Eastern Edge: Fantasy Draft Breakdown



Fantasy Draft Breakdown

I thought I would depart from my usual Eastern Conference focus in order to cover a tough draft that took place last Saturday night. The league is called the Rocky Horror Roto Show and is comprised of some of the hardest of the hardcore poolies drawn from our forums.

The league is a 12-team roto with the following categories: goals, assists, points, plus/minus, penalty minutes, shots on goal, power play points, hits, blocked shots and face-off wins for the skaters. goaltender categories include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and saves.

Rosters consist of four centers, four left wing, four right wing, six defensemen, two goaltenders, five bench spots, one injured reserve (IR) and one IR+.

We all knew our draft positions going in. I was drafting in the ten spot, but I don’t think there is a bad draft slot in a one year league. You just have to manage what you are dealt, but knowing your draft position ahead of time allows you a chance to wargame.

I knew this was a tough crowd and that getting bargains and thinking that guys would fall to me was unlikely, so I didn’t have a very detailed plan going in. Yes, my plan was to essentially wing it!

Round 1

McDavid, Crosby, Burns, Benn, Karlsson, Holtby, Ovechkin, Price and Kucherov come off in order. One of my first two picks was going to be a goalie and it came down to Sergei Bobrovsky or Matt Murray. It took me 80 of the 90 seconds to decide between the two of them. Bob’s now my uncle. Pavelski and Tarasenko complete the opening round.

Round 2

Patrick Kane and Brad Marchand are taken, then it’s back to me. I seriously debated taking Matt Murray, but just couldn’t sacrifice the offensive categories. Once I reconciled that I wasn’t going to take Murray, the decision was very easy. I took Dustin Byfuglien. He’s a roto beast and contributes in virtually every category except face-off wins. Seguin, Malkin, Simmonds, Murray, Hedman, Letang, Dubnyk, Tavares and Talbot are next.

Round 3

Stamkos, Jake Allen, Wheeler, Gibson, Shea Weber, Giroux, Subban and Pastrnak are taken and the guy I had my eye on was still on the board. With every pick, my hope got greater and greater, but with the pick right in front of mine, Mark Scheifele fell. It’s somehow worse when the guy you really want is taken with the pick right before yours. I settled for Scheifele’s teammate, Patrik Laine. Josi and Forsberg complete round three.

Round 4

Pacioretty and Crawford are taken and then I am left to decide between my first center or Ristolainen. Since I already had Big Buff and this league counts face-off wins, I decided to go with a pivot. I had to choose between Backstrom, Eichel or