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: 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 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: 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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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: Cook Rating Explanation

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After playing in three different hockey pools last season, I found it useful to determine the value of a trade by determining how valuable a player is to me. My measure of value in a player is how often the player would do things in a game that would contribute to my head-to-head match up statistics in my hockey pools. After downloading the latest player stats spreadsheet, I made a formula using the programming abilities in Excel. The people that I have shown this formula to have said it’s useful and that I should share it somehow. So with the assistance of my programming friend Shawn Hind, we created this tool for everyone to use for free. Click here to start using the Cook Rating, or continue reading for an explanation of the Cook Rating.

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