The grind of a fantasy hockey season is just that: A grind. When you consider all the details, big and small, all the nuances and all the possibilities, you're still left with roster setting and juggling, trade offers and rejections and day-to-day focus and attention. But ain't it great?
To get fantasy hockey owners to where they want to be, NHL.com fantasy insider Sergei Feldman brings you his weekly piece highlighting various players who have increased or decreased their value after each week and suggesting which players to buy or sell moving forward. In the end, you'll have a clearer picture of the marketplace and be in perfect position to enhance your fantasy hockey portfolios.
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Let's be frank, with a condensed 48-game schedule, you've been in the thick of things from the first drop of the puck. But nowadays, you're in the thick of the thick of things. As such, tinkering with your rosters becomes a much more difficult task.
The stars aren't available. The sleepers woke up and are likely picked up by your competitors. Trade deadlines have come and gone.
What now? Simple: pick 'em and drop 'em. Do a couple repetitions of that a couple times a week and you'll find your lineups growing into lean, mean machines.
The first trick is to find players who have come out of nowhere or who have been forgotten and, in all likelihood, will ride their waves of success for just a little while longer.
The second trick, drop 'em like they're not hot.
The third trick, they're usually found in the crop of available defensemen and impact your assists, plus/minus and shots categories above all else.
Timing is everything, right? So who are these "one and dones?" Here's a list of three "buy" defenseman who are worth a gamble, assuming you're prepared to part ways sooner, rather than later.
SOG: 54 | +/-: 6
SOG: 51 | +/-: 5
Matt Irwin, meet fantasy hockey owners. Fantasy hockey owners, meet Matt Irwin. With the pleasantries out of the way, there's no better time than now to jump on the 25-year-old depth option for your lineup. Owned in three percent of Yahoo! leagues, Irwin is producing like an elite fantasy blueliner recently. Until this most recent stretch of seven impressive games, M.I collected just two points and not much else. But during this hot stretch, the Shark has four goals and six points, including at least a pair of pucks thrown on the cage per game. Caveat: he's been a minus-1 or worse in eight of 10 games. Another caveat: his production figures to subside pretty soon, if history (or lack thereof) is any indication. Either way, fantasy owners need immediate, temporary gains to compete. And players like Irwin, if monitored right, can be assets.