Fantasy Hockey 2011: FHS Alpha League Update

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 25: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center on September 25, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Starting today, I am going to talk about how I am doing in the two hockey leagues I am participating in this season. I will alternate between one league one week and the next week talk about the second league and alternate from there. This week, I will talk about how I am doing in the Fantasy Hockey Scouts Alpha League (open to view to the public, just click on the link) on Yahoo!. My team, Postman's Pucks, is doing some moderate success in the three and a half weeks fantasy hockey has been playing. Here's a look at my team so far...

Stats and Standings:

I got off to a good start in the first week and a half but then the past two weeks have brought me an even 6 wins, 6 losses and 0 ties in each week. I can tell that +/-, Hits and Blocks are going to be my problem stats but just on offensive stats like Goals, Assists and Powerplay Points, I am doing fine. My goaltending stats are awesome so far thanks to the hot start of Kari Lehtonen and Tomas Vokoun.

My recent transactions and roster moves after the jump...

Transactions and roster moves:

Dump Joni Pitkanen, Hurricanes for Kimmo Timonen, Flyers - Pitkanen's +/- was killing me so I had to cut bait while I had the chance and hopefully Timonen will continue to mesh well with his teammates in Philly.

Dump Valtteri Filppula, Red Wings for Corey Potter, Oilers - This is me also hoping Potter continues to do well in Ryan Whitney's absence. Hoping...

No trade offers sent or received but I did send out on the Trade Block that Patrik Elias was available for trade for an offensive defenseman with some Penalty Minutes.

I finally had to bench Eric Staal since he's just giving me goose eggs each week and dragging my +/- down the drain. It's hard but I hope he starts to turn it around here soon. I replaced him with the previously mentioned Patrik Elias.

I'll admit that Gabriel Landeskog was a great pickup for my team a couple of weeks ago but now that he's sticking around, I can't imagine him going anywhere but my Util spot. He's not only offensively producing well, he's making alot of hits, which is a good sign towards his two-way game.

I also benched Dany Heatley, Wild since he's not doing as good as he should be doing. He has dual wing eligibility so he has that going for him but he's not moving until he picks up his game. Besides, Rick Nash, Teemu Selanne and Marian Hossa aren't moving. Yeah, Zach Parise isn't doing so hot but I am not moving him either since he's on a much more talented team.

So what do you think? You have some advice for me? You think I made the right moves or not? Let me know in the comments or at Twitter at @MattPTurner in my personal account or at @FakeTeams!

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