Playoff Matchups Primer: Players to Target & Avoid

Playoff Matchups Primer: Players to Target & Avoid

We're barreling toward the finish line, which means only one thing: fantasy hockey playoffs. Let's take a detour to focus on matchups to target and avoid down the stretch. 

 It's been a tough year in head-to-head leagues with unexpected schedule changes, but all of the postponed games have been scheduled and hopefully there are no more delays. I assume all 31 teams will play all 56 games, though how exactly that will work with the Canucks potentially playing games after the fantasy playoffs will be an interesting situation for league commissioners. The trade deadline just passed, too, so asides from call-ups and waiver-wire moves, there shouldn't be any significant roster changes.

When it comes to fantasy playoffs, two important things are worth considering: strength of schedule and number of games played. Strength of schedule can be calculated in different ways, and the easiest way to do it is to simply average the points percentage of upcoming opponents; the number of games played is important for obvious reasons, especially in such a random sport where game-to-game performance is tough to predict. The easiest way to overcome that nuisance is to pick players who play the most games during the playoff week and hope that there are more good results than bad ones.

To start, let's begin with a simple schedule breakdown with points percentages as of Tuesday, April 13. Note that most Yahoo leagues are set to end May 8, which will leave games on the table for most teams. It's

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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