Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”
Caller: “I need some assistance – I am at risk of not winning my fantasy hockey playoffs!”
Changing seasons. Changes in the fall are signified with leaves changing colors and staggering temperature changes. Changes in your fantasy hockey perspective are influenced by several sources. Do you go with your instincts based on past performance or attractive potential? There are too many sources for research via the tools available today such as podcasts, sites, television commentary, as well as the constant opinions like the home of your league pool. Which way do you turn for the best advice?
If you read one Exchange Rate this year, this one I deem the most important. After years of playing fantasy sports, the best advice I can give is to use the eye test. Everyone in this industry is just guessing, whether they admit it or not. They can base it on analytics focusing on past performance to try and steer you to the right choices, but the ultimate decision is yours. Watch some games, especially involving players you have interest in adding or dropping. The eye test will solidify your perception or give you a reason to have doubt. The final call is always yours.
Playing the waiver wire along with taking advantage of favorable schedules can boost your roster into the playoffs.
Here are some free agent options that may be available in your pool:
(Own % as of Friday Oct. 24th in Yahoo leagues)
|Tom Wilson||WAS||73||Scoring along with big hit totals|
|Cody Glass||VEG||11||Look for an uptick in points, good young talent|
|Kaapo Kakko||NYR||58||Be the owner when the scoring comes|
|Ryan Dzingel||CAR||24||Quietly 6 pts in 7 games|
|Marcus Pettersson||PIT||5||Gaining coach’s confidence|
|Hampus Lindholm||ANA||10||Leads Ducks in assists, used on top pairing|
|Alex Goligoski||ARI||13||Deeper league add|
|McKenzie Blackwood||NJ||28||Back from illness, goalies getting scarce to find|
|Robin Lehner||CHI||57||Clearly outplaying Crawford, look for more starts|
Schedule advantage Week 5 Oct. 28-Nov 3:
- 4 games: CAL, VAN
- 2 games, 7 teams: BOS, LAK, NYI, NYR, PIT, TOR, VEG
- 1 game, 1 team: OTT
Looking further ahead to Week 6:
- 4 games, 12 teams: ARI, BOS, CHI, DET, EDM, NYR, NJ, OTT, PHI, TOR, VAN, VEG
- 2 games, 5 teams: ANA, BUF, DAL, TB, WAS
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