Audit

 

Are you wondering what your plan of attack should be in your fantasy hockey pool this summer? Preparing for a draft? Upset about some trades you made in the past? I’ll weigh in with my thoughts on the interesting and important issues.

 

This week, I took a look at the team submitted to me by The 10th Rounders.

The Team


The 10th Rounders

 

The Rules


Standard rotisserie league

11 teams

Salary cap of $1000 at the end of each annual draft

Salaries bump 30% each season for keepers

 

Scoring Categories


Goals, Forward Assists, Defenseman Assists, Blocked Shots, Plus-minus, PIM, Special Teams Points

Wins, GAA, Saves

 

The Roster

 

C
Salary
Brandon Dubinsky C NYR 20
Anze Kopitar C LA 65
Tomas Plekanec C MON 20
Steven Stamkos C TB 30
Alex Steen C STL 20
Antoine Vermette C CLB 20
LW

James Neal LW DAL 20
Loui Eriksson LW DAL 30
David Booth LW FLA 30
Mason Raymond LW VAN 20
James van Riemsdyk LW PHI 20
RW

David Clarkson RW NJ 40
Patric Hornqvist RW NSH 20
Niclas Bergfors RW ATL 20
Teddy Purcell RW TB 20
Mikael Samuelsson RW VAN 30
Martin St. Louis RW TB 65
D

John Carlson D WAS 20
Niklas Kronwall D DET 40
Andrei Markov D MON 40
Tom Poti D WAS 20
Anton Stralman D CLB 20
Mark Streit D NYI 30
Brian Campbell D CHI 55
Jay McKee D PIT 20
G

Johan Hedberg G ATL 20
Jimmy Howard G DET 20
Steve Mason G CLB 30
Ondrej Pavelec G ATL 20
Mathieu Garon G CLB 20


Total salary = $845

 

The Breakdown


Each team in this league has to protect nine forwards, four defensemen, and two goalies. I like what this particular person did with the audit. Instead of sending me his preferences for keepers, he left it blank. That way, I go into the keeper selection process with no biases or ideas of which players he is targeting.

 

My keeper choices:

 

C
Salary
Anze Kopitar C LA 65
Tomas Plekanec C MON 20
Steven Stamkos C TB 30
LW

James Neal LW DAL 20
Loui Eriksson LW DAL 30
James van Riemsdyk LW PHI 20
RW

David Clarkson RW NJ 40
Patric Hornqvist RW NSH 20
Martin St. Louis RW TB 65
D

John Carlson D WAS 20
Niklas Kronwall D DET 40
Andrei Markov D MON 40
Mark Streit D NYI 30
G

Steve Mason G CLB 30
Ondrej Pavelec G ATL 20

 

Total salary = $490

 

I made a few tough decisions. First off, these are unique scoring categories. Before reading what they were, I did a double take when I saw Jay McKee on the roster!

 

I tried to keep things relatively balanced up front by keeping three from each position. Plekanec is a bit more proven than both Steen and Vermette, but all three are probably 55-70 point players next season.

 

I like the two Dallas wingers (especially Neal). I am expecting a real breakout season from him in 2010-11. Clarkson is great with these categories – I could see 20-25 goals, and close to 200 PIM next season. Hornqvist’s ability to score on the power play gave him a leg up over a few other similar wingers production-wise (Raymond and Bergfors). Booth’s concussion problems scare me, and he has more value in leagues that count shots on goal.

 

The defensemen are all very solid. Campbell barely missed the cut – I like Streit a bit more, and those were the two I was deciding between. Streit is simply a better defenseman to own, in my opinion. If you want to stack up defensemen, drop Hornqvist and keep Campbell.

 

In goal, I opted for Mason and Pavelec over Howard. I am still not sold on Howard, but you may not want to take a risk with these two young players. Pavelec had a good rookie season and his upside is huge. Mason struggled last season, but I have seen him steal his fair share of games at the NHL level. If you want to keep Howard, I’d probably stick with Mason out of the two youngsters.

 

With regards to blocked shots, I have never been in a league that uses it as a category. Who are the best players? Is blocked shots a category you fill with a one-dimensional guy like Anton Volchenkov, or can you get more of a two-way defenseman who can chip in 30 or 40 points?

 

The Recommendations


1) Go big. With only $490 committed in salary, you have $510 to spend this summer. Before your keeper lists are due, try and trade your best non-keepers (Howard, Campbell, Raymond, Steen, Vermette) in 2-for-1 trades. Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade!


2) Target an elite goalie. Whichever two of the three goalies you keep, you are bound for some ups and downs. Try and get a steady, consistent, star goalie to help minimize the fluctuations.

 


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angus said:

angus
... my bad Jim. He has to keep those numbers... I just started rambling a bit w/ regards to Campbell! I think the best bet is to trade whatever 5th d-man isn't kept, as you have 5 very good ones. Always try and upgrade when you are facing tough keeper choices.
June 04, 2010
Votes: +0

notoriousjim said:

notoriousjim
... I am confused. does he need to keep 9f, 4d and 2g or is that just a rough idea since it is not really well described.

I would agree on the trading thing. If you like Pavelec better than howard would be valued by a lot of people who are looking for a 2nd goalie. The other thing i noticed is that you lack star players. It may be worthwhile to save some of the money that you will going with cheaper keepers and spending like a drunk idiot at the draft for big names.
June 04, 2010
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