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Second Half Gold

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by Chris Nowinski
 
With the 2014 Winter Olympics break quickly approaching us, its time to take a close look at our hockey roster so we can make a run at the league title. Here are a list of the top 10 guys greatly unowned in ESPN leagues (99.9 %) or less that can help your squads down the stretch.

 

1. Roman Josi, Defense, Nashville Predators

Josi was 2nd round selection in the 2008 entry draft. He is a big defenseman who logs tons of minutes and is finally showing the offensive prowess he was projected to possess. In his last 10 games he has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) which is money for a defenseman. Doubters will look at his sub par plus/minus of -12 but he is a +9 in his last 6 contests. He also logs plenty of power play time with their offensive stud Shea Webber. The Predators are a team on the rise and so is Josi. Grab him before it’s too late.
 
2 & 3. Ondrei Palat/Tyler Johnson, Forwards, Tampa Bay Lightning

You have heard it here first. The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to the Eastern Conference Finals this year. They are getting the worlds best player back soon (Stamkos), they finally found a franchise goalie out of nowhere (Bishop), and Victor Hedman is finally realizing his potential when he was tabbed a future all-star defenseman. The Lightning are clicking on all cylinders right now. Now enter Ondrei Palat and Tyler Johnson. These 2 kids are currently playing with all-star Martin St Louis on the first line and have reaped benefits. Both young guns have 12 points in their last 13 games and we all know point per game players don’t grow on trees. Oh and by the way, Johnson just sniped a hat trick as we speak. It will be interesting to see how the lineup will shake up once Stamkos returns but the Lighting are a very good team and these 2 youngsters deserve a look.
 
4. Alexander Edler, Defenseman, Vancouver Canucks

Edler has been known all throughout his career for being a top 10 defensive playmaker in this league. injuries have plagued him this season and combined with the overall poor play of the Canucks you can understand why he’s just under 70% owned. But the dude has talent. The schedule for Vancouver also turns favorably for the franchise after the break. He also gets to play the man advantage with uber talents like the Sedin twins and Kesler and he gets plus ice time Sounds like a 2nd half match made in heaven. Grab him while you can.
 
5. Cody Hodgson, Forward, Buffalo Sabres

Hodgson is a talented center. The Buffalo Sabres are an organization in transition and Hodgson is one of their few bright spots. He piled up 34 points in 48 games last season and has 26 offensive tallies in 40 outings this season. He also benefits from playing on the sabres first line and power play with fellow sniper Matt Moulson so he gets above average ice time along with the scoring opportunities. A 0.25 power play points/games played ratio isn’t too shabby either.
 
6. Jacob Trouba, Defenseman, Winnipeg Jets

The man they call Troubaca, this 2012 9th pick overall selection has serious upside. He currently has 19 points in 35 games which puts him on pace to be a 40+ point defenseman which is fantasy gold. Another asset to his fantasy game is he isn’t a defensive liability which is evident of his +6 rating on the lowly Jets. Factor in he gets plenty of minutes and can chip in penalty minutes as well and whats not to like?
 
7. Valeri Nichushkin, Forward, Dallas Stars

A true darkhorse is every word, this kid is going to be a star. The question is how soon? As the 10th overall pick in last years draft, many people where tabbing Nichy as the most NHL ready prosect out there and he hasn’t dissapointed with 25 points in 48 games. He also sports a nice +13 rating. While those numbers don’t jump out at you, in fantasy it’s all about upside. He gets to play on the stars ultra talented top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and as he adapts more to the game i expect good things from this kid in the 2nd half.
 

2013-2014 NHL Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Do you believe this “youngster” now has two Cup titles? Believe it.

With only hours until the first puck drops on opening night of the 2013-2014 NHL season, I am proud to present my initial fantasy hockey rankings. This is the first season that our friends over at FantasyPros.com have hosted NHL rankings so please make sure to give these a read. Much like our fantasy baseball rankings, these fantasy hockey rankings will be updated weekly. The goal there will be to provide “rest of the season” rankings so that you can analyze trade offers and otherwise determine who to play on any given night (typically Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends) when you have an abundance of players available.
 
