Fantasy Hockey: Multi-Position Eligible Players

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When drafting, it may be useful to draft some multi-position players to make your lineups more malleable to ensure that every position is filled come game day. I’ve used this strategy for years to a moderate degree of success. Regardless of your strategy, I feel that having a few of these players on your team is a very powerful asset!

Note: For this article, I only used Yahoo’s position eligibilities and checked for the top 600 O-Ranked players. Also, I included the stats for Yahoo’s default leagues, but I also added Faceoff-Wins (FOW), Penalty-In-Minutes (PIM), Hits (HitF), and Blocks (BkS), since a lot of leagues use those stats. Yahoo also tends to update position eligibilities in the January of each season, so these position eligibilities are not permanent! I plan on doing an article update then though, so keep tuning in!

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Way back with Wayne: The Origins of Fantasy Hockey

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My father, Wayne, has been a life-long hockey fan. He loves to watch it, he loved to coach his kids in it, and he loved to play it. In this segment, I pick my dad’s brain about the progression of hockey from a fan’s perspective.

Many of you reading this are probably like me, you are absolutely obsessed with playing fantasy hockey. You delve hours into research before, during, and after each season just so that you can get an edge on your fellow Fantasy GMs and finally get bragging rights, and likely having your name immortalized on a trophy along with some cold hard cash. With so many different ways to play Fantasy Hockey and how much depth and complication can be involved with them, it’s crazy to think about how far Fantasy Hockey has come in a few decades. Luckily for me, my father has been participating/running the Cook Cup playoff hockey pool for 35 years and is the perfect candidate to get an idea of the climate of Fantasy Hockey back in the day.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Season in Review – Part 1

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Another season of fantasy hockey has come and gone. Champions were born, upsets brewed, and hopes dashed. So where does that leave us now? Well for the large majority, we find ourselves thinking about mistakes and what-ifs. Only a few become a champion in any given year in fantasy hockey leagues, but it is because of that elusive goal where the odds are always stacked against us, that we come back for the next season. We come back hoping to prove our friends wrong by becoming the next fantasy hockey league champion.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Fantasy Hockey Playoffs

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With the fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing for most standard and custom fantasy hockey leagues, it’s do or die time. There is no room for lineup mistakes, no second chances. It is the time of year fantasy hockey GMs worldwide live for. So without further adieu here are my final tips for the season and hopefully they will lead you to become the victor of your league’s fantasy hockey playoffs.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Final Playoffs Push

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In most fantasy hockey leagues the playoffs will be beginning in the next week or two. For teams that find themselves still scrambling to clinch a playoff berth, it can be a pretty stressful week. A week of constantly watching every detail of every game hoping for the most specific of outcomes. It is time for that final playoffs push. But fear not, below are 4 tips that will help you stay on the right side of the fence as that final day of the fantasy hockey regular season draws to a close.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: The Trade Deadline

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In most fantasy hockey leagues the trade deadline is right around the corner. It’s the time of year to put the final pieces in place to make a successful playoff run or to get valuable draft picks for next year’s fantasy draft if you play in dynasty fantasy hockey leagues that allow for draft pick trades. So no matter which position you find yourself in, buyer or seller, here are some things to keep in mind as the fantasy hockey trade deadline approaches.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL Rookie Management

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Perhaps the hardest choices to make as a fantasy hockey GM involve the treatment of rookie NHL players in your roster. Two days ago I found myself staring at a brick wall when it came to having to make the choice between a “prodigy” NHL rookie and a “veteran” player, the choice of playing goaltender Cam Ward or newcomer and incredibly hyped Andrei Vasilevskiy was probably the toughest roster decision of the season for me (and yes I have the unreliable Cam Ward as my secondary behind Varly… unfortunately goalies never seem to be in abundance in deep leagues). In the end I went with Vasilevskiy and in the end it was the wrong choice… not that he played bad but Ward played better. The weird thing is that if I have to choose again between the two, I would probably feel just as torn in my decision and not be any more likely to choose Ward just because he performed better the first time I had to make a decision between the two. Below are some thoughts on why this is and how in general to treat hyped NHL rookies/minor league players that have been called upon by their NHL teams and are on your fantasy hockey roster.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL All-Star Break

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The NHL All-Star Break is a spectacle to watch. The best-of-the-best (except Crosby, who always has an excuse, and then all the players that got snubbed of course… I mean really, sometimes it seems as political as the academy awards) play each other for what tends to be an action packed game with tons of scoring and some more humorous parts as well. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for those of us with goalies playing in the NHL All-Star Game, stats from this game don’t count for most fantasy hockey leagues. So think of the NHL All-Star Break as a Fantasy Hockey Break. So what should you do with your fantasy hockey team during the week of the NHL All-Star Break? Below are some things to keep in mind during this anomaly in your fantasy hockey schedule.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: To Bench or Not to Bench

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One of the largest factors in Fantasy Hockey success is being able to correctly identify who to play and who to bench on any given day. This can be a tedious and frustrating task for those that find that more often than not the players they chose to bench on any given day perform better than those that were in their active roster. Even a veteran fantasy hockey player will find days where the lineup they set wasn’t the most productive they could have had. There is no sure fire way to always set the perfect lineup everyday but here are some tips to get as close to perfection as possible.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: The Halfway Point

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The weeks of Xmas and New Year’s in most fantasy hockey leagues coincides with the halfway point of the season. The holiday weeks bring fantasy hockey players some interesting hurdles to think about as we set our lineups this holiday season. Below are some thoughts to keep in mind this upcoming week as we ring in the New Year.

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