Fantasy Mailbag: Lafreniere, Tarasenko vs. Fiala, Makar, Bouchard, Kyrou, Caufield, Landeskog, Svechnikov & 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE – The next mailbag won't go live until after the start of the regular season. So please don't send me any further questions about keepers, as I won't be able to get you an answer in time.

Question #1 (from DobberHockey Forums)

I've joined a new 32 team salary cap keeper, with starting line-ups of 12F, 6D, 2G, plus 3 Bench. The skater categories are one point each for a goal or assist, and 0.1 for a hit, a block or a SOG. I picked 2nd overall, which, due to our snake draft, meant I didn't pick again until 63rd. My first two picks were Auston Matthews and Artemi Panarin. I'm wrestling with who to take with my third round pick, which will be 66th overall, especially since I won't pick again until 127th. Players I'm considering are Drake Batherson, Brad Marchand, Evan Bouchard, Rasmus Dahlin, Marco Rossi, Quinton Byfield, Sidney Crosby, John Carlson, Aaron Ekblad,