If you are ever curious as to how I go who to start on any given night, please reach out to me on Twitter @TheTonyM.  For now, enjoy and good luck this fantasy hockey season!
 


Fantasy Hockey Rankings powered by FantasyPros

 
A 24-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and am also contributor to RotoGrinders.com, FantasyPros.com, TheFakeHockey.com and FantasyFeud.com. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

The Ninja Returns: Fantasy Hockey InjureCon?

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja! Yes…you are screwed!

I can hear this now. What the hell did you do? While fantasy sports gets so fascinated with “fancy stats”, some of us went out and embarked on a different path. A special thanks to Jo Innes for all of her injury work. There are a lot of people who get us the information that makes this possible.  All of the fans and media aid in all of this one way or the other and that is greatly appreciated.

What is InjureCon?

Simply it is a way to gauge potential injury. This is not an exact science. It would be rather scary if we were to be able to predict when a player would miss time. However, there are times when one can almost see it coming. Think back to when Rick DiPietro fought Brent Johnson. Yes, that was a case where injury almost seemed predestined. Certain players are almost made of glass, aren’t they? There are three main ways to break this down.

  • There are the glass house injury prone.
  • The players who simply have bad timing or luck.
  • Those that no one sees coming.

Keep in mind that these blend into one another occasionally. Okay, maybe that is more than every so often. That is why we attempted to come up with a when for injuries. How frustrating is it when a player from your fantasy team goes down suddenly? What goes through the owner’s mind (other than a ton of expletives)? The answer is panic for most. They try to find waiver wire options or trade partners. That often results in lopsided trade proposals and worse.

Again, what if there was at least a gauge to aid in the process? This is where we come in. Data becomes so valuable and again we comb the outer reaches for. At a first glance, this appears impossible but do not worry, the InjureCon will be a valuable tool. It is more integral during this Olympic year.

Here is the part where we need your help. It is very easy too. You give us the players and we will give you their InjureCon. As a reminder, this is a ten point scale. The higher the number, the more likely the injury. We will occasionally go more in depth on certain players and teams.

The Goal……

It is to give the fan an avenue to use in fantasy as far as figuring strategy and ultimately winning. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW. The fantasy hockey world is again about to be taken in another direction.

Fantasy Hockey Is Not Quite Over….

Unlimited chances anyone? Fantasy hockey fans have postseason options. (File Photo)

Unlimited chances anyone? Fantasy hockey fans have postseason options. (File Photo)

 

Hello everyone! As we wind down the fantasy hockey season, there is at least some hope for the owner who may start to feel the withdrawal symptoms. We will get to that later. First off, let’s get to the current events.

 

ESPN Screws The Stat Pooch Again……

 

I could not believe this either. Apparently Ryan Miller found a way to get a shutout tonight in ESPN Fantasy Hockey. Yes we understand that errors happen but this is the third time I have seen this in the last week. The scary part is this keeps happening with little signs or hopes of correction. For the sake of brevity, here is our evidence.

 

The Phunky Buddaz - Free Fantasy Hockey - ESPN

 

Now do you see that 1 under the shutout (SO) column? That is correct err incorrect I should say. Just imagine if you are the owner who thinks a shutout has been bestowed upon them only to quickly find out that it is not so. Granted, all of the panic can be settled quickly but that initial fear one way or the other does cause some upset stomachs. If you need the Pepto Bismol, we do understand. Is this going to happen again? Of course this is almost destined to show up somewhere on your fantasy bottom lines. You have been warned.

Playoffs spark hope for fantasy owners!

 

Yes there are several sites that are cooking up a little fantasy hockey postseason style. We are going to spotlight one right now. First and foremost, we present ESPN’s Fantasy Playoff Hockey Challenge. Naturally, someone had to take a little spin with the interface just to see what it was like.

 

Here are the basics straight from ESPN’s mouth.

