Ramblings: Updates on Merzlikins, MacKinnon, Karlsson, Martinez, and More; Montembeault and Suzuki Shine – February 24

Michael Clifford

2022-02-24

There was some awful news that came from the Toronto Maple Leafs and General Manager Kyle Dubas early on Wednesday morning. It was concerning one of their top prospects in Rodion Amirov. The news was shared by Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, though there would be more reports throughout the day discussing this:

Honestly, there's just not much to say here. It's a cruel life twist that absolutely no one deserves, much less a 20-something young adult. All the best to the young man over the next year or two, whatever may come.

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I have to say that, personally, I'm not sure of the viability of head-to-head fantasy sports anymore. Allow me to explain.

Has anyone had fun playing H2H this month? The last couple weeks, plus this one, have been a lot of make-up games. These are all weeks that count towards the final standings, and yet we have a stretch where Tampa Bay plays five games in a month, Detroit plays seven, and Ottawa plays 13. There is also the absurd travel we've seen with many teams playing back-to-backs while border crossing, which can be a nightmare these days. Teams are running third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-string goalies for reasons other than COVID, though at least two goalies have had issues returning because of longer-term health problems relating to the virus. Among a number of other issues that are on the more speculative side, we should also mention that we don't know what the landscape of the league will be come October 2022. Just look how much has changed over the last two years.

This isn't a "H2H is for bad fantasy players" screed or anything like that. I am of the opinion that as long as the league mates agree on the format, players should play whatever format they enjoy. None is superior to another. I just personally think that with all the new challenges we're facing, it's making H2H less fun. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

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An Elvis Merzlikins update: