Fantasy Mailbag: Forward Rankings; Rebuilding; Hall; Kyrou; Oettinger; Trocheck; Wheeler vs. Seguin; Demko & More

Rick Roos


Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by 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(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.

Question #1 (from Greg)

I'm in a 12 team H2H weekly dynasty league. We have 19 starters each night, plus 9 bench and 5 IR spots, as well as a 15 player farm team. Our draft has only three rounds per year, so draft picks hold significant value. We have no minimum starts; but maximum weekly starts each week are F = 16 games, D = 24 games, G = 4 games. Skaters have the classic point structure as well as SHG, SHA, FOW, FOL, SOG, HIT, BLK. Goalies have the classic point structure as well as OTL.

Over the last five seasons I'd been competing for first place every year, winning once. As I write this I've started 0–4 and have decided to start a rebuild, with a 1–2 year turn around. My "older" players are David Perron, Nicklas Backstrom, Mark Scheifele, Johnathan Marchessault, Cam Atkinson, Anders Lee, Phil Kessel, Mattias Ekholm, Jacob Markstrom, Cam Talbot, Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper. Players I own that are under age 30 are Mika Zibanejad, Andrew Mangiapane, Andrei Burakovsky, Mark Stone, Jonathan Drouin and Kevin Fiala. My farm team is at best okay, with the highlights including Connor McMicheal, Joe Veleno, Matthew Coronado and Nils Lundqvist. The waiver wire is pretty empty due to 180 players being locked up on farm teams. As such, I