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Grabbing a Bite

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Last night presented a bevy of action, but nothing really stood out. (It’s probably safe to point to Rotoworld’s Season Pass and the fact that you can still draft a team in a Yahoo league, then.)

With that lack of an overpowering narrative in mind, I thought I’d address the fun story of the weekend - Mikhail Grabovski chomping on Max Pacioretty’s forearm - and thus, a few fantasy hockey bits that might or might not really impact the box scores.

The NHL decided not to fine or suspend the hungry Russian for his transgressions, which seems totally fair since other players - most notably Alex Burrows burrowing into Patrice Bergeron - have gotten away with a little on-ice consumption. While civilized folks like us (emphasizes tasteful bow tie) look down upon trying to eat one’s opponent in the literal sense, fantasy wise, it’s beneficial if no one misses time with a suspension - at least if the “victim” doesn’t miss any either. (It sometimes feels good to see a player miss time if one of your players does miss time, on the other hand.)

(Full disclosure: I think it would be cute if the NHL fined Grabovski for the precise cost of Pacioretty’s tetanus shot, though.)

Anyway, beyond the notion that a slap on the wrist is generally beneficial to fantasy owners, I think it circles back to one of my favorite philosophies: draft the guys you “hate" rather than putting too much stock in players you "love."

Even before the horrific Steve Moore incident, I frequently added Todd Bertuzzi to my fantasy teams back when Big Bert was a high-end guy. For whatever reason, the burly forward always rubbed me the wrong way in reality, but he was a great source of points and PIMs before he was afraid to really hit anybody. It was also, in all honesty, a lot of fun to troll my Bertuzzi-loving friend by picking him before she could.

(That points to another fantasy opinion I have: if you can stage a draft in person, do it. Sure, you might drink too much and add a guy based on nostalgia or other emotions, but it’s just plain more fun than the “sitting in front of your computer possibly just wearing underwear” approach. This is as much about having fun as it is about proving your overpowering wisdom, right?)

This is a long way of saying that guys like Grabovski might not be your favorite humans in the world,* but who cares? You’re here to win it all or at least win enough to parade your victories in front of wins at your dorm/the company water cooler, so why not enlist the guys who can get it done?

Hopefully the Daily Dose will help guide you to the depth guys who will assist you in that journey.

* - I think it’s pretty benign and funny, really.

After the jump: setbacks and possible breakthroughs.


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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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