Fantasy Hockey: The Favorites vs The Best

Posted on December 18, 2011 by




Since I don’t want to talk about my real team today, I want to talk about  my Fantasy Hockey team experiment. It doesn’t matter how busy you are with your job, spouse, children, friends, sport team, family and everything else, you must play fantasy hockey. I suppose there are more places to play, but I signed up for two teams – one on Yahoo and one on ESPN. I’ve usually only used Yahoo, so ESPN’s fantasy hockey is new to me. It’s fine. Same as the other except for one small stat they do not have that really bothers me. Yahoo has the % started and ESPN doesn’t. You would think that was not a big deal but apparently it is since I am bugged by it.

I have two teams. One with my favorite players that has NO DUCKS, WINGS OR CANUCKS anywhere to be seen on my team. The other one has the best players I could get.  Here is my lineup:

Yahoo Team:

Rosters
Offense
Pos
Edit
Forwards/Defensemen
Opp
Status
% Started
G
A
+/-
PPG
GWG
SOG
SH%
FW
HIT
BLK
C  
(LA – C)No new player Notes
84% - - - - - - - - - -
C  
(SJ – C,LW)No new player Notes
60% - - - - - - - - - -
C  
(Was – C,LW)No new player Notes
17% - - - - - - - - - -
LW  
(Bos – C,LW)Player notes
47% - - - - - - - - - -
LW  
(TB – LW,RW)Player notes
18% - - - - - - - - - -
LW  
(Cgy – LW,RW)Player notes
@Chi 4:00 pm 35% - - - - - - - - - -
RW  
(LA – LW,RW)Player notes
59% - - - - - - - - - -
RW  
(Buf – RW)No new player Notes
28% - - - - - - - - - -
RW  
(Car – C,RW)DTDPlayer notes
@Fla 1st Intermission, 1-1 66% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(Nsh – D)New player notes
96% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(Dal – D)No new player Notes
40% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(Phi – D)Player notes
39% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(SJ – D)No new player Notes
3% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(SJ – D)No new player Notes
18% - - - - - - - - - -
D  
(Chi – D)No new player Notes
Cgy 4:00 pm 11% - - - - - - - - - -
BN  
(Pit – LW)Player notes
29% - - - - - - - - - -
BN  
(Bos – RW)No new player Notes
42% - - - - - - - - - -
BN  
(Nsh – D)No new player Notes
86% - - - - - - - - - -
S
Rosters
Goaltending
Pos
Edit
Goaltenders
Opp
Status
% Started
W
GAA
SV
SA*
SV%
SHO
G  
(Mon – G)Player notes
81% - - - - - -
G  
(Buf – G)New player notes
9% - - - - - -
Notice all the great players? Price, Marchand, Goligoski and a few Kings I could snag before they were picked. This is a really nice team. Everyone looks good on paper. Yup, I said it. My team started out absolutely abysmal. I was second to last place. Slowly, over the season I have crept up to  6th place as of today. Actually I may drop since it looks like my opponent will win this week.
Here is my ESPN team:
SKATERS DEC 18 DEC 18 SKATING RESEARCH
SLOT PLAYER, TEAM POS ACTION OPP STATUS ET GP G A +/- FOW SOG HIT BLK PPP SHP PR15 %OWN +/-
F Justin Williams, LA RW -1.02 50.5 -9.3
F Derek Stepan, NYR C 9.64 70.2 +27.8
C Matt Duchene, Col C, LW 1.91 100.0 +0
C Patrice Bergeron, Bos C 11.23 100.0 +0
LW Taylor Hall, Edm LW 0.14 100.0 +2.8
LW Brad Marchand, Bos C, LW 3.25 100.0 +0
RW Patrick Sharp, Chi LW, RW 7:00 PM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.48 100.0 +0
RW Dustin Brown, LA RW, LW 2.66 100.0 +0
D Drew Doughty, LA D 0.96 100.0 +0
D Niklas Kronwall, Det D 3.42 100.0 +0
D Brian Campbell, Fla D 1-1 15:59 2nd 1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.63 100.0 +0
D Roman Hamrlik, Wsh D -4.07 26.4 -1.2
D Dennis Seidenberg, Bos D 2.59 92.2 -0.7
D Dan Hamhuis, Van D 1.78 100.0 +0
TOTALS 1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bench Zdeno Chara, Bos D 4.50 100.0 +0
Bench Claude Giroux*, Phi RW, C  O 6.42 100.0 +0
Bench Nathan Horton, Bos RW 0.79 100.0 +0
Bench Wayne Simmonds, Phi RW 7.51 36.1 +12.3
IR
IR
GOALIES DEC 18 DEC 18 GOALTENDING RESEARCH
SLOT PLAYER, TEAM POS ACTION OPP STATUS ET GS W GA SV SO MIN GAA SV% PR15 %OWN +/-
G Jonathan Quick, LA G -9.29 100.0 +0
G Antti Niemi, SJ G 7.90 100.0 +0

I picked for the ESPN team, the next best player to come up in the draft. Pretty much like an auto draft. Guess what? I’ve been consistently in the top 4 since the start of the season.  And I even have Detroit and Vancouver guys in this line up. So many good players that I have mixed feelings about.
EXPERIMENT CONCLUSION
The team with the better players wins. Isn’t that a bitch! From now on, I will draft to win and not to like. BUT in real life, I still would not allow a Sedin, a Getzlaf or a Holmstrom on my team. No matter how good they are! As with all things in REAL life, you have to know when to draw the line. When to not sell your soul to the devil.
So the Kings are going through a bad time now. I don’t care. I’ll hang in there with my favorites just a bit longer, thank you very much!
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