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Fantasy Hockey Championship Weekend Adds Of The Week

Not to toot my own horn but I have made back to back Fantasy Hockey championships, I won last season and I am currently in one right now. So, I know a thing or two about picking players up and how to find the hot players on the waiver wire. I have made my team off the waiver wire. All three of my goaltenders are waiver wire adds, Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Robin Lehner. Therefore listen up.

When looking for an add for the day or week. Think of the team they are on. Currently you have Montreal, Columbus, Philadelphia and Carolina in the East all in a dog fight for the last two spots. Adding a top-six winger, power play guy or top-four defenseman on that team will yield positive results. Same goes for players on Arizona, Dallas, Chicago, Colorado and Minnesota. These teams are playing meaningful games therefore add their top-six and power play guys. And of course see how many games they play and who they play against. A Capitals vs Flyers game usually will be physical so get a player that hits and can score.

Also, last thing I always do when searching the waiver wire is I look at the players last 30-days total and last 14-days total to see a correlation between consistent performances. As well, teams like Ottawa and Edmonton may have some players you can go fishing for.

Adds for the week:

Zach Hyman: For example a great addition if the Leafs continue their offensive production. Hyman has been a bit cold in the last five games but he plays with Mitch Marner and John Tavares and plays the second power play unit. He plays three times this week, 19th, 20th and 23rd. He has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 30-days also.

Vinnie Hinostroza: Plays three-times this week all on the road and very important games for Arizona. He is slotted with Alex Galchenyuk also and on the first power play unit. This guy is an energy bunny for the Coyotes and can provide a lot of upside on your roster when you need an add. Hinostroza has 6 goals, 6 assists and 40 shots on goal in the last 30-days.

Boone Jenner: The Blue Jackets newest additions of Duchene and Dzingel have not been the big names right now. Plus Pierre Luc-Dubois has gone ice cold since the deadline deals. But, Jenner has been relatively consistent over the last two weeks. The Jackets roll three lines and he is playing line three minutes along with power play one. Jenner has 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal and 16 hits in the last two weeks.

Justin Williams: In the thick of things right now for the Hurricanes they will need some veteran-ship, in comes Williams. Not to mention he has 208 shots on goal this season and has actually been a consistent player too. Williams has 21 goals and 25 assists on the year. Plus he plays four times this week. Williams plays Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Ryan Donato: The Wild are still pushing for a playoff spot right now and Donato has been really solid for them since the trade a few weeks back. In his 13 games with Minnesota he has 13 points (4G, 9A). Donato is playing line three with two other young players and also the second power play unit. He plays three-games this week all of importance.

Pavel Buchnevich: This add will cost you nothing. Does not produce, bye, someone else now. But, Buchnevich has been really solid for NYR the last couple of games. He has 5 goals in 8 games, he plays anywhere from 15-17 minutes a game, line two and also power play one. Someone you can add and drop all week basically. He also plays three-games this week.

Roope Hintz: He had a very surprising three games in a row, slowed down and is back for a new week. The kid is logging major minutes, power play time and top-six minutes. For the situation Dallas is in right now to win every game to secure a spot they will need guys like Hintz to produce. In the last 30-days he has 6 goals, 1 assist, 2 power play points, 31 shots on goal and 34 hits. A jack of all trades for your team. Hintz plays three-games this week all at home too.

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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.

Fantasy Hockey Players of the Week (Nov.26-Dec.2)

Johnathan Huberdeau: The Panthers are not playing all that well this year but Hubby had himself a week. Huberdeau led the Panthers to two wins this week in four games. Huberdeau managed to record 2 goals and 7 assists on the week, recording two assists in three of the four games. Huberdeau now has 6 goals and 22 assists on the year.

Mark Scheifele: The Jets best forward through and through, Scheif had himself a great week. Scoring the game-winning goal vs the Devils Saturday night and the game winning shootout goal vs the Rangers Sunday night. On the week Scheifele had 5 goals, 3 assists and now has an even 16 goals and 16 assists. Scheif is 11th in the league in scoring and is just getting going.

Nicolas Backstrom: With a banged up Evgeny Kuznestov for a few games this week Backstrom stepped up big time and continues to be the Capitals most integral player up and down the ice. Backstrom is more known for his unbelievable play making ability and defensive play but this week Backstrom managed to score 4 goals with 4 assists also. On the year Backstrom has 10 goals and 23 assists, making him 10th in the league in assists.

Pontus Aberg: Due to Aberg’s two goals Sunday vs Washington the Ducks were able to manage a huge 4-1 comeback and win 6-5. Aberg also record a goal vs the Hurricanes in the Ducks 2-1 win, along with two assists vs Tampa Bay in the Ducks first win of the week. Aberg is trending upwards now after a big week on the year he has 9 goals and 5 assists.

Pierre-Luc Dubois: The Blue Jackets two wins this week were in large part thanks to players like Dubois. On the week the young up and coming forward had 3 goals and 3 assists. In the Jackets two wins he had 2 goals, 1 assist vs Detroit and 2 assists vs Minnesota. On the year Dubois now has 13 goals and 12 assists, watch out for this kid (he is owned in 82% of leagues also..)

 

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.