Ramblings: The Current Situation and Fantasy Leagues, Schenn, Radulov (Mar 14)

Ian Gooding

2020-03-14

Man, a lot has happened in the past few days, so I don't know where to begin.

Maybe I'll start by reminding you to stay safe out there. The usual stuff you've been hearing a lot lately, like washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your arm, and staying home if you don't feel well.

It's going to be difficult not having ANY sports to watch. At least during multiple NHL lockouts, I could fall back on other hockey leagues and other sports a little more closely than I usually do. Not this time. No fantasy sports, either. No to a lot of other things, too, like organized kids sports and activities.

Yet as much as there's going to be a major void over at least the next few weeks, this is a necessary step to hopefully ensure that this virus doesn't spread to the point where the health care system can't handle it. We will all have to do our part in this pandemic. This means social distancing and laying low for a while. Instead of large gatherings and major vacations, it's now time to catch up on books and Netflix and maybe even chores. And for heaven's sake, save some toilet paper and wipes for others!

Transitioning to the (relatively) micro world of fantasy hockey, you are probably sailing in uncharted waters. In terms of an action plan, I'm not going to reinvent the wheel. Dobber wrote a must-read Fantasy Hockey Impact piece within hours of the NHL suspending its season, while Cliffy also weighed in with some tips in yesterday's Ramblings. Both mention specific types of fantasy leagues in the event that the season is completely cancelled, while Dobber runs through scenarios with both the season continuing and the season being cancelled.

Something I'll add is that hopefully the game providers (Yahoo, ESPN, CBS) take the lead in terms of determining a winner. This will be easier if the regular season continues in some way. The league providers providing an outcome removes potential bias, a