Finding the best way to truly recognize defensive value in a hockey pool

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#6 gfunkb7 2014-08-31 09:04
Amen brother
#5 dhizzy 2014-08-27 16:13
Last year I won my fantasy league by drafting Lundqvist with my 1st pick, then Karlson, Weber, Yandle, and Giordano as my defensive group. Rounded that out with Bernier and Beuchumin. Swapped Bernier for Talbot halfway through the season. My forwards were lackluster but I kept refreshing by dropping the stale ones and swapping them with hot players like Nyquist etc... Defense really does win fantasy leagues.
#4 BlueNoteCode 2014-08-17 22:16
In addition to the regular offensive categories (G, A, PPP, GWG, FW), my league also includes Blocked shots, Hits, +/-, & PIM. We enjoy the disparity. You get your flashy categories, & some more "blue-collar-es que" ones as well. It REALLY opens up the field. & you don't necessarily end up valuing goons as one might assume.
#3 Isle B. 2014-08-13 15:40
100%, Chuck.

MacDonald led the league in blocked shots because he led a bad team in AToI and not because he is a particularly good defender. As any Isles fan will tell you, it is often AMAC's play that puts him in the position of having to block a lot of shots.
+1 #2 chuckcouples 2014-08-13 00:31
Anybody who thinks that blocked shots represents defensive ability is misleading themselves. All a high blocked shots totals tells anyone else is that the player spends way too much of their time in the defensive end.
#1 Sartavos 2014-08-12 14:19
Fantrax has recently added a new stat category called Defensive Awareness (DAW), which is simply Hits + Blocked Shots + Plus/Minus combined.
I think this will be what I'll use in my pool to represent the defensive aspect of the game in the future.

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