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 - 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.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 10, 2011 5:20 PM EST
Jamie Benn isn't just off to a hot start - he's a player you should aggressively pursue in your league.
In a points-only keeper league, would you trade Zach Parise for Jamie Benn straight up? What about Eric Staal? Brad Richards? Ilya Kovalchuk? The correct answer is – yes.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 7, 2011 2:21 PM EST
The top 2010 draft prospects are strutting their stuff at the NHL level, but has their order at the draft changed in fantasy circles?
Remember the media-made Taylor vs. Tyler fiasco 18 months ago? We all knew the Oilers would draft Taylor Hall, but hockey pundits wanted to make it clear the decision would be close, and rightly so.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 3, 2011 2:53 PM EDT
Will Kyle Wellwood and Jiri Tlusty start realizing the potential they once were lauded for?
There have been countless times when a young player is rolling along in what could only be considered the beginning of his big breakout – and then injury strikes.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 31, 2011 4:58 PM EDT
After thriving in Chicago, Kris Versteeg has finally found himself again in Florida with a new-look Panthers team.
This is the player the Leafs went after last summer. This is the player the Flyers went after in February. Kris Versteeg showed hustle, tenacity and, more importantly for poolies, production during the 2008-09 campaign when he was with the Blackhawks.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 27, 2011 2:24 PM EDT
Some teams are scoring too much, others not enough and if you pick out the right ones, it will give you an edge in your pool.
The New Jersey Devils were the lowest-scoring team in the NHL last season and averaged 2.08 goals per game. The second-lowest was Ottawa at 2.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 24, 2011 4:28 PM EDT
What the heck can you make of Marc-Andre Bergeron's unexpected fast start?
I have a feeling the life expectancy of a fantasy hockey enthusiast is much shorter than that of a common person. Great players become terrible, weak producers become strong, young players tease with their potential and then drift away…only to return with a vengeance after you’ve dropped them.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 20, 2011 1:28 PM EDT
Are these guys making you stress out about your pool?
Some poolies are pretty desperate for these slumping players to get a move on. Here is what you can expect in the short and long term. Zdeno Chara, Boston The penalty minutes and shots are there, which still makes him a decent contributor in roto leagues.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 18, 2011 2:36 PM EDT
You're either off to a much faster start than expected or much slower, but it's still early so look out for these numbers to normalize.
It never fails. Five or 10 games into the season, poolies get excited – positively or negatively – about a couple of players because of what the early numbers show.
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