Despite the fact that I contribute to the DobberHockey Fantasy Guide, complete a lot of my own projections, and publish other content including cap league rankings, salary projections, and other thoughts on fantasy strategy, being able to read Dobber's fantasy guide is always something I look forward to every summer. There's so much thought and time put into it, and for us fantasy addicts, it gets your brain thinking in a way that the conversation around the water cooler at work just never seems to manage.
Starting with the schedule, the guide runs through the fact that the season starts with games by Nashville and San Jose over in Prague, and I've noted in previous Ramblings that players from those two teams are good targets early on, as those are the only two teams that play twice in that first week of fantasy hockey. Lots of fantasy GMs like to pick the sleepers in the late rounds, and while I also swing for upside later in the draft, the last round or two is players that are often soon dropped anyways, so plan for that. Draft your last player or two based on someone you know you're going to stream out anyways, and pick the best streaming option left in the pile. Those Nashville and San Jose players, especially the ones that will give you a good floor of peripheral production, make great last picks in drafts.
Another scheduling focus is which teams have the most and least back-to-back (B2B) sets of games, and understanding how that could (and will) affect your goaltending. Knowing how to plan which backups to own, when you need to look into owning the handcuff, and which backups to avoid because a smaller amount of B2Bs force them into games less, can mean the difference between targeting Eric Comrie last year versus Semyon Varlamov (both teams having been profiled for those reasons in last year's guide).
Then, we get to the sleeper picks. These are separated by conference, and include players inside the top-50, and outside the top-250, as they cover various league sizes and formats while trying to find value in underrated or underappreciated players. Regardless of your league or setup, there are some interesting names to be found.
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