Fantasy Mailbag: Ranking Young D-Men, D. Strome, DeBrincat, Tuch, Husso, Secondary Assists, Auction Leagues, Caufield & 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 Francis)

I'm fairly new to a 10 team, 16 keeper, daily changes, points only league with goalie scoring of two points each for a W and for a SO. Active rosters consist of 27 players, starting 4C, 6W, 4D, 2G, plus 11 bench spots; so every season we draft 11. My plan was not to emphasize winning right away and instead try to build a team that might take a bit of time to be dominant but also thrive for longer. The wrinkle is next season we're expanding to include two new teams, reducing the number of keepers to 15. Here is my roster.  As you can see, I have 17 choices for 15 spots – which two would you take out?

C: Trevor Zegras, Marco Rossi, Tim Stutzle, Kirby Dach, Josh Norris
W: Lucas Raymond, Brady Tkachuk, Kaapo Kakko, Jesse Puljujarvi, William Eklund, Alexis Lafrenière
D: Quinn Hughes, Rasmus Dahlin, Thomas Chabot
G: Ilya Sorokin, Thatcher Demko, Spencer Knight

Is trading an option? If so, that could be a path to take. You have more than enough very strong young players to afford to do so. The problem is if you trade for draft picks, those would have low value, what with, after your league's expansion, 180 players being kept. So you'd probably need to do a two for one trade, which can be helpful but also difficult to craft.

If you do go the trade route, one player I'd consider including is Brady Tkachuk, as he has huge name value but in a points only fo