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After a few unexpected outstanding performances and a lot of luck, I lost my first weekly battle in the Yahoo Friends and Family League against a stacked squad. Injuries to Mikko Rantanen, Mika Zibanejad and Roope Hintz — among other absentees — finally took its toll as the rest of the team couldn't catch up.
The league had previously used the rotisserie format, but it was changed this season to a head-to-head category setup. After almost two months, I must admit the switch has made the game more exciting. Matchups may be weekly, but transactions can be made daily — up to a max of four per week. And with the shorter stretch and category diversity, multiple strategies are required to maintain lineups. As long as one continues to stay active, things will never feel stale. Kudos to commish and good buddy Scott Pianowski for implementing this plan.
There's no need to be upset following this initial defeat, as I'll keep trying to devise the optimal strategy for every situation. And to help you follow the same process, here are some significantly-available skaters for the taking.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Nov. 21)
Andreas Athanasiou, DET (Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 48%, CBS: 44%): There's a lot to like about Athanasiou, though you may be scared off by his NHL-low minus-21 rating. The facts are he's fast, skilled and able to pot plenty of goals — like the 30 he notched last season. Double-A couldn't find the back of the