Third Year Keeper League Team
I am in a 12 team H2H Yahoo Keeper League entering it's third year. We kept 8 the first offseason, 10 this offseason and it will be 12 the following season and will stay there. I finished the regular season of the first year in second, but finished the postseason out of the money in sixth. This past year, I finished dead last. In mid December, I recognized my team was virtually sunk and attempted a rebuild on the sly with 5 trades between then and the mid March trade deadline. It didn't help me make the 8 teams in the playoffs, but I picked up some usable assests.
Both years I used Rotoworld's draft guide. I purchased the Season Pass as well the first season as I joined the league 8 hours before the draft and had never been in a Hockey pool before. I had used their Baseball, Basketball and Football draft guides with success in the past.
This offseason I bought the Dobber's complete keeper draft package before the draft. I kept Benn, Landeskog, Skinner, Lucic, J. Staal, Wheeler, Doughty, Subban, Crawford and Varlamov. I had the 1st, 12th, 25th and 26th picks in the draft. Prior to the draft, I accepted a trade to be completed during the draft. My Semin and #26 pick for his #18 and #76 picks. I just wanted to get rid of Semin, because if I didn't trade him I had to keep him. I got Ekman-Larsson at #18 and J. Carlson at #76. He got Saad at #26 along with Semin. After the draft, I bought the Fantasy Hockey Geek Tool and picked up two off of waivers, Hanzal dropping Kulemin and Foligno dropping S. Voynov.
Our league scoring & settings are: G A PPP SHP PIM GWG +/- W GAA SV SO SV% Min 4 goalie starts weekly. Daily transactions with no maximums. I apologize for the preamble and present my team;
(NYR - C)
(Car - C,LW)
(Pho - C)
(Dal - C,LW)
(Col - LW)
(Bos - LW)
(Car - C,RW)
(Wpg - RW)
(Was - RW)
(Edm - RW)
(Buf - LW)
(Nsh - LW)
(Cls - C,LW)
(LA - D)
(Mon - D)
(Pho - D)
(Was - D)
(Nsh - C,RW)
(Nsh - C,LW)
(Col - G)
(Edm - G)
(Cls - RW)
(Was - C)
(StL - RW)
(Chi - G)
(LA - G)
I know my goaltending is average at best, horrible at worst but I am doing the best with what I have available. I appreciate all critiques and any suggestions to get into the money this season. I currently have my eye on dropping Anisimov for Mark Scheifele. FHG value for Anisimov in this league is 29.6 and for Sceifele it is about 39. I have been offered Lindback and Grabovski for Yakupov and Bernier. M. Smith and Saad for Bernier and Foligno. Both since the draft and both countered, but ultimately rejected.
Yeeesh that's a tough team to manage...
It just looks gutted IMO. You really lack a superstar, if you look at one-year league rankings, you don't own anyone in the top 35...
At first glance you have a whole heap of middle of the road 40-55 point players, which probably won't get you back into the money spot.
What I would suggest doing is probably start from scratch again, just continue to play/rebuild for the next 3-4 seasons and stockpile picks and aim to win 5-6 years down the track. That's probably how long it'll take to get this team back into shape.
This is one of the main reasons why "newbies" shouldn't join keeper leagues, if they don't know what they're doing... A couple of wrong moves and it's not as simple as hitting the reset button like in one-year leagues. You kinda have to live with your mistakes year after year...
The big key is to not move your young players (Yakupov, Tarasenko), you need to start stockpiling the higher-end guys and slowly get rid of your run of the mill guys. Do not go and pull off moves like Lindback and Grabovski for Yakupov and Bernier that would be entirely stupid in your situation and people are just taking advantage of you. What you need to start doing is moving those mid-ranged guys for higher end draft picks. So take a look at hot-streaks, and when a player gets on one, see if you can move them for draft picks or prospects. Also really start making strategic moves in your pool especially at the trade deadline, any bubble teams, start throwing offers out there that will help you dramatically in the future.
Third stick on the Dobber boards and post any trades that you have in mind. There are plenty of people who are willing to give your their opinion, so you don't make a rash decision.
It's going to be a long road back, but if you take small steps at a time, and make the "right" decisions, things can slowly be fixed.
Dobber Expert Pool Champion 2011-12
Don't agree on the the trade offers. Terrible offers!
Some available Free Agents would help. Especially what goalies are still there.
Adding some prospects like Scheifele for Antropov is definitely the way you should go.
