OTF Official Fantasy Hockey Season Recap

The inaugural season of the OTF Fantasy Hockey league is in the books! We had fantastic interest and participation to make the first run something really fun. Season one gathered 14 OTF commenters to take their best shot at proving they are the most capable fake GM around. Gather around and lets take a look back at the season that was and learn a few lessons for how to go forward.

Thank you again to everyone who participated and kept up with their teams to make the league fun all the way through!

So What Happened?

We started with an auction draft which for many of the participants was a learning experience. Auctions are a different challenge with managing a budget instead of a draft sheet. As usual with auctions, some GM’s were super aggressive with acquiring top talent while some sat back and paid lower prices for more second tier players.

The regular season played out with a lot of league parity reflected through the top 5 teams all finishing with 15-5-0 records. After two rounds of playoffs, Predhead and Boyd’s Team emerged as the championship contenders. A close final matchup saw Boyd’s team pull away in the last couple days to take the league championship. Predhead claimed second place while JOFA King Way won the bronze medal match to take third place.

What Worked – Skater Scoring Parity

With skater scoring it is important to make as many players relevant as possible regardless of the specific roles they play on their teams. To this end some extended categories such as hits and blocked shots were included to give some extra value to the more defensive players who still contribute. At the close of the season it looks like the skater scoring worked out as only the top 3 scorers (Ovechkin, McDavid, Hall) surpassed 500 points while another 30 eclipsed the 400 point mark, including multiple defensemen. For example, Phil Kessel’s 82 points doubled Ivan Provorov’s 41 but in total fantasy points they were only one apart (433 to 432). This is largely due to Provorov’s 148 hits and 169 shot blocks as well as a +/- 21 points higher than Kessel.

What Didn’t Work – Goalie Scoring

Goalies can be a little tricky to get the scoring right. They have less statistical categories compared to skaters so they can have big swings positive or negative. Consistent goalies should contribute good value but even medicore goalies should have some scoring addition. Since the highest scoring goalie was only around 275 points (Rinne) while the top skaters were north of 450 there was clearly not enough weight on the positive goalie statistics, primarily saves, and too much on the negatives such as goals against and losses. For next season these will be much better evened out to provide greater value on goaltending.

Final Team Breakdowns:

Taking a look at each team to see what worked and a bit of what didn't. The biggest bust does not necessarily mean that the player had a bad season but that they did not live up to the budget paid to acquire the player

1. Boyd’s Team (15-5-0, 4189.25 points)

Highest Points: Connor McDavid (523.5 points)

Top goal scorers: Patrik Laine (44), McDavid (41), James VanRiemsdyk (36)
Best goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (184.0 points)

Most expensive: McDavid ($68)

Best value: Vincent Trocheck ($3, 467.76 points)

Biggest bust: Jonathan Quick ($16)

2. Predhead (15-5-0, 4402.50 points)

Highest Points: William Karlsson (443.5 points)

Top goal scorers: W. Karlsson (43), Logan Couture (34), Jason Zucker (33)

Best goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy (236 points)

Most expensive: Bergeron ($23)

Best value: W. Karlsson (FA, 443.5 points)

Biggest bust: Kevin Shattenkirk ($19)

3. JOFA King Way (15-5-0, 3888.0 points)

Highest Points: Claude Giroux (444.0 points)

Top goal scorers: Giroux (34), Kyle Connor (31), Craig Smith (25)

Best goalie: Martin Jones (123.5 points)

Most expensive: Jake Allen ($32)

Best value: Matt Dumba ($1, 374.25 points)

Biggest bust: Allen ($32)

4. Faulk the Hawks (15-5-0, 4392.25 points)

Highest Points: Seth Jones (439.0 points)

Top goal scorers: John Tavares (37), David Pastrnak (35), Mika Zibanejad (27)

Best goalie: John Gibson (191.25 points)

Most expensive: Kris Letang ($38)

Best value: Jonathan Huberdeau ($5, 356.25 points)

Biggest bust: Justin Faulk ($2)

5. Good Phaneuf For Me (15-5-0, 4083.25 points)

Highest Points: Brent Burns (490.25 points)

