This is the season… The final sprint to the Stanley Cup. You’ve been a part of it all season long and now you are about to finish it off in style. But, like any good long distance race, you have to pace yourself along the way. And that’s what this article is all about. We present you with a complete playoff run-down and breakdown that shows you all the steps to building a winning Fantasy Hockey team from scratch.
So here we go… 16 teams, four rounds of playoffs, one Stanley Cup champion!
The First Round
You’ll need to be patient for this one because the first round usually takes longer than most people expect — especially with games 1 and 2 already in the books! But don’t worry; there’s plenty of time to take advantage of this first round so don’t be too impatient jumping on free agents. If anything, they will be more valuable as we move forward (as you will see in some of these later steps).
Step 1 – Review your roster
This may sound obvious but it’s an important step nonetheless. Take a look at your roster and assess where your assets lie. Are there any players that you can drop who are no longer contributing significantly? If so, get those guys off your team
There are certain things you need to be a winner in Fantasy Hockey. You need to know your stuff, draft well and make the right moves throughout the season. You also need a bit of luck.
You don’t need all of that if you’re starting from scratch for the playoffs though. What you do need is a plan. You need to know what players are hot and which can give you the most bang for your buck. From there, it’s easy to build that championship team in four simple steps.
Step 1: Big Guns
It’s easy to fill up on big-name studs when you start with a clean slate because they’ll cost less than they did on draft day. That’s why you want to load up on them first, while they’re cheap.
Winger Sidney Crosby, Penguins (ADP 1) — Crosby was the top pick in nearly every league this season, but he will cost substantially less than he did before the season started because he missed almost half of the regular season with injuries and posted “only” 56 points in 36 games. He’s healthy now and has been picking up where he left off last season before his injury, with 17 points in 11 games since returning from his latest injury absence, so feel
We’re about to embark on another exciting postseason run in the NHL, but there is still plenty of time for you to make an impact in your Fantasy Hockey leagues. The important thing to remember is that it is never too late to get involved.
There are a number of ways to build a winning roster, depending on the league format and settings. But here is the basic approach we took this season in our CBSSports.com Experts League:
Step 1: Find strong goaltending
It’s tempting to load up on offense early, but unless you can guarantee you’ll get two of the top three point-scorers (or perhaps one of those guys and Sidney Crosby) it’s probably more prudent to grab a goaltender or two and wait a while before taking any wingers or centers.
This year, based on how our draft went, my goalies were Henrik Lundqvist (third round), Kari Lehtonen (fifth), Niklas Backstrom (sixth), Marc-Andre Fleury (eighth) and Jimmy Howard (ninth). The first three have been very good all season long and will be among the top options in the playoffs; Fleury is currently injured but should be back soon; and Howard might not get much work if the
Fantasy Hockey leagues are a great way to spice up the NHL Playoffs while increasing your chances of being a winner. Which is why we created this guide to help you get started. By the end of this guide, you’ll be ready to start your own playoff pool.
To help make this fun and easy, we’ve broken this article down into four steps:
Step 1: How to start your own league
Step 2: 5 tips for drafting a winning team
Step 3: How to set up your first league
Step 4: How to join a league and how to play
You’ll need at least ten friends (or friends of friends) to create a league, more is better. But if you’re looking for some quick action, you can also hop into one of our public pools. These types of pools are ideal for those who don’t have much time or don’t want to commit for the entire playoffs, but still want the thrill of competing against their fellow fans on FantasyHockey.com.
Also keep in mind that it’s best if everyone has a computer or laptop with an Internet connection handy so they can make their picks on the day of the draft (when possible). Otherwise they will have to pick by phone and trust someone else to enter
It’s that time of the year again! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here for 2014, and we all know how exciting the chase for Lord Stanley can be. But it isn’t just about the teams and players in the NHL playoffs; fans who play Fantasy Hockey also have something to look forward to.
It is no secret that the playoffs are an important factor in the fantasy world, but they are also one of the most overlooked parts of “real” hockey. As a result, it takes only a few savvy owners to lead their team to victory.
The good news is that with a little preparation, you can make sure that your fantasy team will be ready for any eventuality this postseason brings. Here are four steps you can take now to prepare your fantasy team for playoff success.
Step 1: Acquire Players From Teams That Will Make The Playoffs
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a weird thing. They’re one of the most exciting events in any sport, and yet they’re also one of the least interesting things to have ever happened.
This is the final week before the playoffs kick off, so it’s time to start thinking about who you might want to pick up for your playoff pool. Some of you may be in playoff pools that are already under way, but for everyone else, this is an annual ritual of last-minute panic.
Let’s walk through how a typical fantasy hockey player approaches the task of putting together a playoff roster.
Step 1: Pick people from good teams
What you need to know: The Tampa Bay Lightning were the top seed in the Eastern Conference after a 48-win, 102-point season. Their reward? A tough matchup with the Detroit Red Wings, who beat them in the first round of the playoffs last year. And this series was no different, as Detroit took it in seven games.
The Lightning won Games 1 and 2 by a combined score of 10-2 and looked like they were on their way to an easy win. But Detroit took Game 3 and then won two straight to take a 3-2 lead after five games. It was Tampa’s turn to win two in a row, but in Game 7, Detroit scored three times in the first period and held on for a 5-2 victory at home.
It was a disappointing end for Tampa Bay, which had traded for Ryan Callahan before the Olympics and acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from Ottawa at last year’s trade deadline. They also signed forward Valtteri Filppula as a free agent.
All of those players had solid seasons for Tampa Bay but couldn’t get it done against Detroit. Martin St. Louis scored four goals (three on the power play) and had eight points in the series; he led all Lightning forwards with four points