Ryan McDonagh (nypost.com)

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins
Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug both have more points than Zdeno Chara. Patrice Bergeron leads the team in points with 78. Loui Eriksson scores 36 goals.

Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres win only 29 games this year, finishing first in the Conor McDavid sweepstakes. Mikhail Grigorenko has a breakout season 31 goals and 64 points. Matt Moulson is traded at the deadline yet again.

Carolina Hurricanes
Anton Khudobin wins 37 games in the process of overtaking Cam Ward’s starting spot. Alex Semin scores just 14 goals. Eric Staal makes a major comeback with81 points.

Columbus Bluejackets
Ryan Johansen finishes 7th over all in scoring with 83 points. Bobrovsky continues to thrive as an elite goaltender and wins the Vezina. The Bluejackets make it to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals but they’ll be back for more.

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Fantasy Hockey Preview: Goalies

October 3, 2014 at 5:00pm in Fantasy, NHL
Kari Lehtonen (fansided.com)

The backbone of your team, goalies are really the riskiest players on the board come draft day. There are so many different strategies and approaches when it comes to net-minders that it really depends on how the draft itself goes. You’ve all seen in Fantasy Football drafts where one guy takes a quarterback, and the next thing you know 7 of the next 15 picks are quarterbacks because nobody wants to miss out on getting a good one when they’re gone. That’s exactly how it works with goalies too.

If you want an elite one, like Rask or Lundqvist, then you’re going to have to cough up your first or second round draft pick to get them. That’s personally not my recommendation but others do it and sometimes it works. A few years back I took Lundqvist and Luongo with my first 2 picks, which is a bit extreme but it gave me the security I need in goal while everyone else began scrambling.

Realistically, it’s a good idea to have your #1 goalie within the first 5-6 rounds. But again, it depends on how the draft goes. If you find that goalies are going early and you don’t want to miss out, it’s okay to reach. The reverse is true as well. But, like a closer in baseball, the starting goaltender job can be a bit temperamental and you might not be getting the production you thought you were. This is why I tend to wait.

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Tomas Hertl (wcbsports.com)

In fantasy hockey, offense is really the bread and butter of your team. They’re really the ones who will contribute in all categories and be the most valuable players in the fantasy hockey world. At least 7 or 8 of the first 10 draft picks will be forwards, and this is with good reason.

When drafting forwards, as with any position, its vital to know your league details. How do penalty minutes factor in? Do you get points for hits? Faceoff wins? People tend to draft purely on offensive skill and forget that some of the other categories are just as valuable. If face-offs count, Patrice Bergeron’s value goes up. If hits count, then someone like Hartnell or Lucic becomes more attractive. You get the point.

So when you’re drafting, don’t forget to fill out all categories. For example:

Player A: 76 points, 32 PIM, 19 PPP, 122 SOG
Player B: 60 points, 106 PIM, 24 PPP, 209 SOG

Which player would you rather have? Player A has much more points, but he’s not too stellar in the other categories, whereas player B has less points but contributes great numbers across the board.

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Tom Brady might deserve to be benched/dropped after his horrid start to the 2014 season. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

After the quarter pole, most teams now that it could be a quality season or it could be a long season depending on your record. There is still plenty of time to improve, but it’s Week 5 that could your season around. A winning streak starting now will go a long way to earn you a playoff spot. Here are some of the options to start/sit:

Start ‘Em

Colin Kaepernick (vs. Kansas City): Kaepernick has surprisingly been a top-10 quarterback even though his stat lines have not been the best over the first four weeks. However, KC looks like a tough matchup, but the offensive line should be able to keep the pressure off of Kaepernick in order for him to throw the ball into the weak secondary. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5 »

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Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice

October 1, 2014 at 7:21pm in Fantasy, Featured, NFL, Opinion
Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

Before jumping into week 5, let’s see how I did week 4. I will be the first to say, my predictions saw marked improvement over week 3.

Week 4 Recap:

Turns out Jacksonville’s defense is as bad as expected. Anyone who played Phillip Rivers enjoyed his 377 passing yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice »

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Fantasy Hockey Draft Primer: Defense

October 1, 2014 at 9:00am in Fantasy, Featured
Mike Green (youshtake.com)

When it comes to fantasy hockey, strategies for drafting defensemen can be pretty polarizing. Some will tell you that Forwards and Goalies are the most important components of a fantasy squad so the focus should be there, letting you round out your roster with defenseman who are solid category contributors. Others however, see the sneaky value that a good defenseman can offer: if you’re getting 60+ points where another owner is only getting 40 or so, that can put you over the top.

I tend to go with a balance between these two approaches. I think defense an all too important but often underrated position in fantasy hockey, but its also important to recognize that most of your points will indeed be coming from forwards and goalies.

All of these players are of great interest to me going into my drafts, whether they’re sleepers, breakout candidates, guys who will out-perform their draft rankings, or just guys I’d love to have on my team. So, without further ado…

Victor Hedman, TBL

The third overall pick in the 2009 draft has seen steady progression in his young career and I expect that trend to continue. He logs a ton of minutes and he has stellar options in front of him like Steven Stamkos and rookie Jonathon Drouin. He posted 55 points in just 75 games last year, so 60 is definition possible. I’m targeting him on all of my teams.

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Join us for Fantasy Hockey!

September 29, 2014 at 2:14pm in Fantasy, Now!
Fantasy Hockey (nhl.com)

We know we’ve got some die-hard hockey fans among our readers and a wealth of fantasy players. Now you have a chance to join us in a Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey league for the upcoming season. I will be covering fantasy hockey for Sports of Boston this year, and this league is a great chance to get some interaction with us the writers and show off your fantasy skill!

We can have some fun with it, too– I’ll post some draft analysis, player rankings, sleepers picks, and more. I’ll also post a weekly reader email response to answer your fantasy hockey questions.

If you’re interested, email me at [email protected] and join the fun. You can challenge the experts to the Sports of Boston Fantasy Hockey Championship!