Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Fantasy Hockey top-20 ranked Centers, Right Wingers and Left Wingers

This is going to get real ugly real quick. For those who do not know, yes, Fantasy Hockey season is right around the corner and for all your fantasy hockey news this summer all you need to do is head to this link

Fantasy hockey is a difficult time for many, some have no idea what to do and some continue to struggle during draft time. That is what we are here for, like I said the link above has endless amounts of FREE information for you!

Let’s get into now though…


  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Sidney Crosby
  3. Nathan MacKinnon
  4. Evgeni Malkin
  5. John Tavares
  6. Tyler Seguin
  7. Auston Matthews
  8. Blake Wheeler
  9. Steven Stamkos
  10. Anze Kopitar
  11. Evgeny Kuznestov
  12. Claude Giroux
  13. Patrice Bergeron
  14. Sean Monahan
  15. Aleksander Barkov
  16. Jonathan Marchessault
  17. Matthew Barzal
  18. Nicolas Backstrom
  19. Vincent Trocheck
  20. Brayden Schenn

Right Wingers:

  1. Nikita Kucherov
  2. David Pastrnak
  3. Patrik Laine
  4. Phil Kessel
  5. Vladimir Tarasenko
  6. Jakub Voracek
  7. Patrick Kane
  8. Nikolaj Ehlers
  9. Rickard Rakell
  10. Victor Ardvisson
  11. Alexander Radulov
  12. Tyler Toffoli
  13. Joe Pavelski
  14. William Nylander
  15. Dustin Brown
  16. Jason Zucker
  17. Mikko Ratanen
  18. Patric Hornqvist
  19. Tom Wilson
  20. JT Miller

Left Wingers:

  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Taylor Hall
  3. Jamie Benn
  4. Brad Marchand
  5. Johnny Gaudreau
  6. Artem Panarin
  7. Filip Forsberg
  8. Evander Kane
  9. Sebastian Aho
  10. Logan Couture
  11. William Karlsson
  12. Mike Hoffman
  13. James Van Reimsydk
  14. Jonathan Huberdeau
  15. Anders Lee
  16. Evgenii Dadanov
  17. Clayton Keller
  18. Max Pacioretty
  19. Jake Guentzel
  20. Anthony Mantha


Fantasy Hockey draft day advice 2018-19

Fantasy Hockey Draft Tips for beginners

I am confident this article may be useful to those that come across it, it has been some time now that I have been out of the fantasy hockey space, about 2-weeks, feels like a lifetime in the hockey writing sphere. Anyways, some of the most common mistakes I see during fantasy drafts and also hear about from friends teams and what not will be discussed in this article.

Save yourself the pain and agony later in the season, be smart and check out the tips below.

  1. Just cause Wayne Simmonds is your favorite player does not mean you have to draft him, Simmonds is an example but this is true for any player. So many times players see their “favorite” player on the board but won’t be drafting for another 10 picks and after that you have to wait another 5 picks, so you get nervous, anxious and afraid the Wayne Train will be gone, therefore you stretch on Simmonds way to early and you just let a much more consistent and better player go. Your favorite player does not need to be on your team! Pick the players that are the best and will benefit the team, even if it is Phil Kessel on the Penguins. Got it? Good. Don’t be a homer and draft up on guys cause you “like” them.
  2. Think ahead, your first round went well, second round went well, third is getting harder and now fourth on is here and you are done for, because you just always pick the next top five guys on the board. You don’t but into consideration who is going to be your 5th, 6th, 7th round pick, so when it gets there you are using a minute and a half to choose and make a impulse choice. Think ahead start scouting out the next round, the next 3 rounds, etc. Put guys you want in your que and let the fun begin.
  3. Just cause they had a good year last year does not mean they will do it again, if you see a guy who broke out for 30+ plus points better then his last year, that does not mean he will do it again. Be cautious of those guys, you know the consistent point scorers, the top guys, so do not go out and gamble on per say William Karlsson because he had an unbelievable year, let the draft do it’s thing and let the cards fall into place. Be wary of those break out guys.
  4. Did you forget about defenseman? You probably did, you got so caught up in the forward, goal scoring wave of the draft your best d-man is Darnell Nurse right now. You have to pick and choose your spots with defenseman, there are a ton out there that are expandable. Be sure to take a solid top-2 defenseman in the 2nd or 3rd round.
  5. Bottom six guys can be useful, just because they do not play top six minutes does not mean you cannot draft them. I am not saying go ahead and stretch on Derek Brassard but he is going to be a solid asset, guys of this nature will be a good bargain for the price you get them.
  6. Check teams power plays, special teams, top six lines, etc, do your research before the draft.

