Ramblings – Bratt, Arvidsson, Tarasenko, Matheson, Rodrigues, Wheeler and more (Jan 24)



The highly-anticipated Midseason Fantasy Hockey Guide was released on Friday (January 14). You can buy it here and download it right away. And I actually put in a small update Sunday:


So how do we value Mike Matheson? This is a defenseman who has very good (and now underrated) offensive skills, but is weak defensively. Long-time readers know that I was quite high on him as a prospect, but he never got going with Florida. To me, that was more of a numbers game. Between Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle, where does Matheson fit? And so, he settled in as a 30-point player without any PP time. Then he gets traded to Pittsburgh. Last season was short at 56 games, and after we give him time to settle in and then recover from an injury, we don't have much to go on. He had 11 points in a 12-game stretch beginning late-March. And right in the middle of that, I acquired him super-cheap in my (very) deep dynasty. But now he's 27 so his window seems to be established. However, I wanted to give him this year. One more chance. He's still not getting power-play time, but 25 games in he seems to have found a bit of a comfort zone. He now has 11 points in his last 16 games.

The other 14 owners in my dynasty had zero interest in Matheson, and have had no interest in him for a good three years or longer. I finally started getting offers for him this weekend. We have four rounds of drafting each summer and I was offered a third and a fourth. I