Since we’ve reached the midpoint of the NHL season, I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide a recap of the fantasyhockey.com Yahoo fantasy league thus far.
|1.||What a Duchenebag||79-40-11||.650||169|
|3.||Dirty Concussion ©||65-53-12||.546||142|
|5.||BIG JON STUDD||61-52-17||.535||139|
|6.||Calgary Bounce Crew||58-50-22||.531||138|
|8.||Body Czech Republic||59-57-14||.508||132|
|10.||I’M BRIAN BELLOWS!||61-60-9||.504||131|
|11.||No Shift Sherlock||50-70-10||.423||110|
|13.||Rick Nash Bridges||43-75-12||.377||98|
The runaway leader’s current roster:
I’ll attempt to explain the secret to the success of first-place team What a Duchene***, who is a first-year participant in the league. Maybe I’ll have to send him a job offer soon. I’ll just have to make sure he watches the language.
I’m sure that the league leader in quite a few leagues owns Byfuglien, who has unexpectedly been fantasy hockey’s most valuable defenseman. To think, he was an afterthought in many leagues at the start of the season after his trade to Atlanta and the announcement that he would be moving back to defense. I added him off waivers in another league I participate and guess what? I’m in first place in that league.
By the way, Buff now shares the NHL lead for scoring among defensemen with ageless wonder Nicklas Lidstrom (41 points each). As well, Buff’s production on this team has made up for the lack of production of Green, who was the consensus top defenseman in drafts this season.
According to the Yahoo rankings, Daniel Sedin is currently this team’s most valuable player. I’m thinking that if Daniel stayed healthy all season last season, he may have challenged brother Henrik Sedin for the Hart Trophy. As it stands, the two Sedins are tied for third in league scoring (55 points), only two points behind Steven Stamkos while closing in on the concussed Sidney Crosby.
For a recap of more teams in this league, listen to the Saturday January 15 episode of the Weekly Slapshot Podcast. You can also read Garrett’s and my analysis on our respective teams below in the comments.
What a Duchene will be a difficult team to catch down the stretch, as several teams attempt to catch up, including mine (4th place Vancouver Giants). Good luck to all teams in the second half!
Tagged: Patrick Marleau, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise, Henrik Sedin, Patrick Kane, Sergei Gonchar, Dion Phaneuf, Nikita Filatov, Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, Brad Richards, Chris Stewart, Scott Hartnell, David Backes, Anders Lindback, Pekka Rinne, Sergei Kostitsyn, Matt D’Agostini
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