League Player Injuries
Injuries are a sad reality in all sports and an even sadder one for fantasy hockey leagues. While you dread even the thought of your superstar going down with an injury, you must be prepared for the possibility. If you can, stash his backup on your bench. He will probably be available late in the draft or maybe even in free agency. That way, you can replace your injured star with someone who will play every day. He will not score as many fantasy points for your team, of course. But he will have the opportunity and may play well enough to keep your team afloat until the superstar comes back.
Average Draft Position (ADP)
If a player has an ADP lower than the selection you are thinking of using on him, then that player has value. Every other draft had selected him sooner. But if the number is higher, then he was drafted in the later rounds in every other draft your site has hosted. That means you can probably wait to pick him up. You are not going to pay attention to the ADP in the first few rounds of the draft. But it is something you should be aware of in the later rounds. It can be a useful tool in helping you decide when or if you should take someone.
Trades give you a chance to improve your roster. But if done poorly or without thinking them through, they can also destroy your roster. To acquire someone of value you will need to offer someone of value. The hardest part about trades is knowing when to pull the trigger. When do you trade the surprising rookie or the resurgent veteran? It is all about value. Now, if you are being offered someone you perceive to have more value, make the trade before the other player comes to their senses.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire
Other than trades, the waiver wire is the only other option to improve your roster during the season. The trick is figuring out when to pick someone up. Just because a player does great one week does not mean they will do so the next. The waiver wire is like rolling the dice. How do you know if a player is worth picking up? This is where data comes into play. If you have a player you can drop (and not miss), you can add someone off the wire. Stash him on your roster until you feel confident enough to put him in your lineup.
Fantasy Hockey Sleeps
Sleepers can turn a good fantasy hockey team into a great one but recognizing them can be challenging. A good sleeper will be someone who has not performed at a high level in the past or not throughout a full season. This could be due to injury or because they were playing behind someone better. The best sleepers are typically younger players. They’re athletes that have played well when given the opportunity but have yet to make it into their team’s regular rotation. Sleepers will usually be a starter in the coming season.
The format of your league is vital. It’ll impact how you manage your roster during the season and ultimately your fantasy hockey strategy. In head-to-head leagues, your team will face off against another team each week. Whoever has the highest score at the end of the week will be the winner. Playoff seeding will be decided according to how many wins you have during your league’s regular season. In such leagues, when drafting and managing your team, your focus needs to be on having the best players possible in every position. Having the best goalies will not matter if your defense and forwards are subpar.
In a rotisseries league, teams are ranked from first to last in each statistical category according to how they produce. At the end of the season, teams are awarded points according to their rank in each category which is then totaled up to decide the winner. This format allows players some flexibility when it comes to drafting and managing their team. If you want a team that performs well in every category, you can. But if you want one that dominates some categories but struggles in others, that is an option. Having a team that performs well but doesn’t dominate in any category can also win. But so could a team that dominates in some while struggling in others. It’s all about finding value in the stats.