I am going to say it can make a difference. I think you have to be careful in the player you go after and the one you trade away.
Easily acquired stats like hits, sog, fow, blocks, saves are pretty obviously well served by having players who get the additional games.
I think one position that it can make a pretty big difference in is goal - grabbing an extra start a week can really pay handsomely.
Here's what I do when I am considering the possibility of a strategic trade like this. I obviously check the shedules to see who has more games but then I also look at the strength of their schedules for the playoffs.
Using Ryan's example - is it better to have a skater with 10 games in the playoffs who faces Rinne, Lundqvist, Quick and Luongo twice or a skater who has only 8 games who faces TB, Columbus, Isles and the Habs twice?
There is no precise formula for sure but weighing players production per game and the number of games to play in the playoffs and their competition remaining will give you a sense of whether you stand to gain a little (that is usually how much it is for skaters) - a little can make a difference in tight competition.
What are your stats category weaknesses through the regular season? Do you happen to be in Yahoo with the weeks of 23, 24 and 25 being the playoffs? You are going to hurt at C with Toews and O'Reilly only having 2 games each, if that is the case.
Last edited by Shoeless; February 24, 2012 at 3:22 AM.
Yahoo 12 team 1 year roto - 82 game max/position
3C: Thornton, Pavelski, Datsyuk
3RW: Ovechkin, Gaborik, Kesler
3LW: Forsberg, Ladd, Tatar
5D: Yandle, Vatanen, Streit, Russell, Ekblad
2G: Bishop, F. Andersen
5B: Strome, Hartnell, Eakin, Svedberg, Ward
2IR: Gustavsson, Neal