Capped: Productive Veteran Defensemen

Eric Daoust




Two freshly signed veteran defensemen who could help your squad next season.


When building our fantasy teams we tend to be drawn to the more appealing names. These typically include young players with high-end potential or at least guys that have many productive years ahead of them. Meanwhile, there is a stigma associated with players getting old that trickles into our fantasy decisions. While hoarding players that are nearing retirement is neither appealing nor smart, there are certainly circumstances where it makes sense to add a good reliable veteran player to your roster.


For starters, it is worth stating again that older players tend to be devalued to the point that they are completely avoided by some managers. One sound strategy is to take advantage of this opportunity and strike where your opponents may have a blind spot.


Not only can you have access to some good, reliable veterans with a proven track record of fantasy-relevant production, you will even be able to acquire them on the cheap in many instances. In your keeper league there will be some sitting on the waiver wire waiting to be picked up. And in your one-year draft next fall you will be able to select some later in the draft. If your budget and roster requirements support the acquisition, adding a proven performer can make a huge difference in your final results.


Two examples of productive veteran defensemen that may be overlooked are 37-year-old Marek Zidlicky and 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen who both signed one-year bonus-heavy deals that will cost $4 million apiece in most cap leagues. While their names are not very appealing these days due to their lack of being long-term building blocks on a fantasy roster, the numbers show that across many formats both defensemen remain very capable of being plugged in and producing strong numbers.


In order to show their value in different scoring setups, we will use the following leagues and obtain their rank among defensemen for the 2013-14 campaign from Fantasy Hockey Geek:


Yahoo Standard (G, A, +/-, PIM, GWG, PPP)

Dobberhockey Experts League (G, A, +/-, SOG, PPP, Hits)

UHL Dynasty League (G, A, +/-, PIM, SOG, PPP, SHP, GWG, Hits,