Fantasy Hockey: Goon Leagues

Posted: October 21, 2011 by Realdeal in Fantasy Hockey, Fighting
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We’re all in the run of the mill regular fantasy hockey leagues where guys like Henrik Sedin and Henrik Lundqvist get big points.  But what about the other side of an NHL roster?  Where else can Zenon Konopka go #1 in a league but in a “goon” league?

This season six friends and I started a Goon League on Yahoo, where you get five points per PIM and one point per hit.  (Yes, I know hits don’t necessarily make a guy a goon but we needed another category.)  Unfortunately, there is no way on Yahoo (or ESPN) to give additional points for suspensions (I could have used some extra points from Kris Letang’s this week).  To be honest, I’m in three head to head leagues and the one I care most about is my goon points league.  It’s something different from the same old regular fantasy leagues.

As most people aren’t familiar with this type of league, here’s a couple tips for goon leagues:

A guy who is primarily a fighter might not play every night.  Look at guys like Jody Shelley (58 games in 2010-11), Kevin Westgarth (56 games) and Colton Orr (46 games).  Those players might give you big numbers one night and zero the next thanks to being scratched or suspended.  Other guys like Edmonton’s Theo Peckham, can put up big PIM numbers (198 last season) but is in his coach’s doghouse, being a healthy scratch two of the last three games and playing only three minutes in the other.

Keep an eye on teams bringing up a tough guy from the AHL for a rivalry game.  For example, the Maple Leafs brought up Jay Rosehill twice specifically to face the Flyers.  Rosehill’s two NHL games this season? Against rivals Boston and Montreal.  Cody Bass was brought up by Columbus for some size and fought in his first game against Dallas.  He was also in the lineup for the team’s game against rival Detroit tonight.

Look out for guys with inflated PIM numbers.  St. Louis’ Chris Stewart or Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa are among the penalty minute leaders, but a further look shows that both guys have most of those minutes from one game (or one incident).    These guys won’t produce on a consistent basis to be in your lineup every night.  There are plenty of players like this on a free agent list, so search deep into their stats!

Last, and certainly not least, have fun.  Act like the guys on your roster and talk some trash (within reason) with your league mates!

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