Frozen Fantasy: Challenge Yourself
Frozen Fantasy: Challenge Yourself

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

How many leagues do you play in? And do you play multiple styles and formats? More importantly, does all that mess with your head?

It does with mine.

I'm the first to admit I'm not perfect. Sometimes I sit at the top of a league. Sometimes I sit at the bottom. Occasionally, I wander aimlessly in the middle. I'm OK with all of them. Most days.

I love keeper leagues, especially head-to-head formats.

I think it goes back to my childhood. I used to pore over my hockey cards, analyzing the stats. I'd create five-man units that always put a roving defender with my high-end forwards. And I'd keep a snarly, stay-at-home guy with them to keep my goalie happy.

And then I'd create an opposing five-man unit and play a game in my head.

Pre-internet. Pre over-analysis. Pre-fantasy leagues.

My latest adventure in fantasy pairs head-to-head keeper with daily roster changes. Within a game period. It's been an adjustment to say the least.

Daily changes have been my Achilles heel.

Until now. At least in this new league. It's a locked league, so I haven't found a way to show you the inner workings. But I highly recommend the format.

It's the brainchild of Jon Litterine, Rotowire's prospect guru and my partner on draft coverage. We count nine categories – four goalie and five skater – and roll 20 guys (12 F, six D, 2 G). Plus 10 reserves, 15 minor leaguers and – for the first time ever

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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