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Fantasy Hockey Buy Low, High Reward Players As The Trade Deadline Nears

The NHL trade deadline is nearing in but so is the Fantasy Hockey trade deadline. Which means if you are a contending team looking to make a run at the holy grail of Fantasy Hockey trophies. You need to start thinking about re-vamping your roster a bit for that playoff push.

The Fantasy Hockey regular season has three weeks left until playoffs (for most leagues) therefore the clock is ticking peeps! Here are my top five options for players you can buy at a low price right now that can provide some big dividends to your roster come playoff time.

Buy Low, High Reward Fantasy Players: 

  • Pierre Luc-Dubois: A guy that is not well known around the league just yet therefore if you do not already have him the person who does have him probably does not value his worth so much and could be willing to sell for a relatively low price. Luc-Dubois is already the Blue Jackets #2 center, in-front of the net power play threat and has been a consistent forward all year. He 21 goals and 28 assists on the year. With the talk of Artemi Panarin possibly on the move, Luc-Dubois will be even more valuable if Panarin does leave.
  • David Krejci: The Bruins #2 center, power play option and always the guy to be used when that line one is broken up. Krejci has filled in on the power pay for Pastrnak since he is out and picked up a par of points already. With Pastrnak out for the next 2 weeks it will be useful to have Krejci. On the year he has 14 goals nd 32 assists.
  • Chris Kreider: For the sole reason that 80% of the Rangers goals and points come from the line this guy is on I’d say he is a good buy. Kreider is having one of his best years to date and it seems as if he is not slowing down. On the year he has 24 goals and 19 assists. He is not a big name and even if other teams do know of Kreider they probably do not value him as much as he could be worth. Definitely a solid buy low option.
  • Sam Reinhart: With the Sabres making a push for the playoffs these next couple of weeks for them are going to be important. Reinhart plays a big role in their offense and when he is scoring and producing the Sabres are successful. Due to Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Dahlin, Rasmus Ristolainen Reinhart fly’s a little under the radar. A team may be willing to sell this guy for a low price.
  • William Nylander: After Nylander signed his big contract he went in a bit of a slump and some owners may ready to sell this guy or are even fed up with him. But he has been a lot better in his most recent games collecting 7 assists and 2 goals in his last 11 games. He has 8 assists and 3 goals on the year in 28 games. A player you could possibly say “look he has not been good all year, he is just hot right now” to convince the other owner, throw in a second round pick even too. Nylander is just catching fire and could be a great buy for owners.

 

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Fantasy Hockey News: Are Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann worth adds? Sam Reinhart back on top line, Nolan Patrick production and more

Jared McCann/Nick Bjugstad: We are all aware of the trade I am assuming if not (here) but Nick Bjugstad played two games now with the Penguins, in those two games he skated along Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin, with Malkin day to day, Phil Kessel is going to be on that wing. Bjugstad has logged roughly 15:30 minutes per game, has had a handful of chances and recorded an assist in his first game. On the other hand Jared McCann is playing with Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist, two veteran players who are strong in front and work down low, with may increase McCann’s stock. McCann has logged around 11:20 minutes per game, recording two shots on goal. This is a player I could potentially see on the second power play, and possibly making a case for a depth winger. I would definitely go out and add Bjugstad right now and be patient with him.

Sam Reinhart: Reinhart has been around the line up this season, from one to three and everything in between. For now though with the Sabres “pushing” for the playoffs and switching things up. Reinhart is back with Jack Eichel and also Jeff Skinner along with that. Reinhart has 12 goals and 33 assists on the season let’s see if this line is to stay tonight.

Nolan Patrick: It is about time we see Patrick being a consistent player in the Flyers line up Patrick has been a huge factor for the Flyers 8-game win streak, in this frame he has 5 goals and 3 assists. Logging around 14:30 minutes per game. He is a third line center right now that plays power play though too. Patrick is definitely a player you keep your eye on in the coming weeks.

