Frozen Fantasy: Lessons from Losing

Frozen Fantasy: Lessons from Losing

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

Losing is hard. Just ask the Sabres. The Pegula problem is real.

Losing in fantasy is hard, too. It's been a tough year. On the ice and off. And in the fantasy arena.

My Friends and Fantasy team swung up and down all year. I squeaked into the playoffs (it's head-to-head), but COVID struck again.

Suddenly, I was staring at a roster with 54 potential games competing against an opponent with 73. And a four pick-up limit. I used them all, but knew I had no chance.

Still, it was fun. And it's been a good week to analyze what went wrong and where my assumptions went astray.

Here's my Friends and Family draft list and my final squad. Any numbers listed like this (1.7/1.9) show round drafted/current rating.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (1.7/1.9) and Dougie Hamilton (4.4/4.1) met expectations. Brad Marchand (2.4/3.1) came close. But Brayden Point (3.7/9.1) was a horrible pick. So yes, you can screw up right off the top. Point is a one-season wonder. Nothing more. I overestimated him, just like a lot of other folks did.

Middle rounds really do make or break a team. I got lucky with Ryan O'Reilly (6.4) who performed like a third rounder and Tyson Barrie (11.7) who has delivered like a sixth rounder. But that wasn't enough.

Tristan Jarry (8.4/16.5), Teuvo Teravainen (7.7/injured). William Nylander (9.7/14.6) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (10.4/26.3) hurt me more than they helped. I won't even talk about Anthony DeAngelo, my so-called steal in the 12th

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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