It’s true. Don’t fight it. Size does matter.
SIZE MATTERS IN KEEPER LEAGUES
Calvin from Vancouver
"8 team H2H Yahoo Keeper (Year 1, Keep 5)
G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, SOG, W, GAA, Save%, SHO
Daily Roster: 2 C, 2 RW, 2 LW, 4D, 1 Util, 2 G
C: Datsyuk (LW), Getzlaf, E.Staal,
RW: Perry, Hossa, Semin (LW), Clarkson
LW: Parise, Vanek, Benn (C)
D: Boyle, Karlsson, Edler, Gonchar
G: Thomas, Quick
Hi Chris, Roster listed above. I am presently in first with a 50 point lead over 2nd place.
Goalies and late draft picks (Vanek, Karlsson, Edler) are making up for my struggling top picks (Perry, Getzlaf, Staal). Who would you consider for 5 keepers? the rest i may offer to upgrade keepers.
I am considering among:
Datsyuk (getting older)
Perry (good alround stats, valuable RW)
Parise (valuable LW), Getzlaf (injury prone)
Karlsson (top dman)
Quick (younger, solid stats).
Chris: First of all, congrats on the big lead so far.
I'm glad you asked this one Calvin because it brings up a great point about keepers when it comes to smaller leagues and fewer keepers. Because your situation is on the shallow side with only eight teams and since, on top of that, the number of keepers is relatively small with only five, I'd be much less worried about the age of a player.
As such, I think Datsyuk is still a legitimate guy to consider as a lock in terms of his production and talent. The only caveat, IMO, is whether or not you want to invest in any centres at all since forward position matters for you. As you know, pivots are plentiful. Not Datsyuk-level, but in a shallow league especially you'll be able to do quite nicely down the middle regardless.
Quick's keeper value continues to move upward. With Darryl Sutter's addition to the Kings, Quick's worth is only improved.
Even though Tim Thomas is obviously up there in years, he's still playing so well and has such a great situation with the Bruins. Given your league dynamics, I could even honestly see going a little non-conventional in keeper thinking and going with both Quick and Thomas as two of the five. You'd likely be able to nab Rask back at the draft (the split situation might make his owner waver on keeping him, like you are with Thomas and his age) and your goaltending would theoretically be pretty awesome for next season.
If you went that route, then who for the final three choices? Parise and Perry should likely be locks. Wingers, solid stats and pretty valuable all-around.
I could then see going with Karlsson for the final pick, given his insane prod