The Basics

 

You pick a team of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders under a fantasy budget of $100 million. That team scores you goals, assists, wins and shutout bonuses to carry you to glory. Goals are worth a point, assists are worth a point, wins are worth two points, and goaltenders and defensemen get a bonus point for a shutout.

 

Selecting a team of stars should be relatively easy as the game begins with most forwards drawing a salary just under $9 million, the top defensemen just under $8 million and the goaltenders peaking at $11 million. Do the math and you will notice you are just shy of being able to ice a roster of all the top players in the league. While that may be true, it’s not always the top players in the league who excel in the playoffs.

 

You get to swap out your team after the first round of the playoffs and again after the conference semifinals, but you don’t get to trade out the team after the conference finals. In other words, there is no harm in selecting players from teams that get eliminated in the first or second rounds. But when the playoffs are pared down to the four teams vying for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, that is your final roster lock. There are no limits to the swapping as long as you stay under $100 million. In theory, you could have 36 different players on your roster during the entirety of the Playoff Hockey Challenge.

 

As you can see, it looks fairly straightforward but again the playoffs often thrust the spotlight on the unexpected. That has to be emphasized over and over again. I will be creating a 12 man entry this weekend. Don’t worry! We will have it up on the site here to scrutinize soon enough. Yes just when the season is over, a new contest begins. It really is a sign that fantasy hockey is becoming more and more involved. With a two month playoff, this could almost have a shortened season like feel.

 

Remember, you can always follow me @ChrisWasselTHW for the latest fantasy hockey news and more. Thanks again for reading and stay tuned for further updates.

NHL Fantasy Hockey FanDuel Lineup for March 25, 2013

Hey, French-Canuck, just score for us. We’re depending on you!

Let’s continue rolling today. We squeaked by thanks to a brilliant shutout by Evgeni Nabokov and I cashed in the 50/50s and 3- and 5- player leagues that actually filled yesterday. Again, it was not pretty, but they count. This past weekend was some of the slowest for daily fantasy hockey, I am guessing, in large part, due to March Madness.
 
This lineup on FanDuel locks at 7:00pm East / 4:00pm West.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/25/2013 NHL Lineup
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Guillaume Latendresse ($5,800)
LW: Zach Parise ($7,000)
RW: Michael Frolik ($3,800)
RW: Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4,800)
C: Jonathan Toews ($8,700)
C: Nazem Kadri ($7,500)
D: Duncan Keith ($5,400)
D: Jared Spurgeon ($4,300)
G: Corey Crawford ($7,600)
 
Salary remaining: $100.
 
As always, I anchored my team with the goalie that I think has the best chance to not only get the “W”, but is also likely to face a barrage of shots. The Devils have been firing the puck on net to the tune of well over 30 shots a game. That said, without Ilya Kovalchuk, while the SOGs may drop, the Senators have a better chance to win the game. At $7,100, I am thrilled to slot Ben Bishop in net, but I actually swapped him out for Corey Crawford at home against the Kings. I see the Senators continuing to roll at home and improve their 11-2-3 home record. At the -130 ML, 64% of the sharps like the Senators as well. Another team that has had success (other than the Blackhawks) is the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are road dogs, and are only 7-7-1 away from their home ice, but 67% of the sharps favor the Wild at +109. The makes sense as Minnesota has won 5 games in a row and 8 of their last 10. Three of the five wins during the streak were on the road against formidable teams in the Avalanche, Canucks and Red Wings.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

NHL Fantasy Hockey FanDuel Lineup for March 22, 2013

Kid is smiling because his Blue Jackets are playing great hockey.

Another short slate of NHL games is on the docket tonight, which means you really have to hit on not just who will score, which team will win, but you also have to focus on which players are likely to be on the ice for a goal for or a goal against. Remember, FanDuel penalizes you one point for each -1.
 
If you played the lineup I posted on Twitter last night, you should have cashed in any format. I won a handful of 3-person, 5-person and 10-person leagues, in addition to cashing in on all 50/50s I entered.
 
