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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy Five: Dual position eligibility provides value

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's been almost two months since we last analyzed the almighty center position in fantasy hockey. And since then, our top two players certainly remain the same: Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. In fact, those two players are the No. 1 and No. 2 overall fantasy ranked players in standard Yahoo! Leagues. As usual there is plenty of talent to be found among the League's centermen, and although there have been some critical injuries of late (think Datsyuk, Getzlaf, Spezza, Roy), you shouldn't fret too much if you've lost a player -- there is tons of depth to grab off waivers.

Before we get into the rankings, let's discuss one of the most beneficial factors for a fantasy player: dual position eligibility. In the preseason we provided fans with rankings based on where players were slated to start the season at. However, as the season progresses, Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues adjust player positions based on how often they have played a specific position. With that said, let's get to the Fantasy Five...
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Holiday Special: Fantasy predictions for the New Year

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 1:34 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Back in preseason we provided hockey fans with 30 outrageous fantasy predictions -- one for each team. Most of those predictions were based on instinct or a hunch, but regardless, they were things we thought could happen this season. And because they were such extreme predictions, we were obviously off on a few of them.

Is Zach Parise going to become the first 50-goal scorer in Devils history and rank as the top overall fantasy player this season? Definitely not. But it wasn't our fault he got hurt. Who knows, if he stayed healthy he could have eventually found his game and injected life into the Devils, or maybe not. But you could say we were off on that forecast. Jason Spezza is not going to record 100 points, especially now that he's injured, but even before that, he was obviously not reaching that hefty expectation -- that'll be the last time we believe in Spezza's talent. There were other missed predictions as well, but we won't recap all of them.
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Byfuglien dethrones Green as top fantasy blueliner

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

In this edition of the Fantasy Five, we'll take a glance at the NHL's top-50 fantasy defensemen. We finally have a new No. 1, showing our commitment and faith in the young gun Dustin Byfuglien. We were hesitant to give him the top spot after only a month of action, but 30-plus games into the season is a different story, and we're fully confident Byfuglien deserves the honor.
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Thomas continues to surge; Brodeur still on radar

Thursday, 12.16.2010 / 2:57 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time we re-ranked our goaltenders was back on Nov. 2, with Henrik Lundqvist at the top spot and Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick surging into our top-10. Things have definitely changed since then, as you'll see in our new and updated goalie rankings in today's Fantasy Five. However, before we get into the new ranks, let's talk about one of the more intriguing stories in all of fantasy hockey this season: Martin Brodeur.
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Fantasy Five: NHL.com's new fantasy statistics

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Have you ever sat at home and wondered how many multipoint efforts Sidney Crosby has had this season? Or how often Tim Thomas has allowed just one goal in a game? Or how many times Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have both recorded a point on the same goal? Well, you're questions finally have answers.  On Wednesday, NHL.com released a new set of fantasy specific statistics that will allow you to search for the some of the most interesting stats you can possibly think of.

Today's Fantasy Five will look into some of these statistics and how they affect your fantasy roster. Be sure to continue to use these new statistics to your advantage, as it provides us with plenty of stats that many of us have questioned, but were never able to actually find the answers to -- from a players last three seasons total stats  to their on pace stats, you can find it all.
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Fantasy Five: Stewart injured; Semin tops RWs

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With our updated Top-50 Overall Fantasy Hockey Rankings recently released, today we'll break down one of the more uncertain positions in the game -- right wing. The last time we took a look at the League's right wings, we had Corey Perry at the top. While Perry has been outstanding this season, it's Alexander Semin that claims the top spot for now. Not only does our leader change, but we also see a big name drop significantly because of an unfortunate injury.
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Thanksgiving Day Special: Players worth thanking

Wednesday, 11.24.2010 / 5:56 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is known for two things: turkey and football. Well, today we make an addition and insert something with a little flavor. In this Thanksgiving Day Fantasy Special, we make hockey a part of the holiday tradition -- and what better way to display our holiday spirit then to look at several players that we, as fantasy managers, should be thankful for so far in the 2010 NHL season.

In no particular order, here's a list of the guys that have been gold in all fantasy leagues. From the surprises to the expected superstars, when you say your Thanksgiving Day prayers, make sure you thank these players -- that is, if you are lucky enough to have any of them on your team.
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Updated Top-50 Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With just about a quarter of the 2010-11 NHL season in the past, it's time to take a look at NHL.com's modified top-50 overall fantasy player rankings. These new rankings are here for you to help gauge where your fantasy players fit in with everyone else in the League, not just where they fit in with players of the same position. There are plenty changes, as you'll notice, but our two leaders remain the same: Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

While Steven Stamkos is the universal No. 1 fantasy player in every single league at this point, he doesn't quite surpass the League's two biggest superstars -- not just yet, anyway. However, if Stamkos keeps at this unbelievable goal-per-game pace, he could find himself at the top of the charts in our next set of rankings. For now, Ovi and Sid remain our top two players to own.
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Fantasy Five: Ovi, Daniel Sedin lead left wing rankings

Thursday, 11.18.2010 / 7:56 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

A couple of days ago we took a look at our updated center rankings, including who's hot and who's not. Today we'll do the same for our left wings. Like the centers, we are clearly starting to see some trends among them. Alex Ovechkin remains the top gun to own at the position, but we're also starting to see some more consistent play out of several surprise players. Sure, Clarke MacArthur has slowed down, but 25 goals doesn't seem too unrealistic an expectation for the gritty winger.

From Patrick Sharp's continued dominant efforts to the re-emergence of Scott Hartnell and Andrei Kostitsyn, there's plenty to about in regards to our left wings. Shall we...
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Fantasy Five: Stamkos pushing for No. 1 center rank

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With each team having played in 15-20 games this season and about 20 percent of the campaign in the books, we will begin to see a lot of consistency in players going forward. For instance, Steven Stamkos is clearly a legit superstar and he will find himself among the top-10 overall fantasy players for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, a center like Travis Zajac, who was expected to build off an impressive 2009-10 season, might struggle to crack any of our updated rankings.

Having said that, today's Fantasy Five provides you with a look at the center position. From our updated rankings, to the centers that are excelling or struggling, our advice is here for you to shine in your fantasy league.
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