Martin

 

Daoust gives us some names to consider if you need to fill other categories besides goals and assists.

 

In roto leagues it is extremely important to put together a balanced roster that can produce in every category. Obviously, your star players will do the heavy lifting in the offensive categories. But for the most part these star players are not going to be major contributors in other areas like hits and PIM. Sure, there are exceptions such as David Backes and Milan Lucic but they are certainly few and far between.

 

 

This is where goons and agitators can become valuable commodities. You may love them or hate them but most importantly these guys are going to deliver the goods in the physical department. On top of that, many of them can produce respectable offensive numbers and are solid all-around hockey players. And most importantly, since they are not scoring machines they usually come cheap which makes them great compliments to more expensive star players on your fantasy roster.


The numbers are going to show that many agitators and fighters are quite valuable in terms of their all-around production and sometimes reach an elite level for the given format. Using fantasyhockeygeek with this year’s stats we will look at the value of the production of various players in three formats: points-only, Yahoo standard (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG) and the United Hockey League (UHL), which is composed primarily of dobberhockey forum members. The UHL is a head-to-head roto league with the following scoring categories for skaters: G, A, +/-, PIM, SOG, GWG, PPP, SHP, Hits, Blocks and FOW.

 

Player Name

POS

Cap Hit

GP

PIM

Hits

FHG Points-only (rank)

FHG Yahoo (rank)

FHG UHL (rank)

Matt Martin

F

1,000,000

46

61

223

11 (359)

25 (305)

97 (141)

Steve Ott

F

2,950,000

47

93

184

24 (143)

99 (36)

198 (8)

Richard Clune

F

537,500

45

109

151

8 (437)

52 (150)

89 (160)

Chris Neil

F

1,900,000

45

127

197

12 (318)

85 (69)

154 (40)

Colton Orr

F

1,000,000

42

155

72

4 (546)

63 (117)

75 (210)

B.J. Crombeen

F

1,000,000

41

112

40

8 (420)

45 (182)

58 (280)

Antoine Roussel

F

612,500

37

85

71

15 (262)

44 (186)

64 (249)

Cody McLeod

F

1,150,000

46

83

92

12 (329)

42 (201)

76 (203)

Mark Fraser

D

600,000

42

69

147

8 (426)

63 (119)

119 (83)

Brenden Dillon

D

900,000

46

65

126

8 (435)

51 (155)

103 (121)

Frans Nielsen

F

2,750,000

46

12

23

29 (84)

48 (171)

99 (136)

Marian Hossa

F

5,275,000

38

16

12

29 (81)

92 (52)

154 (39)

Loui Eriksson

F

4,250,000

46

8

5

29 (82)

47 (177)

83 (178)

Teddy Purcell

F

2,362,500

45

10

11

34 (46)

55 (137)

73 (214)

Duncan Keith

D

5,538,462

45

31

18

26 (112)

83 (73)

123 (74)


Here we see examples of players who pick up a lot of hits and PIM compared to five guys better known as point producers in various formats. The key is that the added categories not only add value to the gritty players but they also put them on par with or better than many offensive-minded players who may be perceived as better due to name value.


If you are in a keeper league with farm positions it is definitely worth the effort to invest in future multi-category studs. Remember that in multi-category leagues the term “upside” is different than in points-only leagues. Your mind should be focused on owning the prospects that will produce the most in your format in the future. Here are some examples of prospects who may become strong contributors in hits and penalty minutes:


·    Adam Lowry
·    Anthony Peluso
·    Patrick Maroon
·    Michael Latta
·    Brad Ross
·    Mark Cundari
·    Adam Clendening
·    Sena Acolatse
·    Mark Borowiecki


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The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
nice Enjoyed the article, Eric. Thank you! It's extremely rare that I've never heard of a particular NHL player/prospect but you managed to accomplish it with this article. Sena Acolatse?!! Had to go look him up!! smilies/smiley.gif
April 25, 2013 | url
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ericdaoust said:

ericdaoust
... Other great examples from my UHL team: Zack Smith, Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett, Dale Weise, Mark Stuart, Tyson Strachan. Nothing expensive here and they help fill the stat sheet.
April 25, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Zac Rinaldo has been awesome for my team as a PIM/hits guy this year. Added Matt Martin at the deadline.
April 25, 2013
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ericdaoust said:

ericdaoust
... On top click Columns, which brings you to a page with all of the different series. Capped is #3 from the top.

Alternatively you can just use your time machine and warp back to every Thursday afternoon of the past 7-8 months when my article is up on the main page. smilies/smiley.gif
April 25, 2013
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DerekReese said:

DerekReese
... Great write up once again! Hoe do I look up the other articles that you wrote?
April 25, 2013
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