Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes Weeks 8-9: The Underachiever

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At this point in the season it becomes safe to say who is easily on their way to irrelevancy in the world of fantasy hockey. They are the equivalent of a train wreck. These players should be avoided at all cost in any format of fantasy hockey league unless you have no other option. The fantasy hockey irrelevancy abyss is full of past stars and here are some new names to add to that list:

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Happy 1/3 of Season (a.k.a. Thanksgiving)

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In most fantasy hockey leagues, American Thanksgiving signals the 1/3 point of the fantasy hockey season. Fantasy teams have come to show their true light. The next two months tend to be the most important in fantasy leagues, in regards to fantasy hockey playoff qualification. If your team remains irrelevant after the holiday season you will most likely be fighting for your life to get into your fantasy playoffs. Whether your team is sustaining its dominance, is a work in progress, starting to show a weakness, or just trying to stay relevant, here are some thoughts to think about in the coming holiday season.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Weeks 4-5

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5 weeks have gone by of the NHL and Fantasy Hockey season. By now in most fantasy hockey leagues it should be clear who has a solid team and who needs a little bit of work. The inconsistent chaos of the first couple weeks has passed and both NHL and Fantasy Hockey teams have come to show their true nature (for the most part). So whether you are at the top of your fantasy hockey league or near the bottom, here are some things to think about going forward in your quest for the ultimate bragging rights among your friends.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Bi-weekly Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

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Admittedly, I am addicted to fantasy hockey. This is possibly due to my competitive nature but more likely due to the fact I was never able to skate good enough to play hockey so it was the only way to compete in the sport I loved to watch. Anyway, beyond fantasy hockey I also enjoy rambling so I figured I might as well combine the two. After all my other article series on this site, Around the Arena, tends to be more informative, so it only made sense to have a less formal series to alternate that with. So without further ado here are my 4 biggest thoughts related to fantasy hockey in the last 2 1/2 weeks.

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The Cook Rating now uses Real-Time Stats!

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There have been two changes implemented to the Cook Rating:

  • Users now have the choice between 2013-14 player stats and 2014-15 (real-time) player stats.
  • Users now have the ability to set custom weights to the stats categories.

Check out the Cook Rating by clicking here.

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Fantasy Hockey Week 1: Patience or Panic?

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With over a week of games in the bag and tons of early season story lines, the NHL season is underway and moving fast. This also means that for many fans the beginning of their quest to reign supreme over their friends has begun in Fantasy Hockey. Unfortunately, the beginning of the NHL season can be one of the most confusing and frustrating times to be a fantasy GM.  Great fantasy hockey teams are built on consistency and the first week of the NHL season is about everything except consistency. The first week of the NHL is a week where a starting goaltender is just as likely to get a shutout as he is to let in 6 goals, injuries will seem to annihilate whole teams in 5 days, the media will lambaste a team for losing two games and thus call the season a wash, some players seem to have a little less jump in their step (Riding in golf carts for 4 months is hardly staying in shape), and new faces try to make an impact in the hopes of staying in the big leagues. All of this is exciting, especially to a fan, but it can wreck havoc on your fantasy hockey team. As a fantasy hockey GM at the beginning of the NHL season you are most likely to either have one of the best or worst weeks of your fantasy season. This along with all the stories emanating from the NHL during the beginning of the season can easily overwhelm a fantasy hockey GM and result in hasty decisions that could be short-sighted. So should you practice patience or panic?

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Fantasy Hockey: The Ever Evolving Game of Fantasy Hockey

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Fantasy Hockey and fantasy sports in general have come a long way in the past decade.

It used to be that only those who kept track the old fashioned way with paper and pencils could have truly customizable leagues. This left in-depth strategic fantasy hockey out of reach for many who did not have the time or the resources to keep track of stats manually.  For most, a decade ago, fantasy sports were simple and relied more on luck than strategy. The demand for more competitive experiences in which outcomes could be more directly related to hard work and strategy by the users has pushed developers of fantasy sports sites to create a digital universe of sports that can act much the same way the actual sports work. This has led to a fantasy hockey experience that can be tailored to any level desired by the users. I have seen this tailoring first hand as a commissioner for many years of a fantasy hockey league. When we first started we just played all default settings but as the years have gone on, we have felt more comfortable and needed new challenges. The immense possibilities of customization have allowed our league to change to better suit our increased skill and interest level, and new abilities of customization developed by the sites each year allow for continued room to grow. Below are some things you can customize to evolve the strategy and skill involved in your league as you and your friends look for new challenges in the future.

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Fantasy Hockey: Selecting a Goalie

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An In-depth Analysis of Selecting a Fantasy Hockey Goalie

As we near the beginning of the 2014/2015 NHL season, many of you are beginning to prepare for your fantasy hockey draft. If you are looking for some quick last minute tips on how to draft the best team available to you, click here to read my previous article “Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101″.

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Fantasy Hockey: The Cook Rating Hockey Pool Tool

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The Cook Rating is a hockey pool tool that is meant to assist in making player decisions. For example, if you are getting hammered in your pool every week in hits, blocks, and assists; this tool will help you in finding the best player that is the best in those three categories overall. It does this by running each players’ stats through an equation and outputs them as a single number, selfishly called the “Cook Rating”. You can check out the Cook Rating right here:

http://www.beerleagueblog.ca/cook-rating/

Play around with this tool and figure it out, but check out this article for an in depth explanation on how the Cook Rating is calculated!

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Fantasy Hockey: What is Fantasy Hockey?

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Once you are finished reading this guide, check out Kevin Lavallée’s guide for Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101!

For the uninitiated, a Fantasy League is a Meta-sports game that involves a group of individuals acting as General Managers (GMs) for their own made up teams using real world players and using their real world stats. Most of these leagues are based on money to keep it competitive, but there are free pools too. This game can be applied to any team sport, but given that the focus of this website is on hockey, I will be enlightening you about the main types of Fantasy Pools for hockey.

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