21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata

2020-12-06

Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.

Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber


 

1. Despite being a safe fantasy option for many years, Shea Weber‘s value heading into 2020-21 is uncertain. His point pace in 2019-20 (0.55 PTS/GP) is not a sharp decline from what it has been in previous seasons. Although Weber burst out of the gate with 31 points in his first 39 games, he finished with just five points in his last 26 games. He scored three goals and five points in 10 games during the return to play, which is more like his normal pace. Weber is now 35 years old, so he’s firmly in the territory of us not knowing how much longer he can be trusted as a fantasy option.

There are quite a few defensemen that you should rank ahead of Weber in pure points leagues. In roto leagues, there’s still a lot to like, though. Weber’s booming shot is still an asset to the point where his 185 shots finished in the top 10 among defensemen last season. As well, his 112 hits placed him 13th among Top 100 Roto skaters in 2019-20. He also finished second on the Habs in blocked shots, so there’s still plenty of value to be had.

Ultimately, it’s his power-play value that drags him down here. Weber has finished with single-digit power-play points in each of the last three seasons. All the while, Jeff Petry has recorded double-digit power-play points in each of his last three seasons. Don’t be fooled in drafting Weber too early in your roto league. (dec4)

 

2. Yahoo opened their fantasy hockey lobby and I was going through some of the positional assignments and some of them were notable. Here's a sampling:

  • Leon Draisaitl has both center and left-wing eligibility. My degrading memory often fails me but I do not remember Draisaitl having left-wing eligibility last year. I am pretty sure this is new because of the time spent with Connor McDavid/Zack Kassian?
  • Johnny Gaudreau has dual winger eligibility. This must have come from the time he spent on a line with Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan because he played with Elias Lindholm, a right winger, for most of the season.
  • Steven Stamkos also has dual eligibility but no center slotting. That is probably fine because I think his center days are over anyway, but he took nearly 700 face-offs in 57 games last year. Fantasy owners could be getting a lot of face-off wins from a goal-scoring fantasy winger.
  • There are a ton of players with dual eligib