The Razzball Commenter Hockey Leagues are about a month in and it’s about time to look at the standings, what players are pushing the top teams, etc. The standings are a bit skewed because the amount of starts people have made so far is all over the place. In some of the leagues, most people are rolling their rosters every day. Naturally, those people are way ahead for now but it will balance out when the people who are pacing their starts make their games. A reminder that in rotisserie leagues (like the RCLs), you have a set amount of starts for the season so if you don’t want to run out of starts by the end of the year and miss out on games from your best players, you can’t play every player in every game.
Here’s a look at the leagues and I’ll close with streamers for Tuesday:
RCL League 1: The K-Town Hawks are currently on top of the standings with 88 points out of a possible 108 points. His goaltenders are leading the way for him with 34 out of a possible 36 points leading in wins and being second in GAA and SV%. His goalies are currently Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford, Kari Lehtonen and Mike Condon, a solid quartet that he didn’t have to take in the first few rounds. Offensively, Tyler Seguin and Nathan MacKinnon are leading the way for the Hawks. He’s built a big lead over Flying Frenchmen in second place but that’s largely due to being way ahead in starts. The Frenchman has Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist so it’s not surprise his goalie numbers are great but his forwards are really coming through for him, led by David Krejci and Mark Stone. I’m currently in last, mostly from horrible goaltending, but it’s a long year! Plus I’m well behind in starts compared to everyone else.
RCL League 2: Lord of the Rinks is currently leading the pack in RCL 2 with 92.5 points. He’s on a normal pace for starts so he’s the clear front runner right now in all RCL’s. His team is absolutely loaded from top to bottom; I would love this team in 10 man, let alone 12. His 10th forward is Martin Hanzal and his 6th defenseman is Sami Vatanen which is insane considering he also has top studs in Seguin, Max Pacioretty, Blake Wheeler and P.K. Subban. He has a whopping 69.5 points out of 72 on offense. Incredible. In second place is our writer Pesos with 74 points. He has great depth on his roster with Jamie Benn leading the way for him offensively. If Devan Dubnyk starts playing as well as he can, Pesos could make a nice move up. I’m currently sitting in 9th here but I’m closer to 3rd than 10th. I’m not as far behind in starts in this league as league 1 but I still have some ground to make up.
RCL League 5: It’s titled league 5 but league 4 never launched. I am not in League 3 but for some reason, I can’t access the standings page right now so I will include it in the next update or I will have Marv and Pesos discuss it in one of their upcoming posts. The Sober Stolls are leading the pack with 91 points in this league, albeit by being over in starts by a fair margin. He needs Carey Price to get back soon since he only has two healthy goaltenders right now. He’s also had slow starts from Jakub Voracek and Jonathan Toews so he does have the chance to hold his spot even when others catch up on starts. Team Bruins is in second with 85 points and he’s on a normal pace in starts so he’s the effective leader right now. His offense is loaded down the line and by waiting on goalie after Jonathan Quick in the draft, Petr Mrazek and Kari Lehtonen have been outstanding for him. The Madison E-Men are in 3rd with 70.5 points and are also on a normal pace in starts so he’s in good shape. Like Pesos, if Dubnyk keeps up his recent run, the E-Men should move up. I’m in 6th in this league while being a little behind in starts. The injuries to Evander Kane and Connor McDavid aren’t doing me any favors in all three leagues.
Tuesday Streamers: There is a massive slate Tuesday with 12 games so there really isn’t any need to stream. Just in case you have a bunch of guys on the 6 teams not playing, here are some options:
Alex Killorn (5.5% owned) – He’s struggled to start the year but with the injury to Ondrej Palat (out 3-5 weeks), Killorn is being bumped up to the second line and just as importantly, the first power play unit. Tampa is 3-0 against the Sabres this year and the Lightning are at home so he’s in a great spot.
Robby Fabrri (0.1%) – He’s up to the second line and second power play unit with all of the injuries the Blues have had. He has tons of talent and the Blues said he’s sticking in the NHL so he won’t have as much pressure on him as he did before.
Tanner Pearson (5.0%) – He moved up to the first line and first power play unit for the Kings and they’re going against a Coyotes team they should dominate, especially at home with Arizona on the second game of a back to back.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a long recap of all of the games on the massive Tuesday slate. Be sure to check out our new commenter Matt’s article that came out today; it’s excellent. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts below or ask any questions. Take care everyone!