Eastern Edge – Detroit Red Wings Fantasy Spin

Cam Metz

2018-07-31

 

Following up on the theme of draft prep for fantasy, I was reminded and thought it was worth forwarding on to the Dobber community that it is important to not get tied to one specific stat or even one specific player that you think will be prolific this season.   If you’ve been reading my columns this summer there is a handful of wingers that you’ll know I’m already targeting for mean reversion.  There are other contextual things to keep in mind though. For example, will the team the player plays for be of any value? What was the IPP of a player that met their career average shooting percentage but experienced and uptick in points?  In most cases the story is larger than just one stat, such as shooting percentage. 

This week I am staring down a nice 10-hour car ride with an infant – anyone have some tricks I need to know about?  The great news is that when I am not driving I’ll have some fresh reading material because TOMORROW we finally get to start the NHL season off with Dobber’s 2018-2019 Fantasy Guide.   The faster you read it the faster you can lay out your draft board plans. Wish me luck.

Returning to the summer series we’ll take a look at the undervalued and overvalued players on each team.  I hope to combine this commentary with some of my previous analysis on why a specific stat is relevant and what it could mean for the player this coming season. This is not to say a specific player is not valuable to their own team, it is an attempt to show how value can change our mindset on the draft positions for these players, so that you can make sure you pick valuable players throughout the entire draft. 

Sticking with the Atlantic and let’s take a look at the Detroit Red Wings.

Like for the Wild West series, the ranks are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league, using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.  Once we can flip the switch and start getting 2018 ADPs we’ll be sure to cover you on the value plays for this season.

 

Recap

The Red Wings finished fifth in the division and 13th in the conference in 2017-2018.  Dylan Larkin added some polish to his NHL career thus far, but overall there was not a lot of value to be found in Motown.

The team was able to slightly improve their power play from the previous season, but not enough to provide the fantasy relevance that we all expect from a squad producing top tier fantasy talent. Below you’ll find Detroit’s power play performance the last two seasons.

 

Undervalued

Dylan Larkin – Larkin was involved in a trade in my favorite league this last year.  I wasn&rsquo