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  • Fantasy Hockey: Ranking the best NHL defensemen for 2015-16

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Dobber Hockey  launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    As it is in real hockey, fantasy roto hockey starts from the net out.

    After the truly elite forwards are gone, I make sure my defense corps are solid. And I'll never leave the draft without being 100 percent comfortable with my goaltending (three good ones at least). Why? Because it's damned near impossible to get goalies and defensemen off the waiver wire. Especially later in the season. Forwards are a dime a dozen, once you get past the elite.

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    You can stream forwards who are on a hot streak in and out of your lineup via the wire all season long. But with D and G that's tough to do.

    Studs

    These guys are money in the bank. In fact, your fifth and sixth defensemen combined may not do what each of these studs will do statistically.

    Stars

    When the run on defensemen truly begins in your draft, you have to make sure you get one or two of these guys.

    Boom-or-Bust

    Sleepers

  • Fantasy Hockey: Ranking the NHL forwards for 2015-16

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Dobber Hockey  launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    By Demetri Fragopoulos

    Are you going to be that guy ?

    ‎You know, the one who talks hockey all the time whether it is in the lunch room, standing in line for coffee, or while working out in the gym. Regurgitating what you heard on the sport talk radio station while driving into work or to school earlier that day. Acting like there is nothing you do not know about the game and its players.

    ‎What comes out of your mouth sounds reasonable. Yet when it came time make your fantasy draft picks last year you looked worse than Patrick Roy did against Brendan Shanahan (see #3 in that link).

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    If you did any preparation at all, it was to print out the roster of your favorite team which happens to be the Rangers.

    Top 10 in Points

    Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

  • Fantasy Hockey: What sleepers should you want on your team?

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    Dobber Hockey  launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    If you win your fantasy league it will be because of the late picks that you make. You hear it every year even though every fantasy hockey player worth their salt are already well aware of it. You know it, and you see it proven time and again. How did the owner of Nick Foligno do in your league last season?

    See, that Foligno guy (or girl) now gets to brag about how skillful his (or her) pick was and how he or she knew all along that he was a 70-point guy trapped inside a 50-point plugger’s body. That's a side benefit of landing a quality sleeper: bragging rights. You can say you knew Foligno would be a stud all along and completely forget the fact that at the time of the pick you were considering 'Marcus' Foligno instead.

    Here are some fellas to consider taking a flier on earlier than others in your league. In some cases, they'll still be there in the 24th round when you start on that seventh beer try to fill that final bench spot.

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  • Fantasy Hockey: Ranking NHL rookies, beyond McDavid and Eichel

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 8 days ago

    Dobber Hockey launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    BY BRENDAN ROSS

    Drafting your favorite NHL superstar and riding his production straight to your fantasy hockey championship is the pipe dream for all poolies but the realist in all of us understands there’s much more to hoisting the league trophy than just one player’s success.

    Hitting on the big names is easy in the opening rounds but the real challenge is filling out your roster with valuable depth players. Every poolie loves finding that young gem - it makes them look like a pure hockey genius so why not fill out depth spots with a few valuable rookies?

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    The key is to ensure that your rookie selections are informed ones, and that becomes the biggest challenge. Even the best youngsters can be fickle fantasy producers early in their careers, so let’s break down which ones could be worthy of a roster spot.

    The Favorites

    The 2015 Draftees

    The Goaltenders

    The Next Wave

    Sooner or Later

  • Fantasy Hockey: Which goalies should you draft or completely avoid?

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 9 days ago

    Dobber Hockey launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    As in real hockey, goaltending is the most important position in fantasy hockey. In many formats, goalies make up close 10 percent of your roster but account for 40 percent to 50 percent of your categories. If you get stuck with a below average group your chances of success are slim.

    I’ve been using a tiered system for years and most of the time goaltending has been an asset to my team. Sure, there are some years where injuries kill me and that just can't be helped (thanks Craig Anderson). But if you employ a tier system and come away with three reasonably strong goaltenders, you can protect yourself against that.

