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This week we are going to look at some keeper league depth bargains in multi-category settings. The idea is to look beyond cheap players who are heading into a contract year because they are likely about to get a bigger contract next summer, thus making them less appealing on the cap. Instead, the focus will be put on players with multiple years left on their current deals that are cheap, provide good statistics and are not young phenoms who are next to impossible to acquire.

 

When your keeper league team is hovering around the cap ceiling, your team likely includes a few expensive star players who eat up most of your available space. You will be forced to look for cheap alternatives to occupy your depth positions. Winning the championship in a capped league is all about getting the most out of your dollars, so you will need to get good value out of your cheap depth guys to push your team over the top. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim.

 

Here are a few players mentioned in previous Capped articles (Forwards or Defensemen) that are mentioned here but not in detail. See the previous articles for more on why their appearance makes sense in terms of their talent and opportunity.

 

Matt Read (RW – Philadelphia)

900,000 / 2 years

Strengths: G, A, +/-, Hits, BkS, PPP, SHP, SOG

 

Andrew Shaw (RW – Chicago)

565,000 / 2 years

Strengths: G, A, PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Marcus Foligno (LW – Buffalo)

900,000 / 2 years

Strengths: G, A, PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Adam Larsson (D – New Jersey)

925,000 / 2 years

Strengths: A, PPP, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

And now, here are some multi-category players making their debut in the Capped series:

 

Derek Dorsett (RW – Columbus)

1,633,333 / 3 years

Strengths: G, PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Derek Dorsett possesses the rare talent of being a true fighter that has enough talent to play key minutes for his team. In fantasy, this makes him a huge asset because he is never in danger of being a healthy scratch. Furthermore, the added ice time and consistent spot in the lineup help pad his stats across the board.

 

He is an excellent addition to your fantasy roster, especially if your team is mostly composed of skilled players. On most teams, Dorsett will dominate your PIM and hits columns while providing respectable numbers in goals and shots. His strong defensive abilities allow him to get good shot blocking numbers and can be a thread for an occasional shorthanded point. Just beware of the plus-minus category – he plays for Columbus after all.

 

For a guy that will be among the NHL leaders in both hits and PIM, his cap hit is excellent. While he does not set the world on fire offensively, it is much more than what your typical goon will provide. Every small boost counts.

 

Dan Carcillo (LW – Chicago)

825,000 / 2 years

Strengths: PTS, PIM, Hits

 

One of the most hated players in the world is actually a decent fantasy contributor in multi-category leagues. Daniel Carcillo provides excellent contributions in the hits and PIM categories. He is not great in either goals or assists, but collectively his point totals offer good support for your team. So far he compares favorably to Dorsett, however that is where the comparisons end.

 

Carcillo has not had a power play point over the last two years and has never scored a shorthanded point. Over the last three years, he has a combined 40 blocked shots. He has also regressed in shots on goal, finishing under one per game on average over the last two seasons.

 

Even more concerning is Carcillo’s health and risk for suspensions. Over the last two campaigns, he has missed a total of 79 games, which is not reassuring in leagues with a limited bench or limited roster moves. Still, for his cap hit he provides great value in hits and PIM on a per-game basis.

 

Zenon Konopka (C – Minnesota)

925,000 / 2 years

Strengths: PIM, Hits, BkS, FOW, FO%

 

Out of all the forwards highlighted in this article, Zenon Konopka offers the least offensively. Over the last three seasons, he has just 19 points, averaging one point every 11 games. While this flaw does hurt his value tremendously, his contributions in other categories (including being a two-time PIM champion) make him a nice depth addition in multi-category leagues

 

If he is a regular in the lineup, he will finish around 300 PIM and 100 hits. Depending on his ice time, he could even get you 40-50 blocked shots. He won 620 faceoffs in 2010-11 for the Islanders but will likely not see such opportunities with Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen on the roster. Expect 300-400 faceoff wins and a percentage between 57 and 62 (based on his last three seasons).

 

Deryk Engelland (D – Pittsburgh)

566,667 / 2 years

Strengths: A, PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Deryk Engelland is a rugged depth defenseman who is a surprisingly good contributor in fantasy hockey. He has back-to-back seasons with a double-digit point total, finishing last year with 17 in 73 games. He only had 56 PIM last season but has 196 in 145 career games. He added 77 blocked shots and 86 SOG last season.

 

All in all, Engelland is a good PIM/Hits/BkS combo player that also gives a small boost in offensive categories. With the Penguins dealing Zbynek Michalek this offseason, Engelland could receive additional minutes which can only add to what he already offers. With a cap hit that is near the league minimum, Engelland can give you a good bang for your buck.

Jay Harrison (D – Carolina)

1,500,000 / 3 years

Strengths: G, A, PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Jay Harrison is a late-bloomer that hit his stride last season and has established himself as a quality defenseman in the NHL. On a Carolina blueline that consists primarily of skilled offensive defensemen, Harrison and Tim Gleason offer the best options for defensive situations.

 

Harrison’s breakout season was made possible by the fact that he was able to average over 20 minutes per game on the ice. This allowed him to score nine times (tied for 20th among defensemen) and get 23 total points. Add in 60 PIM, 117 hits, 153 blocked shots, five power play points and 128 shots on goal and you have a pretty remarkable multi-category season.

 

Given how far Harrison has come in just one season, it would be reasonable to assume a slight regression offensively. With Joni Pitkanen returning to full health, Harrison’s average 1:20 on the power play will virtually disappear. On the other hand, the team added Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin this offseason so there may be more opportunities for points by simply having better passing options than he had last year. Harrison may fall short of 20 points this season, but his contributions in the other categories should remain steady which will help him remain fantasy relevant.

 

Marc-Andre Bourdon (D – Philadelphia)

612,500 / 2 years

Strengths: PIM, Hits, BkS, SOG

 

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know about the injury issues on the blueline in Philadelphia. Chris Pronger may never play again, while Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja have suffered long-term injuries. Marc-Andre Bourdon is one of a few defensemen that stand to benefit from the misfortune. If he can land a consistent spot in the lineup he can help your fantasy team while not eating a lot of cap space.

 

Last season, Bourdon made his debut in the NHL and put up seven points in 45 games while adding 52 PIM, 73 hits, 77 blocked shots and 45 shots on net. Over 82 games, this scales up to 13 points, 107 PIM, 133 hits, 140 blocked shots and 82 shots on goal. This season, he could see an increase on his average 16:11 of ice time because of the aforementioned injuries and also because he is more experienced than he was one year ago.

 

It is worth noting that while Bourdon has not shown much in terms of offensive production since turning pro, he was very potent offensively in junior. Should he rediscover that offensive touch, he could even work his way into a secondary power play role.


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InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... what? no colaiacovo???

just kidding. nice job here.
September 13, 2012
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ericdaoust said:

ericdaoust
Thanks Pengwin These articles are fun and all of my fantasy teams are cap teams so I'm always trying to find these players to help push me along. It really comes down to diminishing returns in some cases. A guy like David Booth can get you 40-45 points, but a guy like Andrew Shaw can get you 35 for almost 4 million less. In one roto league I'm lucky to own Dorsett and Bourdon, as well as Zack Smith who just missed the cut for this article.
September 13, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Mercy This is fantastic.
It's basically a summary of every player I would love to own in my dynasty with Hits/BkS/FOW.

Super great value here!!!
Really, really well done.
September 13, 2012
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