Anthony Beauvillier: This kid has been in the line up consistently which is a good thing to see with the way Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have not lasted. Beauvillier is playing line two with Mat Barzal and Josh Bailey. On the year he has 12 goals and 7 assists and despite his 11 minutes vs LA last game he does usually play 16-18 minutes. A player that can be useful if you need an add for the day/week.

Blake Coleman: We can argue that he has been the Devils most consistent forward all year. Coleman has 18 goals on the year, six goals in his last 10 games and three assists. Coleman is a power play two player and a top six forward playing with Travis Zajac and Miles Wood. Coleman is surely worth the look and could be a possible consistent fantasy player for you.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello line: All three of these guys have to be added in all fantasy leagues. This number could be incorrect, but I believe the MSG broadcast said this line has scored 11 of the Rangers last 13 goals (not including Monday nights game). Zuccarello has 5 goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, Kreider has (24 goals on the year), 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games, Zibanejad has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last 11 games.

Colin White back/Ryan Dzingel worth: Colin White was absent for a few games but he is back and playing normal minutes again. He played the last two games logging 15+ minutes per game, but not much else. He is centering the second line of Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk therefore his value is there and could be a solid add. Ryan Dzingel plays with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan on line one and is a very under valued guy. Dzingel has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. Playing the minutes he does with the players he does makes him an automatic valuable fantasy player.

Mathieu Joseph: Joseph has received a promotion it seems like in Tampa as he is playing line two with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde, Joseph is a monitor the situation type of guy. I doubt he stays here for long but for right now he could be of use. He has 12 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Jack Roslovic: With Nikolaj Ehlers hurt, Roslovic has finally got the promotion to line two and power play two. It goes without saying that Patrik Laine and Bryan Little are on that line and two very good players but Laine has been in a funk but Roslovic does have 5 goals and one assist in his last four games. Roslovic is worth adding until Ehlers gets back in a week or less.

Can These Fantasy Hockey Players Bounce Back After A Slow First Half?

1. Patrik Laine: It was not a disappointing first half but it definitely was not a successful first half for Laine and Laine owners. Patrik Laine had just 34 points in 48 games (25G, 9A). He has scored just two times in the last 12 games and just four points in that span as well. Laine has struggled to be consistent this year, he has not found as much power play success and seems to be a spitting image of Alex Ovechkin early in his career. All offense no defense. If the Jets continue on their tear and take over first place in the Central Laine will definitely need to do more than he did the first half.

2. Jamie Benn: The Stars superstar forward has been facing a lot of criticism as of late from Dallas ownership and it seems like it has got to his head a little. Perhaps some time off and some time away from the game Benn can re-coop and get back at it in the second half. The Stars need this guy to turn it up a notch if they want to make a serious playoff push. Benn had 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games.

3. Anze Kopitar: It seems as if there is no shot the Kings will make a push for the playoffs and again Kopitar seems to be a reason for the Kings lack of success, not the only reason but partial. Kopitar is having another down-year in a sense although it is not as bad as his 2016-17 year, he has not been very consistent for the Kings this year. He has 14 goals and 20 assists in 49 games this year.

4. William Karlsson: The Knights one-time 40-goal scorer and top forward on their team has not been playing like he did last year. He has just 32 points in 52 games and if the Golden Knights want to be a threat heading into the playoffs Karlsson will need to pick it up. He has struggled on the power play this year as well and has not found much success 5 on 5 either.

5. Brayden Schenn: Essentially any St. Louis player can be on this list besides Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron but Schenn had an unforgettable 2017-18 season and has come out real slow this year. In 45 games he has just 27 points compared to last year he had 70 points in 82 games. 70 points is not happening this year but he can turn it around if him and his line mates catching fire and the Blues as a whole playing a little more consistent.

Fantasy Hockey Free Agents With Upside After All-Star Break

1. Charlie Coyle (C, RW) MIN: As the season is in the thickest part of the schedule, key players that had a rough first half will be called upon to turn it around for a big second half. Charlie Coyle had just 9 goals and 17 assists in 50 games played. In the week leading up to the All-Star break he did manage 2 goals and 2 assists. The Wild are just three points ahead of Dallas for third place in the Central. They have an important next month ahead of them and Coyle is a player that can play a big role in their success moving forward.