This lineup on FanDuel locks at 7:00pm East / 4:00pm West.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/22/2013 NHL Lineup
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Chris Kunitz ($8,800)
LW: Vinny Prospal ($5,800)
RW: Troy Brouwer ($5,100)
RW: Johan Franzen ($6,000)
C: Sidney Crosby ($9,900)
C: Peter Holland ($3,700)
D: Fedor Tyutin ($4,200)
D: Matt Niskanen ($4,100)
G: Tomas Vokoun ($7,400)
 
Salary remaining: $0.
 
In case you have not been paying attention, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing fantastic hockey and their defense is a main reason why they have had recent success (seven wins in last ten games with the three losses coming in either a shootout or OT). Not surprisingly, Sergei Bobrovsky is the highest priced goaltender on FanDuel tonight. I would love to play him, but if you have been following me, I like to skimp on my goalies and use the cash for my skaters.  The moneyline on the Columbus / Calgary game has the Blue Jackets at -138, but I believe the line moves, especially considering the heavy money from the sharps on the Blue Jackets at -138. Before the puck drops, I would not be surprised to see them favored at a -150 moneyline.
 
Another game the intrigues me is the Pittsburgh / New York Islander game. At -151 right now, the sharps are all over the game and I would absolutely hammer the over 5. The Penguins have taken 2 of 3 in the series this season, but put up 6 goals against the Isles on March 10. I see no let down in the Penguin first line (Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis). I would have started Dupuis over Franzen, but you can only play four players from one team on FanDuel.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

Hockey Brackets: Think Of Your Playoffs As……

While the world focuses on some things called brackets...we have our eyes firmly set on hockey (File Photo)

While the world focuses on some things called brackets…we have our eyes firmly set on hockey brackets err the playoffs? (File Photo)

This is going to be a bit of a departure from the normal posts so bear with me here. I will have a little fun with this as I display some numbers from a THW Keepers League I am currently in as commissioner. There is a little of everything in the league as we document the “goings on” of a fantasy hockey league in a shortened season. Let’s take a few stabs at this.

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The First Eight Weeks…..

It is funny how a league can take a life of its own but this one has. Shortened seasons are an anomaly but have you ever played in a keeper league in such a situation? Those who have experience in it possess a slight advantage. However, that is not the end all.  Here is the projected playoff hockey brackets for now…..

 

WINNER’S BRACKET
ROUND 1 (APR 8 – 14) ROUND 2 (APR 15 – 21) ROUND 3 (APR 22 – 27)
TOT
#1 Shattered Glass © -
*BYE* -
Full Box Score
TOT
TBD -
TBD -
Full Box Score
TOT
TBD -
TBD -
Full Box Score
TOT
#5 The Phunky Buddaz 0-0-10
#4 Rosie’s Hockey 0-0-10
Full Box Score
TOT
#6 Jersey Devils 0-0-10
#3 Quebec City Slashers 0-0-10
Full Box Score
TOT
TBD -
TBD -
Full Box Score
TOT
#2 Polish Express -
*BYE* -
Full Box Score

 

All in all, there were problems in the way a shortened season is constructed. Think about it, in ESPN leagues there has to be an 11 week regular season in order to have a three week playoff. That doesn’t seem really fair, does it? The first eight weeks clearly brought about a class structure to the fantasy league. How did this shake out? Here it goes…..

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The Top Dogs……..

  1. Shattered Glass (56-17-7)
  2. Polish Express (54-18-8)
  3. Quebec City Slashers (54-18-8)

 

What separates this group from the rest? They have above average numbers in just about every single category. Shattered Glass leads the league in goaltending with 27 wins, a 2.04 GAA, and a .921 save percentage. Polish Express leads with a whopping 19:41 of ATOI along with 128 special teams points (STP), and has consistent offensive output (126 G 224 A). Quebec City Slashers are above average in a bunch of categories along with 138 goals and 225 assists for starters. His 19 wins and .918 save percentage are also of note in what has become a ridiculously tight race for the number one slot. Only two teams get a bye for the first round.

