Anti-Fantasy League: Week 9

When I put together the boxes for the inaugural PITB Anti-Fantasy Hockey Pool, I limited things to just 15 boxes. This still allowed me to have a wide range of scoring forwards and fourth-line pluggers, puckmovers and pylons, and starting goaltenders and backups. It couldn’t, however, be completely comprehensive and a number of players who didn’t make the cut have had phenomenal seasons, or terrible ones by anti-fantasy standards.

Phil Kessel, for instance, is second in league scoring with 36 points. Right now, he belongs in the “Art Ross Candidates” box, but would have been more likely to be in the “Powerplay Performers” box with Joe Thornton, Teemu Selanne, Dany Heatley, Patrick Sharp, and Thomas Vanek. Thing is, if he had been there everyone would have picked him, resulting in a massive spike in most scores. Sure, a few people might have picked Heatley – who is still the lowest scoring player with 20 points – but no one expected this out of Kessel.

That goes double for his teammate, Joffrey Lupul, who is fourth in league scoring – sandwiched between the Sedins. Lupul has 33 points, but his previous career high is just 53 points. He needs just 21 points in his next 53 games to set a new career high.  He had just 31 points last season, so he wasn’t even on my radar. The only place he would fit would be in the “Injury Prone Players” box, where he would have 10 more points than the next highest scorer in that category (Marian Gaborik) and 27 more points than the lowest scorer (Matthew Lombardi).

As for defencemen, Erik Karlsson, Brian Campbell, and Marc-Andre Bergeron are currently the scoring leaders. None of them appear among my selections. Karlsson scored 45 points last season, so his success isn’t too much of a surprise, but Campbell hasn’t been among the league leaders in defensive scoring since 2008-09 and Bergeron’s career-high in points came 6 years ago when he had 35 points with the Oilers.

Among the goaltenders, Jimmy Howard, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Miikka Kiprusoff are the league-leaders in wins and have a couple shutouts apiece as well. They could have been easily included, but what about guys like Kari Lehtonen, Mike Smith, and Brian Elliott? Elliott is the big surprise, with 12 wins and 4 shutouts in just 14 starts. That would net him 20 points in the pool, more than any other goaltender. But if I had included him with names like Thomas, Rinne, Luongo, Price, and Bryzgalov, everyone would have picked Elliott.

Really, I saved you all from some terrible decisions.

Holidayblues is once again in first place, but this time only by virtue of her name coming alphabetically before Joeducklow. And we have a new name in last place: By-Tor, who’s regretting his picks of Henrik Sedin, Patrick Kane, Teemu Selanne, Cody Hodgson (now the highest scoring “Calder Candidate” – yes, I missed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as well), Dustin Byfuglien, and Shea Weber.

The Anti-Fantasy All Star Team has 145 points:

  1. Alex Ovechkin – 21
  2. Ryan Getzlaf, Martin St. Louis – 22
  3. Ilya Kovalchuk – 18
  4. Eric Staal – 19
  5. Dany Heatley – 20
  6. Matthew Lombardi – 6
  7. Michael Grabner – 13
  8. Brayden Schenn – 0
  9. Cam Janssen – 0
  10. Lubomir Visnovsky – 4
  11. Tobias Enstrom – 6
  12. Douglas Murray – 3
  13. John Scott, Jason Strudwick – 0
  14. Roberto Luongo – 11
  15. Andrew Raycroft, Brent Johnson – 2

 

Current Standings


Name Week 9 Total
1 holidayblues 182
2 Joeducklow 182
3 natevk 188
4 Ryan 188
5 Donald 189
6 Frank 194
7 mn 195
8 cwhite 196
9 Rebecca Scott 196
10 Elexis 197
11 James W 197
12 Ken Johnson 197
13 invisibleairwaves 198
14 Krease 198
15 Sleepy Lewis 198
16 Vancouverguy 198
17 John Fanning 199
18 Anna 202
19 Grant Notenbomer 203
20 Tyler 203
21 Aderam 205
22 Beninvictoria 205
23 Brosef Stalin 205
24 Shawn R 205
25 Kevin Walton 206
26 Benjo 207
27 Jen 207
28 mr.t 207
29 yobbei 207
30 Jeremy 208
31 SAS 208
32 Mallick 209
33 BeCanucks 211
34 Geoff 211
35 Timmmy 211
36 gog 212
37 Iron Man 212
38 Cha Cha Cha Charmin 213
39 VernonViper 213
40 bergberg 214
41 Courtney 214
42 JDM 216
43 Jon 217
44 Jonathan McCauley 217
45 Double A 219
46 Josh Peters 219
47 Kristen 219
48 yapperface 219
49 Addy 220
50 BrianP 220
51 JS Topher 220
52 cbob 221
53 zack 221
54 TDAS 222
55 Dwayne Brown 223
56 Jimmy F. 223
57 Steve May 223
58 taokenji 223
59 F. N. Pig 224
60 Julia 224
61 Matthew L 224
62 Will 224
63 Erwin 225
64 Leanne 225
65 Fiona 226
66 Jacob 226
67 Steve Lockhart 226
68 Cooper 227
69 Eric Blacha 227
70 Lexie 228
71 Pat Jenkins 228
72 PeeSeeGee 228
73 AJP 229
74 seedvt 229
75 SweetMonkeyActn 230
76 Grant 231
77 Leef 231
78 BonyZ 232
79 Joy (aka alasmylove22) 232
80 Ruddiger 233
81 Noodle 234
82 iLovePITB 235
83 Kyle 235
84 John 236
85 JW 236
86 David Jackson 237
87 Rituro 237
88 The Bookie 237
89 CollinC 238
90 dap 238
91 puckhead 239
92 Katheryn 241
93 Paul Almeida 246
94 Brunners 249
95 Raj 249
96 swizzler 249
97 KC 250
98 VANSEA 251
99 Daniel Wagner 253
100 Killa Cam 254
101 Graeme 255
102 abenson 259
103 Emerys 260
104 madwag 271
105 By-Tor 275
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10 comments

  1. madwag
    December 12, 2011

    like the canucks against montreal, i’m coming back.

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    • J21
      December 12, 2011

      Like the Senators against Vancouver, I chose not to participate in this contest.

      (Zzzzzing!)

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    • JS Topher
      December 12, 2011

      Like Corey Schnieder, I am resenting Lu for his comeback.

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    • Rituro
      December 12, 2011

      Like the Calgary front office, I made some horrible personnel choices and am reaping the “rewards”.

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    • Timmmy
      December 19, 2011

      Same! Hopefully in the top 30 soon…

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  2. beninvictoria
    December 12, 2011

    Like the Dale Tallon, I underestimated Dustin Byfuglien’s scoring ability….

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  3. By-Tor
    December 12, 2011

    Last place… (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 12, 2011

      That is awesome.

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  4. BeCanucks
    December 13, 2011

    First Tier of the pack…
    Vanek oooh Vaneck, you’re killing me!

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  5. Cha Cha Cha Charmin
    December 15, 2011

    If I hadn’t selected Vanek, I would’ve been top 10 or maybe top 5. At least I’m still knocking at the door of the top 25, at 38th.

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