Fantasy Hockey: Fantasy Forwards to skip out/wait on come draft day

Note: Based on 12-man league and Yahoo projections

Fantasy HockeyDavid Backes 13th round 155 overall. Now a player like Backes is a fine player in the NHL he plays a solid defensive forward role and can play among opposing teams top lines but for fantasy purposes, Backes does not seem valuable to me. Especially in the 13th round when you could have snagged a player like J.T. Miller, Artem Anisimov etc. These players have some upside but Backes performed poorly for Boston last season and right now is slotted on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Jakob F Karlsson. Backes also only did score 17 goals and 21 assists last season, only positive is he collects a lot of hits in my opinion he’s not a player worth taking unless you are in a deeper 14 man or more league.  

Loui Eriksson-15th round 178 overall. Vancouver is in a rebuild right now and Eriksson is paired with the Sedin brothers so that is positive(I guess?), but at the same time Eriksson and the Sedin brothers are the first line and ranked among other first lines they are not favorable fantasy players. Eriksson is also 32-years-old definitely on the decline and after his 24 point season in 65 games last year, not much will change for Eriksson. He could possibly be bumped off the first line if Thomas Vanek performs well also. In the 15th round, you could grab players like Nazem Kadri, Nick Schmaltz both are in better situations and provide nightly value. 

Joe Thornton-12th round 138 overall. Thornton is still the guy in San Jose but San Jose is also on the decline and I could see them missing the playoffs this season, Thornton is probably at end of his career and will never have a chance at Lord Stanley, but on this San Jose team he’ll be expected to produce similar if not better numbers than last season. Thornton tallied 7 goals and 43 assists last season if San Jose faces some struggles this season as I’m imaging they will Thornton’s production will decrease. In the 12th round, you can grab, Bo Horvat, Matthew Tkachuk, Bryan Little, Tyler Johnson, all players who will tally 50 plus points, score goals, power play points and are in better scenarios than Thornton. 

Fantasy HockeyJordan Eberle-8th round 92nd overall. Now I am not saying Eberle is going to perform poorly but in the 8th round, he is not worth it. His future is still unknown in New York and for what he is worth you could land some more streamable consistent players. Hoping Eberle clicks with Tavares and becomes this 25 goal scorer everyone is expecting him to be, then perhaps the 8th round is fine but we don’t know what Eberle is worth right now and it’s not worth the risk that early in the draft to go out and get him. In the 8th round, you can grab guys like Evander Kane, Nathan Mackinnon, Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Galchenyuk, Mats Zuccarello. I’d buy Eberle around the 13th round and at best the 12th round.

Adam Henrique- Undrafted. Thank god Henrique did not get drafted the admiration around this guy is bizarre, he has not tallied over 50 points since his rookie year in 2011, and right now he’s slotted on the third line with Joseph Blandisi and John Quenneville, if he stays there all season than Henrique will be lucky to tally 35 plus points next season. Hopefully, the Devils power play two unit comes in handy or Henrique will be useless on fantasy rosters. Do not buy on this guy, or even pick him up, because players like Tyson Jost, Alex Killorn, Tyler Ennis and Brayden Point will be out there in some leagues.   


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