|Angus Audits Your Team: Slap Shot FHL||Tweet|
|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 19:54|
I have decided to spice things up a bit this week while Dobber is off enjoying a few cervezas in sunny and warm Mexico. Each day this week, I will be auditing a different fantasy hockey team submitted to me by DobberHockey members and readers. Wondering what your plan of attack should be 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.
I will be running these audits on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Fire me an e-mail if you want to get in line!
Today I’ll be taking a look at the team submitted to me by DobberHockey reader Nathan, who has a talented young roster in an auction keeper league.
Auction Keeper League, 12 teams
($0.25 minimum salary for a player, $55.00 salary cap max)
The salary cap only matters on draft/auction day (more on that in a bit)
At the end of the 2nd year, a player can be signed for up to three additional years at $1.25 extra per year (for example, if they make $3 per year now, it would rise to $4.25 for the first year, $5.50 for the second year, and so on).
21-man rosters; 13 forwards, six defensemen, two goaltenders
Can keep 12 skaters, or 11 skaters and one goalie
Special teams goals (1 PP, 2 SH)
Nathan has the choice of keeping either 12 skaters or 11 and a goaltender
I’ll include salaries since it is an auction league
Firstly, auction leagues are very different than other league types. So if you are confused as to how or why I am valuing a player a certain way, it is probably because of salary-related issues. Most fantasy hockey leagues are free of salary cap constraints, which tend to make player valuations considerably more difficult.
Nathan has no choice but to let a few players walk (Parise, Spezza, and Nabokov).
Here are his salary options with the keepers:
Backes will return to his 2008-09 totals. Consider last year an aberration (it seems like every single forward outside of Alex Steen struggled offensively for the Blues). I’d sign him for two more years.
Langenbrunner is an extremely low risk move at that salary. I’d drop him if Mueller is kept, but Nathan believes he will be able to redraft Mueller. With auction leagues, you often don’t keep your best players because of salary issues, and often times you have to take risks and make assumptions as to what certain players will fetch in the open market. Sometimes it works and you can save a few bucks, while other times it backfires and you lose a player you would have otherwise kept.
I wouldn’t give Byfuglien that much money. He has elevated his game in the playoffs but he doesn’t bring the intensity on a consistent basis over the 82-game season. I WOULD keep Byfuglien if you are 100% confident that he will maintain his defensive eligibility for the term of the contract (something I don’t see happening). Outside of a few games at the end of the season and the Nashville series where he played on the back end because of injury issues, Chicago likes him on the wing.
Gonchar still has two or three good years left in him – I suspect we will see him slowly transition into a bit more of a power play specialist.
Nathan is confident/hopeful that he can reacquire one of Parise or Spezza through the draft in October. He also wants to target young defensemen like PK Subban, McBain, John Carlson, and Erik Karlsson. I’d say that sounds like a decent strategy, wouldn’t you? His defense is pretty mediocre, and I’d definitely be targeting that position at the draft.
Considering wins is the only goalie category counted, it is very easy to rank them. Look at the team they are playing on, estimate how many games they will play, and viola! Someone like Marc-Andre Fleury becomes one of the best goalies to own. In most leagues, where statistics like shutouts, save percentage, and goals-against average are counted, he slide down the list a bit.
My keepers for you:
For less than half of your league’s salary cap, you have a pretty decent list of keepers. You mentioned that you believe you can redraft McBain for less. If you are 100% sure of that, then drop him. If not, hold on to him. He is one of the best young defensemen to own in the entire league.
I’d focus on getting good value at the draft, be it with younger players or veterans. Obviously common sense, but in an auction league this is imperative.
Halak is a great goalie to build around. Your forwards are on the young side, but I see Neal, Tavares, and Giroux all taking big strides next season. Auction leagues are so unique that it is difficult for me to give comprehensive advice - I hope I have given you some clarity with your keepers. Nathan will have a lot of cap space to use at the draft, so spend wisely!
|Last Updated on Saturday, 22 May 2010 11:17|