Top goal scorers: Eric Staal (42), Anders Lee (40), Brad Marchand (34)

Best goalie: Anttii Raanta (151.75 points)

Most expensive: Burns ($48)

Best value: Staal ($3, 435.5 points)

Biggest bust: Justin Shultz ($3)

6. Garon’s Ocelots (13-7-0, 4440.0 points)

Highest Points: Aleksander Barkov (445.5 points)

Top goal scorers: Brayden Schenn (28), Alex DeBrincat (28), Evgenii Dadonov (28)

Best goalie: Devan Dubnyk (171.0 points)

Most expensive: Patrick Kane ($60)

Best value: Barkov ($8, 445.5 points)

Biggest bust: Henrik Lundqvist ($10)

7. Crunchy Catfish (8-12-0, 3342.0 points)

Highest Points: Alex Ovechkin (529.75 points)

Top goal scorers: Ovechkin (49), Anze Kopitar (35), Patric Hornqvist (29)

Best goalie: Darcy Kuemper (70.5 points)

Most expensive: Ovechkin ($50)

Best value: John Carlson ($1, 466.25 points)

Biggest bust: T.J. Oshie ($18)

8. McLeod Orthodontics (13-7-0, 3927.25 points)

Highest Points: Taylor Hall (503.5 points)

Top goal scorers: Hall (39), Nikita Kucherov (39), Auston Matthews (34)

Best goalie: Roberto Luongo (127.5 points)

Most expensive: Matthews $65)

Best value: Hall ($3, 503.5 points)

Biggest bust: Jonathan Toews ($4)

9. ChronoToronto (8-12-0, 3198.75 points)

Highest Points: Ivan Provorov (432.0 points)

Top goal scorers: Rickard Rakell (34), Steven Stamkos (27), Jeff Skinner (24)

Best goalie: Mike Smith (103.25 points)

Most expensive: Stamkos ($36)

Best value: Provorov ($2, 432.0 points)

Biggest bust: William Nylander ($27)

10. The Arvid Sons (7-13-0, 2961.0 points)

Highest Points: Evgeni Malkin (467.75 points)

Top goal scorers: Malkin (42), Sebastian Aho (29), Nikolaj Ehlers (29)

Best goalie: Connor Hellebuyck (255.0 points)

Most expensive: Nicklas Backstrom ($49)

Best value: Ehlers ($5, 343.75 points)

Biggest bust: Carey Price ($49)

11. What the Puck? (6-14-0, 3621.25 points)

Highest Points: Tyler Seguin (492.25 points)

Top goal scorers: Seguin (40), Jamie Benn (36), Viktor Arvidsson (29)

Best goalie: Pekka Rinne (274.5 points)

Most expensive: Seguin ($47)

Best value: Keith Yandle ($1, 343.75 points)

Biggest bust: Cory Schneider ($3)

12. bberkom (4-16-0, 3144.0 points)

Highest Points: Sidney Crosby (440.75 points)

Top goal scorers: Vladimir Tarasenko (33), Crosby (29), Ryan O’Reilly (24)

Best goalie: Jacob Markstrom (60.75 points)

Most expensive: Crosby ($65)

Best value: O’Reilly ($4, 366.5 points)

Biggest bust: Max Pacioretty ($28)

13. Argentown Predators (3-17-0, 2962.25 points)

Highest Points: Nathan McKinnon (472.25 points)

Top goal scorers: McKinnon (39), Phil Kessel (34), Artemi Panarin (27)

Best goalie: Braden Holtby (84.75 points)

Most expensive: Holtby ($40)

Best value: McKinnon ($2, 472.25 points)

Biggest bust: Shea Weber ($27)

14. Matt’s Team (3-17-0, 2489.5 points)

Highest Points: Brendan Gallagher (377.5 points)

Top goal scorers: Gallagher (31), Draisaitl (25), Johnny Gaudreau (24)

Best goalie: Sergei Bobrovsky (194.75 points)

Most expensive: Draisaitl ($53)

Best value: Gallagher ($1, 377.5 points)

Biggest bust: Cam Talbot ($35)

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