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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.
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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.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire News; Severson, Tuch, Brian Elliott on the up!

It is Thursday and you probably have 1-2 more solid days of production out of you roster, you need to hit the waiver wire and make a push! Here are the top adds for this week (F, D, G)

Forwards on the UP!

Alex Tuch: Tuch plays two more times this week vs the Blues and Oilers, he registered a goal and an assist in Vegas’s 5-0 win over Anaheim Wednesday night. He has 3 goals, 3 assists in the last seven games and averages around 17-18 minutes a game. Don’t forget he also plays the power play and is effective on it as well as he has three power play points over the last 14-days. 

Jimmy Vesey: The Rangers play two more times this week (including tonight) and it comes vs the Islanders and Panthers. The Rangers have been a surprise and a lot of that is due to players like Jimmy Vesey stepping up more and being more consistent and an effective top-six winger. Vesey on the year has 6 goals, 4 assists and over the last five games he has three goals and three assists. Vesey is slated next to Brett Howden and Jesper Fast, averaging around 17+ minutes a game, Vesey also has registered 40 shots on goal this year, meaning he is the shooter on that line. 

Anthony Mantha: The kid is heating up, someone you must keep an eye and could be a great long term rental player until he cools down. Mantha has 3 goals in his two games and the Red Wings are on a four-game winning streak. Mantha plays two more times this week (including tonight) vs Ottawa and New Jersey. On the year Mantha has 6 goals and 2 assists, he is starting to get going and coach Blashill is pleased with his play as of late. He plays the power play and shots a ton.

Defenseman on the UP!

Damon Severson: The Devils best defenseman is available in 80 percent of leagues, not sure why but still. Sure the Devils have been struggling but Severson sees a on of minutes, is  extremely efficient 5 on 5 and is the Devils best all around defenseman. In the last 5 games he has a goal and five assists. He also chips in the hits and shots on goal department while also averaging anywhere from 19-22 minutes a game. Plays Thursday(tonight), Saturday and Sunday. Good add for the week, getting three games out of him.

Ben Hutton: This guy has looked like a forward lately, he is scoring at a ridiculous rate for defenseman and making it look easy. The Canucks #3 defenseman has been off to a great start this year. So far on the year he has 4 goals and 3 assists and in his last five games he has 2 goals and 2 assists. Hutton plays two more times(including tonight) this week vs Minnesota and Montreal. He averages around 21+ minutes a game and 2-3 shots a game.  

Jeff Petry: The Canadiens number one and probably only productive and effective defenseman is available in 44 percent of leagues. He has 13 assists on the year with one goal. He sees close to 24 minutes a game, plays the power play, shoots a decent amount and also hits. He does it all for the Canadiens and for some reason owners don’t want this guy. He plays Calgary and Vancouver this week, two good games. Solid add if you need anything done. 

Goalies on the UP!

Brian Elliott: The Flyers play two more times this week with a day rest in between and Elliott is their number one right now. Elliott in his last two starts has allowed two goals, one was a shutout but has earned also a win in every game hes played this season besides two. Elliott on the year has six wins and a 2.52 goals against. A solid add if you need a goalie. 

Jimmy Howard: While the Red Wings are hot ride Howard, he has started in 3 of their last 4 games and has done a great job. In those three starts Howard has allowed five goals against on 77 shots. On the year Howard has a 2.69 goals against and six wins. A solid add as the Red Wings are hot and play the Senators and Devils their next two games. 

Fantasy Hockey players trending in the right direction

We are getting to that point in the season where players have played around 15+ games and if they are not producing a little worry, maybe sit them but then are some random players producing and playing well that are trending and could be worthy of a 1-2 week add, a rental player they say.

Forwards

Nolan Patrick: It seems Patrick is finally getting in a rhythm of things, after missing a few games due to a minor injury. Patrick has recorded a point in his last 6 of 7 games, in the last 14 days Patrick has 3 goals and 4 assists. He is playing with Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom (until James Van Reimsydk comes back). Patrick had a mediocre first year and seems to finding his stride in the NHL over the last two weeks. On the year Patrick has 5 goals and four assists.

Kevin Hayes: Hayes is on the “trade block” and it seems that is not bothering him though. Hayes has been a solid center this season for the Rangers he centering Vladislav Namestikov and Lias Andersson at the moment, some tough players to play with a rookie and a player still trying to make his way in New York. Hayes has one goal in 7 assists, only producing 1 goal in the Rangers first five games, Hayes has now 8 points in the last six games.

Travis Zajac: Despite the Devils struggling road trip, Zajac saw some success scoring three goals in their five road games. Zajac has been slated as a third line center, but in no time he’ll be a second line center. Zajac has now 6 goals and 5 assists on the year. The Devils next game are a home and away split (2 on the road 2 at home) vs three Metropolitan teams. I’d for sure keep an eye on Zajac.

