With over 100 entries in the first ever Official PITB Anti-Fantasy Hockey Pool, I had to teach myself some spreadsheet tricks to get everything calculating smoothly. Fortunately, I am both a great teacher and a fantastic student, so everything came together nicely.
Anyone who picked players from the Anaheim Ducks got off to a strong start, as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne, and Lubomir Visnovsky all failed to find the scoresheet. The one exception was George Parros, of all people, who tallied an assist on the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Sharks. He was the only player in the “Gritty Goons” category to score a point.
Unsurprisingly, two of the players in the “Injury Prone Players” category are already injured: Tim Connolly has yet to play a game for the Leafs with an injury “more significant” than was originally thought, while Ales Hemsky left his second game of the season early with an injury and will undergo an MRI.
Other good picks so far include Joe Thornton, Dustin Byfuglien, and *ahem* Roberto Luongo.
On the other end, Thomas Vanek and Jeff Skinner are looking like poor picks through the first week: both have 6 points, with Vanek scoring his in just 3 games to Skinner’s 5. Ilya Bryzgalov has also jumped out to a terribly good start, earning 5 points with his 3 wins and a shutout.
The big surprise, however, has to be Al Montoya, who has caused dismay amongst his owners by picking up 2 wins early and looking like he might not be the backup he was originally slated to be. Montoya has started all three games for the Islanders and with DiPietro injured (again) and Nabokov not even dressing for the first two games, the job appears to be Montoya’s to lose. That’s bad news for anti-fantasy owners who were hoping for as few points out of the “Perennial Backups” category as possible.
You can view the complete standings below. Tied for the lead, currently, are Jeremy and Will with 9 points each. Both ended up with zeroes in 8 out of 15 categories and both got a good lack of production out of Perry and Selanne. Bringing up the rear is Raj, who picked Vanek, Skinner, Bryzgalov, and Claude Giroux, who scored 5 points to start the season. Those high scorers are killer, but she also picked a number of mid-range scorers who have performed far too well for her, like Kovalchuk, Landeskog, and Yandle. That kind of consistency will kill you.
Look for Anti-Fantasy updates every Saturday morning.
|Name||Week 1 Total|
|26||Joy (aka alasmylove22)||16|
|37||Cha Cha Cha Charmin||18|
|38||F. N. Pig||18|