Dobber Hockey

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Joe Thornton is a stud, Tyler Johnson a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 8 days ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Ian Gooding has been the associate editor for DobberHockey since early 2015.

    Knowing that not all teams have played the same number of games, you can target and deploy players from teams that have more games down the stretch. Sometimes fantasy leagues are won and lost by the slimmest of margins, so even slight advantages matter.

    For example the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs all lead the league with 34 games remaining after the All-Star break. Maybe this is a good time to target John Tavares, who happens to be just outside the top 50 in scoring at the moment.

    The Chicago Blackhawks have the least number of games with 29, followed by the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues with 30. You probably don’t want to part with Patrick Kane in a non-keeper given the rate he has been scoring, but what if there was a sweet return being offered to you?

    Petr Mrazek (18-9-4, 2.03 GAA, .932 SV%)

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Tempering those Jonathan Drouin expectations

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 16 days ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    In September Jonathan Drouin was drafted on average 169th in 30-percent of Yahoo Leagues. Today he’s still owned in 17-percent of leagues as fantasy owners cling to hope. And right now their eyes are lighting up at the prospect of Drouin being traded to another team. He’ll go to this new team, get plunked on the first line with the team’s resident superstar and then Drouin will proceed to end the campaign with 35 points in his last 35 games. Right?

    Come on.

    Drouin played over 76-perfent of his even-strength shifts with Steven Stamkos and another 12-percent with Nikita Kucherov. He saw 37.9-percent of Tampa’s available power-play time during his 19 games this season with them – and in the first nine games that number was closer to 50-percent. So this magical new team is going to find better linemates than Stamkos?

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Anze Kopitar, Kris Letang and NHL's quarter-season stars

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 23 days ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey  back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    Just past the midpoint of the 2015-16 campaign and Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are still soaring atop the scoring leader board. But are they really still dominating the way they were early on? While they were 1-2-3 in the first 21 games, things are a little different in the games played since then. From November 24 onward, Kane was still tops. Benn was third in scoring for both the first quarter and the second quarter. Seguin went from second to 13th.

    In a quick little project where I wanted to look at how Los Angeles forward (and soon to be very rich man) Anze Kopitar ranks if you broke down the season-to-date, I ended up looking at…well, everyone.

    Here are the Top 16 players who improved their production the most in the second quarter as opposed to the first.

    I ran these reports (two of them) using the Frozen Pool tools.

    Here are the biggest drops in production, same ranges:

    Studs…

    Duds…

    The Wire...

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Being cautious with offers of newly-traded players

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Tom Collins is a senior writer at DobberHockey.

    Anytime a trade is made in the NHL, you can bet that fantasy owners are itching to get their mitts on those players. New scene, new chance, fresh start, crap like that. Blah blah blah. Caught up in the hype, perhaps you think you should overpay to acquire Seth Jones and Ryan Johansen. Or maybe the other GM has sent trade offers looking to cash in with those players off.

    These proposals are looking to rip you off. Yes, Jones stands to be wildly successful in Columbus. And yes, Johansen stands to be wildly successful in any non-Tortorella city Nashville. But if the other owner is coming to you – they won’t exactly be offering you a discount.

    A player's fantasy value spikes after a trade, even if his production doesn't follow suit. Think of the fantasy value of guys like Phil Kessel and Cam Talbot in the days after their trades last summer. Buying high on them has brought you a lot of pain so far. Yes, I went there.

     

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Jeff Skinner is a stud, Colton Parayko a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    The Phil Kessel trade signaled not only guaranteed fantasy success to any top Penguins, but also maybe the end of the Penguins’ recent playoff woes. Just plug in Kessel with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and watch the points stream in on your fantasy roster. Even picking up a Penguins’ fourth liner seemed like a good idea during your draft.

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey  back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    But who would have thought that none of Kessel, Crosby, and Kris Letang would be top-100 ranked players in Yahoo by mid-December? Yet here we are, with many a fantasy owner hoping that Mike Sullivan can do what Mike Johnston couldn’t: construct an offense that doesn’t sit in the bottom half of the league. Expected to improve on the league’s 19th-ranked offense last season, the Penguins have sunk all the way to 25th in that category.

