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.
Watch the Waiver Wire:
As the trade deadline in many fantasy hockey leagues just recently passed, some teams may be over saturated in certain positions. Watch the waiver wire closely as many teams, and likely the top teams, will be dropping some players and making final adjustments as they ready for the fantasy playoffs. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and this couldn’t be more true at this point in the season. Winning some waiver wire claims may be the extra push your team needs to succeed in the playoffs push.
If it comes down to those last couple days in a matchup and a loss is in site, I recommend trying the “roster carousel” technique. Essentially this technique is a “final stand” technique that involves using all your remaining add/drops Saturday night. You would drop as many of your lowest ranked players that won’t be playing Sunday as possible, most leagues allow 4 add/drops per week, and pick up the best players available that will be playing in games on Sunday. This technique essentially gets you an extra 4 player appearances for the week and might be the factor that makes that potential matchup loss into a win. This is the “Hail Mary Pass” of fantasy hockey and should only be done if you find yourself down with one day to play in your final playoffs push.
Daily Lineup Decisions:
Making the right roster decisions on who to bench and who to play is extremely important in your final playoffs push. Any “wasted” stats on the bench could come back to haunt you when that final day of the fantasy hockey season comes to a close. So how do you make the right daily lineup decisions? There is no sure-fire way but my previous article (Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: To Bench or Not to Bench) will help you get as close as possible to making the right calls during your playoffs push.
It Takes Some Luck:
Unfortunately we don’t live in a world where you can go to the future and buy a sports almanac and return to the present and make all the right decisions like in Back to the Future. Due to this, you have to accept that it is impossible to truly accurately predict the outcome of NHL games. No matter how much research one does, or how much you follow the above advice (or any of my advice in the Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes series) there is a factor of luck involved in fantasy sports. Now, I wish all of you the best of luck in your final playoffs push this fantasy hockey season!
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”
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