Taking up hockey this year 'cause I'm betting the NBA season is toast.
Never played fantasy hockey before. Very familiar with fantasy baseball, football, and basketball. But I'm confused about stats that count (plus minus, goalie stats, etc.), positions (Yahoo requires LW, ESPN seems to allow any offensive player), drafting strategies (when to take a goalie? Defenseman?), benefits of different scoring systems (e.g. scoring based solely on points) and cheat sheets, rankings, etc.
As with other fantasy sports, I understand that, say, Eric Staal is a good player, but is he better than Pavel Datsyuk? Kovalchuk? Lundqvist? I am confused about how the differences between players apply to standard Yahoo, ESPN leagues and where such players should be taken. In football, for example, RBs are valuable, and QBs less so because the difference between QBs is less - the #12 QB is not that much worse than the #7 QB - with RBs, the best ones are much better than the lower ones.
Psyched that Razzball is addressing hockey. If it is 1/10 as good as baseball, it will be great. I see the rankings up already - fantastic!.
But can anyone point me to some alternatives for figuring out what it takes to win, depending on choice of scoring categories? Have looked at Dobber Hockey, Land Shark Hockey, CBS Sportsline, Yahoo. Any other sources would be appreciated.
NL only, 5x5, 10 team, Roto, keeper
C Suzuki, C Lucroy, 1B Alonso, 2B Galvis, SS I. Desmond, 3B Frazier, MI Cozart, CI Chris Johnson, OF J. Bruce, OF Domonic Brown, OF Heyward, OF Choo, OF Jon Jay, UT Hechavarria BN: Barmes, Bernadina
P G. Gonzalez, P Gast, P H. Bailey, P Cahill, P Niese, P Nolasco, P Casilla, P Marmol, P K. Jansen BN: S. Casilla, Affeldt
DL: Logan Morrison, Narveson, A. Hill, A. Vizcaino, CRichard, Beckett
Farm: Jameson Taillon, Oscar Taveras , Jorge Soler, Brian Goodwin
AL only, 4x4, 10 team, Roto, keeper
C D. Norris, C Jaso, 1B C. Carter, 2B Kipnis, SS Cano, 3B Aviles, MI TGreene, CI Swisher, OF Avisail Garcia, OF Dirks, OF J. Hamilton, OF Crisp, OF Stubbs, DH Willingham
P Bud Norris, P Scherzer, P Milone, P Porcello, P Cobb, P Hughes, P Robertson, P Wilhelmsen, P C. Perez
DL: A. Rodriguez, Pineda, Jered Weaver, Reyes, Nakajima
Minors: L. Jimenez
AL+NL, 5x5, 10 team, Roto, Redraft
c Doumit c Arencibia 1b Goldschmidt 2b Phillips ss Rollins 3b Longoria mi Espinosa ci Seager of Trout of Adam Jones of Holliday of Hunter Pence of SMarte ut Ortiz
bn: Ike Davis, Bonifacio
p Gallardo p Zimmerman p Matt Moore p Grienke p Homer Bailey p Lester p Papelbon p Greg Holland p HBell
bn: Phil Hughes, KJansen, Cishek, Niese