There is no question fantasy team managers tend to fall in love with their own players. This attachment even grows stronger when said players exceed the fantasy manager’s expectations. However, if you want to win your hockey pool you have to know when to take advantage of the market and trade a player who is performing far above his talent level. Here are a few players you may want to consider selling high:
We’re not saying Kunitz will suck in the second half of the year; after all, he’s a good player having a great season and playing alongside the best player in the world. But he is the second ranked player in fantasy hockey, and you are going to get a good return for a player who could very well see his production fall by 50 per cent over the next two months.
Not many players can catch fire like Semin has over the past eight games (4 G, 11 A), and now that his stock has risen to a top-10 fantasy talent, go get somebody more reliable. Semin’s output never seems to consistently equal his potential, and now that he’s shown your opponents his potential, it’s best to play the odds and assume he will get cold and stumble yet again.
If you picked Ryder up after his trade to Montreal, well, congratulations. Nine points in his first seven games probably won you both of your fantasy matchups in the past two weeks. But the Habs are playing above their means right now with just one regulation loss in their past 10, and when they slow down, it’s unlikely a player whose career high is 63 points will continue well over a point-per-game pace.
The Leafs captain began the season dreadfully (one point in 11 games) but has come along recently with 14 points in his past 15. His penalty minutes gives his ranking a boost, but his plus/minus is terrible, he’s inconsistent and his value probably won’t get any higher than it is coming off his solid last month. There may be managers looking for a defenceman and willing to pay a premium for a guy who will not be a big loss to your team.
Some may believe Anderson’s Vezina-esque first half for the overachieving Senators is a real barometer of his talent level. Don’t be a fool; Anderson’s stats are too good to maintain (over .950 save percentage and under 1.50 GAA… c’mon), especially considering he’s returning to a team playing without their top two players who have lost four of five after the initial impressive run. Not to forget, he’s coming off a nagging ankle injury. Will he be the same? Don’t risk it.