Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: The Art of Selling High

Rick Roos



Welcome to the first mailbag of the 2019-20 season. Big thanks to Dobber and his twitter followers, as they were the source for most questions being answered in this installment. Sorry I couldn’t answer them all, as I had to stop before the column grew too huge. Check out the end of the column where I explain the ways to get questions to me. The earlier you send them the more likely your question to be included and the deeper dive I can provide with my answer. Enough housekeeping – onto the Q&A!


Question #1 (from Steve)

I’m in a 12 team H2H keeper (keep 8, plus 10 minors) where we start 4C, 4LW, 4RW, 6D, 2G, and have 4 reserve spots. Categories G, A, P, PPP, SOG, FOW, +/-, Hits, Blks; W, SVs, SV%, GAA.


My main roster is:

C: Aleksander Barkov, Mika Zibanejad, Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Jack Hughes

C/LW: Jamie Benn, Tomas Hert

LW: Alex Ovechkin, Filip Forsberg

RW: Patrick Kane, Blake Wheeler, Kaapo Kakko

LW/RW: Andrei Svechnikov

D: Brent Burns, John Carlson, Rasmus Ristolainen, Erik Gustafsson, Dougie Hamilton, Darnell Nurse, Ryan Pulock, Matt Dumba

G: Connor Hellebuyck, John Gibson, Devan Dubnyk, Mikko Koskinen

My minors roster (requirements are >83 games played for skaters, >51 for goalies) is:
Forwards: Martin Necas, Kirill Kaprizov, Nikita Gusev, Eeli Tolvanen, Jordan Kyrou, Sam Lafferty

Defensemen: Cale Makar, Evan Bouchard
Goalies: Ilya Samsonov, Ilya Sorokin


I’ve had a great start to the season and am leading in most categories, or, if not leading, then I’m in the top three. The exceptions are +/-, GAA and SV%, where I could stand to improve. I also could use some flexibility options for my RW slot, since as of right now I need to use Kakko daily as my fourth RW, which is not ideal given how inconsistent he’s playing. I like the fact that I can stream two minor leaguers each day into my lineup because I have Hug