2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 2 Studs ‘n Duds

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The second week of NHL hockey is in the books and some players are off to a hot start, while others are still trying to find their game early in the year. Some players will help GM’s get out to an early lead in fantasy hockey, while others could find themselves in danger of being cut from rosters. Let’s take a look at some players having early season success, or difficulties, in week two of fantasy hockey “Stud ‘n Duds.”

Studs

Wayne Simmonds | Philadelphia Flyers | Right Wing

Simmonds has had an excellent start to his 2014-2015 season. In five games, Simmonds has seven points (5G, 2A) and is a plus-3 with 18 shots. The Scarborough native is averaging a nice 4:33 of powerplay time on the first unit and could see him improve on his numbers from last year if the trend continues. He’s an excellent play every time the Flyers play. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 18th, 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Tonight is a beautiful slate of games, and most importantly we can ignore the silly and hard to predict San Jose Sharks! Let’s get started.

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 17th, 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Confirmed goaltenders:

Karri Ramo (CGY) vs Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)

Roberto Luongo (FLA) vs. Jhonas Enroth (BUF)

Jimmy Howard (DET) vs James Reimer (TOR) – Reimer is currently listed as PROBABLE

Pekka Rinne (NSH) – PROBABLE vs Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Ryan Miller (VAN) - PROBABLE vs Ben Scrivens (EDM) (PROBABLE)

Darcy Kuemper (MIN) - PROBABLE vs Frederik Andersen (ANA) 

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 16th 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s NHL slate of games.

There’s only one team on a back-to-back tonight: the Boston Bruins. Right now we can safely assume that all teams in action tonight, other than the Bruins, are a shoe-in to start their #1 goaltender. *Note, Anton Khudobin is starting for Carolina, in case there was any doubt who their #1 actually is. Also, Alex Stalock is starting for the Sharks.*

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix: October 14th 2014

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There are nine games on tonight’s slate. Let’s take a quick look at who the likely goalies will be tonight.

Anaheim @ Philadelphia: Frederik Andersen (ANA- Confirmed) vs. Steve Mason (PHI- Confirmed)

New York Islanders @ New York Rangers: Jaroslav Halak (NYI- Confirmed) vs. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR- Confirmed)

Dallas @ Columbus: Kari Lehtonen (DAL- Confirmed) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ- Confirmed)

San Jose @ Washington: Antti Niemi (SJ- Confirmed) vs. Braden Holtby (WSH- Confirmed)

New Jersey @ Tampa Bay: Cory Schneider (NJ- Confirmed) vs. Evgeni Nabokov (TB- Confirmed)

Colorado @ Toronto: Semyon Varlamov (COL- Confirmed) vs. James Reimer (TOR- Confirmed)

Buffalo @ Carolina: Jhonas Enroth (BUF- Confirmed) vs Cam Ward (CAR- Confirmed)

Calgary @ Nashville: Karri Ramo (CGY- Confirmed) vs Pekka Rinne (NSH- Confirmed)

Edmonton @ Los Angeles: Ben Scrivens (EDM- Probable) vs Jonathan Quick (LA- Probable)

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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 1 Waiver Wire

(June 10, 2014 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

(June 10, 2014 – Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

 

The 2014 NHL season has begun! The first weekend of hockey is behind us, so lets look at some of the players you should be on the lookout for on your waiver wire.

Players to Add Now

Tyler Toffoli | Los Angeles Kings | ESPN Ownership – 63.1%

The 22-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario has been finding good chemistry with Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carteras the trio each have three points and a (+5) plus/minus rating through three games. The former second round pick is still growing as a player, and has loads of potential. He’s a guy you want to add now before it’s too late.

Who I’d drop for him: Evgeny Kuznetsov (97.6%), Lars Eller (80.0%), Mikhail Grabovski (91.3%)

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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Top 120 Forward Rankings

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The 2014-2015 NHL season is nearly upon us. Below are the consensus rankings for our Top-120 forwards.

The rankers are myself (Joshua Kay), Michael Kies (MK) and Christopher Morais (CM).

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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Islanders acquire Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy

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(Source: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images North America)

Today was a big day for the New York Islanders, as they have acquired two talented blue-liners — each with a different skill set.

Here are the trades:

Each one of these moves drastically improve a defense that allowed the third most goals/gm behind only the Florida Panthers and the Edmonton Oilers. The most significant impact will be felt on special teams however, where the Islanders ranked 29th on the penalty-kill and 17th on the power-play last year.

Obviously the question at stake here for our purposes is: How will this trade affect the fantasy values of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk?

Johnny Boychuk isn’t really a force in Fantasy Hockey unless your league counts hits or blocked shots — he finished 29th among defensemen in blocked shots, and 23rd in hits during his 2013-2014 campaign. His real contribution to fantasy will be to boost the stock of Jaroslav Halak – who is now a Top-10 goalie.

