Fantasy Hockey: Busts and overvalued players
Sometimes there are players that just fail to live up to expectations and just find a way to destroy your fantasy hockey team. With such a short season, and games piling on top of each other, avoiding these fantasy busts could be the key to a fantasy hockey championship. Here are a couple of players who could see their fantasy hockey value drop in 2013.
Phil Kessel, center, Toronto Maple Leafs
Kessel will be taken high in a lot of drafts coming off a 37-goal, 45-assist outing a year ago, and I get why people will be tempted to take him early. The problem with that, though, and this may be more of a team issue, there is not much good going on in Toronto right now. New coach, new system and a fired general manager nine days before the season gets underway just does not lead to anything conducive for the Maple Leafs star, as their will likely be more changes along the way.
Mike Smith, goaltender, Phoenix Coyotes
This is not to say Smith won't win a lot of games this year, because he likely will have a nice season. But will he stay at the same pace that saw him win 38 games a year ago? That is a tough sell. Also, with a shortened season, and a division and conference schedule, it will make life just a bit tougher on Smith to have as good a year as he did in 2011-12.
Christian Ehrhoff, defenseman, Buffalo Sabres
As the Sabres learned a year ago, money does not buy happiness. The same could be said to fantasy hockey players, a high draft pick does not always guarantee happiness. The high-priced defenseman has a disappointing 2011-12 season with five goals and 32 assists. Even though the Sabres may be a better team this year, there is nothing to suggest Ehrhoff will improve on those numbers this season.
Claude Giroux, center/right wing, Philadelphia Flyers
Similar to Mike Smith, Giroux had a monster year a year ago. Also like Smith, one has to wonder if Giroux can stay at that pace again this season. Giroux will be a very high draft pick in all formats, and that is understandable, but at the end of the day, we are not sure if he will be able to returen to the form we saw a year ago.
Zach Parise, left wing, Minnesota Wild
No one can question the talent the new Wild winger has. Parise has all the talent in the world, and anyone would be thrilled to have him on their team. The one thing Parise does not have a lot of, though, is time. With the shortened season, developing chemistry with new teammates could be a real issue for Parise, and in fantasy hockey, the last thing you want is a scoring winger having chemistry issues with line mates.
There you have it for the fantasy hockey busts. Make sure to check back to KFFL.com as the season gets underway as we bring you everything you need to know to win your fantasy hockey league.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
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