Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Chabot, Hertl, Schenn, Berdin, Buchnevich, Bjugstad, & Terry

Rick Roos



It’s that time again – to empty the mailbag and answer your fantasy hockey questions. The goals here is for me to give thorough answers to the questions while making sure to address them in a way which also provides fantasy advice and food for thought to other readers, even if they don’t own the player(s) that are the subject of the questions. Enough intro – onto the all-important questions and answers!


Question #1 (from Paul)

I’m in a 14 team keeper that protects 8 players. Each team starts 10 F, 5 D, and 2 G. The categories are goals, assists, team +/-, Team Hits & Blocks, Team PIM, Team PPG+GWG, and, for goalies, Wins, SV% and GAA. I think I have six automatic keepers in Frederik Andersen, Thomas Chabot, Victor Hedman, David Pastrnak, Patrick Kane, and Dylan Larkin. The question is what to do about the other two keeper slots. My choices are Brady Tkachuk, Tomas. Hertl, William Nylander, and Viktor Arvidsson. Which two of them do you pick, or do you think I should keep three, in which case which player from the six I listed would you toss back?


Four of your six automatics are indeed automatic, with Chabot and Larkin not quite at that level. Still, those two probably make the cut since, on paper, Chabot projects to be one of the best 70 d-men and Larkin one of the top 140 forwards. Nevertheless, I worry somewhat about the dreaded sophomore slump from Chabot, particularly since he ended the season with only 17 points in his final 32 games. With Larkin the concern is the team around him; yet notwithstanding that, he’s managed to stay on an upward trajectory and figures to hit or come near 80 point territory next season, although not with the best peripherals. Long story short, yes – Chabot and Larkin are indeed keepers for you, but ones not without some risk of not performing up to expectation