Comrie

 

Fantasy managers know that deciding who to play day-by-day and week-by-week can be a tough decision. Doing it well can make the difference between winning and losing. This will help give you an edge. The charts below show you the best five and worst five schedules for upcoming seven-day periods. Some of you used them last year but for the benefit of new readers here is a refresher.

 


 
The number next to the team indicates the 'multiplier' to use on a player's point-per-game pace to give you an idea how many points to expect for that week. Example:
 
For the week starting on October 7 the NY Islanders have a rating of 4.20. That means that if you think Mike Comrie is a 0.80 point-per-game player then you should expect about 3.4 points from him (4.20 X 0.80).
Boston has a 1.90 rating over the same period. If you think Marc Savard is a 1.10 point-per-game player then you should expect about 2.1 points from him. So even though Marc Savard is a better player you may choose to go with Comrie over Savard. 
 
 

The Rangers Jackrabbit Start

The schedule contains some other quirks that can be exploited by a clever fantasy owner.
 
Every year some teams come out of the gate faster then others. This year it is the New York Rangers. Starting in Europe and continuing for half the season the Rangers play more games early on. You will have to wait all the way until January 2 until you can find a day when the Rangers are not the league leaders in games played. By the time we are at the 40-game mark this might not mean much but early on this difference can be significant.
 
On November 6 the Rangers will have played 16 games while the Montreal Canadians will have only played 10. It might be the right time to pitch a Redden for Markov deal to an unsuspecting GM. Or maybe on November 17 you can try see if your competition doesn't notice Zherdev has played 21 games to Gaborik's 15. While you may not be able to sell these trade offers, just keep the Rangers schedule in mind for the next two months and it could give you an edge.

 

