A study conducted on high-stakes contests with 15 teams per league showed that, on average, only 2-of-15 teams finished the season with better ratios than they would have had if they had stuck with just the pitchers they drafted. Yes, only 13 percent of fantasy managers were able to successfully manipulate their reserves and free agent pickups to improve those ERA and WHIP marks from what they would have been making no moves at all. It’s not a coincidence that the majority of that 13 percent finished in the money.
Identifying favorable setups is already challenging, and several aspects of the 2018 season are poised to render it even more demanding. Before plotting your draft strategy, you need to consider all of the following areas and adjust your plan accordingly.
I feel Hull, Esposito and Shanahan (and Jagr, from a body standpoint) are decent comparables to Ovechkin. Thick bodies, and in Hull’s and Shanahan’s case, a big shot that age doesn’t diminish as much as it does speed.
It’s easier said than done, coach Travis Green said. It’s easy to say from the outside let’s go out and get 10 to 15 shots. We gave up only six (in the first period). I thought we passed up a few chances, a few shots early in the game, but I’d like to see us put the puck in the net. You got to execute, you got to make passes to get scoring chances. That was a tight game both ways.
Ranta missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury. … Coyotes opened a five-game homestand. … Canucks are 6-13-1 against the Pacific Division. … Ekman-Larsson has scored at least 10 goals in five consecutive seasons. He has a point in five of his last six games. … Coyotes lead season series 2-1.
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