|Audit Your Fantasy Squad - February Edition||Tweet|
|Written by Ian Fergusson|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2009 08:54|
Welcome once again to “An Expert’s Audit”. This audit will be posted here as well as on my fantasy hockey blog at Hockey Analysis . During the season I also do weekly reviews of teams for people who email in to me for a look-see, they’re less indepth but just as much fun. Dobber audits will continue to appear here monthly and if you’re interested in having your keeper team “worked over” then you can begin by emailing
about it BEFORE February 19th.
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Let’s take a look at Nothing-man. (*) is your 8 keeps.
LW Zach Parise * NJ – I heard one talking head call him one of the top 5 offensive options in the game right now. I don’t agree with that but he’s definitely carrying their offense and he’ll keep doing that for a lot of years to come.
RW Trent Hunter NYI – there are few Isles on many fantasy rosters but in a 16 team league Hunter has value since he’s eligible as a wing and puts up some points. Beware +/- but I think you’ll notice a difference now that he’s past his hand injury.
D Ryan Suter * NAS – he’s a tougher Rafalski in my books. He’s the last option for a keeper on your list and there’s some debate whether Selanne should get that honour or not.
G Henrik Lundqvist * NYR – if I can’t have Luongo anchoring my goaltending in a keeper league then I want King Henrik there. A lot of guys have been down on him a bit this year but he’s still elite.
BN Scott Clemmenson NJ – he’s got a month’s worth of value left ... maybe. I think the time to move him for something of value has passed.
IR Teemu Selanne ANA – arguably he’s a keep but I put him on the bubble. I think he may call it quits at the end of his contract next year and it’d be better to have another option instead of relying too much here.
IR Erik Johnson * STL – I still heart EJ. Next year you’ll see what I mean.
This is your roster as it appeared when I came on the scene. Obviously Teemu has been off IR for a couple weeks now and we dealt with that situation. My biggest issue here is that you’re playing one keep short this season because EJ is shelved. I’m against trading him since you won’t get full value and you still have to try and make due on the season without an 8th keeper rostered. Other guys simply roster a better team this year while you play a keep short. That’ll make your chances at success slimmer but I still think you have a shot to finish in the money if we can make the right moves.
Waiver Wire Options
Alexander Radulov – keep this idea in your back pocket in case your team crashes and burns over the 2nd half. I expect Rad to be back in the league next year and I’d add him to the bottom of your roster late in the season should you not qualify for the playoffs or your season has ended. That way you at least have an option on him for a keep going into next year.
Ian Laperriere – you’re in a bit of a search for PIMs since we jettisoned Parros pretty early into the process. He’s an interesting middleweight who gets the occasional point.
Cody McLeod – he exploded in January for some goals and if he keeps that up then he’s very viable as a pickup whether you’re streaming him or not.
Ethan Moreau – he provides a surprising amount of offense for a hard-nosed plumber type.
Manny Malhotra – if you had a faceoff category then I like him even more but in January he looked to be on a bit of a roll and he’d be certainly worth a look as a streaming option. You have a lot of C’s though so I doubt he has much value for you beyond streaming.
Chris Neil – he’s one of my all time faves for a combination of PIMs and points. It just doesn’t seem like the points are coming this season. Usually my standard for goons is that I want 30 pts and 200 PIMs, he won’t get anywhere near that point level this season but the PIMs will be there.
Jere Lehtinen – he’s had an injury plagued season but he also had a red-hot January when you compare it to his regular production. He’s producing about as much as the lower end of your RW anyway so he’s certainly worth rostering as a streamer.
Mark Giordano – he’s on pace for just shy of 30 pts for the season and any 30 pt D has value in fantasy hockey. He’s definitely worth a streaming option.
Nick Boynton – a lot of people were saying that the Cats got a steal in getting Boynton and Ballard for Jokinen but I didn’t see it that way at all. Boynton has value for points in the teens and PIMs for 120 or so. That PIM value is very good for a D but there’s little else for me to pursue here.
Steve Ott – he went on a hot streak this month and he’d have all sorts of value if he were eligible on a wing in your league but since he’s listed as a C only then the best case scenario is as a stream option for a week or so when you need it.
James Neal – there’s all sorts of upside here and I think he has value as a keep option or at the very least he’d be on the bubble as a keep if he were on your team. I like him and watch him closely.
Robert Nilsson – he can be really frustrating to have on your team because he has so much talent and he gets so little opportunity. If he gets in the right situation he can really help a fantasy team.
Johnny Oduya – if you ever need a boost in +/- in a given week then you can do a lot worse than rostering Johnny O.
Craig Rivet – he’s been a bit invisible due to injury this season but he’s a 30 pt D who’ll chip in PIMs and is a valuable leader in Buffalo.
Some guys inquired about getting EJ off you but we weren’t selling low and discussions didn’t really go far. DO NOT SELL LOW ON EJ! He’ll return next season and will anchor your D along with Campbell for a lot of years to come.
Streaming is your only hope for success this season but you’ll have to be careful. Streaming wreaks havoc on a +/- because you run guys out there that nobody else wants. When you’re deciding who to run out there for a certain week then I’d be looking for guys playing more games than others, who’ll contribute in a category that I think I’ll need and I’ll also hope to find someone that won’t hurt in +/-.
Well, that’s it for me this month. Normally I’d thank you for the opportunity to look around your team but I know what your response would be, it was nothing man. See ya Adam. Good luck.