Dobber's Band-Aid Boys – 2017 edition now updated! Which players are at risk to hurt your fantasy team by missing games?
You've heard me talk about 'em. You've often wondered if I just pull them out of a hat (or perhaps, a certain body oriface). Nope. I get 'em off this list. A DobberHockey staple since 2005.
Definition of "Certified": The player is virtually guaranteed to miss games and is a significant risk to miss 12 or more.
Definition of "Trainee": The player has shown signs that he could become Certified. He is probably going to miss six or seven games in the coming season and has some risk of suffering an injury that will cost him 12 or more.
The rule of thumb – if you ever manage to acquire, accidentally or otherwise – a member of the executive committee or a Certified Band-Aid Boy, get them off your team when you can. Although they may have fantasy value, they are probably not worth the headache (no pun intended) if you can acquire a player of equal value who is not on this list. If you acquire any Certified Band-Aid Boy for the price of them as if they play 65 games, then that works – just don't overpay and expect a full season out of them.
If you acquire a Band-Aid Boy Trainee, then keeping this player should be okay…but too many of them on your team could (will?) be trouble. It is possible to go from "certified" back to "trainee", or from "trainee" right off of this list. But poolies need to see some stability in games played – often one healthy season isn't enough to clean the slate.