Well, fantasy owners – the time is upon us. For most of you, the chase for fantasy hockey supremacy begins today as most post-season schedules kick off in head-to-head leagues. With a mixture of production, health and good luck, you could be bringing home the bacon in about a month’s time.
With all that mind, here are some notes for your consideration if you’d like to succeed in the fantasy puck playoffs this year.
- SAY ‘AU REVOIR’ to PATIENCE
Now, I know I’ve been preaching patience all season long but, now is not the time. It’s time to go for it and put your best foot forward. If something isn’t working for you, make the change without much shame. If it means dropping someone who’s a proven guy but they’re struggling, do it. It’s now or never for you.
- BE COGNISANT of your OPPONENT
You should all know this by now but have an eye on the enemy. It’s easier said than done but try to be one step ahead at all times. Furthermore, I know it’s childish but I love to play mind games with my opponents. If you’re dirty and want to know more – I call it a BLOCK tactic but sometimes, I’ll pick up a guy (usually a goalie) that I know my opponent probably wants to stream. Also, I change my team name to something with correlation to who I’m facing. Head games are fun. I’m 27 years old.
- BE SELECTIVE
I’m not usually selective as to who I play on a nightly basis until the playoffs. It’s all about strategy, structure and confidence. No, this isn’t a free tip as to how to create a successful online dating profile. Sad – I know.
- KNOW THE SCHEDULE
MOST IMPORTANT — You all should all have a handle for this week’s schedule. The key is to have players going on the NHL’s ‘off’ nights which are usually Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Teams that fit that bill this week – Calgary, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Let’s pray that the Flames and Penguins continue their hot play and Philadelphia’s offense finally wakes up. Don’t hold your breath on the latter.
In total, 16 of the NHL’s 30 teams have four games this upcoming week. (Arizona, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa and Winnipeg)
I’ve been saying it for a while but Carolina is the dark horse value to finish off this season. That’s because they have about a billion games remaining including FIVE this week. They actually have 17 games left.
So, jump on that wire and fish for gold. Think about grabbing the likes of Elias Lindholm, Sebastian Aho, Victor Rask and Jaccob Slavin on the back end.
On Calgary, they’re red-hot..no doubt. I love the T.J. Brodie file right now. Grab him!
- DON’T OVERTHINK THINGS
The worst part is the stress. When your gut is telling you something, go with it and don’t second guess the move. This pertains usually to goaltending decisions. The way I see it – you can always recover from a slow goaltending start in a week. Have faith in your squad!
In closing, I want to wish you all the best of luck. Get this done!
Here’s an extended list of my WAIVER WARRIORS this week.
Antti Raanta – G – New York Rangers
T.J. Brodie – D – Calgary Flames
Alexandre Burrows – LW, RW – Ottawa Senators
Oliver Bjorkstrand – RW – Columbus Blue Jackets
Gustav Nyquist – LW, RW – Detroit Red Wings
Calle Jarnkrok – C, LW – Nashville Predators
Victor Rask – C – Carolina Hurricanes
Drew Stafford – RW – Boston Bruins
Sven Andrighetto – LW, RW – Colorado Avalanche
In Episode 19 of the Fantasy Fix Podcast, Steve Laidlaw of DOBBERHOCKEY.com and SPORTSNET.ca joined me. He offered his advice and plays for fantasy owners.
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