The Goods: Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

12/22/2010 5:48 PM -  Ian Gooding

Alex Edler (Source: Creative Commons user Orlandkurtenbach)

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Hey Ian,

I am at a quandary at the moment of truth regarding a pickup. I have been playing Dennis Seidenberg for the whole season, hoping he performs close to when he was paired with Zdeno Chara. Not the case. I have the chance to get Kevin Shattenkirk, who I’ve been following his PP QB duties for the Avs and he has had a nice start, but worried about him as a rookie. Alexander Edler is also available for the Nucks. Could you offer a guiding suggestion? Thanks!

Todd

Hi Todd,

Without a doubt, I would replace Seidenberg with either Shattenkirk or Edler for the reason you mentioned. The tougher decision to make is which of the two to pick.

If you can find a way to add both Shattenkirk and Edler to your roster, I would do it. Who are your other defensemen? If it doesn’t make sense to add both d-men, who you choose depends on whether you are looking for higher upside or consistency. With 19 points in 22 games, Shattenkirk has proven that he has almost as high a ceiling as any d-man in the league, including Edler. However, he could hit a rookie wall at some point, which would lower his value for this season significantly. Edler has already experienced his woes as a youngster and is proving to be a consistent option on the Canucks’ first-unit power play.

I think if I had to pick between the two, I would go with the more proven option in Edler. But as I mentioned, I would also try to find room for Shattenkirk if possible.

Ian

Hi Ian,
 
My team is as follows:
Sidney Crosby
Jonathan Toews
Brenden Morrow
Brian Gionta
Daniel Alfredsson
Matt Cooke
Devin Setoguchi
Cody Franson
Erik Karlsson
Mark Giordano
Brooks Orpik
Marc-Andre Fleury
 
This is a very deep league with trades allowed but they don’t happen very often.  Our points system is 1 point for goal, 1 point assist, 2 points goalie win, 5 points for SO, +/- is included, as are playoffs.
 
Some names on the waiver wire are Wojtek Wolski, Tomas Kopecky, Wayne Simmonds, David Booth, Steve Sullivan, and Brandon Sutter.  I would probably drop Cooke if you think any of these players are a big improvement. I’m currently in seventh place, 50 points out of first and would like to start to make a move up the leaderboard.
 
Thanks
Daryn

Hi Daryn,
 
I would definitely make a move to drop Cooke in your league. Although he contributes penalty minutes while usually playing in the Penguins’ top six, he doesn’t add enough offense to be on a fantasy squad. The best player available to you right now appears to be Sullivan, who has a point in seven of his last eight games. The Preds’ offense isn’t anything spectacular, but the team is on a roll with wins in eight of its last ten games.
 
I would also keep an eye on Setoguchi, who was off to a slow start this year before an injury sidelined him. He has points in two of his last three games, but I would not hesitate to replace him if he stumbles again. A player you could consider replacing Setoguchi with is Booth, who is not having his best season but is firmly entrenched in his team’s top 6 forwards, unlike Setoguchi.

Ian

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