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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy Spin: Preseason Dynamic Duos

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 7:18 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

You’ve endured an offseason of planning and speculating and a training camp of analyzing and formulating, all for the singular purpose of gathering as much information as possible for when it comes time to draft your championship fantasy hockey team.

Then, finally, you’ve got your first glimpse of NHL action, the final piece of the puzzle of obtaining as much knowledge as possible before drafting your fantasy team.

But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, championship fantasy hockey teams aren’t built during preseason. That said, it doesn’t mean there weren’t clues about which players might be game-breakers come the season-opener that slipped through the cracks. fantasy insider Sergei Feldman looks at which potential dyanmic duos shined brightest after a complete preseason.

Sean Avery's fantasy swan song

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 4:23 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Eric Lipschutz - Staff Writer

The Rangers decision to waive Sean Avery on Tuesday didn't exactly send seismic waves across the fantasy hockey world. The 31-year old left winger only mustered 24 points last season and was expected to play limited minutes on the fourth line if he did crack New York's lineup this season. 
With Wednesday afternoon's deadline come and gone, Avery has now officially cleared waivers. Options for him at this point appear to include being assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League or exploring playing possibilities in Europe should the Rangers permit him to do so.
Despite Avery's lackluster offensive output, the agitating winger may have registered on some fantasy owners' radars in leagues which count PIMS and hits as categories. Last season, Avery compiled an impressive 174 PIMs while adding 115 hits.  When you consider that he is a bigger name with a greater ability to put the puck on net than your average fourth-liner, Avery could have generated some moderate interest in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, but now, with his NHL career very much in limbo, Avery has become irrelevant in all fantasy formats. If you drafted Avery to add some sandpaper to your lineup it is time to follow the Rangers lead and send him to the waiver wire.

How does Ryan Ellis' demotion impact you?

Eric Lipschutz - Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals on Monday.  This comes as a bit of a surprise as the former first round pick of the 2009 Draft figured to be in the mix for a spot on the Preds' blueline this season.
The news of his demotion is surely a blow to fantasy owners who drafted Ellis or were targeting him in their upcoming drafts. At just 20 years-old and with plenty of offensive potential -- he posted 24 goals and 101 points in just 58 games in the OHL last season -- Ellis was targeted as prime sleeper candidate at the defenseman position heading into this year's campaign.
Of course Ellis' demotion to the AHL changes that a bit.  At this point you might want to consider passing on Ellis in your upcoming fantasy draft. If you already drafted him in a deeper league, Ellis may be worth stashing away to see if his stay in Milwaukee may be only a brief one. Otherwise you probably want to consider sending Ellis back to the waiver wire.  

Cu-bet on it: 50 fantasy hockey predictions

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 12:35 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

Predicting what might happen never is an easy task. Predicting completely extreme and surprising things to happen is even harder. But this is our shot at that -- a story full of strange, kind of outlandish and audacious fantasy hockey predictions.

Some of these predictions are based on statistics, or changes of scenery, or different line combinations, but most of them are based purely on instinct or a hunch. It's more than likely that you'll think these predictions are unrealistic and doubtful to happen, but that's the point.

We don't want to give you the standard, boring, "you know what you're going to get" information -- we're trying to show you some things that might be unlikely to happen, but we believe they actually are a possibility. Is Alex Ovechkin going to score 30 goals? Of course he is -- he's done it in every season of his career (although last season he definitely gave us a little bit of a scare with just 32). We're here to tell you we think Matt Duchene could score 40.

Take these predictions how you want -- they're here to help you understand that these are players we either really like or don't like too much. When we say Matt Duchene will score 40 goals, we do think it's possible, but even if he doesn't, the point is for you is to know that we think Duchene is going to have a very good season.

Last year's injured crop poised for strong 2011-12

Fantasy expert Sergei Feldman values 10 shelved players from last season

Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 6:10 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

Telling fantasy hockey fanatics that injuries are part of the game is just adding insult to their knowledge of that fact. Many -- fantasy hockey team owners, that is -- are still recovering from having to put their lineup studs on the back burner for the better part of the 2010-11 season.

Moreover, given the cutthroat nature of fantasy hockey, many other players have emerged as potential point-producing machines, to the point that the former Mr. Dependables may have left the consciousness of team owners when it comes time to draft new squads.

