I'm too cheap to pay for fantasy sports advice. But during searches there was an article that mentioned the word "tiering," which might just be the term for my personal philosophy when making tough decisions.
Sometimes, it's not as simple as looking at a ranking list. (Actually, that probably is the case in at least 20% of your draft)
In this case it's not terrible to be a fan again - or at least go with your gut.
Here's an example:
In the second round of a draft, I had to decide between Dion Phaneuf and Roberto Luongo. For the most part, I agree with sage-like Chris Nichols advice of not taking a goalie too early...but it's also not great to take a defenseman too early.
In my mind, Phaneuf and Lidstrom are delicacies - great, empowering but nut necessary. For me, each group has its "must-haves" but goalies are perhaps most obvious:
To be honest, it is a good idea to get one of those guys. For the hell of it, let's look at some cream of the crops.
But first, here's the cardinal rule of the tier system:
Centers are the busty blonde bombshell of fantasy hockey. They're a dime a dozen. So, when in doubt, go for the exotic RW or the burly, nasty LW. Or something.
Anyway, try to get at least one from each group:
(really, there's more...again Centers are easy to come by)
LW/super-tanned Brazillian maneaters
Simon Gagne (if healthy)
(I'm probably forgetting some)
RW/Foxy European hoochies
Alex Kovalev (he's inconsistent, so be careful)
D/ Pussy or Pancakes...Pancakes or Pussy?*
Again, this is far from a comprehensive list. But if you can mix and match a bunch of those big-ticket guys, you'll either a) be on the road to victory; b) really, really like your team or c) both.
With that, I must end my fantasy hockey blowout. Use this as a staggering, excessive road map to glory.
I will use it as a stark cry for help.
*TM- Chris Rock