2. Colin Miller (D) VGK: Since returning from his injury Miller has recorded 4 assists in three games. The Golden Knights are again in the middle of a playoff run and with Miller back healthy he will play a large role in the Golden Knights success. Miller plays the power play, and upwards of 21 minutes a night. Aside from sheer minutes he is an effective point producing defenseman that can replace one of your struggling d-men.

3. Sven Baertschi (LW) VAN: The Canucks are still right there in a playoff hunt they are currently tied for the second wild card spot and one point ahead of the Ducks. The Canucks also just got back a healthy Elias Pettersson. Which in their last game before the break the Canucks had Beartschi, Pettersson and Brock Boeser on a line. If he does in fact stay with these two guys there is major upside to his value in fantasy. Keep an eye on his progression from week to week.

4. Joe Thornton (C) SJS: Sure the veteran does not have the same value in fantasy as he once did but Thornton is playing on a quick and explosive offense right now that is looking like they are going to be the favorites to come out of the West. Just having the players he does around him Thornton provides fantasy value. He is slotted with Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Lebanc on the third line but also on power play one. Thornton has 10 goals and 15 assists on the year.

5. Paul Stastny (C) VGK: The Golden Knights are getting their line up back healthy and Stastny is one of those guys that has missed a chunk of time this year. But since he has been back and healthy, the few games before the break he recorded an assist in four straight games. Stastny is playing with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch one of Vegas’s top performing lines at the moment. Stastny can provide a ton of value if he gets going after the break. On the year Stastny has 6 goals and 12 assists in 22 games.

 

Fantasy Hockey Rising Stars & Players On The Decline…

Fantasy Hockey Rising Stars:

Tomas Hertl: After Hertl’s hattrick vs Washington Tuesday night he now has 8-goals in the last 12 games, two hattricks five games apart and 16 points in the last month of play. Hertl is paired with Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi on the second line as well as on power play one. With this recent scoring-spree it seems Hertl is on the rise and making his presence in the league more well-known. Hertl now has 22 goals and 23 assists on the year.

Jonathan Toews: After a unsuccessful 2017-18 season, the captain has bounced back the way we all expected him to. Toews was under some criticism for per saying “losing a step” but I think after his last 12-game tear we can all agree that is not true. In the last 12 games he has 6 goals and 9 assists, recording a point in every game except for two games. Toews has 22 goals and 26 assists on the year now.

Mika Zibanejad: The Rangers number one forward/center is slowly becoming fan favorite in New York. Zibanejad has been off to a nice start this season and it seems like he is involved in almost every scoring play. Zibanejad has recorded 6 goals and 8 assists in the last 12 games. On the year he has 17 goals and 27 assists, be aware of what happens with the Rangers line up over the next two weeks. If they do trade Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, Zibanejad stock may drop a lot.

Ryan Dzingel: Since coming back from injury, Dzingel has been fitting in nicely with the Senators roster. Dzingel has recorded 7 goals and 6 assists in the last 12-games. Dzingel is lined up with Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene right now, if he continues to stay with that line he is a sure fantasy asset. He also plays power play one. Dzingel has 20 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Dylan Strome: The trickle affect of playing with Alex Debrincat and Patrick Kane will push Strome’s value up a ton. Strome is playing line two with Debrincat and Dominik Kahun but does play power play one with Kane, Toews and Debrincat. Strome has recorded five points in his last two games but in the last month has 3 goals, 9 assists and 5 power play points. Strome has 12 goals and 15 assists on the year.

Fantasy Hockey Players on the Decline: 

Jakub Vrana: Since Vrana’s 3 goals in back to back games January 8th & 10th he has been scoreless and almost non existent in the Capitals roster. Vrana has recorded 3 goals in the last month and 4 assists. Vrana is playing top six minutes on a high-powered offense therefore it is a little concerning to fantasy owners to see Vrana not playing well. Vrana has 15 goals and 13 assists on the year.

