Well, I knew that the ride would have some ups and downs. This week was just one of those weeks, losing 2-7 to Jeremy’s Boss Team. I made a couple of errors in managing my team, but overall just met a team that did better overall than my players. Bad weeks happen in every fantasy sport, the hope is that they don’t happen often. Either way, here is a recap of my Yahoo fantasy hockey league for week 6!
My Goalies did their Job
I just didn’t put them in the position to win. I ended up losing 3 of the 4 goalie categories, with the shut outs being a tie as often happens. However, on Friday night I had Mike Smith in instead of Mikko Koskinen, who actually was in the net that night for Edmonton, and Koskinen finished the night with 26 saves and a shutout that night!
That would have obviously picked up one point for the shut out, and with my goals against average only .41 behind my opponents and a save percentage only behind by .3, I would have possibly picked up those 2 points as well. I would still have lost the wins category, with only 2 versus his 3, but 5-5 would have been a lot better than 2-7-1!
It wasn’t as big of a blowout as it seemed
Although it definitely looked like I was not even close this week, I wasn’t too far from picking up other points. Besides the points spoken about in the goalie category, my team finished 1 goal behind, with 8 goals, and 2 power play points behind the other team. Shots on goal was really the only category that I was not even close in, finishing with 65 for my team, while Jeremy’s Boss Team had 131.
The hits category he had 36, but my team put up their lowest of the year thus far with only 28. Every other week my team would have had more than 36. That is just the way it sometimes goes though, players have slumps through the year, hopefully it doesn’t last too long though!
My top draft picks saving me
Brad Marchand had another stellar week, with 3 goals and 3 assists to go all with his 3 hits. I do not want to think about how bad it would have been if he had not come through with a solid week!
Claude Giroux had a good week for the Flyers, picking up a goal and 2 assists on 12 shots on goal, with 5 hits.
The surprise of the week was defensemen Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens, who ended up with 3 goals and an assist, with two of those points being power play points, and 14 shots on goal which was my team high! He did sustain an injury in the last game, but he is hopeful to play Tuesday when the Flyers play Columbus on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately that was about it
Although my star goalie, Ben Bishop had a decent week, with a 1.01 goals against average and a .973 save percentage, he was only able to pick up 1 win because of the Stars lack of offensive firepower thus far. Which is hurtful on two fronts for me, since obviously I do not get the wins from Bishop, but I also have 2 other players from the Stars in Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov that are still not doing well.
Jamie Benn is in the middle of a 12 game goalless streak, in which he has only one assist in that time. This is the longest such streak of Benn’s career, so hopefully he will be able to get back on board soon. Both Benn and Tyler Seguin were called out for their lack of offensive production by coach Jim Montgomery after the Stars’ most recent loss against Winnpeg Sunday.
Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues was the only other player on my team to get at least 3 points last week, with 1 goal and 2 assists. That is not enough to get wins in fantasy hockey.
How do the Standings Look Now?
This is the fortunate part, I only fell to 5th place, although only 2 points ahead of 6th and 4 points ahead of 7th and being outside of the playoff picture. On the other hand, only 8 points behind the second place team, so not a bad position to be in after a rough week.
Up next is Amit’s Team, who with an overall record of 16-28-6 sits in 10th place. Last week Amit’s Team finished at 3-6 against the Las Vegas Gamblers, who had a similar record to mine going into last week. This is a perfect opportunity to get back in a winning groove.
I will keep and eye on a couple players, including Carter Hutton who has had multiple games over the last couple of weeks letting up more than 5 goals in a game. I also might reconsider having both goalies for the Edmonton Oilers, which would alleviate the problem of possibly missing out on the starting goalie again. Anders Nilsson is the goalie for the Ottawa Senators, and won 3 straight outings to bring his year up to 4-3-1 and a 2.66 goals against average.
Another Anders, Lee of the New York Islanders, has started to heat up after a very slow start. He had only 2 goals and one assist in his first 8 games, but has back-to-back multi-point games with 2 goals and 3 assists in those games. Definitely somebody to keep an eye on going forward.
On to the next week
The best part of fantasy sports is there is always the next week after you have a rough week. And even if you are having a rough year, there is always daily fantasy sports to enjoy such as Fanduel. At the end of the day, although I enjoy fantasy sports very much, it is just an enjoyable past time. Every once in a while you will have a bad week, but you never know how the next week is going to go.
Thank you for following my journey through the Yahoo fantasy hockey season! If you have any questions of comments please leave them below, I would love to answer them. Have a great week!