 

The players the top teams have are really not that much better than the rest but they keep generating the numbers for the most part while the other teams have seen slumps in varying forms and length. Then we sneak another potential entrant or two in our next group.

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The Possible Contenders…..

  • Rosie’s Hockey (43-24-13) — 4th
  • The Phunky Buddaz (39-31-10) — 5th

 

Again like I said fantasy leagues with a three tiered alpha structure often leave teams that have potential to pull a shocker because the top cream pulls so far away. For example, Rosie’s Hockey has honestly benefited from some extremely bad match-ups. His numbers are mostly in the middle of the pack and his goalie wins are very low plus shots and goals too. The Phunky Buddaz are in a slightly different boat. He has suffered from some bad luck and a few weeks that just did not go his way. There are also a few different dynamics as far as strategy. Oh wait, we’ll get into that!

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The BUBBLE TEAMS……..

  • Jersey Devils (36-32-12) — 6th
  • On The Ice (33-35-12) — 7th
  • Parts Unknown HitEmHighs (33-36-11) — 8th
  • FIRE REGIER (32-36-12) — 9th
  • Portland Phinkelstein (33-38-9) — 10th

 

There are just times where a team should not be in the bubble but yet this is where I find my team, in sixth place. When injuries and poor play ravage a team, so many fantasy owners quit. However, there are always ways and err loopholes to exploit that can help a team at least get its shot in the playoffs. Each of these teams are on the bubble for a reason and there is no guarantee that the fourth or fifth place teams could be here soon enough also.

 

You look at some of these teams and their stats and go WTF? On The Ice is almost an offensive juggernaut with 162 goals and 225 assists but with disastrous goaltending, that is why he is in 7th. Parts Unknown has the same basic problem to a point as well. Fire Regier has average numbers and solid goaltending (17 wins .921 save percentage) but seems to draw the best in opponents. Portland Phinkelstein would be a good bit better if they were more active to be perfectly blunt.

 

That is what happens when there are three teams at the head of the class with the rest struggling for crumbs. Who ultimately makes the cut into the playoffs? It will be fun to see who survives the next three weeks because it will be a battle on the bubble.

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A Final Word…..

So while Tony and Mike get you ready for the Mailbag, we will be tinkering with a few other leagues as the real trade deadline awaits. Also, we will get you ready for those hockey brackets called the playoffs and maybe those hockey brackets known as the NCAA hockey playoffs. Stay tuned and stay with us at FantasyTrade411 for the latest.

 

Unveiling Plans For The Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

We are slowly putting the pieces together on a Fantasy Hockey Mailbag for Crunchtime! (File Photo)

We are slowly putting the pieces together on a Fantasy Hockey Mailbag for Crunchtime! (File Photo)

Hello everybody! We apologize for the unusually short post but this is important. As injuries have reached levels of pure insanity along with the volume of questions, that we heavily appreciate by the way, it is time for a Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. Whether, its me, Tony, or Cliffy himself, no question will be too big or too small. Naturally, we’ll take the best questions and they will get their proper place right here.

Now some are going to ask, why do this now? Simply, this is fantasy hockey crunch time! For those in H2H leagues, there are just a few short weeks before the playoff starts. In all other leagues, the second half is truly make or break especially when some trends start to take a life of their own. It really has an important place given the times and who knows, it may eventually give rise to a Google+ Hangout perhaps.

Also, keep in mind, that the questions have no limit. If you want to ask about daily fantasy hockey leagues, we are more than ready. As a matter of fact, you surely have seen the daily columns on here for Fanduel I am sure. We are thankful that you have followed us for so long throughout the early part of this shortened season.

Lastly, please with trade deadlines approaching, if you have any and all trade questions, we want to hear those too. The goal is to try and offer as many avenues as possible to give you, the fantasy hockey player, the right answers. Thanks again for reading and hopefully every Wednesday, we will be able to deliver the mailbag to you.

 

NHL FanDuel Lineup for March 9, 2013 (LATE Lock)

My torrid point scoring pace is for you!