Rasmus Ristolainen: Since the Sabres decline so has Ristolainen declined. Ristolainen has 5 goals and 25 assists on the year and in the last month he has 5 assists with 1 goal. Ristolainen is playing power play one and top-four minutes. As the Sabres continue to decline Ristolainen is not as valuable as he was at the beginning of the year.

Mikael Granlund: Granlund has been quiet for a very long time now and it is certainly hurting the Wild’s offense. Granlund has 12 goals and 27 assists on the year but in the last month he has recorded just 1 goal and 1 assist and is currently on a 8-game goal less/ pointless drought.

Josh Anderson: One of the Blue Jackets top-scorers has been a drought for a little bit now. Anderson has scored just 2 goals in the last month and just five points. Anderson is also on a 7-game scoring drought. Anderson has 15 goals on the year and if the Blue Jackets want to be a playoff team making a deep run, players like this will need to step-up.

Kyle Palmieri: The Devils All-Star selection and top player has been a drought. A player who is usually in the mix of every Devils scoring play has been rather non-existent over the last month. Palmieri has 3 goals and 1 assist in the last month of play.

 

My Top-Ten Most Disappointing Fantasy Hockey Players of 2018

Man, you came into the draft licking your chomps. Thinking I am going to be steal this guy, he is going to be MVP caliber, my star, my bread and butter and boy have things gone south for you. Here are my top-ten most disappointing fantasy hockey players.

  1. Evgeny Kuznestov, where has this guy been lately. Kuznestov was solid in the first month and a half but has slowly fallen off the horse. He came into the year ranked 27, and is now ranked 113. Kuzy has just 8 goals and 29 assists on the year with 15 power play points.
  2. Anze Kopitar, when are fantasy owners going to see some consistency in this guy? Had an almost Hart Memorial trophy year last year and now is in the bottom of the barrel again. Kopitar has 13 goals and 18 assists (31 points) with 7 power play points.
  3. Ryan Getzlaf, time may be up for the big, power forward Getzlaf. A one-time superstar has slowly fallen off the ranks of the NHL. Getzlaf had some hope coming into the year, but has not lived up to projections. He was ranked 54 coming into the year and is now ranked 144. Getz has 10 goals and 21 assists (31 points) with 4 power play points.
  4. Drew Doughty, a down first half for Doughty so far, a Norris trophy winner, All-Star and top-paid d-man in the league can not be producing 25 points 40+ games into the year. Not to mention he is a 2nd-3rd round pick. Doughty was ranked 58 coming into the year and is now ranked 204. He has 4 goals and 21 assists on the year with 12 power play points.
  5. Shayne Gostisbehere, another rough year it seems like for Ghost. Someone who resurrected the Flyers season two years ago has been very sub par. The Flyers are waiting for the 2015-16 Ghost to come back but he seems to have disappeared. Ghost was ranked 67 coming into the year and is now ranked 287. He has 5 goals, 13 assists and 8 power play points in 46 games.
  6. Dougie Hamilton, my last defenseman I swear but Hamilton was a 50-point defenseman and since coming to Carolina he has not done a good job sharing the wealth on that offensive-minded d-core. Hamilton was ranked 96 coming into the year and is now ranked 256. He has just 16 points in 45 games (6 goals, 10 assists) with 5 power play points.
  7. Casey Mittlestadt, it is not like we expected this kid to be a 40 point player at this point but perhaps a little better than 13 points in 45 games. Mittlestadt has to have shaken the jittery bugs out and is getting acclimated to NHL speed, but it seems like he is having difficulty getting on the score sheet. Mittlestadt was a Calder favorite coming into the year, ranked 152 at the beginning and now 504 mid-way through the year.
  8. Zach Hyman, you would think playing with either Auston Matthews or John Tavares Hyman would be able to be productive well it has been the opposite for this kid, he is not grossly under performing and despite missing some games with an injury. Hyman should be a more efficient player just due to the fact who he is surrounded with. Yes William Nylander is on the cusp of being on this list but give him another 1.5 months. Either way Hyman was ranked 162 coming into the year he has now ranked 282. He has 7 goals and 9 assists in 35 games this year.
  9. Derek Brassard, for the same reason as Hyman, Brassard should easily have around 25+ points. He has missed a few games this year but Brassard is not finding his way in Pittsburgh and Jim Rutherford is not pleased with him as well. Do not be surprised to see Brassard on the move soon. He has just 13 points in 36 games. He was ranked 195 coming into the year and is now ranked 447.
  10. Kevin Shattenkirk, based on the contract and how unpleasing it has been for Ranger fans to see his production since coming to the Big Apple. Shattenkirk has not been able to stay healthy, let alone out of his way in the d-zone this year. Shattenkirk is a number three-four defenseman on an under skilled Rangers blue line. He was ranked 175 coming into the year and is now ranked 500. Sure he has missed games but 2 goals, 10 assists and 2 power play points in 37 games is disappointing.

