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.