Top-100 Rotisserie Players – April 2015

by Mike McMillan on April 17, 2015

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Who finished the season inside the top-100 for roto rankings?

 

Roto Breakdown

This is the Top 100 Roto rankings for April 2015.  As you already know if you’ve been following this season, the Roto uses Fantasy Hockey Geek’s proprietary formula for evaluating different categories against each other and the Top 100 Roto’s category scores and multi-year averages allow for easy and informed evaluation.  If your league does not count one of the categories listed here, just remove it from the calculations since all the category scores add up to the overall score.

With the regular season ending a few days ago and the playoffs set to start the first round tonight, April’s Roto 100 writeup will be a little different. There’s no point in looking at sustainability stats and the rise and fall of certain players leading into next season. The ranks will change, and I’m sure you’ll check out the Dobber Hockey season preview going into next year. So instead, let’s take a look back at the 2014-2015 season to see how the Roto ranked players at the start of the season compared to the Yahoo ranks, where the players finished, and what to expect out of this list moving forward.

 

Here’s a look at the top 15 players as ranked in September…

 

 

 

Top 15 Preseason Rankings

 

Roto 100

Yahoo

1

Alex Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby

2

Sidney Crosby

Steven Stamkos

3

Evgeni Malkin

Corey Perry

4

David Backes

Evgeni Malkin

5

Steven Stamkos

Alex Ovechkin

6

Corey Perry

Ryan Getzlaf

7

Chris Kunitz

Claude Giroux

8

James Neal

John Tavares

9

Ryan Getzlaf

Pat Kane

10

Henrik Zetterberg

Jamie Benn

11

Gabe Landeskog

Tyler Seguin

12

PK Subban

Phil kessel

13

Jamie Benn

PK Subban

14

Milan Lucic

Erik Karlsson

15

Claude Giroux

Anze Kopitar

 

Here’s how they finished the season…

 

Top 15 Final Rankings

 

Roto 100

Yahoo

1

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

2

Dustin Byfuglien

John Tavares

3

Sidney Crosby

Jakub Voracek

4

Tyler Seguin

Sidney Crosby

5

Kris Letang

Jamie Benn

6

John Tavares

Claude Giroux

7

Nick Foligno

Joe Pavelski

8

Claude Giroux

Max Pacioretty

9

David Backes

Vlad Tarasenko

10

Evgeni Malkin

Erik Karlsson

11

Jakub Voracek

Rick Nash

12

Erik Karlsson

Tyler Seguin

13

Andrew Ladd

Steven Stamkos

14

Evander Kane

Nick Foligno

15

Joe Pavelski

Tyler Johnson

 

 

Comparison

There are a lot of similarities at the beginning of the year and I’m not going to argue against picking any of the players in Yahoo’s ranks in the top 15.  The biggest take away when looking at the Roto rankings is the consistency and durability. When weighing the statistics across every category and across multiple seasons, the players near the top of the list will likely remain there, and they are not always the big name players you expect that can add huge value.

 

Another obvious comparison is that Yahoo puts a lot of emphasize on scoring, which (if your following the ranks) really limits your fantasy hockey teams potential. Our list has Nick Foligno, Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfluglien  in the top 10. Please don’t take Nick Foligno in the first round next season, but it shows that these are the guys that can help win your league and you can get at great value on draft day.  Scoring isn’t everything.

 

If you can get scoring along with contributions in other categories, that’s what you want in the first couple rounds of your draft. Nobody has been more consistently elite than Alex Ovechkin, especially for roto leagues. He was the best player in fantasy hockey all year and he will be the top ranked player going into next season.  Another player that stayed near the top all year was David Backes with another stellar all-around season finishing inside the top 10 of the Roto.

 

Breakouts

Nick Foligno was the biggest breakout player by far this season. And it appears that this is the new norm for him. He is on the top line with a young and talented Ryan Johanson and he logged big-time power play time. His hits and blocked shots are always consistent and it looks like we can expect more of the same in terms of power play points (26 this season) He climbed over 80 spots on the list since September.  

 

Chris Kreider had a very nice breakout season for the New York Rangers and was a big factor in their Presidents Trophy winning season.  He can contribute (and had career highs) in every category which landed him inside the top 50. Jake Voracek started the year 83 and finished just outside of the top 10 thanks to a career high 59 assists (2nd in NHL).   

 

Andrew Ladd started the year ranked 72nd overall and put together a Backes-like season setting him up for a top 15 finish. Patric Hornqvist had an amazing start to the season, taking over for the departed James Neal.  

 

A few young guns that started the year off the list (due to lack of data) that are sure to be staples on the Roto for years to come include Vlad Tarasenko and the Tampa Bay trio of Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson. On the blueline, look out for Roman Josi, Victor Hedman and Justin Faulk to be steady risers.

 

Check out the full list in the PDF below and please leave a comment to let myself and Austin know what you liked and didn’t like so we can continue to improve the list for next season!

 

Top-100 Roto Rankings (PDF)

Top-100 Roto Rankings (Excel)