The Islanders have always yielded too many shot attempts, which is why their 8th place team finish in the blocked shots category was so crucial. Boychuk, a native of Edmonton, Alberta fits in very well with a team that already has two good shot blockers in Travis Hamonic (when healthy) and Thomas HickeyIdeally, this acquisition will allow super-star John Tavares to focus more on offense — because he still struggles defensively.

Nick Leddy and the rest of the top Islanders power-play unit (Tavares, Mikail Grabovski, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen) are the real winners here aside from Halak. The 23-year-old blue-liner was blocked from being on the top unit in Chicago with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook entrenched on the top unit ahead of him. The Minnesota native should see an increase in power-play points as well as in the shots on goal category. This trade moves Leddy into the Top 40, and slightly boosts the stock of every Islander just previously mentioned.

 

 

2014 Fantasy Hockey: Draft Review

Last Sunday my buddies and I drafted in our fantasy hockey league. This is my fourth year playing fantasy hockey, and I’ve gotten second and first, respectively, in the last two seasons. I’m not a fantasy hockey expert, but I think I’ve gotten to the point where I know enough to feel comfortable giving some fantasy advice to you, the dear readers. Most of the information I’ll share with you here will be brief and from articles I’ve read in print and online. I don’t get to see much hockey outside of St. Louis and the national games, so I can’t tell you much about in-game play. But with the players I drafted I feel like I can give you some good tips here.

Here’s my roster, as we start two centers, two left wingers, two right wingers, three defensemen, one utility and two goalies.

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey: Hidden Treasure

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This article was written by Christopher Morais exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com. Follow him on Twitter @fuzzychris91.

Finding value late in drafts is key to fantasy hockey success. Leagues aren’t won on draft day but can be set back if the wrong players are taken. It’s not easy to decide between players separated by very little, and evaluating risk can be tricky in the late rounds. Let’s take a look at some of the best fantasy hockey values outside the top 100 and see which players should be targeted.

Jaromir Jagr | New Jersey Devils | Right Wing

Jagr is 42-years-old and could be the steal of the century in fantasy hockey this year. His current ADP is 145, and he is clearly undervalued in the fantasy world. He has been absolutely amazing since coming back to the NHL in 2011-2012 and has done nothing but contribute offensively in the last three years.

The following table shows Jagr’s yearly production since 2011-2012:

Year Team GP Goals Assists Points Plus/Minus
2011-12 PHI 73 19 35 54 5
2012-13* BOS/DAL 45 16 19 35 -2
2013-14 NJ 82 24 43 67 16

 

 

*Lock out shorten season

The Czech arguably had his best season last year since coming back to North America – Leading the Devils in games played (82), assists (43), points (67), and plus/minus (16).  The right-winger will finish in the top 100 by the end of the season and is worth grabbing a round or two early. 

Alexander Semin | Carolina Hurricanes | Right Wing

Semin is the definition of a boom-or-bust fantasy player.  The talented right-winger’s average draft position (ADP) on Yahoo is 121 because of his lack of consistency. He averaged a point-per-game in his first season in Carolina — 44 points in 44 games. Last year was a disappointment as the Russian was limited to just 65 games with a concussion and finished the year with 42 points. Semin could easily finish inside the top 100 at the end of the year, but his work ethic may keep some managers away.

David Perron | Edmonton Oilers | Left Wing

Perron’s current ADP is 156, and he is a player many people might forget come draft time. In his first season with Edmonton, after spending six seasons with the St. Louis Blues, he was tied for the team lead in goals (28), fourth in assists (29), and third in points (57). The Quebec native can definitely improve on those numbers from last year playing with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Taylor Hall. The 26-year-old has a chance to break the top 100 and should be a nice bench guy in deeper leagues.

Cody Hodgson | Buffalo Sabres | Center

It was a disappointing season for Hodgson who finished the year with 44 points in 72 games. The good news is that it can’t get any worse for the 24-year-old, and he should have a much more productive season this year. Hodgson is likely to start this season as a left-winger, and he already has center/right wing status in most leagues. This could give the Canadian triple position eligibility in some leagues, and he is expected to play alongside talented winger Matt Moulson. His current ADP is 171, but it’s expected he’ll crack the top 150.

P.A. Parenteau | Montreal Canadiens | Right Wing

The Montreal Canadiens are hoping a change of scenery will help Parenteau return to his 2011-12 form that saw him post 67 points in 80 games. The 31-year-old winger was traded during the offseason after tallying 33 points in 55 games and will get his shot to play on Montreal’s top line with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. The Gatineau native’s ADP is 182, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him creep into the top 125 by season’s end. Parenteau is someone to consider in deeper leagues, and he should provide fantasy value for owners who believe his Long Island days are not behind him.