Devin Shore: Playing too-six minutes is probably not what the Stars had in mind for Shore but he has been an effective top-six guy who also plays power-play two minutes. Looking at his role and his minutes Shore is a solid add just for that reason alone. But in the last two weeks Shore has scored 4 goals with two assists (in the last 7 games), he has been a bit inconsistent but I’d keep an eye on Devin Shore right now. He has 5 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Defenseman

Ben Hutton: Well, look at this offensive-defenseman, Hutton has tallied 3 goals in the last six games and is playing top-four minutes and the power play two. Hutton has 4 goals, 2 assists and 3 power play points on the year. The Canucks have four games this week so it would be smart to watch Hutton as the week goes on.

Jaccob Slavin: This guy has to be an add guy at this point he is top-two defenseman for the Hurricanes plays power play two and is an offensive defenseman that produces big time to be honest. He is soon to be a household name in no time, I have raved about this guy for now two years and this is the year he makes a mark on the league. In the last 7 games he has 2 goals and 1 assist, on the year he has 2 goals and 5 assists, watch Slavin this year.

Tony DeAngelo: A fly under the radar type of guy, the Rangers are not great on the back end, but DeAngelo is seeing a lot of minutes he is averaging 20 minutes a game and in the 7 games he has played this season DeAngelo has 2 goals and 5 assists, on a current three game point streak. A solid rental player.

Miro Heiskanen: With John Klingberg out for at least another three weeks, Heiskanen will be taking over top pair minutes, power play one and seeing more ice. The young defenseman has already seen 20+ minutes even with Klingberg in the lineup Heiskanen is a valuable player but for the next 3 weeks he is a must add guy. He has 2 goals and 5 assists on the year. 

Goalies

Casey DeSmith: The Penguins have not played well over the last week and a half, and especially Matt Murray which brings in Casey DeSmith. Murray has been off his game to start this season, in seven starts Murray has allowed 3 or more goals in four of them he has a 3.87 GAA and .887 save percentage, poor to say the least. DeSmith in his 8 starts this season DeSmith has 2 or less goals in six of them. Besides his first two starts where he allowed 3 goals, DeSmith has recorded two shutouts. DeSmith is a must add player right now as the Penguins struggle. 

Darcy Kuemper: The Coyotes have been off to a great start this season (for the Yotes it is good) but anyways Antti Raanta is out currently and should be out for the next 2+ weeks, which in comes Kuemper. In the six games he has started he has allowed 1 or less goal in 3 of them and 4 of more in 3 of them. He has 3 wins, a 2.58 goals against and .921 save percentage. Coyotes play Detroit, Nashville, Boston, Vegas in their next four games a solid start for two of those four games.

 

Buy low, high reward Fantasy Hockey defenseman 2018-2019

Jaccob Slavin: Slavin goes way back to my fantasy defenseman sleeper list last year and he is slowly making a name for himself in the league. Last season Slavin racked in 30 points and a solid 22 minutes on average per game. Slavin will be again a very under valued defenseman heading into this season I would be surprised to see him drafted even. But he will be on the first d-pairing with Justin Faulk and the second power play. While he may log a bad +/- he will be logging a ton of minutes and in that mix for top defenseman in Carolina. Slavin is a solid 30 plus point player with potential for a 40 point season this year. Don’t sleep on this guy!

Matt Benning: Benning had a solid year for Edmonton last year, tallying his most points in his 2 years there and a 6 point increase from his first year. The situation in Edmonton is weary as the team is not coming off a good season and their defense always seems to have issues. But with that, it means Benning will play a very crucial role, a young, healthy defenseman who logged a ton of time for them last year and was reliable. Benning will be playing on the second d-pairing with Oscar Klefbom. He will not be on the powerplay but a sure penalty kill option and someone who if he stays in the top four will log on average 19+ minutes per game. If you need a spot start or one of your defenseman goes down early in the year Benning could be a very solid possible 25 plus point defenseman.

Fantasy Hockey Defenseman SleepersJonas Brodin: Brodin has been in the league for 6 years now, logging back to back 20 plus point years and playing 5 full years in a row, Brodin is bound for a break out year. A lot of hype came around this 1st round Swedish defenseman when he emerged in the league in 2012. Yet he has not panned out to be a first round worthy player. Although Minnesota has a lot of options on their backend, Brodin will for sure be seeing top four minutes again next season and as of now he is slotted next to Matt Dumba. An easy 18+ minutes will come from Brodin, as the Wild’s blue line continues to be one of the best in the league, Brodin will be asked year in and year out to step into new situations. He may not be the first guy on your list but he can be a solid fix on the backend if you need one.

Jokiam Ryan: A lot of people probably do not have this guy on their list at all. Ryan is in his second year with the Sharks and only played 62 games last year tallying 12 points. But as of now he is logged next to Brent Burns on the first line. He may not log power play time but Ryan will be seeing a hefty work load. He won’t be a 50 point defenseman, as Burns will do the scoring on the back end for San Jose but with the position he is in and the time he is seeing he has potential to be a 25 point defenseman. Just pick the right spots for Ryan.