But here's a reminder: The players who were put on the shelf are recovering -- quite nicely, in fact. Their message: Don't forget about me! fantasy expert Sergei Feldman breaks down the list of players who are poised to bounce back from injuries and reclaim their respective spots on the fantasy hockey throne.
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Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen answers your weekly fantasy hockey questions

Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 12:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Staff Writer

All season long,’s weekly Fantasy Mailbag will feature the best fantasy hockey-related questions from you, the fans.

Locked into a toss-up in deciding which player to add or drop? Looking for insight on a trade proposal? Look no further than this interactive forum every Saturday during the season for comprehensive analysis on moves that can make or break your fantasy squad. fantasy insider Pete Jensen has your inquiries covered all season long. The most compelling questions posed each week will be answered in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your particular league.

Submit your best questions for the Fantasy Mailbag by contacting


In the Cage: Draft the goalies you know

Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 10:05 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - Correspondent

Welcome to's "In the Cage" fantasy hockey segment, where each week fantasy insider Justin Goldman will give you an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders. From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

With that, here's his opening statement regarding the League's goalkeepers...

When it comes to drafting fantasy goaltenders, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the endless options. You not only have to determine who to select, but when to select them and whether they're worth drafting over other skaters. On top of it all, you only have 60 to 90 seconds to make that crucial decision, one you simply can't afford to rush.

On the 'D'-fence: When to draft fantasy defensemen

Wednesday, 09.28.2011 / 1:18 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Welcome to's "On the 'D'-fence" fantasy hockey segment, where each week fantasy insider Brian Metzer will give you an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen. From updated defensemen rankings to players to keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy defenseman expert all season long.

With that, here's his opening statement regarding the League's blueliners...

When people think about drafting a fantasy hockey team, they go through a ton of internal debate. Who should they select in the first round? What if they end up with the first selection? Should they go with Alex Ovechkin? Maybe take a chance on a previously concussed multi-tool talent like Sidney Crosby? They may even be considering a Sedin or wondering if Corey Perry can do it again.

Fantasy bounce-back candidates for 2011-12 season

Pete Jensen - Staff Writer

Whenever the production of a proven NHL player drops from one season to the next, there’s always a cause for concern among fantasy owners who put their stock in this individual.

While seeing a top-tier member of your squad experience a bump in the road is not an enjoyable experience, it is important to refrain from abandoning the ship prematurely.

Here’s an example: San Jose Sharks' star forward Patrick Marleau saw his 78-point output (32 G, 46 A in 77 games) in the 2006-07 season drop to 48 points (19 G, 29 A in 78 games) in 2007-08. But just as Marleau’s fantasy value dipped entering the ensuing season, the potent goal-scorer re-discovered his rhythm, notching 38 goals and 33 assists in 2008-09. Marleau also improved on his minus-19 rating and low shot total (185) from '07-08 with an impressive plus-16 rating and 251-shot showing in '08-09.

Simply put, Marleau capitalized on the clean slate that came with the new season and was able to regain his form in leading San Jose to the President's Trophy.

Bounce-back seasons are far from rare, but the toughest part is detecting them in time to see your fantasy team reap the benefits. So, just in time for your fantasy draft, takes a look at 10 players from around the league who are likely to bounce back and improve their numbers from a year ago in the 2011-12 season.


Fantasy Faceoff: Ovechkin vs. D. Sedin Fantasy Hockey Staff

At various points throughout the 2011-12 season, and its panel of fantasy experts will dissect individual matchups with "Fantasy Faceoffs." Torn between two players? Look no further than for the edge on the most compelling toss-ups as the twists and turns of the regular season impact your fantasy squad.

Here's how it works:

For each "Faceoff," fantasy experts Sergei Feldman and Pete Jensen will make their case as to why a particular player deserves consideration in the particular debate. Resident fantasy hockey guru Matt Cubeta will then juggle the two arguments and reach a final verdict for who deserves the edge.

We continue with's preseason fantasy rankings at the left wing position, where the always potent Alex Ovechkin occupies the top-overall spot. Daniel Sedin, who anchored the Canucks en route to a Cup Final appearance, is ranked second among left wingers.

And with that, here's's take on the matter …

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