Audit your fantasy squad – January edition

Ian Fergusson




Welcome once again to "An Expert's Audit". This audit will be posted here as well as on my fantasy hockey blog at . I also do weekly reviews of teams for people who email in to me for a look-see. These audits will continue to appear here monthly and if you're interested in having your keeper team "worked over" then you can begin by emailing Dobber (contact link at bottom of website) about it. But send it in by the 15th, as I will be starting on my next one at that point.


One of the fun things about this gig is that I get to see different leagues played in different game systems.  Most leagues that I see are at Yahoo but it can be even more fun to see how CBS or ESPN play the game.  This past month I went to ESPN to see Andrew Wilson's 16 team H2H fantasy point league keeper.  This league is different than just about any other I've looked at because ESPN gives you options for your league that other systems just don't allow.  This particular league gave extra value to goals than assists and it also tracked faceoff wins, faceoff losses, blocks and hits.  Do you have any idea how that changes the value of a checking center in the NHL?  Or the defensive defenseman who's a shot-blocker?  Or just a PIMy hitter who gets ice time and spends all night running people over?  This was truly a lot of fun.


Andrew Wilson is a Leaf fan who plays in a league that has the following fantasy point settings: G(5), A(3), +/-(.5), PIM(.6), PPG(4), PPA(2), FOW(.5), FOL(-.3), HAT(3), SOG(.3), HIT(.4), BLK(2), SHP(6), W(5), L(-3), GA(-1), SV(.5), SO(6) and OTL(1).  That's a lot of stuff to track but thankfully ESPN also provides a free stattracker and provides you with a season average fantasy point total for every player you inquire about.  If you wanted to find a few diamonds in the rough you just had to search a little for shot blockers and C's with good FW% and then you found options that are outside the norm in your standard hockey pool.  Additionally this 16 team league started with a premise that you could grandfather in 3 keeps off the team that you represent in the real NHL plus an additional 7 keeps outside of that.  It should be pointed out that Andrew only took control of this team after the season had begun so he was already hamstrung with a bad roster.


First things first though, let's look at the Carolina Hurricanes.