Saturday, October 4, 2008 to Friday October 10, 2008
Best Bets
NY Rangers 3.45 - the only team to play three games in the first week
Pittsburgh 2.20 - plays Ottawa twice in Europe
Ottawa 1.90 - two games against Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay 1.80 - two games against the Rangers
Detroit 1.16 - one game to open the season at home to the Leafs
Steer Clear
Minnesota 0.00 - zero games
Edmonton 0.00 - zero games
Los Angeles 0.00 - zero games
Philadelphia 0.00 - zero games
Phoenix 0.00 - zero games
Sunday, October 5, 2008 to Saturday October 11, 2008
Best Bets
NY Rangers 3.26 - three games TB, CHI and PHI
Florida 2.31 - away to CAR and home to ATL
Detroit 2.20 - home to TOR and a visit to OTT
Carolina 2.19 - home to FLA and a visit to TB
Washington 2.19 - visit ATL and host CHI
Steer Clear
Edmonton 0.00 - zero games
Anaheim 0.76 - one road game against the Sharks
Los Angeles 0.76 - one road game against the Sharks
Philadelphia 0.95 - host the Rangers
Colorado 1.05 - home to Boston
Monday, October 6, 2008 to Sunday October 12, 2008
Best Bets
San Jose 3.24 - host the Ducks and then a home-and-home with the Kings
Florida 2.31 - away to CAR and home to ATL
Detroit 2.20 - home to TOR and a visit to OTT
Carolina 2.19 - home to FLA and a visit to TB
Washington 2.19 - visit ATL and host CHI
Steer Clear
Philadelphia 0.95 - host the Rangers
Pittsburgh 0.95 - home to Brodeur and the Devils
Ottawa 0.95 - home to the DET
Edmonton 1.05 - home to the Avalanche
Buffalo 1.05 - home to Montreal
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 to Monday October 13, 2008
Best Bets
Detroit 3.25 - three games TOR, OTT, and CAR
San Jose 3.24 - host the Ducks and then a home-and-home with the Kings
St. Louis 3.14 - three games NAS, NYI, and TOR
Carolina 3.14 - three games FLA, TB, DET
Washington 3.14 -three games ATL, CHI, VAN
Steer Clear
Edmonton 1.05 - home to the Avalanche
Pittsburgh 0.95 - home to Brodeur and the Devils
Minnesota - 1.05 - home to the Bruins
Ottawa 0.95 - home to the Wings
Tampa Bay 1.16 - home to the Hurricanes
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 to Tuesday October 14, 2008
Best Bets
San Jose 4.29 - four games ANA, LA, LA, CLB
St. Louis 3.14 - three games NAS, NYI, and TOR
Carolina 3.14 - three games FLA, TB, DET
Detroit 3.25 - three games TOR, OTT, and CAR
Washington 3.14 -three games ATL, CHI, VAN
Steer Clear
Ottawa 0.95 - home to the Wings
Edmonton 1.05 - home to the Avalanche
Tampa Bay 1.16 - home to the Hurricanes
Phoenix 1.81 - home to Jackets and visit the Ducks
Boston 1.90 - visit Avalanche and Wild
Thursday, October 9, 2008 to Wednesday October 15, 2008
Best Bets
San Jose 4.29 - four games ANA, LA, LA, CLB
Anaheim 4.11 - four games SJ, PHX, LA, EDM
NY Rangers 4.10 - four games CHI, PHI, NJ, BUF
Montreal 4.09 - four games BUF, TOR, PHI, BOS
Chicago 3.91 - four games NYR, WAS, NAS, PHX
Steer Clear
Ottawa 0.95 - home to the Wings
Tampa Bay 1.16 - home to the Hurricanes
Edmonton 1.81 - home to Avs and visit the Ducks
Pittsburgh 2.00 - home to Flyers and Devils
Minnesota 2.19 - home to Bruins and visit Thrashers
Friday, October 10, 2008 to Thursday, October 16, 2008
Best Bets
NY Islanders 4.20 - four games NJ, STL, BUF, TB
NY Rangers 4.10 - four games, thee at home CHI, PHI, NJ, BUF
Montreal 4.09 - four games BUF, TOR, PHI, BOS
St. Louis 4.09 - four games NAS, NYI, TOR, DAL
New Jersey 4.01 - four games NYI, PIT, NYR, ATL
Steer Clear
Ottawa 0.95 - home to the Wings
Edmonton 1.81 - home to Avs and visit the Ducks
Boston 1.90 - on the road to play the Wild and Montreal
Calgary 2.00 - home to VAN and COL
Toronto 2.10 - home to MTL and STL
Saturday, October 11, 2008 to Friday October 17, 2008
Best Bets
San Jose 4.21 - four games LA, LA, CLB, ANA
NY Rangers 4.21 - four games, three at home PHI, NJ, BUF, TOR
Anaheim 4.19 - four games, three at home PHX, LA, EDM, SJ
Phoenix 3.81 - four games, three on the road CLB, ANA, CHI, OTT
Philadelphia 3.80 - four games NYR, MTL, PIT, COL
Steer Clear
Boston 1.90 - on the road to play the Wild and Montreal
Ottawa 2.00 - home to Red Wings and Coyotes
Tampa Bay 2.31 - home to CAR and NYI
Florida 2.31 - home to ATL and MIN
Columbus 2.76 - three games PHX, SJ, NAS
Sunday, October 12, 2008 to Saturday October 18, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.19 - four games PHX, LA, EDM, SJ
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games NJ, BUF, TOR, DET
San Jose 4.00 - four games LA, CLB, ANA, PHI
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYI, NYR, VAN, ATL
Colorado 3.90 - four games EDM, CGY, PHI, DAL
Steer Clear
Boston 2.00 - away to Montreal and Ottawa
Carolina 2.09 - home to Wings and visit the Kings
Ottawa 2.10 - home to Coyotes and Bruins
Tampa Bay 2.21 - home to Islanders and Wild
Florida 2.21 - home to Wild and Islanders
Monday, October 13, 2008 to Sunday October 19, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.29 - four games, three at home LA, EDM, SJ, CAR
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games NJ, BUF, TOR, DET
Chicago 4.00 - four games NAS, PHX, STL, VAN
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYI, NYR, VAN, ATL
Nashville 3.81 - four games CHI, DAL, CLB, CLB
Steer Clear
Boston 2.00 - two road games against Montreal and Ottawa
Los Angeles 2.00 - home to the Ducks and Hurricanes
Ottawa 2.10 - home to Coyotes and Bruins
Tampa Bay 2.21 - home to NYI and MIN
Florida 2.21 - home to MIN and NYI

 

 

 


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