Undervalued and Unappreciated

Ryan Ma




Last week my column was related to players who were being overrated in Yahoo Mock Drafts. This week I'm going to do a complete 180 and take a look at players who are undervalued and unappreciated in similar mock drafts. I participated in random Yahoo mock drafts ranging from eight to 14 teams from H2H to Roto leagues with standard settings. This is what I found based on the size of the leagues:


Eight-team Leagues

Most eight-team leagues are going to be deep in talent anyways, and should have plenty of quality players left on the waiver wire post-draft. I'm not going to mention too many sleepers in eight-team leagues, but just beware of the following players that may slip or forgotten come draft day.

Paul Stastny – C– Colorado Avalanche

High: 52

Low:  Undrafted (8-teamer), Drafted: 161

Average: 111.8

Yahoo-Rank: 201

Dobber Expert Draft: 116 (Angus)

It's kind of hard to ignore near point-per-game players in fantasy leagues, but this is exactly what is happening in many mock drafts regarding Stastny. A lot of his fantasy value has dropped because of the major injuries that he's sustained in the past two seasons, but I'd give him one more season before we fully label him as a band-aid boy. Either way he shouldn't be ranked as low as the 44th ranking center that Yahoo currently has classified him as.

Ales Hemsky – RW – Edmonton Oilers

High: 70

Low: 159

Average: 101.8

Yahoo-Rank: 110

Dobber Expert Draft: 63 (Doulos)

A lot of poolies have been waiting for Hemmer for quite some time now, which probably explains why Yahoo has Hemsky ranked as the 28th overall right wing in fantasy leagues. If you look at the numbers (.92 point-per-game average in the last four years) and his position on the Oilers' depth chart (top-line right wing) you would have to think ranking him in the late 20's is certainly unjustified. He averaged 18:38 per game last season and 4:14 of which was on the Oilers' power-play. With the well known fact that Pat Quinn loves to give his star players exorbitant amounts of ice-time, surely bagging Hemsky as a second/third right winger will certainly pay its dividends during the season.

Brendan Morrow – LW –Dallas Stars

High: 41

Low: 164

Average: 92.1

Yahoo-rank: 138

Dobber Expert Draft: 59 (Lanky)

Morrow's been a bit banged up the last three seasons as two of the past three seasons has been of the 40 or less variety, but the other has been for the full 82 games. When Morrow plays he's essentially the best across-the-board producer for fantasy hockey purposes as he has a .84 point, 1.67 PIM, and a 2.29 SOG-per-game average for the past four seasons, which certainly doesn't justify his 33rd overall ranking amongst left wings in Yahoo leagues. He's a fantasy stud and no one should be worried about his knee causing him problems this season. He'll be a great late round steal in many fantasy pools this season.

10-12 Team Leagues

As most of you are going to be participating in 10, 12 or 14 team leagues, I'm going to focus most of this article for your benefit. These are the suggested sleepers that I found in many of my mock drafts this past two weeks.

Brad Richards – C – Dallas Stars<