That’s all I have for now, but be on the look out later today for more information on top-30 centers and right wingers this 2018-19 Fantasy Hockey year. Until next time people!

Fantasy Hockey Draft Day Advice

Fantasy Hockey draft day advice for the 2018-19 season

For those that are new here and have not checked out my Fantasy Hockey draft day advice article from last year. Here it is Fantasy Hockey: Draft Day Advice

To start we will going over important aspects to be mindful of when entering a draft. The keys to make your team a well balanced and productive all year. Think about what went wrong last year? What did you do wrong last draft? I know for me I fixate on scoring and defense a little too much and always forget about, hits, PIMS, plus/minus and goaltending, but I won my fantasy hockey league last year, so….. NOTTTT A BIGGGGG DEALLLLLL. Anyways here are some important things to remember heading into this years draft.

  1. You need a number one, think about it. Every NHL team, successful that is, has a number one guy. Therefore secure a number one goal scorer right off the bat. During the first round depending on the league size, picks 1-12 will have a ton of players available. You want your first pick to do it all in a sense, a productive player on the power play, someone who will score goals, get assists, essentially a first liner who is eating up 20+ minutes.
  2. For me, I suggest looking at goaltenders this time around, usually if you are in a keeper league than definitely get a goalie in round two if not you can wait probably but I would start keeping an eye on solid number one goaltenders. If you want to go a different route, look at a number one defenseman, or another top forward.
  3. Get a goaltender before it is too late. Without good goaltending you will be on the waiver wire scrambling, making trades or hoping someone gets hurt so you can pick up the back up. Solid goaltending is crucial in fantasy hockey it makes up usually 4-5 categories(W, GAA, SV %, SO, SV) if you can win 2-3 of those categories and split the offensive categories that’s a win.
  4. Let’s start stringing together some solid defenseman, once you get a good goalie and 2 solid forwards, start looking at a number one, two d-man. Someone who plays the power play, is in the top four and can give you a solid 45-55 points a year.
  5. From that point one, start stringing together goal scorers, play makers, penalty minute/hit guys, plus/minus guy, just add tools all across the board.

Goals: This a fundamental aspect of fantasy hockey of course but I don’t think you need as many goal scorers as you think. If you have goal scorers that are just goal scorers, sure you win 1 category but what about the other 8-9? Don’t get so fixated on having the best goal scoring team, sure it is great but it is not everything.

Assists: I think this is very good category to have, while goal scoring is much like the same thing, if this player is racking up assists he is usually doing something right and you can count on this guy for solid production throughout the year. A trait you can find in all players as well it is not hard to find good play makers like it is to find goal scorers. Having 2-3 solid play makers vs one goal scorer is big.

Hits/PIMS: You need at least 1 preferably two of these guys on your team. It seems like a wasteful category but winning PIMS or hits can win you the week. These are usually the guys you are more careful with in the line up unless you can find a solid top four, or top six forward who tallies a good amount of hits, just get one guy who all they do is hit(Matt Martin) or Josh Manson is someone who plays a decent amount tallies 30 points and is a good player to have for hits and PIMS.

Powerplay specialists: Guys that all they do is rack in power play points are usually eh guys that are helpful here, no? It would be smart to check out the top power plays from last year and check out the players on those power play one. For example top 10 power plays last year were, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Tampa, Boston, Winnipeg, Islanders, Capitals, Avalanche, Vancouver, New Jersey. Therefore it may be in best interest to get look at their power plays, also don’t forget about power play two guys as well.

