Fantasy Hockey: Each Team's Best Value Heading Into the 2011-12 Season

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Fantasy Hockey: Each Team's Best Value Heading Into the 2011-12 Season
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The first couple of rounds of a fantasy draft can go by easily. You have an idea of what you'd like to end up with, and while some of your targeted players may vaporize there is generally someone good enough sitting there right behind them to cover you.

In my honest opinion though, Champions are made in the later rounds. Guys who won their leagues last year were often the same guys that took a flier on Tim Thomas in the 10th round, or were quick to move on an emerging player like Dustin Byfuglien.

These guys weren't traditional sleepers, but their value far exceeded where they were selected.

Every team has a low-risk/high-reward kind of player. A forward you can select in the last handful of rounds that could be waiver wire fodder within a month, or could be a contributing member of your squad. After all, a lot of people play fantasy hockey to look back and say "I picked up Thomas when so-and-so selected Steve Sullivan."

That's not a slight against Sullivan. But who would you rather have?

For the purposes of this article, I will be viewing the rosters through the eyes of a fantasy player in a one-year head-to-head league that has standard scoring. Obviously, playing in a keeper or dynasty changes the entire dynamic, but I'm not covering that here.

So if you're stumped at some point of your upcoming draft, pull this slideshow up. These are players that could exceed where they are generally being taken.

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