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 seas