The Goods: Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

02/23/2011 12:54 AM -  Ian Gooding

 

Is it time to drop Sidney Crosby, since he has been sidelined for over a month and his concussion situation hasn’t improved? I answer that question for one reader.

Hey,

I’m in first in my league (head to head, eight teams, four lines). This is also my first year of following hockey, but my lead is slowly shrinking. I have Sidney Crosby and I don’t know what to do with him. I guess I’m just asking your opinion on my team and your opinion on Crosby.

My team:

C: Steven Stamkos, Nik Antropov, Matt Cullen, Tyler Ennis, Antoine Vermette, Jarret Stoll
LW: Rick Nash, James Neal, Dany Heatley, Ryan Malone, Ryan Clowe
RW: Marian Hossa, Justin Williams, Drew Stafford, Todd Bertuzzi, Dustin Brown
D: Christian Ehrhoff, Dan Boyle, P.K. Subban, Ryan Suter, John-Michael Liles, Brooks Orpik, Dan Hamhuis
G: Sergei Bobrovsky, Cam Ward, Mathieu Garon
IR: Crosby, Alexander Edler

Thank you, Nader

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Hi Nader,

Great question, since a lot of fantasy owners are wondering the same thing.

It’s not surprising that your lead is shrinking, considering that you’ve had to sit hockey’s best player for over a month now. On the plus side, you still have Stamkos, which most other Crosby owners won’t also have the advantage of owning. Stamkos may be the only other player that can keep up with Crosby as far as goals go.

In terms of what to do with Crosby, you’re fortunate that you can store him on IR. If you have only two IR spots and needed to move another player there, then I would drop Edler, who may not return during the regular season. As I mentioned earlier, almost no one can produce at the same pace as Crosby, even if the rumors are true that he will miss the rest of the regular season. You have to take a chance and keep him on your roster as long as possible, or at least until the Penguins announce that he will miss the rest of the regular season (assuming this is a non-keeper league).

Here’s a roster move I would make. Unless you have a third IR slot, I would drop Ryan Malone, since it appears he won’t be back anytime soon. There are a few left wings who are producing at a high level who may be available – names like Matt Moulson, Max Pacioretty, Andy McDonald, and Curtis Glencross come to mind.

After Stamkos, your center situation thins out dramatically. I would consider trading a winger for an established second-tier center. Look for an opponent who has a surplus of centers, and see if he/she is willing to overpay for a winger like James Neal. I mention Neal because I like his long-term keeper value with the trade to Pittsburgh, but you’ll have to limit your short-term expectations on him with Evgeni Malkin out for the season and Crosby’s status up in the air.

Tagged: Dave Bolland, Patrik Berglund, Jamie Benn, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie

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Comments

  1. Mike Tedone says:

    At center, which is easily the deepest forward position in fantasy, you are also extremely thin in comparison to your wings so I would strongly consider trying to grab guys like Bolland, Berglund, and/or Benn as there has to be someone better than Antropov’s 42 point pace out there. McDonald is a good selection as well as he has dual C/LW eligibility in most leagues and is on STL top 6 and top PP unit. Bolland and Berglund have both been scoring at point-per-game pace over the last couple weeks so if either one is available I’d jump on them right away. Okposo and Oshie (both of which recently returned from injury) would be another two options that are traditionally strong finishers which, if available, could help you considerably down the stretch.

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