Frozen Fantasy: Raise or Fold?

Frozen Fantasy: Raise or Fold?

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

The last couple weeks have been hard on fantasy owners. Players are falling like flies.

Big names. With big fantasy impact.

Tuukka Rask. Dougie Hamilton. William Karlsson. Miro Heiskanen.

And before that? Jake Guentzel, Logan Couture, Joonas Korpisalo, Victor Olofsson and Ryan Ellis.

Wow. None are easily replaced. So what do you do?

Raise or fold? Ugh. There's no easy answer.

A buddy of mine is in second in a big money league. He already had Anthony Mantha on the shelf when Brendan Gallagher's headaches returned this week and Rask went on the IR. Oh yah —Sergei Bobrovsky also missed time with an upper-body ouch.

He sacrificed a bit of his future to bolster his chances now. Ville Heinola, Ville Husso and Michael McLeod netted him Aaron Dell — yes, this is a tough league to get goalies — and Zach Hyman.

Did he overpay? He got a maybe starter on a bad club and a sturdy forward who gets zero power-play time.

It took a lot. He sent out a couple other guys to get Oliver Ekman-Larsson, too. He took his shot.

And like in poker, he's hoping that raising will make a couple of his strongest competitors fold.

That's an interesting byproduct that comes when a contender makes some big moves. It happened to me this week.

A team I co-own with Darryl Houston Smith (@dhoustonsmith) seemed like it would be a real

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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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