Originally Posted by bluck
.. lets say that there is a massive run on goalies as i expect there will be in the earlier rounds... would you grab a cam ward in round 3 or wait and grab a lesser caliber goalie in round 5?
With regards to Sunday starts.. does that mean you would rank players from ANH and CHI a bit higher on your draft list? And with regards to that Flex spot do you mean a player where i can add/drop on saturday for that sunday start?
1. Personally, I have no problem waiting a few more rounds. Let's say all 11 teams select 2 goalies before you do. This year the 23rd/24th/25th/26th goalies are being drafted as: Dubnyk (EDM), Crawford (CHI), Pavelec (WPG), Brodeur (NJ). Personally, I have no problem rolling with this group of goalies in a H2H league
. The thing is - you are BUYING them at a price of a 23rd/24th/25th/26th best goalies... but the odds are they'll outperform a few of the top 22 goalies. Additionally, the randomness of their week-to-week stats will win you GAA or SV% sheerly by having a "good" week or some weak opponents in a given week.
2. In "daily" roster-set leagues... yes, I do personally bump up value of players on "off-night" teams. Last year Anaheim had a completely wacky schedule and I drafted Getzlaf & Ryan & Hiller in multiple leagues and never had conflicts. In fact, Hiller (despite a poor year) was on my H2H multi-cat team (finished 3rd/12) and my ROTO multi-cat team (finished 1st/11). Of course, this theory only occurs in "DAILY" leagues. There is no advantage to these teams if your league uses "weekly starts".
3. By a "flex" spot, I mean that I usually save one spot on my roster than I FORCE myself not to attach myself to. Week-to-week, think of it this way:
A 20 goal scorer playing 4 games in a week.
A 25 goal scorer playing 3 games in a week.
When I consider players in "daily" leagues, I'm often looking at their schedules. How many games do I get out of a guy in the next 7 days, the next 15 days? When I see a break in his schedule (like 1 game in 5 nights), I'll drop him for another schedule-heavy player. [Note: Sometimes this doesn't work in a maximum-starts league, but usually there are injuries to compensate for.]
If you allow yourself a flex player, you can consistently grab weaker players that play more games in a week & yet still give yourself better statistics.