Top Fantasy Hockey Players (Oct 6, 2015)

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Stats (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG) (W, SO, GAA, SV%)

 

1. Alex Ovechkin Was – LW/RW (Avg Yahoo Draft Pos 1.3) – It’s the SOGs that really set him apart.

2. Sidney Crosby Pit – C (2.2) – Even in an “off-year,” still had the best points-per-game in the NHL.

3. Tyler Seguin Dal – C/RW (5.1) – With his team expected to improve this year, his +/- likely will as well.

4. John Tavares NYI – C (4.7) – Finished 1 point back of the Art Ross last year, should challenge for it again this year.

5. Evgeni Malkin Pit – C/RW (9.3) – The biggest worry on Malkin is missing time due to injury.

6. Jamie Benn Dal – LW (7.2) – Will get more PIMs than Seguin, but fewer SOGs.

7. Claude Giroux Phi – C/RW (9.2) – Was the best powerplay producer in the NHL last year.

8. Phil Kessel Pit – C/RW (11.5) – Expect an upgrade in points this year, and a massive upgrade in plus-minus.

9. Erik Karlsson Ott – D (14.1) – In a league of his own for defencemen.

10. Steven Stamkos TB – C (3.5) – His per-game stats took a bit of a hit last year as Tampa is relying more on the Tyler Johnson line.

11. Jakob Voracek Phi – RW (18.6) – Surprisingly got a lot of PIMs (78) last year.

12. Patrick Kane Chi – C/RW (13.5) – Perhaps the most skilled offensive player in the NHL.

13. Vladimir Tarasenko StL – RW (14.8) – Gets better every year. The plus-minus looks great.

14. Carey Price Mon – G (6.7) – He will be overrated in fantasy circles after such an amazing year last year.

15. Joe Pavelski SJ – C/LW (21.9) – The Sharks new captain is quietly one of the best scorers in the NHL.

16. Henrik Lundqvist NYR – G (12.4) – King Henrik is the king of consistency.

17. Corey Perry Ana – RW (13.1) – Will be starting the year on a different line than Getzlaf, which could hurt both of their fantasy values.

18. P.K Subban Mon – D (18.3) – His PIM and SOG totals have gone down the past couple years, which is slightly worrying.

19. Kevin Shattenkirk StL – D (37.9) – Last year he was on an 82-game pace of 64 pts, +28, 76 PIM, 37 PPP, 198 SOG.

20. Dustin Byfuglien Wpg – RW/D (37.8) – He’s a beast for PIMs and SOGs on the backend. Use as a D, not a RW.

21. Max Pacioretty Mon – LW (39.9) – You can’t expect another +38, but 302 SOGs look great.

22. Rick Nash NYR – LW/RW (20.0) – He still stuffs the stats sheet.

23. Zach Parise Min – LW (28.9) – You know you’re getting at least a 30-30 pace with a good amount of SOGs.

24. Ryan Getzlaf Ana – C (22.2) – A better real-life player than fantasy player, but still a very good fantasy player.

25. Jonathan Toews Chi – C (16.7) – Like Getzlaf, better real-life than in fantasy.

26. Pekka Rinne Nsh – G (21.2) – Elite puck-stopper behind a really good defensive team.

27. Jonathan Quick LA – G (21.2) – The Kings are too good to miss the playoffs again.

28. Brent Burns SJ – RW/D (45.8) – Would like an improvement in plus-minus (-9), but all other stats are elite for a defenceman.

29. Ryan Johansen Cls – C/RW (32.5) – His line with Foligno and Saad has been on fire this preseason.

30. Kris Letang Pit – D (55.1) – Is elite when he’s on the ice, the problem recently has been playing a full season.

31. Corey Crawford Chi – G (41.9) – Comes at a discount in yahoo leagues, not sure why.

32.  Braden Holtby Wsh – G (24.3) – Has always had good per-game stats but last year was his first with more than 45 starts.

33. Ben Bishop TB – G (27.8) – Many are predicting Tampa Bay to finish with the best record this year.

34. Henrik Zetterberg Det – C/LW (38.0) – In his old age he’s turning into more of a play-maker than a goal-scorer.

35. Mark Giordano Cgy – D (39.5) – Their defensive corps is stacked offensively, could his PP time suffer as a result?

36. Taylor Hall Edm – C/LW (44.6) – Good value after a bit of an off-year last season.

37. Nick Foligno Cls – C/LW (45.6) – Career year last year, has looked great in the preseason.

38. Tyler Johnson TB – C (39.5) – Centers perhaps the best all-around line in the NHL.

39. Blake Wheeler Wpg – RW (62.3) – Quietly a very productive fantasy player.

40. Alex Steen StL – C/LW (63.9) – A bit of a late-bloomer has looked like a completely different player the past couple seasons.

41. Logan Couture SJ – C/LW (26.8) – His low PIMs (12, 20, 4, 16 last 4-years) limit his upside.

42. Shea Weber Nsh – D (47.7) – With Josi, one of the best defensive pairings in the NHL.

43. Marc-Andre Fleury Pit – G (31.0) – Coming off his best season last year, still has a great team in front of him.

44. Sergei Bobrovsky Cls – G (56.5) – Columbus will be one of the most improved teams this year.

45. Daniel Sedin Van – LW (65.0) – Bounce-back season last year after a poor 2013-14.

46. Niklas Backstrom Was – C (53.0) – Will miss at least the first 4 games, but is an elite source of assists and PPPs.

47. Pavel Datsyuk Det – C/LW (73.6) – Store him on the IR for the first month or so.

48. Duncan Keith Chi – D (47.1) – Had a monster playoffs last year after a sub-par regular season.

49. Brandon Saad Cls – LW/RW (93.6) – Will have more offensive opportunities on his new team.

50. Andrew Ladd Wpg – LW (73.4) – Gives you a little bit of everything.

 

 

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