Fantasy Roundup: Week 18, Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Fantasy Roundup: Week 18, Jan. 27-Feb. 2

The upcoming week is the last before the Olympic break and it will be interesting to track how players who will be competing at the Olympics fare against their NHL counterparts who will spend two weeks on hockey hiatus and watching from home. Of the 30 NHL teams, the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and St. Louis Blues boast the most players headed to Sochi, Russia, with 10. The Montreal Canadiens have 8, while the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks each have 7. It’s not surprising the top 4 NHL teams are on that list and that every team mentioned above is currently factoring in their respective conference’s playoff picture. On the flip side of that coin, the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, and Nashville Predators who are all on the outside of the playoff picture are sending the fewest number of Olympians with 2 each.

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Fantasy Roundup: Week 13, Dec. 23-29

Fantasy Roundup: Week 13, Dec. 23-29

In a week interrupted by the Christmas holidays that saw all the NHL teams enjoy a well-deserved three-day break, the injury bug reared its ugly head felling several fantasy relevant players. Some of the most notable players to come out of the break on the shelf were Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, and St. Louis Blues forward Alex Steen. Others have since been banged up and have been in and out of their respective lineups like David Backes, Jason Spezza, Zdeno Chara, and John Tavares. Then, of course, there are the long-term cases like Malkin, Letang, Wideman, Quick, Franzen, Edler, Crawford, and Bobrovsky, who owners are hoping return to their respective lineups soon. The general rule of thumb is to never part with a valued asset in any format ever, especially keeper formats. So if you drafted Stamkos this season you suck it up and pray he heals quickly. In deep leagues, dealing with injuries to marginal players who have moderate fantasy value (e.g. Scottie Upshall, Michael Grabner, Damien Brunner) it’s pretty safe to cut ties and find other options on the waiver wire. It becomes more of a tough call when dealing with second-tier players (e.g Tomas Hertl, Shane Doan, PA Parenteau). Unless you get the “out for the season” tag, as happened to Dennis Seidenberg recently, it’s crucial to monitor the situation closely. Owners in weekly head-to-head formats have to make a really quick call, but keep in mind there are always more weeks. Owners in season long formats can take their time and should always proceed with caution, eventually dropping a player depends on many factors including the depth of the league, the nature of the injury, and the pedigree of the player. Never panic, it’s a long season.

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Top 50 Overall Fantasy Hockey Rankings

As we moving close the NHL season, the lists will change frequently. Here we came with a list of Fantasy Hockey rankings was created by the five expert analysts.

The list was created based on the overall stats, last season stats, individual potential and skills and injuries are taken into account. However, the rankings were given based on the value of the players in the League from a fantasy viewpoint.

The rankings show the value in standard fantasy hockey leagues which includes more than 10 categories. Let’s have a look at the top 50 fantasy hockey rankings:

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Stanley Cup 2014 NHL Odds – Pittsburgh Penguins to Lift 2014 Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup 2014 NHL Odds have been released. All the eyes are on 2013 winning team Avalanche and finalist Bruins. Breaking all the expectations, the odds makers have opened Pittsburgh Penguins as an 11/2 favorites for the 2014 Stanley Cup. There are many spots are not clear on the team’s performance. Penguins were eliminated from the Playoffs in past two seasons, lack of team construction and problems with goaltending. Though team is having problems they are announced as the favorites for the NHL title.

The Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers are in the next with 6/1, 8/1, 10/1 respectively. While the Kings have got 12/1 and Sharks, Red Wings, Blues, Capitals and Canucks are 15/1 respectively;

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Top Three Fantasy Sleepers

Fantasy Owners have to be very cautious while selecting the players; also they must know players career growth and prior Ice performance. Players who will change your fantasy numbers are known as Sleepers. Whether these players drafted or came by Waivers, performance on the ice will be outstanding.

Here is the list of Top three sleepers according to the experts.

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Why Defenseman Nick Leddy Fits in your Fantasy Team

Nick Leddy [Defenseman] – Chicago Blackhawks:

Defenseman impact on the fantasy leagues has been decreased over the period of time. However, owners are having the young Defense players in the list like Justin Schultz, Jonas Brodin and Slava Voynov.

Above said defensemen will not fit in the age (22yrs) and NHL experience (at least two seasons) requirement. The only player who fits in this place is Nick Leddy.

Leddy was drafted by Minnesota Wilds in 2009 NHL Draft and acquired by Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

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Fantasy Roundup – Defenseman Larsson Can be in Your League

Oliver Ekman-Larsson [Defenseman] – Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes has picked the Oliver Ekman in 2009 NHL Draft. He is very offensive on the ice and set the best stats so far.

He made his NHL debut in 2010 season and tallied with 10 points. In the following season he notched 32 points (13g-19a) in 82 games. His 13 goals in the 2011-12 season is the career best and in the last season he recorded 21 assists, which is the career high number.

The 22 year –old Larsson, is now playing his fourth NHL season and we can see the career growth which will help you in estimating the next level play from him. His offensive skills will be useful for the league owners.

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Fantasy Roundup – Young Talent is available in Avalanche Team

Matt Duchene [Forward] – Colorado Avalanche:

Duchene was drafted by Av’s in 2009 NHL Draft and he is holding the highest points among his age group (born -1991/22yrs).

He tallied 193 points in 266 games. Being a streaky player, he will boost your points if you have this forward in your choice.

He is recorded 57 career points 29 games, including 24 points in final during March/April months which made him as a strong finisher in the team.  You know the importance of these months and how the points impact your team.

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Fantasy League: Young Players to Target in Fantasy Drafts

This year’s fantasy league is likely to be filled with young players. Fantasy owners will obviously go for top players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin on their team, however there are few other young talents are expected to boost your rankings.

Taylor Hall [Forward] – Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers’ first pick in the 2010 NHL Draft made his NHL Debut in the same year and tallied 42points in 65 games (22g-22a). In the following season he made 53 points in 61 games (27g-26a).

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