Frozen Tool Forensics: Multi-Cat Forwards

Chris Kane

2020-11-06

Back when I was writing the Wild West Column, every so often I would take a break from scorers and focus on some adds managers could make to boost their category coverage. This week I would like to dive back into the world of hits and blocks and take a look at multi-category players. We will break this into a two-part series, and this week we will be focused on forwards.

First for a little background and process. Frozen Tools has an incredibly helpful report for grabbing these stats and it is helpfully titled, Multi-Category. It, like all reports, can be run based on different time periods, and contains helpful information like hits, blocks, shots, points, and penalty minutes. For the purposes of our work today we will be focusing on data from the 2019-20 season, and on shots, blocks, hits, and briefly on points. I won't be spending any time on penalty minutes as I don't like their use in leagues (counting them as a negative for your fantasy team is something I could get behind though). The report gives all stats as totals, and for the purposes of comparing across individuals I have turned them all into per-game numbers (oh and everything is filtered for at least 20 games played).

For this article I want to take a look at a number of ways we can look at our multi-category data and see if we can find a few players who are worth an extra look.

To start let's just take a quick look at shots. I find shots to be a really important factor to consider when adding your multi-cat players. It is pretty easy to find players who do a lot of hitting (for example), but if you can find a player who does a lot of hitting, and also shoots you are that much better off.

Our most basic look is our list sorted by shots per game.

NATHAN MACKINNONCCOL694.61
ALEX OVECHKINLWSH684.57
MAX PACIORETTYLVGK714.32
AUSTON MATTHEWSCTOR704.14
DAVID PASTRNAKRBOS703.99
PATRICK KANERCHI703.93
BRENDAN GALLAGHERRMTL593.83
MIKA ZIBANEJADCNYR573.65
BRADY TKACHUKLOT