Yahoo - 8 Teams - Dynasty League
F: Crosby | Malkin | Ovechkin | Giroux | Toews | Perry | Bergeron | Kovalchuk (IR) | Duchene | Benn | Backes | Callahan | Landeskog | E. Staal | J. Staal | Galchenyuk | Gallagher | Silfverberg | Doan
D: Letang (IR) | Seabrook | Keith | Girardi | Green | Ehrhoff | Ellis | Kulikov | Trouba | Beaulieu | Spurgeon | M. Staal (IR) |
G: Lundqvist | Fleury
2006: 9th | 2007: 5th | 2008: 5th | 2009: 2nd | 2010: 1st | 2011: 1st |
Thanks for the input. Yes, I countered his Lindback offer with John Carlson and Jonathan Bernier for Brendan Smith and Anders Lindback. The Smith offer, I countered with Sergei Kostitsyn and Artem Anisimov for Jonathan Huberdeau or Matt Duchene.
When cramming for this league before the initial draft, I got hung up on tiers and totally underestimated the value of goaltenders. This was my draft;
1. (10) Mike Green (Was - D)
2. (15) Drew Doughty (LA - D)
3. (34) Alexander Semin (Car - RW)
4. (39) Steve Mason (Cls - G)
5. (58) Dan Boyle (SJ - D)
6. (63) Zdeno Chara (Bos - D)
7. (82) Jonathan Bernier (LA - G)
8. (87) Mikko Koivu (Min - C)
9. (106) Wojtek Wolski (Was - LW)
10. (111) Jordan Staal (Car - C)
11. (130) Brenden Morrow (Dal - LW)
12. (135) Kristian Huselius (Cls - LW)
13. (154) James Neal (Pit - LW)
14. (159) Martin Havlat (SJ - RW)
15. (178) Troy Brouwer (Was - RW)
16. (183) Colin Wilson (Nsh - C)
17. (202) Nazem Kadri (Tor - C)
18. (207) Milan Michalek (Ott - LW)
19. (226) David Clarkson (NJ - RW)
20. (231) David Jones (Col - RW)
21. (250) John Carlson (Was - D)
22. (255) Colby Armstrong (Mon - RW)
23. (274) Justin Abdelkader (Det - LW)
24. (279) Pascal Dupuis (Pit - LW)
25. (298) Dan Hamhuis (Van - D)
26. (303) Marc Staal (NYR - D)
I made 2 trades during the season. Khabibulin for Elliot. Morrow and Boyle for Lucic and E. Johnson. I rode that team to second place got bounced in the playoffs and I kept Doughty, Green, Semin, M. Koivu, Crawford, Lucic, Skinner and S. Mason. I then drafted this team;
1. (7) Jamie Benn (Dal - C,LW)
2. (18) Mikko Koivu (Min - C)
3. (31) Jordan Staal (Car - C,LW)
4. (42) John Carlson (Was - D)
5. (55) Jonathan Bernier (LA - G)
6. (66) Gabriel Landeskog (Col - LW)
7. (79) Adam Larsson (NJ - D)
8. (90) Zac Dalpe (Car - C,RW)
9. (103) Derek Stepan (NYR - C)
10. (114) Blake Wheeler (Wpg - RW)
11. (127) Devan Dubnyk (Edm - G)
12. (138) Joffrey Lupul (Tor - LW,RW)
13. (151) Nino Niederreiter (NYI - RW)
14. (162) Tyler Kennedy (Pit - LW,RW)
15. (175) Colin Wilson (Nsh - C,LW)
16. (186) Martin Hanzal (Pho - C)
17. (199) Anton Babchuk (Cgy - D)
18. (210) Alex Burmistrov (Wpg - C,RW)
19. (223) Drew Doughty (LA - D)
20. (234) Mike Green (Was - D)
21. (247) Corey Crawford (Chi - G)
22. (258) Alexander Semin (Car - LW,RW)
23. (271) Jeff Skinner (Car - C,RW)
24. (282) Milan Lucic (Bos - LW)
25. (295) Martin Havlat (SJ - RW)
26. (306) Steve Mason (Cls - G)
When my team bottomed out in mid December, I started my series of trades. Lupol and C. Smith for C. Stewart and Kulemin. Kennedy, A. Larrsson, Koivu and Khabibulin for C. Smith, S. Kostitsytin, Subban, Johansson and Varlamov. Green and a fourth for Dubinsky and a first. And the aforementioned Semin trade. And my team is as it stands. I'm going to sleep on it and then most likely pull the trigger on the Scheifele waiver transaction.
