Presented by thehockeynews.com’s fantasy expert Darryl Dobbs, Fantasy Pool Look is an-depth look at player trends, injuries and much more, as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league only on THN.com.
by Darryl Dobbs - January 5, 2012 2:00 PM EST
Raphael Diaz came out of nowhere and has been producing for the Habs of late, so what does this mean for his fantasy value?
There’s a defenseman in Montreal who is slowly entering the fantasy scene. Actually, “slowly” is a relative term, given he was pretty much an unknown player just three months ago.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 29, 2011 2:51 PM EST
Six NHLers who've failed to meet expectations in Year 2 and what you'll get from them in the future.
A couple of years ago, for THN’s Ultimate Pool Guide, I researched all of the rookies since the lockout and analyzed how they did as sophomores.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 23, 2011 10:35 AM EST
It's been a long time coming, but Vrbata's finally reached his potential. Really.
Don’t you hate it when you’re really high on a player and you stick with him through thick and thin, far longer than most people in their right mind would have before finally giving up on him, only to see him arrive as a point producer later on? Radim Vrbata, where have you been? My Vrbata love-in over the years: March 31, 2006 I noted he had 24 points in 30 games with Chicago and called that 66-point pace something that we could expect the following season.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 15, 2011 1:00 PM EST
Led by its first line, New Jersey's offense is starting to roll just in time for the return of Travis Zajac, plus more.
Excuse Zach Parise for not flying out of the gate this year after missing the majority of last season with a knee injury. And excuse Ilya Kovalchuk for…well, OK, there’s no excuse for Kovalchuk.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 12, 2011 4:33 PM EST
Has Ville Leino been put into the right combination where his attributes can be rewarded?
The free agent signing I singled out as the best bet to be a bust was Ville Leino of the Sabres and so far it’s looking bang on. Buffalo is a team flush with talented, small forwards, many of whom are on the cusp of taking that next step, so adding a player in his prime with similar attributes for big money would only dampen the development of some of the youngsters.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 8, 2011 3:59 PM EST
With more concussion concerns, is Sid going down the same road as Eric Lindros?; plus Eric Staal's turnaround.
Uh oh. Sidney Crosby will sit out the next two games “as a precaution.” And just like that, Crosby owners went from high-fiving each other for being so patient with him to shaking their heads in frustration.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 5, 2011 4:13 PM EST
Dobber looks at some of the best producers night-in, night-out and shares his thoughts.
Toronto teammates (and linemates) Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are first and third in the scoring parade for good reason. It’s hard not to be among the best when you hit the scoresheet in 20 of 26 contests – a feat they’ve both accomplished.
by Darryl Dobbs - December 1, 2011 11:53 AM EST
Dobber assesses which players have the most fantasy success at home and on the road.
Deciding between two closely matched players is sometimes as simple as looking at their performance at home versus on the road. Those in daily leagues are often torn between dressing an average player who is white-hot or a top player who is in a bit of a slump.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST
The Oilers' Ryan Smyth can't keep up his pace, but Kyle Turris could quickly put up points when he makes his Coyotes return.
When Ryan Smyth returned to Edmonton over the summer, a lot of poolies figured he would have a rebound campaign. Nobody saw this coming. The 35-year-old new/old Oiler is coming off of a stretch of 299 games in which he donned three other uniforms - the Kings, the Avalanche and the Islanders.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 24, 2011 1:44 PM EST
Our fantasy expert uses a tool that breaks down the best lines from around the NHL over the past month.
Nothing gets a fantasy owner excited like a review of line combinations. The prevalent theory is if a player plays with skilled linemates, that player stands a better chance of increasing his production.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 21, 2011 2:30 PM EST
Dobber ranks players based on their cap hit per point so far this season.
Not enough column space is dedicated to presenting and analyzing players who are cost effective. That is to say, they have even more value in fantasy leagues with a salary cap than they do in regular leagues.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 14, 2011 2:50 PM EST
Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov owners will be happy about their new home alongside Marian Gaborik.
Call them whatever you like – the ‘GAS’ line, or the ‘MAD’ line – poolies don’t care. All that matters is Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov are piling up points.
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