Welcome to the ninth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.
With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.
This will be the last expedited version of Weekly Dekes. Tune in next week for additional analysis and fantasy advice:
2 Games – Calgary, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Winnipeg
3 Games – Anaheim, Buffalo, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington
4 Games – Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York Islanders/Rangers, Pittsburgh, San Jose
Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs
Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease
Tuesday/Wednesday: San Jose
Thursday/Friday: Florida, Los Angeles, New York Islanders
Friday/Saturday: Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
Saturday/Sunday: Chicago, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Ottawa
Only eight teams play four games this week and four teams play only twice. Overall not a very active seven days in the NHL but there are still back-to-back sets throughout the week.