It was not a particular pretty night once again, but each of the lineups that I played last night finished in the money even if two of them tied with about 12 of you for both 23rd and 24th place. I will chalk that up as a win as we did earn a profit. In a few other upper-dollar 50/50s, I finished higher in the standings with a solid 32.4 FanDuel points anchored by a shutout by Viktor Fasth. The shutout put the lineup into the money. It is certainly better to be lucky than good. Today’s EARLY lock lineup is still playing so I will not know if we cashed until the last game finishes
 
If you have been following my lineups, we have now cashed in every lineup since last Friday for a total of ten total wins in a row, so I hope to keep it up. This lineup at FanDuel locks at 7pm East / 4pm West. It will only include the six later games.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/9/2013 NHL Lineup (LATE Lock)
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Max Pacioretty ($8,500)
LW: Colin Wilson ($4,700)
RW: Brendan Gallagher ($5,100)
RW: Pascal Dupuis ($5,800)
C: Steven Stamkos ($9,100)
C: Nazem Kadri ($6,600)
D: Roman Josi ($4,100)
D: Jacob Muzzin ($4,000)
G: Jon Quick ($7,100)
 
Salary remaining: $00.
 
I am setting this lineup fairly early in the day and as of this writing, Jon Quick has yet to be confirmed. The good thing is that I have an extra $400 to spare and if Quick isn’t confirmed prior to the lineup lock, I have room to make the swap. This evening, I swapped out Sidney Crosby for Steven Stamkos. Yes, the Lightning will get scored on, but I like Stamkos to do some scoring of his own. I also like Kadri and his third line to score, but not get scored on in the Penguins game. UPDATE: Made a LW adn D change.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

NHL FanDuel Lineup for March 9, 2013 (EARLY Lock)

I will carry your lineup tonight. Don’t worry about it.

It was not a particular pretty night once again, but each of the lineups that I played last night finished in the money even if two of them tied with about 12 of you for both 23rd and 24th place. I will chalk that up as a win as we did earn a profit. In a few other upper-dollar 50/50s, I finished higher in the standings with a solid 32.4 FanDuel points anchored by a shutout by Viktor Fasth. The shutout put the lineup into the money. It is certainly better to be lucky than good.
 
If you have been following my lineups, we have now cashed in every lineup since last Friday for a total of ten total wins in a row, so I hope to keep it up. This lineup at FanDuel locks at 12pm East / 9am West. This lineup is for all games today, but it just locks early.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/9/2013 NHL Lineup (EARLY Lock)
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Max Pacioretty ($8,500)
LW: Dustin Penner ($4,500)
RW: Brendan Gallagher ($5,100)
RW: James Neal ($8,500)
C: Sidney Crosby ($9,900)
C: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500)
D: Dougie Hamilton ($4,500)
D: Roman Josi ($4,100)
G: Jake Allen ($3,300)
 
Salary remaining: $100.
 
Anchoring my lineup is the St. Louis Blues’ netminder. The Fredricton, New Brunswick native, who called up from AHL Peoria prior to the March 8 game against the Phoenix Coyotes. In winning the game to take his record to 4-1 on the season, Allen will start today’s game of the back-to-back weekend games for the Blues. At $3,300, I have plenty of extra cash to spend on my skaters. I’m going to continue to roll out two forwards on the Montreal first line as the Gallagher to Pacioretty combo has been deadly. Two nights ago I stated that I would continue to roll out Jakub Voracek until I thought that his price would exceed his value. I think that at $7,700 this morning agains the Bruins is too much. The Bruins do not give up many goals and I think their stout D shuts down the Flyers. I have studied the matchups for the better part of the evening and morning and I am having a tough time getting a read on who will win. I can tell you that I wanted to start Sid Crosby and James Neal against a pourous defense. UPDATE: I am actually going to hedge my bets with this early lineup and swap out Backstrom and Neal for Dupuis and Stamkos in another lineup. So, I’ll be playing two different early lineups. It’s your choice as to which one you roll. UPDATE.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.