Undervalued and Underappreciated (West 2011)

Ryan Ma




Over the course of the last few weekends I participated in a few Yahoo! mock drafts to gain a better grasp of what's been going on in the real fantasy hockey world. I thought I'd pass my findings onto you Dobberities. I participated in random drafts ranging from eight to 14 teams from H2H to Roto leagues with standard settings. This is what I have concluded.


  • Right Wings are massively deep and left wings are crazily not!
  1. These are the examples of the typical** player you can draft at each winger position.
  2. 10th RW: Dany Heatley, Claude Giroux or David Backes
  3. 20th RW: Chris Stewart, Marian Hossa, or Patric Hornqvist
  4. 30th RW: Milan Hejduk, Jaromir Jagr, or Nathan Horton
  5. 10th LW: Rick Nash, Tomas Vanek, or Milan Lucic
  6. 20th LW: Alex Tanguay, Eric Cole, or RJ Umberger
  7. 30th LW: Dustin Penner, David Booth, or Curtis Glencross


Advice: Just like in the past, don't overreach for RW, if you have the opportunity to draft a LW ahead of a RW, DO SO! I would probably go as far as to say, draft your first two LW before you even make your first RW pick (I'd recommend you have at least a top-10 LW within your first three picks). As you can see the talent pool of the lower ranked RW are fairly deep, so you could easily find a 55-65 point player on the WW post-draft. However, I can't say the same for LW.


  • Center, as always, is as deep as ever!
  1. 10th C: Ryan Kesler, Eric Staal, or Jeff Carter
  2. 20th C: Danny Briere, Vinny Lecavalier, or Paul Stastny
  3. 30th C: Stephen Weiss, Derek Roy, or Mikko Koivu


Advice: Pretty much ditto with centers. If there is a LW sitting right in front of you go after him before taking the C. If you look above, there isn't a large noticeable difference between the 15th to 30th drafted centermen.

Much like last year, the goalie hype seems to have died down a bit, as draftees are holding off on picking up goalies early and electing to wait into the mid-rounds, (rounds 4, 5 or 6), to draft their first goalie.


Advice: Generally speaking, you probably should have two solid goalies by round nine and a third by round 10-12. From my experience, there isn't a large gap between goalies 10 to 20, but there is a steep drop off right after Jaroslav Halak, Dwayne Roloson, and Niklas Backstrom. In a 12-14 team league, you'd be playing with fire if you head into the season with a Steve Mason, Jose Theodore, Semyon Varlamov as your number two goalie.


Big named favourites on the back end are still relatively unknown to the general public.

  1. A couple of favourites of mine, Sheldon Souray, Brian Campbell and Sami Salo, I've managed to snag them quite a few times on the mock drafts with a last-round pick.
  2. Guys like Stefan Elliott, Travis Hamonic, Brett MacLean, Marek Zidlicky, and Jamie McBain have been left largely undrafted or were drafted very late in many mock drafts, so there are plenty of late round steals available.


Joe Thornton – C- San Jose

Average: 45.5

Yahoo-Rank: 43

On average, Thornton's the 13th overall center being selected in Yahoo! leagues, which is a bit low in my opinion. I know last