Ramblings: Players Being Drafted Too Low in Yahoo Leagues (Sept 4)

Ian Gooding


Yesterday I listed a few players that I think are being drafted too high based on the fact that they are more likely to be autopicked (at least when I autopicked in a few mock drafts). Listing players to move down your rankings also begs the question of which players you could probably reach a little higher for. In other words, which players are being drafted too low by Yahoo and perhaps other fantasy hockey providers.

ADP (average draft position) is a useful tool in the draft room because it tells you on average where a player is being drafted. Not just how a player is ranked, but what fantasy leaguers think of the player. It can also give you an idea of where to pick the player. If you have your eye on a certain player, it may not be wise to pick that player with your next pick if you know he will be there when you make your next 2-3 picks. This allows you to focus on drafting the best player available relative to others at that position. Remember, the draft is about building value for your team, not about just getting all the players you want.

Also, I am citing Yahoo ADPs instead of friend-of-the-site Fantrax simply because Yahoo offers a lot more mock drafts. There's literally one every five minutes, which works to my advantage because a lot of my fantasy hockey business takes place late at night.

Alex Ovechkin (Yahoo ADP 13) – Ovechkin's ADP is the lowest it has been in quite a while. Yet you could make a case to pick him ahead of a few players currently in the top 10. If you're a proponent of the Zero G strategy, then there's no way that you're drafting either Andrei Vasilevskiy or Igor Shesterkin in the first round. As well, Mikko Rantanen will outscore Ovechkin in total points, but any advantage Rantanen holds over Ovechkin comes in the form of assist totals. Obviously assists are an important category, but Ovechkin holds the clear advantage in goals, shots, and hits – three important categories. Yeah, there's Ovechkin's age (36), but he continues to defy Father Time having recently completed another 50-goal season.  

Brady Tkachuk (Yahoo ADP 31) – If you draft him in the second or third round, make sure you emphasize scoring with your other selections. H