To check out all fantasy hockey forward, defenseman and goaltending rankings to get an idea of who you are going to be looking at, check out the articles below!

Fantasy Hockey Forward articles: 

2018-19 Fantasy Hockey Forwards Ranked 1-50 or Fantasy Hockey: Forwards ranked 51-100

Fantasy Hockey Defenseman articles:

Top-30 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman or Fantasy Hockey Defenseman ranked 31-60

Fantasy Hockey Goalies: 

Top-20 Fantasy Hockey Goalies for the 2018-19 season

Other Fantasy Hockey related articles: 

Fantasy Hockey players destined for a breakout season…

Fantasy Hockey DEEP Sleeper candidates for the 2018-19 campaign

Fantasy Hockey players to be a little concerned about…






Fantasy Hockey rookies

Fantasy Hockey rookies looking to make an impact from the start

Rasmus Dahlin (D, BUF): The sky is the limit with this rookie defenseman, being compared to Nicklas Lidstrom and one of the best defenseman to emerge in the league in quite sometime has set others on their high horse about Dahlin. He will 100 percent play right away too, and right in the top four mix. Dahlin is slotted on line two right now with Zach Bogosian. These two will be eating up 20+ minutes per game, while Dahlin will also be working on power play with Rasmus Ristolanien. Dahlin as we all know is a very solid offensive defenseman, who will learn the importance of being as solid on both ends of the puck early on. He picks up on things quickly and is an extremely quick learner. While he may not be the biggest guy on the ice, he is not afraid to be physical although his speed and awareness is the biggest part of his game. Dahlin is capable of 45 plus points this season and an early Calder favorite.

Andrei Svechnikov (RW, CAR): The second most highly sought after rookie coming into the draft, the Hurricanes number two overall pick and top three forward will be thrown into the mix right away. Svechnikov is coming off a 40 goal season in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and 11 points in 8 playoff games with Barrie as well. Svechnikov played in 16 International games between the U18 and U20 Russian team and in those 16 games he collected a total of 20 points. This is a good sign for Carolina as they may be able to add another scoring forward to their offense to help supplement Sebastian Aho as well. Svechnikov is slotted with Aho and other Russian counter part Valentin Zykov as well. Between seeing first line time and power play time, Svechnikov has the potential for a big rookie season a player you for sure will keep an eye on in the draft.

Brady-Tkachuk-SenatorsBrady Tkachuk (LW, OTT): After telling Boston University he intends to sign with Ottawa for the 2018-19 season and signing an entry level deal it is apparent Tkachuk wants to make an impact on the Senators line up right away. Withdrawing from BU and jumping into the NHL will be a big transition for the young forward. Tkachuk is coming off a 31 point season in 40 games with BU and 9 points in 7 games with USA’s U20 team during the World Juniors. Tkachuk is a little different than the Tkachuk we know on Calgary, Brady is more of a playmaking, scoring type of forward, where his brother is known for his offensive ability as well as his on-ice antics. Brady is slotted with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzingel as well as the second power play right now. Tkachuk may not have the best tools around him but he does have some solid line mates to help him ease his way into his first year, to start Tkachuk may be a little snake bitten but once he gets comfortable I think we can expect a 35 point season out of him.

Filip Zadina (RW, DET): This kid is on a mission. With a couple teams passing on Zadina and falling to sixth overall Zadina even said he is out to make those who passed on him feel sorry for it. Zadina is an all around forward who can play two sides of the puck very well while also being a dynamic goal scorer. Zadina is coming off a 44 goal and 82 point season in 57 games with Halifax in the QMJHL. He has signed with Detroit and as of now he is slotted to make the opening day roster but we may not know about Zadina’s situation until early September. Zadina could potentially play with Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Vanek or Henrik Zetterberg a lot of question marks for this roster. Either way, if Zadina is playing with a puck moving forward and someone able to help the scoring winger get his chances we may see a solid first year out of Zadina. If he does play the full 82 games Zadina has potential for a 40 plus point year.

