This is my first foray into fantasy hockey land. A total experiment. And I’ve somehow found myself competing in the Minnesota Roto 63025 league – even though I live in Toronto. Cool.
Here is my current team:
And here’s how I’m currently doing – “in Minnesota”:
6th out of 10 – not bad for an experiment.
Every night I will pray to the Slovenian God, Anze Kopitar…
When the Abbot declared his Scuttling Hogs “feel poised to rocket to the top of not just this league and the allied WPBHL fantasy league but also the larger ponds of the Canada and Arsenal leagues,” I felt a surprising twinge of worry. I say surprising because in the Abbot we’re talking about a hockey player here. Probably the only time he uses his feet in a creative way is when he walks to the bathroom in the morning. But here I am now mid-game-week, sweating. I’ve had a horrible weekend with several players rested by their managers after the international break (Son, Aguero), some players still injured (Baines) and some players missing penalties on a regular basis (Aguero). I know: excuses, excuses. It is what it is, you say. Abbot has thus far earned 51 points to your 32 and that quite simply is why your place at the summit is in jeopardy. And you are right. I sweat because mid-game-week I am only 1 point up on the Abbot’s Scuttling Hogs:
I really need Capoue and Rashford – my remaining two players in this game week – to come through so that I don’t suffer the ignominy of being surpassed by a lumbering hockey player.
After some weeks of a, shall we say, hands-off management style, the Scuttling Hogs sit in second place. With a game week 7 high score of 52 points, the Hogs have overtaken the Vidovich cousins. Perennial cellar-dweller D Dogs maintain their 5th-place ranking, partly due to keeping captain Diego Costa on the bench and forgoing a 24-point performance from Costa.
Despite this weekend’s success, the Hogs have made some early switches in preparation for the resumption of the Premiership after the international break. Out has come de Gea in favour of Boruc in goal; Kelly has given way to Sagna in the back line; and the biggest change of all sees a transfer of the underperforming Jamie Vardy in favour of Sanchez – a move made possible by bringing in a lower-priced striker in Jermaine Dafoe.
The Hogs feel poised to rocket to the top of not just this league and the allied WPBHL fantasy league but also the larger ponds of the Canada and Arsenal leagues.
Sidney Crosby’s dominance during September’s World Cup of Hockey made him an easy first pick for my “Team Hound” entry in ESPN’s Fantasy Hockey draft. Here’s the full squad:
After Crosby, I chose a goalie – Pekke Rinne – but then went back to the World Cup well to select Brad Marchand next. Not only did Marchand have a fantastic tournament, but he also just signed a lucrative long-term deal with Boston and is likely to get first-line minutes all season.
Other Team Hound guys I’m pleased to have:
- Jack Eichel – another strong World Cup performance, and a starring role with an increasingly talented Sabres team.
- Sean Monahan – when Johnny Gaudreau scores, Monahan assists.
- James van Riemsdyk – if he stays healthy he could end up scoring lots of points in Toronto, perhaps seeing some ice time with Auston Matthews and on the power play.
- Jonathan Drouin – appears to have put the bad feelings in Tampa away and should be ready for a comeback season.
- Robby Fabbri – exciting young winger who had a great playoff with the Blues.
This incarnation of Team Hound is entered in ESPN’s 12-team H2H points 46211 fantasy league; I’ll have a chance to draft different lineups for the two other leagues I’m entered in – but will likely go with a similar look for each one.
Puck drops October 12.