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Draft Kit - Middle Rounds Strategy: Grit Wins Championships

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner covers hockey for RotoWire, and has been involved in fantasy hockey pools for 15 years. He's a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs fan, a passion his wife puts up with and his daughter is starting to emulate.


Middle Draft Rounds: Grit Wins Championships

It is a truism of draft day that experienced fantasy GMs know well: early rounds win weeks; late rounds win championships. In the first few rounds, picks are often very predictable; this quickly goes out the window at about pick 50. Strategies become apparent from draft picks of other GMs - at this point, rookies stick out like sore thumbs. In those later rounds, inexperienced GMs often miss the hidden gems, relying on gut feelings and name recognition to select potential duds. Successful GMs stick to the winning formula: select players that are expected to provide a gritty cross-category brand of hockey, and forgo those one-stat wonders.

Note: The most popular league setup is Head-To-Head with six skater statistics: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, and Shots, and for the purpose of this article, we will be using these as our benchmarks. Always be cognizant of your league's scoring system and adjust according

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