It’s a new week and one more week closer to the All-Star break, therefore the season is slowly closing in and if some of you do not pick it up and start moving up the leaderboards, your season is done for and you are looking to 2018-19 already. Do you want to look forward to that already? No. Here is some news and other related fantasy hockey updates.
Reliable streamer goaltenders:
As of now, there are some goalies out there available in 99.9% percent of leagues, and when matched up correctly these guys can pay off.
Aaron Dell: Plays usually one time a week, definitely is seeing an expanded back up role and can be a reliable streaming goaltender. On the season Dell has 6 wins, 1.75 GAA and .939 save percentage and two shutouts. If you need a start, get Dell, he’s about as reliable as they come.
Carter Hutton: Jake Allen has looked shaky in the last few starts and the Blues have been struggling which means Hutton may see some more time, as they try and change things up or give Allen some rest. On the year Hutton has 5 wins, 1.63 GAA, .949 save percentage and one shutout.
Darcy Kuemper: The Kings are winning, Quick needs some time off, Kuemper has been a solid fill in for the Kings. By no means is he going to play a ton of games but every once in awhile you monitor the waiver wire and check starters for the day and he is in, it is worth a shot. On the season Kuemper has 5 wins, 2.11 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout.
Waiver Wire Additions You NEED To Consider!
Erik Haula, Riley Smith: Ok, now Haula is slowly moving up in leagues he went from I think 14% owned to 26% owned in a matter of a week. Over the last few weeks(14 days) Haula has 4 goals, 4 assists and 22 shots on goal. For the year he has 12 goals, 10 assists and 67 shots on goal. Plays top six minutes and power play one. Jump on him. Smith, now plays with Haula but Smith sees power play two time, it doesn’t matter because, on the season Smith has 9 goals, 16 assists, and 6 power play points. Over the last two weeks, he has 2 goals, 2 assists and 16 shots on goal. I would consider one of them at least. They do play two times this week though.
Craig Smith: I said last week he was a player to consider and now this week I am saying go and get him for sure. He plays three times this week too… Anyways, Smith plays top six minutes alongside one of Nashville’s hottest lines right now and plays power play time. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 4 assists and 21 shots on goal. And on the year he has 12 goals, 9 assists and 82 shots on goal. A player worth the gamble who can give a major ROI.
JT Miller: Miller has great fantasy flexibility, being that he is listed as a C, LW, RW, and that alone can help you out a ton. Also plays three times this week, two games at home. Anyways, Miller is on a four-game point streak and when he is grooving he is a tough player to stop. For the sake of being hot right now, and playing three times, I would say he is a decent add this week and also could bring long-term value to your roster. He does power play time and top six minutes. On the season Miller has 6 goals, 18 assists, and 5 power play points.
Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi: Now RNH has been a guy on my radar for quite some time, but just because it is RNH and the Oilers are not playing well, I have not bite on him. That has come back to bite me in the behind some games but, right now I would say RNH deserves some consideration at least. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 power play point and 20 shots on goal. Also has 870 adds in the last week. Puljujarvi is a player to monitor right now, he has been playing a bit better and the top six-minute pairing can be paying off but do not jump the gun on him. He has picked up 810 adds this week though and has 2 goals, 2 assists and 15 shots on goal over the last two weeks.
Brian Boyle: Hey you need a guy on certain nights that will definitely bring some fantasy value to the lineup Boyle is not a bad choice. He sees power play time, penalty kill time and plays around 14 minutes a game. He has tallied 4 goals and 1 assist over the last two weeks and could be a player you look to in times of need.
David Backes: The Bruins look good and everyone is healthy on certain nights this guy will be playing an expanded role he already plays top-six minutes and mixes it up on the power play when they need him too. He is a gritty player that will slam home pucks in front, if you need someone on a dead night and he happens to be playing, Backes is not a bad option.
(Kevin Fiala, Kyle Connor, Pierre-Luc Dubois are players you should have probably bought on already and picked up if not it may too late but if it isn’t too late go and get them!!)
Reliable Defenseman You MAY Want To Think About…
Colin Miller: Miller has been one of the Golden Knights best defenseman this year and I want to say we all saw this coming, as he went from a top role in Boston but was not their “guy” now he goes to a team that makes him the top defender and go-to guy and excels. Over the last two weeks, Miller has tallied, 1 goal, 4 assists and 19 shots on goal. On the season Miller has 5 goals, 14 assists, 7 power play points and 68 shots on goal. Go out and take him.
Josh Morrisey: With Dustin Byfuglien out until further notice, Morrisey steps in and becomes that #4 guy, and since that he has excelled immensely. Since coming into role Morrisey has 2 goals, 2 assists and 14 shots on goal. He plays power play two, and for the time of Byfuglien being out Morrisey is a fine streaming defenseman.
Dimitry Orlov: The Capitals defense definitely is nothing to be afraid of, but if there is one defenseman on the Capitals you want to have it is this guy. He can move the puck, skate freely and create offensive opportunities. He is a shifty defenseman and has an offensive mind to his game. Over the last two weeks, Orlov has 1 goal, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal, for the year he has 3 goals, 8 assists and 61 shots on goal. He does play 21 plus minutes a game the chances are going to be there.
Anton Stralman: Stralman is useful for most teams that count plus/minus as he leads the league with a +24. Anyways half of Stralman’s points have come in the last two weeks and being that he is on their number one pairing and second power play, may give you some incentive to take Stralman. He also plays 18 plus minutes a game, and over the last two weeks has 2 goals, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal. He is hot so beware.
David Krejci: UBI, expected to play Tuesday
Shea Weber: OUT indefinitely, Weber’s rehab on his foot did not go as expected and he was sent home and will be out until further notice.
Brock Boeser: No damage to the foot, but will be listed as week to week. Boeser blocked a shot the other night and left the game and as of now he is said to be ok, no broken bones but some time will be missed.
Auston Matthews: Missed his second straight game and fourth game this season, it seems he is battling an injury all year, but right now his timetable to return is unknown.
Justin Schultz: As reported will be out for a couple of weeks and is now listed as week to week. His return date could be this week, next week and so on, who knows.
Logan Couture: Listed as day to day since sustaining a concussion on Friday night. This could either be a week of no contact or more. Monitor this.
Ryan Kesler: Still not ready to play but the good news is that he skated on Monday during Anaheim’s optional skate. This could mean a post All-Star break return.
Patrick Hornqvist: UBI, still not ready to play, as he sat another one Monday night, and returned back to Pittsburgh.
Nikita Zaitsev: Officially listed on the IR with a lower-body injury, return date could mean just a week of not playing or more. This will be monitored obviously.
TJ Oshie: Who has missed now two weeks of action, said he is optimistic to return Tuesday. Fingers crossed!
Mika Zibanejad: Skated with the first pairing today and should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after missing two weeks of contests.
Corey Perry: Listed on the IR with an LBI injury and said to be week-to-week.