Fantasy Indicators of Success: Defensemen

Dobber Sports

2010-11-11

Byfuglien

 

I admit I may overvalue defensemen in my fantasy leagues. In nearly every league I’ve ever been in, my defence is always at or near the top. I’ve been called a “defence whore” for my penchant for drafting quality offensive defensemen, even if I may need other positions more.

 

The key statistic for me is power play time on ice. Defensemen typically NEED power play time in order to record big points. Looking at every 40 point defenseman over the last three seasons, power play points accounted for fifty percent of their overall point totals. That percentage has been trending down from 55 percent in 2007-08, to 51 percent in 2008-09 and 46 percent last season.

 

The oddball that stood out for me last year was Duncan Keith, who only scored 23 percent of his points with the man advantage. The year before last, it was 25 percent. The high guy last year was Kurtis Foster, who scored 62 percent of his points on the power play.

 

NOTE:  The ramblings below are geared more for one year leagues than keepers.

 

Atlanta

 

Name

GP

Pts

PPP

SOG

Avg TOI

PPTOI

Status

Dustin Byfuglien

15

14

9

50

22:30

4:09

Hold

Tobias Enstrom

15

12

10

13

25:53

5:38

Hold

Johnny Oduya

15

4

1

17

22:12

1:37

Hold