Frozen Fantasy: Panic or Pause?

Frozen Fantasy: Panic or Pause?

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

How soon should you panic if your fantasy team stumbles out of the gate? Six weeks? Three?

Or three days?

In one of my leagues, an owner panicked three days in. All it took was two queasy performances by Connor Hellebuyck and he fired up the trade offers.

I thought he was crazy. But maybe not.

In the past, I've been too attached to guys I drafted. They'll come around, I thought. They're too good to stay "this bad" for long, I said.

I've been wrong more often than right.

By the time U.S. Thanksgiving arrived, I'd already be looking at the backsides of too many teams ahead of me. Like last year's Yahoo! Friends and Family League.

I hustled, but injuries drove me down into last place (11th) by Christmas. I clawed my way to fourth place at year's end. Just 1.5 points from third.

Pretty good work. But where would I have been if I'd moved just a little sooner?

This year, I've already started rocking the wire in a couple leagues. And I am seriously considering trades. Leverage a couple unsustainable hot streaks into future gain.

I do that with investments, so why can't I do it in fantasy?

How long do you wait before making moves? Could you pull off a trade this early? Talk to me.

Now, let's take a look at who caught my eye this week.

Joel Armia, RW, Montreal (2 percent Yahoo! owned) – Has Armia finally found a fit? The

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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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