    The main thing to remember when setting up your 'Tiers' is that it's not just about skill and production. Often, it’s about opportunity and team strength. Jonathan Bernier is a talented goalie, but splitting starts with James Reimer on a team that will struggle for even 30 wins makes him next to fantasy useless.

    Tier 1

    Tier 2

    Tier 3

    Tier 4

     

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Previewing the West in the middle of the off-season

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber Hockey launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.

    Now that the smoke has (mostly) cleared from an offseason that saw numerous big names change jerseys, we are now ready to discuss the fantasy implications of these moves. Let’s take a tour around the NHL to find out how these changes could affect player fantasy values entering the 2015-16 season.

    Here is our preview of the Western Conference teams. You can read our Eastern Conference preview here.   

    Chicago Blackhawks

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    Colorado Avalanche

    Dallas Stars

    Minnesota Wild

    Nashville Predators

    St. Louis Blues

    Winnipeg Jets

    Anaheim Ducks

    Arizona Coyotes

    Calgary Flames

    Edmonton Oilers

    Los Angeles Kings

    San Jose Sharks

    Vancouver Canucks

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Previewing the East in the middle of the off-season

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber Hockey launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo masses since 2009.

    Now that the smoke has (mostly) cleared from an offseason that saw numerous big names switch jerseys, we are now ready to discuss the fantasy implications of these moves. Let’s take a tour around the NHL to find out how these changes could affect player fantasy values entering the 2015-16 season.

    We’ll start with our preview of the Eastern Conference teams. The Western Conference preview will be up Thursday.   

    Boston Bruins

    Buffalo Sabres

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    Detroit Red Wings

    Florida Panthers

    Montreal Canadiens

    Ottawa Senators

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Carolina Hurricanes

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    New Jersey Devils

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Key categories to help win your league's title

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 4 mths ago

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

    At this point, 95 percent of fantasy owners have given up. One week left and your team's status is pretty clear. And while most poolies are either well out of it, or well in the lead - there are still many leagues out there with a championship in doubt.

    It's all or nothing now. One more weekly roster to set. Time to make the tough decisions, such as dropping superstars on Anaheim to pick up a plugger on Carolina who has a lot of hits. Running the Game Planner over at Frozen Pool, I have a breakdown of the games remaining (by team) between Friday April 3 and Saturday April 11:

    Don't laugh at some of these names - you need to focus on one or two categories and also focus on the teams with more games left. So this is the No Anaheim Zone.  

    For Hits… (all reports from this Report Generator)

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Prepping for your league's playoffs

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 5 mths ago

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

    Two weeks left in the season and head-to-head leagues are knee deep in playoff matchups. Now is the time to make some hard decisions. To make decisions that feel wrong, but are actually right. Like the decision the Leafs made in late December to start losing every game.

    Some pretty big stars are sidelined with injury right now and fantasy owners are handcuffed because these guys are undroppable. But are they really? If they're hogging a roster spot and you're only keeping them because "maybe" they'll be back in a couple of games, reconsider your stance. Let's take a look at a few. 

    Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings - The dreaded day-to-day tag is back and it's attached to the veteran Swede. In this case we can be fairly comfortable that Kronwall is returning, given that he missed the last game as a precaution. Hang onto him.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 5 mths ago

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

    Every fantasy owner's ears perk up when a player that he or she owns is traded. So naturally the NHL's trade deadline day brings a lot of excitement to the fantasy world, more so than the real hockey world. Where else are you going to find people who get worked up over a Brett Connolly deal?

    More than any year that I can remember, the trade action wasn't limited to just the one day. There was plenty of action in the days leading up to March 2. Before I get to the traded players who underwent the biggest fantasy value change, here are five players who see little or no change despite the new address.

    Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers - Jagr was on pace to finish with 41 points with the Devils and he's still going to finish with 41 points despite the trade. His ice time is the same - and so is his age. He's still 42 years old, his production is slowing, and after the initial post-trade adrenalin rush wears off he'll slow again.

    These moves hurt…

    If you own these players, you may as well drop them…

    Yes!