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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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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 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..)

 

Top Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Nov. 19- Nov. 25)

Patrik Laine: Well, how are ya Patrik Laine. Laine had 11 goals in the last week, which the Jets played 4 games, he scored in every game and was known for his 5 goal performance vs St. Louis recently. Laine now has 19 goals on the year and, the greatest thing about this weeks number one fantasy player of the week, Laine had zero assists this week. 

Nikita Kucherov: I believe this may have been Kucherov’s first time on the list, sure we have been doing it for three weeks now but Kucherov comes in at #2 due to his 2 goals and 7 assists on the week. In four games Kuch had a point in every game and three of them were multi-assist games. Kucherov now has 9 goals and 23 assists on the year. 

Johnny Gaudreau: This may be Jonny Hockey’s first time on the list too but Gaudreau had 2 goals and 5 assists in four games this week for Calgary, helping the Flames to three of four wins this week. Gaudreau had a point in every Flames win this week and the one game they lost he was kept off the score sheet. Gaudreau now has 8 goals and 19 assists on the year. 

Jack Eichel: Have to throw on the Sabres star and captain on this list as the Sabres run through the NHL on a 9-game streak and in first in the NHL. Eichel had 1 goal and 5 assists in the Sabres four games last week, the only game he scored in was the Penguins game November 19th which was an overtime winner. Eichel leads the team in points with 5 goals and 23 assists. 

Max Pacioretty: About time the former 30-goal scorer gets going. Patches had 5 goals this week in the Vegas four games. The Golden Knights three game streak Patches has four goals, one assist in that span. On the year Pacioretty now has 8 goals and 3 assists on the year. For Vegas to stay hot and make a run it will come from players like this guy producing more. 

FANTASY HOCKEY PLAYERS OFF TO A SLOW START

The first week and a half of NHL hockey is over with, and some players and teams have surprised us all out of the gate, but some players who were top players in the league last year are really off to a slow start.

  1. Brent Burns: Burnzie, where have you been man? The Sharks would not mind if you woke up and played like a top defenseman in the NHL and top 15 scorer in the league anytime soon. Right now with four games played, Burns has ONE assist, -6, one power play point, 18 shots on goal(SOG) and five hits, yikes. I’ll let you in on a secret, if I were you and owned Burns, I’d trade him, his value is still astronomical and the name is appealing plus you could easily get a two for one in this situation. Just some advice take it as you want.
  2. Max Pacioretty: This guy will struggle all season I believe after taking a look at Montreal for the first five games, their offense has been bad, really bad. Pacioretty will probably break open for a big week here and there but if Montreal continues this Pacioretty worries me. On the season, he has one goal, zero assists, -1, zero power play points, 18 SOG and four hits.
  3. Ryan McDonagh: The Rangers as a team have struggled enormously and McDonagh is feeling the effects of the team’s struggles, as he has been basically irrelevant to your team and roster. McDonagh right now has one assist, 12 SOG and six hits, simply not enough, but give it time, once the Rangers wake up so will McDonagh.
  4. Cam Talbot: After letting up four or more goals in back to back appearances, Talbot has struggled from the start but it’s early and Edmonton has not played well in front of him, therefore you have to throw him on this list after his expectations coming into the year. Not a start many fantasy owners wanted from Talbot. Through four appearances, Talbot has one win, twelve goals against, a 3.96 goals against average and a .880 save percentage. He’ll turn it around though.
  5. Alexander Radulov: When coming to Dallas he was slotted to play with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn assuring his production to increase, well we are only five games in but Radulov has yet to register a goal and has two assists on the year. The Stars offense has not looked great but production needs to increase from him. He also only has 12 SOG and one power play point, give it time but if Radulov does not score before the end of October, I’m little worried about him.

Fantasy Hockey Forwards, Defenseman, Goalies to start

Not a busy night in the NHL in terms of games but there are still a lot of fantasy hockey points out there to be earned. The first two games of the day puck drop are 1:00 P.M., so be sure to check your rosters and waiver wires ASAP! Another great edition of Live In The Stands will consist of Fantasy hockey forwards, defenseman and goalies to watch!

October 9, 2017: Fantasy Hockey Players to watch!

Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Jost, Patrik Nemeth vs Boston

David Pasternak, Brad Marchand, Torey Krug, David Krejci vs Colorado

(Note: Krejci 3 points in two games, MacKinnon yet to record a goal, Nemeth paired with Tyson Barrie on first defensive pairing)

Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson, Jake Allen vs Islanders

Mathew Barzal, Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy vs Blues

(Note: Barzal yet to record a point, Ladd no goals so far, Schwartz 4 points in two games)

Kyle Okposo, Ryan O’Reilly, Robin Lehner vs Devils

Nico Hischier, Taylor Hall, Damon Severson vs Buffalo

(Note: Nico 6 shots on opening day, Okposo 5 shots)

Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Nazem Kadri vs Chicago

Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman, Richard Panik vs Toronto

Note: Patrick Kane is unbelievable, Matthews 4 points in two games)

Washington line of Vrana-Kuznetsov-Ovechkin, Backstrom, Carlson vs Lightning

Vladislav Namestnikov, Alex Killorn, Sergachev vs Washington

(Note: Ondrej Palat seems to be paired on the third line now, Namestnikov 2 goals, 6 shots in two games)

Mathieu Perreault, Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien vs Edmonton

Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic, Ryan Strome vs Winnipeg

(Note: Kailer Yamamoto dropped to the fourth line it appears & Connor Hellybuck will get the start tonight)

Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik, Travis Hamonic vs Anaheim

Rickard Rakell, Antonie Vermette, Cam Fowler vs Calgary

(Note: Ducks banged up on the front end, Flames Monohan, Frolik, Tkachuk have 2 points combined need to see production from them)