The Contrarian – A Dubi-ous distinction

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The Contrarian is out to prove that Brandon Dubinsky is not a sleeper.


Last week, fellow Dobber writer, Terry Campkin highlighted Brandon Dubinsky as his Geek of the Week stating that he is a good sleeper candidate.


I will look at his arguments and explain why Dubinsky is not a sleeper to most people.

Yahoo Numbers


Terry states, "Currently in Yahoo! pools, Dubinsky is being drafted 160th overall on average, which is towards the end of the 14th round in a 12 team league. As of last Friday, Dubinsky was only 26% owned across all Yahoo! leagues."


Assumption: All pools are roto style


– Dubinsky has value in deep points only pools as well but not nearly as much as in a roto pool. This skews the calculation of his average overall pick.

– Traditionally hockey pools have been points only or formula based. I know that roto style has become more popular over the seasons but it isn't the norm.


Assumption: All participants are drafting in person or using a customized draft list instead of the pre-ordered Yahoo Recommended list.


– There are many fun pools and the owners in those pools don't make many adjustments at all. They also let the autodraft option do their work for them.

– Yahoo's pre-draft rankings have him at the 224 spot. They also rank based on six stat categories, Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, Power Play Points and Shots on Goal. To be fair, Terry does talk about other stat categories in his column and does understand that roto leagues are not all the same.

– Not all leagues have the forwards broken down into Left Wing, Center and Right Wing. Some simply indicate that a certain number of Forwards must be drafted and others don't have any limitations at all. In these cases his positional duality doesn't help his overall draft ranking.


With all these assumptions why isn't Dubinsky's draft ranking worse than 160th and not closer to 224th overall?


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