Fantasy Hockey Mailbag (Part I): MacKinnon vs McDavid, First Overall In a Limited Keeper, Auction Strategy, & Sorokin,

Rick Roos


It's time to empty the mailbag for the final time not just in 2020 but also, fingers crossed, before the 2020-21 season begins. For new readers, this is a column where I answer your fantasy hockey questions while also giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it to me and as well as the details you should provide. The earlier you send me a question the more likely it is to be included, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.


This is Part I of the Mailbag. Part II will drop Thursday morning



Question #1 (from Kevin)

I’m in a 12-team points-only league with 31-man teams (including feeder spots for rookies and prospects). Starting rosters are 12F, 5D, and 2G. I’m looking to compete this year after spending the last two years rebuilding from inheriting a bad team when I joined the league.

I’ve decided on six of my ten keepers: Auston Matthews, Jake Guentzel, Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Couturier, Zach Werenski, and Sergei Bobrovsky. My bubble guys are: Josh Bailey, Christian Dvorak, Phil Kessel, Alexander Radulov, Victor Arvidsson, Mikael Granlund, Tanner Pearson, and Drew Doughty. Do you agree with the six keepers I've already selected? If not, who should I swap out? If you do agree with the six, which four of the bubble players should I keep?

I also get to protect five of these six eligible rookies/prospects: Kaapo Kakko, Linus Ullmark, Pavel Francouz, Henry Jokiharju, Bowen Byram, and Jason Robertson, I’m leaning towards Robertson being the odd one man out, since F are less scarce than D or G. I also bought high on Jokiharju; and although I don’t strictly need to keep both of Ullmark and Francouz, I’m wondering if I should cover my bases by holding onto both.