My Top-Ten Most Surprising Fantasy Hockey Players of 2018

Coming into this year these players were not expected to be producing the way they are. Some of you took a gamble on these players, some of these players flew way under the radar, some of them you picked up off free agency. Here are the top-10 most surprising fantasy hockey players this year. 

1. Elias Lindholm, what a turnout it was for Calgary when they acquired Lindholm from Carolina. Lindholm was ranked 234 coming into the year he is now ranked 10. He has 21 goals and 32 assists on the year with 19 power play points.

2. Gabriel Landeskog, after a turn around year in 2017-18 fantasy owners were skeptical of Landeskog doing it again. He was ranked 88th going into the year and is now ranked fifth. He has 52 points, 28 goals and 24 assists with 18 power play points.

3. Jeff Skinner, I’m not sure many owners expected Skinner to have 30 goals before the All-Star break nor did many of us believe he would be an All-Star player this year. Skinner surprised us all, he was ranked 90th coming into the year and is now ranked 20th. He has 30 goals and 14 assists for 44 points on the year with 11 power play points.

4. Mark Giordano, we all knew this veteran defenseman was a top d-man in the league but did we think he was going to be a Norris candidate 45+ games into the season? Probably not. Gio was ranked 128 going into the year and is now ranked 28th. He has 9 goals, 38 assists (47 points) and 15 power play points on the year.

5. Morgan Reilly, the same situation as Giordano, but these two have led the Norris talk for the entire year from day one. Reilly has surprised everyone, he especially raised some eyebrows early in the year when he was on a point-streak. Reilly was ranked right behind Giordano at 129 and is now ranked 29th. He has 13 goals, 34 assists (47 points) and 14 power play points on the year.

6. Mark Stone, on a very top heavy Ottawa team and a team with a low bar coming into the year a lot of fans were weary of Stone’s production due to his supporting cast. Well Stone has rose to the occasion this year, coming in at 139 and now ranked 37th in fantasy. Stone has 20 goals and 28 assists (48 points) on his way to a 30+ goal year.

7. Alex Tuch, remember when he got signed to a 4.75 million dollar deal and fans were saying “over paid”. Well fair to say Tuch the 224th ranked player in fantasy has blown up expectations this season as he is ranked just in the top-50 at forty-nine. Tuch has 15 goals and 22 assists (37 points) and 5 power play points this year.

8. Zach Parise, I’ll come clean here and say I even thought Parise was done and there was no way he was having a bounce back year. I’m sure many can agree, injury after injury and under performing left us very skeptical on Parise. Well coming in at 307 and now ranked 61 Parise has silenced many doubters. He has 19 goals and 21 assists (41 points) with 9 power play points.

9. Jeff Petry, The Canadiens defense revolved around this guy for a while when Shea Weber was tending to an injury. Even with Weber back Petry is still producing. Petry was ranked 326, a borderline draft pick and probably a waiver wire add week to week and is now ranked 67. Petry has 10 goals, 23 assists (33 points) with 9 power play points.

10. Ander Lee, This man had big shoes to fill after John Tavares left and he was then named captain. Lee has come in and done a fantastic job being a leader and a productive player this season. Lee was ranked 322 coming into the year and is now ranked 54th. Lee has 16 goals and 18 assists (34 points) with 13 power play points.