Elias Pettersson (C/RW, VAN): The 2017 5th overall draft pick, spent his time in the SHL last season 56 points in 44 games. After a full year of development and Vancouver scouts analyzing his game it is apparent they believe Pettersson is ready for the next level. We saw a lot of Pettersson during International play where he tallied 14 points in 21 games. Pettersson is a very solid forward with ability to play all three zones, luckily he will be with other young prospect Jonathan Dahlen and veteran Loui Eriksson to start. If Dahlen and Pettersson get off on the right foot they will be making noise from the start. Being on a team like Vancouver is tough but Pettersson is capable of being a top six forward in Vancouver for many years and a player we will being hear a lot of over the next few years.

Eeli Tolvanen Nashville PredatorsEeli Tolvanen (LW, NSH): Tolvanen was drafted late in the first round in 2017, and being on a team like Nashville it is tough to crack that line up. Tolvanen played a few games late in the year last season and some playoff games but not enough to get an idea of what type of NHL player he. Tolvanen is slotted on the third line with Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino, two very solid counter parts for the young forward. During the 2017-18 season he played in the KHL scoring 36 points in 49 games, and most known for his World Junior play with Finland. Tolvanen is a little under sized but being on a team like Nashville will really help his confidence and development. If all goes right and he sticks in  the NHL next season Tolvanen could be a solid 3rd line 35 point guy next season.

Casey Mittlestadt (C, BUF): Mittlestadt spent his time last year with the University of Minnesota, the highly sought after prospect went 8th overall to Buffalo in 2017. Being passed by some teams due to size and physical ability, Mittlestadt will have a lot to prove at the NHL level. As Buffalo continues to improve on both ends of the puck this is an exciting time for Buffalo fans and players. Mittlestadt emerges at the same time as Dahlin so the attention may not be all on him, which is a good thing. Right now he is slotted next to Connor Sheary, a player who learned a lot from the best forward in hockey and Kyle Okposo a veteran, will be good for Mittlestadt. Mittlestadt played in six games last season scoring 1 goal and 4 assists, as well as 30 points in 34 games with Minnesota and being the MVP of the World Juniors tallying 11 points in 7 games. Mittlestadt will be a sure fantasy option next year for teams, he may get off to a slow start, or “slower” start than many expect but when he gets situated and settles in look for a solid 50 point season out of Mittlestadt.

Potential to crack the line up

  • Quinn Hughes (D, VAN): Drafted by Vancouver in the first round in 2018, Hughes has potential to crack the line up due to Vancouver lacking defensive depth but it may be best for the young defenseman to develop a little more and see more minutes at the NCAA level.
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi (C, MTL): The most infamous pick of the draft as the Canadiens really stretched on Kotkaniemi it would be weird to not see him on the Canadiens roster as their offense has very little depth and they could some more solid center pieces. 
  • Noah Dobson (D, NYI): Maybe late in the season but the Islanders are in no rush with Dobson as they know this kid will be a solid counter part to Ryan Pulock and the Islanders defense.
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (RW, NYI): No rush here with all the Islanders offensive prospects but Wahlstrom did sign an entry level deal and we may see him later in the season.
  • Adam Boqvist (D, CHI): As the biggest reason Chicago failed last season was due to lack of defensive depth it may be smart to play Boqvist but as the young defenseman is ready for the NHL level it may best to let him see more minutes elsewhere.


Nolan Patrick

Fantasy Hockey: These players able to overcome the “sophomore slump”

Nico Hischier: Hischier had a very solid first year in the NHL and made an immediate impact right away. Hischier collected 20 goals and 32 assists in his first year playing in a full 82 games. Hischier will be staying right where he played last year with MVP Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt, with not much added to the Devils roster it is fair to say Hischier will be seeing similar time on the ice and be called upon in all pressure situations. With the amount of time Hischier will be seeing again this year it is only fair to say he is very capable of a 50-60 point season.

