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Dobber Hockey's own Dallas Guzzwell shares his journey to the Draft Street Hockey Championship


I hope you don’t mind if I share my exciting news with all of you but I couldn’t think of a better place where people would relate to my recent fantasy hockey journey.

When I started playing fantasy hockey six years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I believe it would lead to something so special. I remember reluctantly joining a fantasy league six years ago as a way to banter with a group of friends while being connected to the sport that we all love so much. Eventually the competitive fire kicked in and while trying to get an edge in my league I ended up at Dobberhockey – and 3,500 posts later I found myself as a writer for the site.

And now, somehow, my fantasy hockey travels have led me to the Draft Street Hockey Championship Final next week, with a chance to win $12,000. After playing (username dallasg11) most of the Draft Street Hockey Championship satellite qualifiers over the past two months, some good luck combined with the usual obsessing over statistics and player trends led to the right combinations of players. Believe it or not, I didn’t get lucky just once, I got lucky twice. I managed to win two satellites and now hold two of the 20 championship seats and a decent chance at a nice payday.

The Championship is broken down into a two day preliminary this Monday and Tuesday. The top 10 entries then advance to the Final on Thursday. I won’t lie, I’m feeling nervous, and in true Dobberhockey fashion I am going to ask all of you for some advice. Do I put two similar line ups in the preliminary or create two very different line-ups? My goal is to advance at least one entry to the Final on Thursday, and I don’t want to get too greedy.

Any advice would be appreciated, but please forgive me for not sharing any winnings if I get lucky. Those will be going towards the bathroom renovation to appease my wife for supporting and putting up with my fantasy hockey addiction.

Dallas is a fantasy hockey writer for Dobber Hockey. You can follow him @dallasg_11



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MolsonX said:

February 03, 2014
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Whatever you do - good luck! Hope you win all, molsonX
February 03, 2014
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MolsonX said:

MolsonX
... @jsuites - I remember seeing you on there a few times. Sounds like you're on a nice run and good luck to you as well.

Thanks for the comments.


Dallas
February 02, 2014
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jsuites said:

jsuites
... As for advice...my instinct would be to diversify and enter two teams. If you enter duplicates and shit the bed, you'll always wonder how a unique second team might have performed.

One rule I've adopted on DS - after creating my teams very carefully, I will not edit once saved (unless there's an injury or goalie change of course). If I really start second guessing, I'll create a new team rather than edit an existing one. It's more superstition that advice though, but it seemed my discarded players were always having big nights, and, you know, f*ck that business.
February 02, 2014
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jsuites said:

jsuites
... Nice one! I was in a bunch of those Qs as well but the best I could finish was 14th in one of them. Amazing that you won twice.

I'm actually still riding the $20 I won for finishing 4th in the Dobber freeroll back on Oct. 20. I don't play often or for high stakes, but I've finished in the money 8 of 25 times since that freeroll and am still riding high with $15 smackers in the kitty! Haha.

Good luck advancing, and regardless you're already guaranteed a nice little payday.
February 02, 2014
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MolsonX said:

MolsonX
... Thanks again guys. Here is the link that gives the championship final breakdown if it interests anyone.

http://www.draftstreet.com/dshc.aspx

@Shoeless - I like how you think..........going all in with two line ups is tempting for sure.
February 02, 2014
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Against the grain. You obviously know what you are doing - I think similar lineups makes more sense - because you want two seats at the final table of 10 - then you create two different rosters.
February 02, 2014
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Kofax said:

Kofax
... I think two different is the way to go. Good luck.
February 01, 2014
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coldsquad2002 said:

coldsquad2002
... Congrats !!

I would go with two very different lineups. Upset always happen. GL.
February 01, 2014
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MolsonX said:

MolsonX
... Thanks guys!!! And appreciate the feedback around line ups.

@mcarmody - great comment. I crapped the bed in a few of those satellite as well - in a one day league luck is a huge factor.............


Cheers.
February 01, 2014
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mcarmody said:

mcarmody
... Congrats on getting in (lord knows I tried). Don't forget, if you lose, it's all dumb luck. But if you win, it's because you know more about hockey than everyone else.
February 01, 2014
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ziggy33200 said:

ziggy33200
... Definitely 2 different teams. That way if one is a bust the other can still be good. If they are similiar you on have larger chance of bust.
February 01, 2014
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MauriceandtheRichards said:

MauriceandtheRichards
... Sweet man! Pick 2 different IMO. Best of luck man that is awesome do it for HHPL!!!!
February 01, 2014
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MolsonX said:

MolsonX
... Thanks spec7ral! Appreciate the well wishes.

Cheers.

Dallas
February 01, 2014
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Spec7ral said:

Spec7ral
... Congrats man. I am going to stay away from advice, I think all I could offer is stick to your gut, it's taken you this far! GL!
February 01, 2014
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