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Fantasy Pool Look: In a class of their own

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Fantasy Pool Look used more space pumping up Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin in the two years before they joined the NHL than it has in the years since.

The reason? Back then, poolies didn’t know what to expect and were hungry for any information about their potential greatness. Today, the value of these players is so obvious that space need not be wasted here any longer.

But it’s tough to ignore the ridiculous pace this trio has set over the past few weeks, the repercussions of which are winning and losing fantasy leagues.

At some point in the later half of January, each of these three young superstars will be above the 80-point mark. The next player in the scoring race will be just shy of 60 - think about that for a moment.

It is becoming clear to everyone why these three not only have sat atop the keeper-league Fantasy Player Rankings for a couple of years now, but they sit there with a huge lead over fourth place. Potentially, Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin could produce the points of two star players – yet take up just one roster spot.

That’s priceless.

Here are some recent numbers:

Malkin – 45 points in his past 25 games.

Crosby – 42 points in his past 25 games.

Ovechkin – 32 points in his past 18 games.

These three are destined to top 120 points this season and could very well flirt with 135 or – dare I say – even more. Meanwhile, the player who finishes fourth in scoring, be it Ryan Getzlaf, Jarome Iginla, or Joe Thornton, will be lucky to reach 105.

Teams who own any of the ‘Big 3’ fantasy studs hold a distinct advantage.

On a typical 12-man roster, assuming the bottom six players on Team A and Team B are equally filled with 55- to 65-point players. Team A has one of the ‘Big 3,’ while Team B does not. Here is the top six needed for Team A to win the (points-only) league:

Team B: 105 points, 90 points, 85 points, 85 points, 80 points, 75 points

Team A: 131 points, 85 points, 80 points, 75 points, 75 points, 75 points

With Ovechkin, Crosby or Malkin, Team A does not need as many points in slots two through six to pull off the win. It’s easier to acquire five players who combine for 390 points than it is five players who combine for 410.

Just imagine if they reach 140 points (currently Malkin is on pace for 135). Or, in future campaigns, imagine 150. Would I be crazy to say 160? If anyone in the NHL can get there, it would be one of these three.

If you do not own one of them, it is nearly impossible to overpay to get them. Throw everything but the kitchen sink at their owner! If you do own one of these guys, don’t even think about trading him until he is well into his 30s.

No exceptions…

Boston’s David Krejci has 15 points in his past 10 games. He is also a plus-14 on the season, making him one of the better pivots to own in roto leagues…

Columbus rookie Jakub Voracek has just one point in 11 games and was even made a healthy scratch early in the week.

The Blue Jackets need to either play their future stars in their top six or they need to give them time in the minors.

Voracek owners can only hope he doesn’t become the next Gilbert Brule. Nikita Filatov owners are watching this situation and praying it doesn’t happen to their guy next year.

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the season. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the 1st of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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