Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Rankings – Week 3
Week two is over and it was a much better week! I ended up winning the week 7-3 over Silver Bullets and moved up from 12th place to 7th place overall, one spot out of a playoff spot. Amazing how things can change week to week in fantasy sports!
Goalies are Important!
My strategy to bolster my goal tending worked out this past week, helping my overall week by winning 3 out of the 4 goalie categories. If I can keep that up I should be able to stay in every match up through the year.
I added one more goalie, Mikko Koskinen of the Edmonton Oilers, who has been playing very well this year when filling in for Mike Smith, who I also have on my team. With the Oilers having a very solid start, I want to have whichever person who is in the net starting for me every night.
Offense is Solid
I was able to win 4 of the 6 offensive categories, and was close to getting another category, with 7 goals while the other team only had 8. Shots on goal I finished pretty far behind, so that may be something to look into as the year progresses. Had a good amount of hits, with 46, but there are other teams around the league that would have beat me there.
I am still waiting on the Dallas Stars on my team to start stepping up, which I figure will happen eventually, and that will boost my offensive numbers. As of right now, T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals is carrying me with 4 goals, an assist, 3 power play points, 10 shots on goal and 5 hits this past week. If I can get 2 or 3 more players with that kind of output I will be fine!
The first week I used all 4 of my available roster additions, last week however I only used 2 of the 4. Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Rankings does a good job of alerting you when you have a player not playing up to par, and that player gets dropped by a lot of other teams. You will get a roster alert letting you know which players are in this category.
For right now I have one, Sammy Blais, who has been dropped by 1,988 teams across Yahoo. After a little further research I found out that he has been moved to the third line, which will probably lower his already low stats. He was only responsible for 1 shot on goal and 3 hits last week, so I will definitely need to look into getting a replacement for him.
Other than that my roster is looking good. I have 4 goalies now, although 2 of them are for the same team, and a solid group of forwards and defensemen. After switching out Blais I should be good for the week barring injury. With a quick look at the waiver wire, Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Ducks has been doing very good recently, with goals in 3 straight games and 4 of 5. I think he would be a good addition especially with my goal scorers not coming through yet.
Moving up the Standings
Sitting in 7th spot after 2 weeks is nice, especially after starting of in the last position. I am 1 point behind 6th place, and 5 behind second place. You get 2 points for every category you win each week and 1 if you tie with your opponent. With my strategies in place for goaltenders and forwards, I should hopefully move up into a playoff spot after this week.
This week I am facing SeaHockey, who is in the 8th spot and 3 points behind me. They lost 4-6 last week against the Las Vega Gamblers, but the 4 that they won were all of the goalie statistics. That goes up against what I am trying to make a strength of my team, so this will be a good match up for me to see where I am at. As long as I can take care of business I will not be moving down this week.
Starting to get the Idea
After 2 weeks, I am beginning to get an idea of what I need on my team to be successful. Even with some of my players not playing up to their potential, I had a much more positive result this week than I did the first week. I will continue to monitor players all week and see if any changes can or should be made to make my roster better.
Yahoo makes it easy to make sure all of your players that have games are in, with an option to start active player just a click away on your team page. This is definitely a time saver! There are only a few days when I will have to make decisions on who to play since I do not have room for all of my player to play.
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