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Tysen Leblanc is the reigning champ of a 14 team H2H keeper league with weekly settings that keeps 5 options from year to year. The stat options for this league are: G,A,P,+/-,PIM,PPP and W,GAA,SV which is a pretty standard setup that I like with one exception; I don't like the idea of tracking points after already tracking goals and assists. Everyone should just learn to ask me about these things first though, it really is all about me.
At any rate let's take a look at Team Ramrod. I've put an * to denote the five keepers for this year.
C Nicklas Backstrom* WAS – he sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in discussions of fantasy projections but he just might be the best disher in the league and definitely on the Caps. I can't help but think that AO is not as successful from year to year without Nickl-Back.
C David Krejci BOS – I don't get how the Bruins can use terms like "mild concussion" here because as far as I know there's no such thing as a MILD concussion. "Yeah doc no worries, my brain only rattled against the inside of my skull once or twice, so things are pretty mild." If Krejci has "recovered" from getting rocked then maybe you shouldn't be using the word concussion in the first place. Needless to say, I'm a bit worried about this situation.
C Patrick Marleau * SJ – the usually great +/- hasn't been there for Marleau so far this season but that's bound to turn a corner soon. I have no concerns that he'll return to stellar stats across the board and he'll be his usual monstrous self by season's end.
LW Simon Gagne TB – when I came on the scene I was very concerned about your LW situation because Gagne is just so brittle from year to year. We weren't far into the month working together before Gagne was put on the IR. If you get any real value out of him this season then I'll be happy for you and also pretty surprised.
LW Andy McDonald STL – he's on pace for a 35 pt season and I sure hope things improve by leaps and bounds for him yet this season. Quite frankly he's disappeared from their offense far too often to be of much value to a fantasy team. This just adds to my ongoing concern for your LW situation.
LW Mason Raymond VAN – it'd be nice if they stuck him with the twins on a regular basis but I just don't see it happening. He's still a nice 2nd line compliment to their offense and I figure anywhere between 25 and 30 goals on the season would be a phenomenal target for him this year.
RW Steve Downie TB – before the season began I figured it'd be either Downie or Avery with the best combo of PIMs and points this season, actually I said it was going to be Avery. Well, it seems that I was wr … , wro …. , well, I've had better predictions come through for me. If Downie is healthy he'll be the best power forward option in the league this season.