Originally Posted by Maaaasquito
But I'm starting to see a lot of H2H teams trying to go "across the board" which is interesting to me, cause at the end of the day you only need to 50/50 plus win the tie breaker and you essentially win the week...
FHG has a strong emphasis on "across the board" production, but that's not what vitally important for H2H...
Let's say you grab Perry, Lucic and Backes (who are 3 of the "big name" across the board producers out there) you'd end up with a stat-line of:
87 G, 88 A, +15, 363 PIM, 51 PPP and 660 SOG.
Now if I grabbed 3 "soft" guys in Daniel, Henrik and Thornton, I'd have a stat-line of:
62 G, 163 A, +54, 54 PIM , 75 PPP and 498 SOG.
I'd essentially 50/50 those stats if I had a trio of "across the board" players in Perry, Lucic and Backes compared to Sedin, Sedin and Thornton, so there's little to no advantage in grabbing "across the board" players compared to focusing on straight offensive players in H2H. I could certainly see it useful for Roto leagues, but H2H I don't see it...
There's not much to pick from for disagreements to keep this post moving... so... I choose this one.
LOL (sorry Ma)
I'd disagree with your line of thinking here that a trio of soft-players who are heavy in three categories can compete with across the board players.
In any given week, the Perry/Lucic/Backes trio should win G/PIM/SOG against most competition (not just the soft-trio, but most)... those are fairly consistent categories.
In any given week, the Sedin/Sedin/Thornton trio should win A/PPP against most competition (not just the gritty-trio, but most).
But what category did I leave out... oh, +/-.
Over the course of a season, the best players will have great +/-, but week-to-week can vary with competition.
So now you are looking at a trio that only grabs 2/6 categories with consistency. Ugh, not sure what my comfort level is in those guys.
My personal strategy in both H2H & Roto is to (if anything) punt assists.
I'm not passing on Henrik Sedin if he's there in the 3rd round because he's (normally) great in 3/6... but I AM passing on Brian Campbell, who at best, is 2/6.
Also - across the board players are a little easier to replace.
If you have a Henrik Sedin go down, how easy is it to replace his Assists & PPP & +/- with a waiver wire player? I'd say, not too easy.
If somebody loses a Perry/Backes/Lucic, how easy is it to replace them? Not easy either... but easi-er, I'd say. PIM & SOG are almost always there on the waiver wire. And often goals can be found from a player promoted to a line with a great passer.
Anyways - I think across the board-value is important in H2H... assuming you are going to clean 3/6 categories with a soft trio is a big mistake, IMO.
If you only win 2/6 some weeks (due to +/- randomness), you are now below 50%... and perhaps out of playoff contention.
The gritty team is going to accidentally steal +/- some weeks... which will put them a little over 50%.
That's my argument (sheerly to keep the thread rolling).
ps. When do we get to talk more about Shoeless' Ott reach in the Rocky Horror Roto Show? We need to get him fired up & back in this thread again!