Getty ImagesYahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2013-14 season. To help give you a better chance to win your league, our pals at Dobber Hockey are returning for another season. They'll be breaking down the top forwards, defense and goalies, and also giving you some sleepers to keep an eye on. Today, the goalies.
By Michael Amato
In most typical fantasy hockey leagues, goaltenders make up less than 10% of your roster, but account for almost 50% of your categories. Choosing wisely when it comes to netminders is crucial and if you get stuck with a below average group your chances of success are slim. Tiering your goaltenders prior to drafting is a great way to help your decision-making process when selecting. You may have a plan of targeting two goalies from the second Tier, or perhaps a Tier 1 which means you might also get stuck with someone from Tier 3. It's all personal preference.
The key thing to remember when setting up your Tiers is that it's not all based on skill and production. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott probably should be ranked higher based on the numbers they have had in St. Louis over the last two campaigns, but the fact that they split starts hurts their value. Someone from Tier 1 can give you similar, if not better results, and take up less roster space which allows you to focus on other needs.
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The cream of the crop. Posting 35-40 wins should be in the cards for this group as well as some great GAA and SV% totals. Unless something unforeseen happens like a major injury, or they somehow end up on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
The plan of Rask taking over for Tim Thomas went off without a hitch last year in Boston. He tied for the league lead in shutouts and posted a .940 SV% in the playoffs, while continuing to haunt Leaf fans at every turn. With a strong Bruins squad in front of him, you'll be hard pressed to find a safer pick than Rask.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick's regular season numbers in 2013 were a slight cause for concern, but his performance in the playoffs should have erased any doubt about his reliability. With Jonathan Bernier now gone and the motivation of earning a starting spot on the U.S. Olympic team this winter, don't hesitate to grab Quick early.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Nashville had a rough campaign in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, but Rinne has averaged 36 wins a season in the three previous full years. Don't be surprised if David Poile and Barry Trotz figure things out and get the Predators back to playing a strong team concept that has made them so successful. Rumor has it they're even looking into a radical new concept this off-season that may help out Rinne's cause called "scoring goals."
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