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.
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