Fantasy hockey preview – Championship round pickups, strategy


Sean Allen, Special to ESPN.comApr 1, 2024, 02:00 PM ET

CloseSean Allen is a fantasy analyst for He was the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hockey Writer of the Year. You can tweet him @seanard.

The penultimate week of the 2024 fantasy hockey season begins with eight games on Monday, followed by another eight on Tuesday. A five-game Wednesday rounds off the early week with some highlights that include the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Dallas Stars and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It is also the start of the championship matchup if you joined a default league here on ESPN Fantasy, which has two-week playoff matchups. This matchup, of course, goes a little beyond that because of the extended final scoring period. So you will need to remain vigilant for a fantasy matchup that continues for 18 days and 132 NHL games that remain.

Given the late hour on this fantasy campaign, you do need to turn your attention to your games-played maximums. In the bottom left on a web browser (just below your goalies), you can click on “View Game Maximums” to see how close you are from potentially being cut off from accruing statistics. No matter how your league manages roster locking (daily or weekly), you don’t want to hit this maximum too early. It will stop players from collecting stats at that position for the remainder of the season in points and rotisserie leagues. (Head-to-head formats will likely have a weekly variant of this setting, so fantasy managers are probably well aware of the limits and implications).

That said, you also want to push up to the limit as close as you can. You are allowed that many starts during the season, so you want to use as many as you can to collect stats or points. It’s a balancing act down the stretch that is worth the micromanagement for a championship push.

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