Being prepared on draft day is crucial to winning any fantasy league. Whether you're a total newcomer to fantasy or a seasoned player, it's important to understand how to approach a Yahoo! NHL Fantasy draft. There's no perfect way to draft, but following some general principles will put you in a great position to succeed.
KNOW YOUR FORMAT
This should be your first step before you get to any sort of player evaluation. The first thing to know is whether you're in a rotisserie league, head-to-head league or head-to-head points league. The draft strategy for the first two formats is similar, as both track six skating categories (Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, Power Play Points, Hits, Shots on Goal) and four goaltending categories (Wins, Shutouts, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage) for a total of 10. Rotisserie leagues judge your team's standing in these categories relative to every other team for the whole season while head-to-head formats have owners compete in week-long matchups.
Head-to-head points formats are only available in private leagues on Yahoo!, and they assign certain point values for each category (such as six points per goal). This format rewards blocked shots but doesn't consider hits or PIM, which means owners generally don't need to think about constructing rosters with balanced skill sets like they do in the other two league types. Any further information regarding scoring and roster specifics for rotisserie, head-to-head and head-to-head points leagues can be found here. Regardless of whether you plan to play on Yahoo!