- Brent Burns is an incredible defender, but this series belonged to Colton Parayko. He almost single-handedly neutralized the Sharks’ rush. He owns the neutral zone. Owns it. A guy that big shouldn’t be that agile. And he can score.
- The Blues return to the Cup Finals for the first time since 1970. Radio station Y-98 will be playing another 24 hours of Laura Branigan’s Gloria after this series win. And they’re hoping they get to do it again in June. #earworm
FAAB-a-geddon, FAAB-a-ganza, whatever you want to call it, has passed, and the results have been breathtaking. I was super aggressive in one of my leagues – only the Main Event in the NFBC. I’ll do my best to explain my thinking with the results, and dispense with the preamble otherwise.
- Jordan Binnington won’t win the Calder or the Conn Smythe without major miracles. But he’s the central figure in the greatest turnaround in hockey history. The Blues were dead-last on Jan. 2. So much for Lose for (Jack) Hughes.
- High glove. That’s the book on Martin Jones. Everyone knows it, even Jones.
I had two leagues with a FAAB run last night – we had a 1:00 a.m. PT on Friday deadline to be specific. One is an AL-only, 4×4 league. The other is an NL-only keeper league, with OPS instead of Runs as a category in a 5×5 league. Because it’s a keeper league, the NL big names (Hiura, Rodgers, Riley) weren’t available in FAAB unfortunately. Nonetheless, perhaps the AL results can help you with this monster weekend, and we can at least look at some other alternatives in that NL league.
Dalton Del Don and I spent a good chunk of time previewing this weekend’s insane slate of possible pickups for the week on the Thursday RotoWire podcast. For full details on the players involved, please listen. But here’s a look at quick rankings so far, in terms of my priorities in picking them up. If you want me to add a player, just let me know.
- The Perfection Line really isn’t perfect, but they’re damn close. Wow.
- Boston has played 17 games this postseason. Both San Jose and St. Louis have played a lot more, especially when you count all the overtime they’ve played. Does rest matter? I really think it could… as much as I hate to say that.
Though I didn’t really anticipate it, this week became “Steve Cishek Week” for me. I ended up adding him in five leagues, and I already owned him in two others. In a couple of cases he was a priority, and in a couple of others he was won with “keep ’em honest” bids. If you find a player valuable out there but don’t necessarily need him, it still may be worth your while to add him, especially if the cost isn’t that punitive. That’s especially true in leagues where you can trade, but it doesn’t need to be limited to that format. In the NFBC, for instance, we can’t trade, but I’m happy to deny my opponents a needed closer, plus you never know when your current one is going to get hurt or lose his effectiveness. In some cases, all it takes are consecutive bad outings before a closer is given the next save chance off, or worked in a lesser role, and it can devolve from there. If you have a roster spot available, it makes sense to go ahead and use it if you can get the player inexpensively.