Monday, March 23, 2009

Secret weapons for your fantasy hockey playoff run of glory

For those of you in Head-to-Head leagues in particular, you're probably either about to start the playoffs or are in the semifinals by now. To help you in these crucial weeks, here's the links we go to when we have a big question or need to make some tough choices.

We've already interviewed the guy, but Chris Nichols is absolutely the best fantasy hockey writer out there. He does a Fantasy Q & A on Mondays and Thursdays (so you can ask him if you should add/drop certain players), a nightly recap complete with line combinations and also does a few weekly features. No one works harder for you to raise an imaginary Cup over your head.

Chris Nichols @

One of the most important things you can do when setting your roster is making sure that you have the correct goalies starting. Nothing hurts more than starting Chris Osgood when Ty Conklin gets a shutout. The best resource we've found for making that choice easy is

Goalie Post

It's not healthy to micromanage your roster every week, but once the playoffs come around every start counts. That's why it is a good idea to keep track of who is playing a ton of games and who is only playing two. Knowing this can make the difference between victory and defeat. There are probably other resources out there, but we found ESPN's Fantasy Forecast to be a helpful guide.

Tristian Cockroft (heh heh)

Player notes (as you can see above) are hugely helpful in letting you know if you're players are injured or on a hot/cold streak. In Yahoo! all you need to do is click on the "My Team" tab and then click on "My Player Notes."

So, those are the big ones we know about. Do you have any secret weapons you'd like to reveal? Leave yours in the comments.

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