Summer Wish List

by Johnny Fantasy

The fantasy season has ended.  We fantasy managers are now leisurely watching the NHL playoffs (Go Rangers!  Caps!  Bol…Sharks!) and some of us are already looking forward to the next fantasy season.  In doing so, I can’t help but wonder what new features my platform of choice (Yahoo) will introduce.  There’s usually one or two new things each year, but Yahoo does have some catching up to do compared to some of its competitors.  And further, as the supposed “official partner” of the NHL, shouldn’t Yahoo strive to be the market leader here?  With that in mind, here is my wish list of new features and ideas that I’d like to see them incorporate for next season. Continue reading “Summer Wish List”

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Calculating a Cap Hit

by Johnny Fantasy

Many fantasy leagues incorporate a salary cap concept – whether as part of a continuous cap scheme or simply as a mechanism to select keeper players.  For those leagues that base player salary costs on real-life cap hits, figuring out what the actual cap hit for each player is very important.  Continue reading “Calculating a Cap Hit”

Blog Retooling

After a busy holiday season and much thought, I’ve decided to refocus this blog a bit. There are so many great fantasy hockey news sites and so much content out there; I want this blog to add something a bit different to the fantasy community and conversation rather than just be another voice analyzing the same facts as everyone else.   As such, I will no longer be doing weekly review posts but going forward I will set out to have posts on more directed topics, even if those posts will be less frequent.  All new posts will still be announced on twitter (@johnnyfantasy).  Thanks for reading and be sure to comment here or tweet at me to join the discussion!

 

A blog about (fantasy) hockey

Hello internet,

This is a blog about hockey.  Not just any kind of hockey, but fantasy hockey.  The game that allows us, the no-experience arm-chair GMs, to run a team of all-stars that could only ever possibly exist in a dream (or if the NHL somehow fell apart and reconstituted itself as 10 teams, with 2 or 3 GMs blatantly asleep at the wheel).

Fantasy sports are a lot of fun.  They’re free (unless you’re a compulsive gambler that can’t say ‘no’ to a bet) and allow us to enjoy the sport on levels we never previously considered.  Our allegiances bend and expand beyond our hometown teams; we become fans of new and random players on teams that barely come to our cities once a year.  But we are still hockey fans, and therefore we want rant about the players on our minds even though our local hockey fanbases have no idea why we care so much about whether Arizona’s young prospects can make the team and drag them out of the bottom of the standings (in this example, our local fanbase does not reside in Arizona, because we’re talking about hockey and five people does not qualify as a fanbase).

And so, where can we have these extremely nuanced conversations and debates without alienating all of our family and friends?  Ah, thank you internet.  This is the outlet we need to connect with all of those anonymous acquaintances whose faces we’ll never see, but who share our fervor.  So, I’m excited to start this blog to contribute to the conversation and the fantasy hockey internet community.

It’s been a long summer, but hockey season has finally returned, and with it a new fantasy season to obsess over.   So, a few posts are ready here, the comments sections are open – let’s talk fantasy hockey!