Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 09/12/11 at 10:00 AM ET
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.
Hockey Pool Geek has been able to assist me in setting more league-specific rankings for my fantasy hockey teams. I was able to enter in my league’s scoring categories, my type of league (head-to-head, rotisserie, points), the weight assigned to each category, and how many players are at each position. I’ve participated in many leagues which are different from the “standard” categories that Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS use, which is why I’ve found Hockey Pool Geek to be helpful.
Hockey Pool Geek is particularly useful for me in one league in which I am currently participating in a month-long auction process with a team salary cap. This league counts only goals, assists, plus/minus, and time on ice for forwards and defensemen, while adding increased weight to goals and assists from defensemen. From the projected number of points provided to me based on these scoring categories, I can target certain players that appear to be undervalued, making the most of my salary cap situation. As well, I am not targeting players who are deceptively high in the rankings because of categories that my league doesn’t count, such as penalty minutes, power-play points, and shots on goal.
I was also able to enter in a second league (from Yahoo) into the Hockey Pool Geek. Two particular functions that were useful to me in this league were 1) Statistics Preview, which lists players according to their projected outputs according to the stat categories in my league, and 2) The Draft Advisor & Team Evaluation Tool, which listed the stat categories in my league in order of importance. With the Statistics Preview, I was able to adjust players from the default Yahoo rankings so that I could target certain players in the draft. For example, this league counts hits and goalie losses, so that players with a high hit total hold a higher value, while goalies that play for losing teams hold a lower value. Of course, I can fine-tune my own rankings afterward so that I ensure that I pick a player when the time is right. The Team Evaluation Tool allows me to fill in players that I draft to ensure that I reach the benchmark totals needed to win in each category. As well, it prioritizes each category so that I know which categories to focus on as I continue to draft.
As well, I know that I can enter even more teams into the Hockey Pool Geek, particularly in those leagues in which the commissioner has adjusted the scoring categories. I have yet to use some of the other features, such as the Trade Analyzer and the Player Equivalency, but I’m sure I will play around with those features as soon as my teams are set.
If you’re competing against people who take their fantasy hockey seriously (like me), then I recommend that you try the Hockey Pool Geek!
Comments? Compliments? Criticism? Complaints? Please weigh in with your comments, and follow me on Twitter. You can also email me at gooding74 “at” shaw “dot” ca with your fantasy hockey question for a future mailbag article.
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