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A Second Look at Goalies

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In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.

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If You Want to Win, Get the Geek

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Do you play in a league that has different scoring settings from standard Yahoo (or ESPN or CBS) leagues? Many of us already do, so perhaps you know that you can’t completely rely on the default rankings.

 

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  Tags: cbs, espn, fantasy+hockey, hockey+pool+geek, yahoo

Strong Up the Middle

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In my last article on left wings, a few of you mentioned the positional dilemmas that we seem to face when drafting forwards. This is a great point, since not only do position eligibilities change from league to league (eg. Yahoo/ESPN/CBS), but also from year to year. As well, we also need to keep our eye on forwards with dual position eligibility.

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Looking on the Left

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We continue our preview of the top players at each position with a look at the left wing. In my auction league with bidding that is taking place all month, I am currently looking for a low-cost left wing option, of which there are plenty. But here are the options that you can reasonably pay top dollar for or feel comfortable drafting with an early-round pick.

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Right on the Wing

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We’ll kick off our look at the top forwards in fantasy with a listing of the top options at the right wing position.

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  Tags: alexander+semin, corey+perry, fantasy+hockey, jarome+iginla, jeff+carter, martin+st.+louis, patrick+kane, rick+nash, right+wing

Too Many Top Defensemen

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If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)

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The Case for Number One in Goal

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Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.

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Another Case For Number One

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Is Sidney Crosby still the number one pick in fantasy leagues?
Mere hours after my posting suggesting that Crosby should be the first overall pick, Josh Rimer’s tweet about Crosby’s unlikeliness to be in the Penguins’ lineup to start the season was making the rounds.

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The Case for Number One

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We’re in the dead days of August, but that will all change in a couple weeks when Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS start forming single-season fantasy hockey leagues. Included in the new leagues will be updated player rankings, which will no doubt be subject to plenty of debate. The first place many will look on the rankings system will be for the name at the top of the list.

In previous seasons, the player selected first overall was an obvious choice; for example, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, or in earlier times, Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky. However, the decision of the top-ranked player in fantasy hockey is much more wide-open than it has been in a while. What I have for you is five possible names that could be listed at the top of ranking sheets, along with the cases for making them the first overall pick.

 

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Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

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How much does a player’s position factor into whether to retain him in a keeper league? Should a premium be placed on keeping a defenseman? How about goalies?

One reader is facing those very dilemmas as he prepares for his upcoming season.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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