The available FA goaltenders are;
(Fla - G)
(Car - G)
(Cgy - G)
(Cls - G)
(Tor - G)
(Wpg - G)
(Ott - G)
(Edm - G)
(Dal - G)
(Pho - G)
(Mon - G)
(NYI - G)
(Wpg - G)
(Cgy - G)
(Car - G)
(Chi - G)
(Cls - G)
(TB - G)
(NJ - G)
(SJ - G)
(NYR - G)
Some FA skaters available I have waitlisted;
(LA - D)
(Col - D)
(Pit - LW,RW)
(Bos - C)
(TB - LW)
(Car - C,LW)
(NYI - LW)
(Was - C)
(Edm - LW)
(Was - LW)
(TB - RW)
(Fla - D)
(LA - C)
(Dal - C)
(Car - C,RW)
(Wpg - C)
(Ott - C)
(Cgy - C)
(NYI - RW)
(Chi - C)
(Mon - LW)
(Pit - C)
(StL - RW)
(Buf - C,LW)
(NYI - C,RW)
(Pho - C,LW)
(Fla - C,LW)
(Chi - C)
UHL Pittsburgh Penguins
24 Team Fantrax Salary Cap H2H Dynasty League Daily
G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, Hits, Blks, FOW
W, GAA, SV, SV%, SO
23 Man Roster - 3C, 3LW, 3RW, 3F, 6D, 1G, 4BN, 4IR
27 Man Minor Team
C- Tavares, Stepan, Hodgson, Shaw, Bjugstad
LW- Ryan, Perron, Downie, Killorn, Rinaldo
RW- Wheeler, Simmonds, Coyle, Frattin, Boyes
D- Pietrangelo, JJ, Bogosian, EJ, Josi, Cowen, Muzzin
F: Granlund, Silfverberg, Jensen, Dalpe, Bowman, Knight, Fasth, JAM
D: Beaulieu, Koekkoek, Gelinas, Pysyk, McCabe, Irwin
G: Nilsson, Nilstorp, Ramo, Berra, Brossoit, Gibson
Firstly, for future postings don't list your team like that.
C: Staal, Hanzal, Stepan
LW: Benn, Landeskog, etc....
will suffice, it is much easier to read and the people on this board are knowledgeable enough to not need the team names.
Next, I don't think your team is as bad as some have made it sound to be. Yes you have to hang onto your upside players.. those are Benn, Landeskog, Skinner, Wheeler, Yakupov, Tarasenko. You have a great young D-core, Doughty, Subban, OEL, Carlson.. then in net I wouldn't panic yet, see how Varlamov and Dubnyk pan out. Varly has the talent, he just needs to strengthen himself from injury. Dubnyk has to prove he can carry the load, but if he succeeds he is the starter for what could be an explosive young team.
These guys you should not treat lightly as they could surprise and force their way into a keeper slot: Staal, Stepan, Atkinson, Crawford, Bernier (if he gets traded)
So these would be my 12 keepers
6F: Benn, Landeskog, Skinner, Wheeler, Yakupov, Tarasenko
4D: Doughty, Subban, OEL, Carlson
2G: Varlamov, Dubnyk
I would then spend this year concentrating on improving those 12 keepers, everything else on your team is expendable if you can find a significant addition to your keeper slots. Also if someone will give you say.. Tavares for Tarasenko/Landeskog, I'd do a deal like that. You lose a keeper but then you can move a Staal or Atkinson onto the list. In a 12 team keep 12, you should be able to keep 2-3 forwards able to hit 80 points now. The other 3 should have the talent to get there, or at least be 60+ point players. Your D should be 1st PPQBs, and of the ones you have only Carlson's PP time is in question.
I know you said you wanted to be in the money, but rebuilding and winning are usually in conflict, which means if you try to do both you will just fail miserably all around.
Hope that helps.
10 Team Yahoo Roto
Keep 6F, 3D, 1G (to max 4 years)
4C,4LW,4RW,6D,2G,5BN,2IR Roto-play 90games/position
Player: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, FW
Goalie: W, GAA, SV, SV%, SHO
C: 3-Backstrom, 1-Getzlaf, Kesler, Ribiero, Stepan
LW: 2-Zetterberg(c), 1-Hall, 2-Benn(c), Pacioretty,
RW: 1-P.Kane(c), Wheeler, Burrows, Brunner, Silfverberg
D: 2-Edler, 1-Yandle, 1-Subban, Carlson, Zidlicky, J.Faulk, Souray
G: 2-Quick, Brodeur, Dubnyk, Emery
#- denotes number of years I have kept a player.
Picked up Scheifele and dropped Anisimov. Now I'n looking to move Kostitsyn. I want to make a trade offer to this team;
Mike Ribeiro, Patrik Elias, Steve Ott, Ryan Smyth, R.J. Umberger, Vinny Prospal, Sam Gagner, Jordin Tootoo, Jarome Iginla, Kris Versteeg, P.A. Parenteau, Colin Greening, Olli Jokinen, Tobias Enstrom, Tyler Myers, Sheldon Souray, Kris Letang, Taylor Hall, Eric Staal, Kari Lehtonen, Jaroslav Halak, Jakob Silfverberg, Christian Ehrhoff, Justin Faulk, Scott Hartnell, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Kostitsyn (33.8) for Ott (161.6) seems my most obvious offer. I am interested in Silfverberg but his FHG value for this league is - 24.5, so who to give up? Johannson's FHG value is 0.6, so maybe him. Atkinson's FHG value is 9.5, making him the only other option.