The Goods: Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

01/11/2011 1:38 AM -  Ian Gooding

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Hi Ian,

I now have both Patrick Kane and Steve Downie ready to come off my IR and I don’t know who to drop to bring them back in. Can you give me some advice? Here is my team. I was thinking of dropping Marco Sturm maybe but the problem is I would like to keep everyone.

C: Henrik Sedin, Steven Stamkos, Eric Staal, Ryan Kesler, Brian Boyle
LW: Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Ville Leino, Tomas Fleischmann, Evander Kane, Brooks Laich, Sturm
RW: Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski, Jeff Skinner, Bryan Little,  P. Kane, Downie
D:
Drew Doughty, Zdeno Chara, Brooks Orpik, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Paul Martin, Joni Pitkanen
G:
Carey Price, Ondrej Pavelec, Marc-Andre FleuryThanks,
Michael

Hi Michael,

Right off the bat, I agree with you about Sturm. After just ten games, he has already spent time in Kings’ coach Terry Murray’s doghouse and has already been demoted to the third line. You have too deep a roster to worry about carrying a borderline fantasy option who is struggling right now.

The other player I would drop to make room for Kane and Downie is Orpik. Looking at your detailed stats, Orpik is only contributing in two categories: hits and blocked shots. You have 14 categories on offense alone in this league (G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPP, SHP, GWG, SH%, FW, FL, HIT, BLK) so I don’t feel that it is necessary to carry a player that is a one or two-category wonder. Girardi, Staal, and Chara should be able to keep you afloat in those categories from the blueline. So many more categories in your league are affected by points, which is why it makes sense to get Downie and especially Kane back into your lineup.

If you’d rather keep the extra defenseman (which is advisable in roto leagues with games played limits at each position), the player I would drop would be Boyle. He has been solid in scoring a career-high 14 goals this season, but he is far from a proven option (previous career high six points).

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