Are They Worth It? (Part II)

Dobber Sports

2011-12-15

 

Crosby

 

After dissecting Alex Ovechkin and pushing the surgical instrument budget to near breaking point, we now turn to Ovechkin's biggest adversary, Sidney Crosby. Also a physical specimen in terms of talent and ability, Crosby persistently challenges Ovie for the title of most valuable fantasy player in the universe. At almost a million bucks less than Ovechkin, Crosby has an instant advantage in a salary cap league. With the debate bound to rage on for years, both Crosby and Ovechkin have their perks; Ovechkin has his health while Crosby saves you cap space. But, by continuing the trend of following trends, much unlike Ovechkin's downward spiral, Crosby's production takes a likeness to a space launch and keeps on climbing.

 

When considering Crosby's value in a salary cap league it's important to note that we will ignore his health issues. As mentioned in a past article examining strategies in a cap league, the importance of owning a solid replacement for such a player is discussed. In last week's focus on Ovechkin we took a look at his cost-per-point average, amongst other categories, which was simple to do considering his lack of missed games. We will do the same with Crosby but it's important to note that his breakdown will have to consider his pace rather than actual production in the years that he was well short of an 82 game schedule.

 

Year

Cost/goal

Cost/point

Cost/sog

Cost/pim

Cost/ppp

2007/08

on pace – 53gp

$235,135

$78,378

$32,584

$145,000

$212,195

2008/09

$263,636

$84,446

$36,544

$114,473

$217,500

2009/10

$170,588

$79,816

$29,194

$122,535

$255,882

2010/11

on pace – 41gp

$135,937

$65,909

$27,018

$140,322

$228,947

2011/12

on pace

$414,285

$84,446

$27,444

$106,097

$280,645

 

Unlike Ovechkin, Crosby has managed to improve on his cost/production ratio in virtually every category – specifically goals, points and shots on goal. Without some sort of wonder drug to insure continued improvement in future years he's got to hit a ceiling at some point, but what stands out is a lack of major fluctuation. Comparing Crosby's numbers to Ovechkin's helps put things into perspective and features two key differences: consistency and a positive trend. The five-year average of these two superstars proves Crosby to be the more cost-eff