Colin Miller: He has to be on your radar, Miller had a breakout season with Vegas last season and is coming off a 41 point season, meanwhile his last two years with Boston he combined for a total of 29 points. Miller is a top four defenseman for Vegas and will be playing power play two minutes. Miller we all knew had the talent in Boston but the blue line was crowded and he never got his shot really. Now going over to Vegas and their first season being that successful really elevated Miller’s game. He may not come out and have a 50 point season next year but it is fair to say Miller will tally upwards of 35 points next season. Somebody to definitely keep on your radar!

Fantasy Hockey Defenseman ranked 31-60

As the list went on for the Top-30 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman it only go harder. Therefore we can expect a little eye rolling, puzzled faces and maybe some head scratchers. The way I rank defenseman relies heavily on their minutes, points and overall effectiveness on the ice. As I’ve said a million times, I am a big advocate for no-name defenseman and as the NHL goes on and continues to change the game just continues to change.

Defenseman rank heavily on points, assists, power play points, time on ice and their prediction for next year. And the #31-60 ranked defenseman are as follows…

Fantasy Hockey Defenseman #31-60

31. Justin Schultz, PIT

32. Ryan Suter, MIN

33. Keith Yandle, FLA

34. Justin Faulk, CAR

35. Mattias Ekholm, NSH

36. Morgan Reilly, TOR

37. Tyler Myers, WPG

38. Nick Leddy, NYI

39. Jake Gardiner, TOR

40. Ryan Ellis, NSH

41. Zdeno Chara, BOS

42. Hampus Lindholm, ANH

43. Matt Niskanen, WSH

44. Jeff Petry, MON

45. Colton Parayko, STL

46. Dmitry Orlov, WSH

47. Ryan McDonagh, TBL

48. Alexander Edler, VAN

49. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS

50. Alec Martinez, LAK

51. Ryan Pulock, NYI

52. Brady Skjei, NYR

53. Cam Fowler, ANH

54. Justin Braun, SJS

55. Nate Schmidt, VGK

56. Will Butcher, NJD

57. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF

58. Noah Hanafin, CGY

59. Shea Theodore, VGK

60. Demon Severson, NJD

This is a tough list, for sure missed a few names but hey that what it is. Mike Green could of been on this but he is in Detroit with little to no defensive or much offensive support to help him. He may produce a bit but definitely a player you can wait on.  Rasmus Dahlin comes on the list perhaps could of been ranked higher but he is a rookie and has not played an NHL game. He could be really good or turn out to be another 40 point defenseman. Perhaps ranked Tyler Myers a little high but the amount of power play time and minute he sees, he is essentially the A1 to Dustin Byfuglien. A lot of interchangeable numbers right now but as the season goes on well see who makes the jump and who drops…

Top-30 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman

All we have left are goaltenders now! But in reality who cares about those freaks of nature and their weird pregame rituals. Better off not ranking those creatures of hockey. Just kidding, honestly just hoping a goalie comes across this and gets a laugh out of it.

Anyhow… this year 2018-2019 Top-30 Fantasy defenseman heading into the year are as follows…

(Based on G, A, PT, PPP, PPA, PPG, PIMS, HITS, TOI, SHOTS) I do not account for blocks here because not every league or most leagues run that way. 

Top-30 Defenseman

  1. Victor Hedman, TBL
  2. P.K. Subban, NSH
  3. Drew Doughty, LAK
  4. Erik Karlsson, OTT
  5. Brent Burns, SJS
  6. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
  7. John Carlson, WSH
  8. Roman Josi, NSH
  9. Seth Jones, CBJ
  10. John Klingberg, DAL
  11. Dougie Hamilton, CAR
  12. Torey Krug, BOS
  13. Matt Dumba, MIN
  14. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHL
  15. Aaron Ekblad, FLA
  16. Alex Pietrangelo, STL
  17. Mark Giordano, CGY
  18. Ivan Provorov, PHL
  19. Kris Letang, PIT
  20. Rasmus Ristolanien, BUF
  21. Tyson Barrie, COL
  22. Oliver Ekman Larsson, ARI
  23. Zach Werenski, CBJ
  24. Charlie McAvoy, BOS
  25. Jake Muzzin, LAK
  26. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL
  27. Brandon Montour, ANH
  28. Colin Miller, VGK
  29. Jacob Trouba, WPG
  30. Josh Manson, ANH

Ok, I was completely torn on this one. I am a big advocate for defenseman but some guys like Ekman Larsson, Ristolanien, Barrie fall off a bit due to their plus/minus, other players surrounding them, and honestly injury concerns. I like the bottom of the pack, around McAvoy down and think they all can be interchangeable at some point in the year. We can easily see Montour take off and surpass McAvoy but that bottom of the list is young and up and coming for sure. The top 10 is pretty simple, you cannot argue that or maybe you can but to me that’s pretty realistic. Anyone within that top 10 can realistically win the Norris this year to be honest.

The list looks good to me perhaps you do not agree. If not, feel free to comment below or tweet at me on Twitter @liveinthestands !

See you tomorrow for top-20 goalies for the 2018-19 year! To see what last years list looked like click here to find out!