    Hopefully you’ve diversified your fantasy portfolio so that you’re not heavily concentrated on Penguins. But if not, maybe this coaching change will save your season.

    Duds...

    The Wire...

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why you should own Granlund and Nichushkin

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey  back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.  

    So since last week’s little rant about the Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Tampa Bay stars starting off slow, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have awakened. And the Triplets line for the Lightning are back healthy and on the same line again. Stay patient!

    Roto-leaguers are usually looking for replacements on the blue line when they look to the waiver wire. A decent forward is, in most formats, easier to find than a decent defenseman. However, if your league counts hits and blocked shots, there may be something there for you. But you won’t find them looking at the season-to-date stats – instead look at recent history. Here are the top defensemen for hits and blocked shots over the last three weeks, courtesy of DobberHockey’s tools.

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Somebody wake these guys up – their fantasy owners are counting on them...

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Patrick Marleau is a stud, Taylor Hall is a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey  back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.  

    Raise your hands if you’re surprised by who is leading your fantasy league right now. Now put your hand down in case someone is watching. But the reality is, the standings are a bit of a shocker in a lot of leagues for the simple fact that the Pittsburgh Penguins stars, the Anaheim Ducks stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning stars are underachieving in a big way. You’re starting to see the market correction finally begin, but for the most part these players are killing fantasy owners that clustered much of their strategy to building around those three NHL squads. So far, my preseason projections are looking like the weakest in several years. I can only take solace in the fact that I’m in the same boat as all the other prognosticators.

    Notably absent – Jack Eichel, who has just three points in his last 10 games.

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks... 

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Evgeni Malkin is a stud, Mark Giordano is a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    While you’re wolfing down your turkey, hold your phone just underneath the table so nobody can see you scroll down the following chart. The following is the Top 25 players of the past two weeks based on simply ranking them in each roto-league category and then tallying up the score. Not very scientific, but a nice, quick and dirty snapshot of how things are going. This report is one of many you can run for free over at the Frozen Pool section of the DobberHockey website:

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Somebody wake these guys up – their fantasy owners are counting on them...

    The “all-defensemen” version this week.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why James Reimer is a stud, Radim Vrbata is a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    It’s mid-November – a time in which winter has not yet hit some regions of North America. But some fantasy studs have been stuck in a goal-scoring deep freeze all season long.

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    Ryan Getzlaf finally scored his first goal of the season on Monday. Jakub Voracek finally ended his season-long goal-scoring drought last Saturday. What about Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash, and Ryan Johansen, who we know are paid to score? How about a lousy two goals for each of these snipers!? How long must fantasy owners sit and be patient for these guys to break out of their funk? After all, ordinary players with one or two goals might find themselves back on the waiver wire by now. You’ve got a league to dominate so you need to get this thing turned around before it’s too late!

    Studs...

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (18-8-7-15, minus-2, 6 PIM, 47 SOG, 3 PPPts)

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Yes, your world is crumbling (Connor McDavid edition)

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 3 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 (November 5, 2005 to be precise – 10th anniversary today!) and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    The last 48 hours have borne witness to a plethora of injuries. Connor McDavid…and thousands of torn and sprained MCL’s throughout North America and around the world as poolies take their knee-jerk reaction too far. Unkey Dobber is here to help. And while I’ve misplaced my clavicle repair kit, I can still give you some suggestions on what you can do.

    • You’re in a keeper league, and you’re either middle-of-the-pack, or you’re out of it – Hold. Do not trade McDavid. He’s your franchise, you’ll have to punt your season for the greater good.

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche (2-0-5-5, minus-1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 PPPts) – The Colorado offense seems to be waking up and Barrie is the guy they’re leaning on. Don’t pay any attention to what Francois Beauchemin is doing, that’s just an illusion.

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