Nolan Patrick: Patrick only missed 9 games last season, the big concern with him and possibly the reason he did not go #1 was because of his health. Well he played in 73 games but only tallying 30 points, and 13 goals. He for sure did not have an amazing season and disappointed some a little but a lot of fans and analysts are saying Patrick is bound for a break out year. As he will be slatted next to James Van Reimsydk and  Jakub Voracek, the second year center is going to be asked to step into a big role and produce. It would be a total failure if Patrick did not produce 50 plus points next year playing next to JVR and Voracek while also seeing power play time as well.

Adrian Kempe: Kempe had a surprising first year with the Kings, a first full year that is. Kempe broke onto the scene around the mid way point, he tallied 16 goals and 37 points last year for the Kings. But coming into this year may be a little different. Kempe saw a lot of success due to Jeff Carter being injured and someone needing to step into that role. Well with Carter back and now the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk, Kempe will be a third liner, seeing less minutes therefore production may slid a little. I don’t think we see the same year out of Kempe unless injuries happen but we can expect a 25 point year out of Kempe it seems.

Clayton Keller 2018-19
Keller able to crack 30 goals during the 2018-19 season?

Clayton Keller: I sure hope no one thinks this kid is going to be riddled by the sophomore slump non sense. Keller is the number one scorer on Arizona and with the addition of Alex Galchenyuk it takes some pressure off the young winger. Keller had an unbelievable rookie season, winning rookie of the month one time, and being a Calder nominee. Keller tallied 23 goals and 42 assists in 82 games. At one point he got a little snake bitten and his production stalled, which is typical. Now with a year under his belt Keller will be even better next year, especially with some more serviceable forwards in the line up. Keller could easily notch 30 goals and 70 points next year, which I believe he will.

Brock Boeser: If it was not for the emergence of Matt Barzal last season this was going to be our Calder winner, Boeser broke into the league early and never stopped besides an injury. But the power forward, scoring right winger showed the NHL that he is capable of being an elite goal scorer and top 15 scorer in the NHL. Boeser tallied 29 goals and 26 assists in 62 games, had he played a full 82, he would have easily tallied 34 plus goals last year. Boeser even dealt with his line mates Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi being injured and still produced solid numbers. Boeser is going to be here to stay for a long time. I think it is with my best judgement and all can agree Boeser will tally 35 goals next year and 70 points.

NHL RookiesMatt Barzal: The Calder winner has a long road ahead of him, now being the face of the Islanders and wallpaper of many Islander fans phones. Barzal will need to topple that 85 point season and do even more! Barzal broke into the league and made a name for himself early on, after his 6 assist game and 900 multiple point games, everyone knew this kid was something special. Barzal’s elusiveness, speed and skating ability made everyone keep an eye on this kid when he was out there. Barzal tallied 22 goals and 63 assists last year. With John Tavares gone now and Barzal being the face of the Islanders, their power play one option and the all around go to guy there Barzal could possibly tally upwards of 85 points next season. It would  be tough but not impossible, I’d have to say a 80 point season is due out of Barzal next year.

Jake DeBrusk: DeBrusk in a sense came out of no where last season, he was not really a sought after prospect nor a big name, therefore when he started burying goals and finished with 43 points, more people knew about the Bruins left wing prospect. DeBrusk was drafted in the 1st round in 2015, making his first appearance in the NHL this past 2017-18 season. Playing alongside some top Bruin forwards really helped excel DeBrusk’s game along with some other prospects on the team. DeBrusk game really elevated this season. DeBrusk is slotted next to David Backes and David Krejci who if they both can stay healthy DeBrusk is bound for another 45 plus point season and a solid second year.



Jimmy Garoppolo NFL News

Are these Fantasy Football QB’s worth the bargain?

Alex Smith: Smith spent his last five years in Kansas City and was never much of a glamour and glit QB, he was a simple, get the job done, white collar QB. Smith had the best year of his career last season and now has been sent to Washington to hopefully revive this Redskins passing game and offense. Smith ranked 8th among QBs in passing yards with 4,042, 9th in touchdown passes(26), and first in QB rating with a 104.7. Therefore with these numbers Smith will have a lot of questions to answer, will and can he come to Washington and produce these same numbers and make this Washington team contenders? Probably not, but I still think Smith is worthy of a QB 1 spot on fantasy rosters, I’d say if you feel comfortable drafting solid RB’s and WR’s and having a questionable QB, go for it. I think Smith is bound for around 270 plus fantasy points.

