The Hockey News – Ultimate Pool Guide - - Fantasy Do’s And Don’ts -

Over­value play­off he­roes. Re­mem­ber Fer­nando Pisani? Sean Ber­gen­heim? Me nei­ther. Be­ware the grinder who ran­domly puts to­gether a mem­o­rable play­off run,

a la Bryan Bick­ell in 2013. Draft guys based on line com­bi­na­tions. Never chase a scrub just be­cause he’s slated to open the sea­son on the top for­ward unit. Coaches make changes in a hurry and the more tal­ented play­ers rise up the depth chart. Bran­don Bochen­ski on the 2005-06 Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors comes to mind.

Over­value plus-mi­nus. Plus-mi­nus grows on trees and high-end point­get­ters don’t. Don’t hes­i­tate to grab Matt Duch­ene (mi­nus-12). You can sup­ple­ment that pick with a bar­gain bin guy like Mark Fraser (plus-18) off the waiver wire.

Ig­nore your scor­ing sys­tem. If your league has four goalie stat cat­e­gories and two skater cat­e­gories, Lundqvist is the best player, not Sid­ney Crosby. Power for­wards like Evan­der Kane get a huge boost if your league counts hits and penalty min­utes. If you don’t un­der­stand your scor­ing sys­tem, a team that looks awe­some on paper could flop.

Pack it in too early. This rule ap­plies most to head-to-head for­mats in which teams com­pete for play­off berths. Fan­tasy hockey is highly un­pre­dictable and even a league’s high­est seed can be up­set if it goes cold for a week or sus­tains a key in­jury. Don’t start your fire sale un­less you know there’s no chance at snag­ging the fi­nal seed.

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