There are times ladies and gentlemen where we just stop the list of questions and go in a completely different direction. When you see such wacky performances and unexpected events, one just has to acknowledge it in some way. Today's mailbag delves into the oddities in a subtle way by asking what the hell man, what the hell?
You have everything from players defying regression to players completely hitting the flusher repeatedly on the toilet. Panic has set in for some and others are just in a state of total bewilderment. This fantasy hockey season really has brought us a bit of everything and it is only mid-November. Just think of what is in store for a second and then it gets that much more scary.
The questions this week reflect more of this thought process and here we go.
Fantasy Hockey Mailbag -- What The HELL
What do you make of the Florida Panthers' 6-4-4 start? Is this legit or are they going to fall backwards?
This really may be legit. Florida is a better team than most give them credit for. Maybe more people from the Miami area will get that message. For fantasy hockey owners, more and more Panthers are being added into lineups for a reason. They got off to a really slow start because of some seriously bad puck luck and an awful shooting percentage (29th in NHL). However, there are some positive anomalies as well.
Take a look at the possession numbers of Aaron Ekblad. Is he a nearly 60% Corsi and Fenwick close player as an 18 year old? Jussi Jokinen will come back to Earth. Roberto Luongo cannot be this good 5 on 5 right? Some of these may slide back but some may not.
Then there is Nick Bjugstad, who had four points Sunday night in Anaheim but could have had six...yes SIX POINTS! He hit a post and crossbar in the 6-2 rout at Honda Center. For people asking who is top six caliber in Florida, just be patient. That time has come for Bjugstad.
Now three more games are on this road trip including the other two California teams (Los Angeles and San Jose). Then they have one more road tilt in Nashville before going home. It is the first of many tests for a team that wants to show people they belong. This will also show fantasy hockey owners a thing or two too.
What do you think about some of the price differences between daily fantasy sites?
This is another age old question that people often have to understand a crucial fact. Every one of these sites has a different salary cap so there are going to be different price structures. Also, point structures are not the same. For example, most use nine players for a roster but DraftKings has a $50,000 cap while FanDuel has a $55,000 cap. Check each league you enter. It is extremely important. Personally I am more worried about point differences among sites than price differences. Yes, there are some exploitative values that have seemingly gone on for far too long but a few players tend to not see a value bump right away.
Sometimes price rises and falls are very predictable. If anyone remembers how the old Smallworld salary cap worked, it was very similar to what you see on daily sites today. This is not something revolutionary as fantasy hockey veterans have seen this basic framework for almost 20 years. Now, individual price discrepancies from daily site to site is a completely different story and something that will be answered right now because we have a true oddity.
Why is Dylan Olsen $5,700 on FanDuel and normally price on other daily sites?
This was something picked up on Sunday morning but honestly I just ignored it because who would take this guy who averages less than one daily point per outing anyway? However, people saw the price tag and were rightfully stunned.
Some of the names Olsen is priced higher than is crazy. Now we only took the names from the Florida-Los Angeles game and there are four players that jump right out at you -- Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Jacob Muzzin, and Aaron Ekblad. Yes. Martinez is out but even then that is three defenseman that are far better yet Olsen is somehow $1,800 higher than Ekblad. There are just no words for this at all. None!
See you next week and bring those questions! Thanks for reading.