Jimmy Garoppolo: Can this guy really lead the 49ers back into contention and to the playoffs? Jimmy G was a late hero last season and opened the eyes of many NFL fans and fantasy owners. Therefore the conversation we all know coming into this fantasy season is Jimmy G worth the bargain to go after and start at your QB 1 position. The situation in San Fran is not great but they do have Pierre Garcon, Marquis Godwin, Greg Kittle and Jerrick McKinnon, they have a few pieces to work with and what we say from Jimmy G for the last six games last season it’s evident he can manage with these players. In those six games Garoppolo’s numbers were as follows, 96.2 QB rating, 1,560 passing yards, 260 yards per game, 67.4 completion percentage, 7 TD’s and 5 interceptions. I’d say go for it, draft Jimmy G and run with him!

Matt Stafford Fantasy football newsMatt Stafford: Stafford being one of the highest, if not highest paid QB in the NFL comes with some expectations, no? I mean the guy should be a top 5 QB year in and year out if he is getting paid 135 million dollars over five years, sheesh. Stafford is a solid QB no doubt about it but he could be a little better for what he is worth. He always shows his spots of positivity, but at times he does things that make you scratch your head and say what the actual hell? Detroit has been a consistent team in that NFC North but with the talent in that division it is not too hard to be good. Stafford’s numbers last season were as follows, 99.3 QB rating, 65.7 completion rating, 4,446 passing yards, 277.9 passing yards per game, 29 TD and 10 INT, Stafford had one of his better years last season. I think with the value Stafford comes in at you can for sure snag him at a good price and start him all season he’ll be a consistent 16-19 points a game, with the occasional break out game or two.

Jamesis Winston: What is the deal with this guy? Tampa Bay fell flat on their face last year and had an extremely disappointing season and a lot of that can be due to Winston not exactly having an amazing year, decent but not playoff worthy. Winston’s numbers last year were as follows, 92.2 QB rating, 3,504 passing yards, 63.8 completion percentage, 19 TD’s and 11 INT. Winston has the tools in Tampa Bay to have a successful offense, Desean Jackson can still fly, Mike Evan is a top 10 wide receiver, Cameron Brate is not a terrible tight end, Adam Humphries sure is not an amazing wide receiver but he can get the job done and a decent running back option with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims. To me the Buccaneers have the ability to get the job done but playing in one of the toughest divisions in the league is tough and a lot of pressure on Winston when he has Brees, Newton, and Ryan to compete with. Winston is iffy at best, I personally would not go after him until he has a few games under his belt, wait on him for sure.

Andrew Luck Fantasy football newsAndrew Luck: What the hell do you do with this guy? Cause when he is healthy he is good! Or you make the mistake I made last year and drafted him late thinking he was going to be a steal, but did not play a single down last year. Luck is coming off a bad shoulder injury but right now the reports say he is going to be ready for week one. He has played in the preseason and has been feeling and looking good.

As reported by Michael Silver Andrew Luck said after his preseason game vs Seattle “I think I took a little pressure off of myself,” Luck said. “It’s a preseason game — I’m not gonna blow anything out of proportion. But it was still a game, and another step along the way.”

Luck is coming into action for the first time in 585 days, sure you can have your concerns and Luck will fall off the draft board but, if you do have the guts to go after this guy, do it. I would probably have a solid back up option just to be safe but that is the gamble you run. Luck has a few weapons and one of the quickest wide receivers in the league TY Hilton at his disposal plus two solid tight ends in Eric Ebron and James Doyle, two young and hopeful wide receivers in Ryan Grant and Deon Cain(rookie out of Clemson). Luck has the ability to be a top QB in the league if he can stay healthy I’d go after Luck.