimed by an opponent in the future. Weigh the cost and make the appropriate decision- for better or for worse.
  3. Avoid emotional attachment to players that have brought you this far: Having the best fantasy team does not guarantee you a championship, not even close! Holding onto players that are going through a bad stretch could be your fantasy downfall. In my league, I wanted to hold onto Corey Perry because I believed if I held onto him long enough he was going to catch fire and put up the goals we all expect from him, but once the playoffs started it was time for me to finally part ways with him and pick up another player (although I might have to drop his replacement Coyle as well) who could potentially give me a boost.Granted, it is hard to predict who is going to get hot so it is more important to grab players who are preforming rather than holding onto players who have a higher ceiling.
  4. Play the Man:  Make sure you are playing against your specific counterpart. Check the stat categories during the week and pick up players that will benefit specific categories you need to win. An example from last week: I picked up Justin Braun from San Jose and dropped Cam Fowler in the process. Braun, although not the best shot blocker available played two games and helped me win this category when a player like Kris Russell would have only played one game.
  5. Keep Moves Available: Every league has different rules about how many moves (adds/drops) have throughout the year. If you happen to be in a league such as mine that has a limit on moves it becomes important to make sure that you save these moves for the playoffs. I am not saying that you need to save every single move but it is important to have at least 10 available before entering the playoffs. Every single man game is important  this time of year and not having moves can severely cripple your team, potentially causing you to lose. I was fortunate enough to play against an opponent that did not have any moves left on his team and that is the only reason I was able to win.

Although there are tips that I did not highlight, these are some key things to note if you want to dominate in your fantasy leagues. If you have any other tips comment on my Facebook page.

Sincerely

The Welshman

 

 

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Didn’t make the Playoffs? No worries you can still make moves that matter for your team.

Unlike the actual NHL season most fantasy leagues start their playoffs either this week or the week previous. Before I talk about playoff strategy it is important to note that if you are currently in a league that allows for fantasy franchises to keep players your season is not over. If you do not know what I mean I will quickly explain. Now in my league (League of Shadows) we are allowed to have three different keepers of any specific league. Any competitive league that players are apart of will most likely have keeper players as well. Now as significant players get injured within the next few weeks fantasy GM’s will have to make decisions on whether they want to drop the player and pick somebody up off of free agency in order to try and continue to win. Seeing as there must be a reason that you as a franchise did not make the playoffs there is a significantly high chance that you might get to improve your keeper list without have to pay any draft picks for the following season if you stay vigilant.

Now this being said I believe that it is important for league officials to monitor every transaction that happens at this point in order to make sure that it is legitimate as it does effect the upcoming draft and studs that may have been available to other teams in the draft could be stolen away. You might not understand exactly what I am saying so I will be more clear. Most leagues are run with groups of friends which means that it might seem Acceptable for collusion of dropping players to happen once a team has been eliminated from the playoffs. Meaning that once a team is eliminated they do not have any other use for players who are not in their keepers list. This might prompt them to want to help a team which is less fortunate as it seems like their will or would be no consequences. However it is important to maintain a certain integrity as a league and therefore it is important to have a commissioner that is active and willing to look into these kind of transactions. I have heard some horror stories about some commissioner and what they have done with their leagues and although I give him a hard time am extremely grateful that my league has a really good set of commissioners.

 

If you have any questions or other tips about what you should do once you are eliminated from the playoffs comment on here or my Facebook page.