Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

The first home game for the Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t have started any better.  After an amazing pre-game ceremony, Vegas stormed out to four goals in the first period en route to winning 5-2 against the Coyotes.  Here we are with Vegas sitting at 3-0.  So do we have to change our expectations for the team?  I’ll talk about it extensively with Reid tomorrow but I still believe they’ll be at the bottom of the league come April.  That said, what an amazing start for a team in the wake of tragedy.  For fantasy, I think there’s three guys I would own right now in standard 12’ers: Marc-Andre FleuryJames Neal and Nate Schmidt.  There is still some downside for all of them but in the moment, just enjoy the ride.  I can’t wait to be there next week to see a game in Vegas.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:

Sergei Bobrovsky – 37 saves on 38 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Hurricanes.  Excellent start for Bob once again.

Sonny Milano – Two goals on three shots.  That’s four goals in three games for the former first round pick.  The minutes aren’t high enough for him to be a must-add but I’m not opposed to somebody grabbing him.  At the least, Milano has played his way onto the streaming radar.

Scott Darling – 25 saves on 27 shots taking the loss.  Tough break for Darling as Milano scored in overtime on a breakaway with 22 seconds left.  Otherwise, we’d be looking at a great start.  I still like him a ton for this year.

Carter Hutton – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 3-1 win over the Rangers.  Man, the Blues deserve major props for starting 4-0 with all of the injuries they have.  Hutton played very well tonight but in general, he’s worthy of streaming in quality matchups only.

Jaden Schwartz – Goal and an assist with three shots and two penalty minutes.  Add in a +2 rating, 2 hits, 2 blocks and 2 faceoff wins and Schwartz stuffed the stat sheet tonight.  The second line has been outstanding with Schwartz at the forefront.  Keep using the man.

Mika Zibanejad – Goal on five shots.  What a start to the year for Zibanejad who could be emerging into a true #1 center in real life and a top 100 fantasy player.  He’s still available in over one-third of leagues so if you’re in one of those, grab him now with a lot of FAAB or top waiver priority.

Corey Crawford – 41 saves on 42 shots in the 3-1 win over the Canadiens.  Crawford has been absolutely incredible in the first week of the season allowing only one goal in each of his first three starts.  I still have some concern given how poor the defense is in front of him but Crawford is still a #1G.

Alex DeBrincat – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Love him long term but the minutes are low right now (12 tonight, 11 on Monday in an OT game) so I’m only streaming DeBrincat in 12’ers.

Valtteri Filppula – Two goals on four shots.  The minutes are solid but the was the first game Filppula did anything.  The shots are quite poor in general so I leave Filppula for 16’ers and deeper only.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Two assists with three shots playing over 24 minutes.  Ghost Bear has tallied five assists in the first four games making me look not so crazy for having him in my top 100 off a dreadful season.

Jakub Voracek – Two assists with five shots.  Voracek just goes about his business hitting all of the categories.  So much to like from a fantasy perspective.

Filip Forsberg – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Crazy game with Nashville going up 3-0, then Philly scoring 5 in a row only for the Predators to score three goals, two in the last 1:17, to win 6-5.  Forsberg had a hand in all three third period goals including a beautiful power play goal with 36 seconds left.  As I wrote in the preseason, I think Forsberg can take a step forward this year even past his normal 30+30.

P.K. Subban – Three assists with a shot and two PIM playing over 24 minutes.  With Roman Josi missing the game last minute, Subban and Mattias Ekholm (2A, 2SOG) played massive minutes in all facets of the game.  Ekholm can be a short term add and nice DFS play for cheap with Josi out while Subban should be a monster.

Scott Hartnell – Two goals on six shots and two PIM.  He already has 3 goals and 18 PIM in 3 games so if you have any need for PIM and hits, Hartnell should be added.  The minutes aren’t great but perhaps that allows him to play an even more physical game than usual.

Kevin Fiala – Two assists with a shot.  Solid streamer and should be more eventually but at 21 years old off a serious injury, Fiala shouldn’t be owned outside of the deepest of leagues.

Mike Green – Two assists with three shots playing almost 26 minutes.  He’s available in almost 50% of leagues and should be added immediately.

Anthony Mantha – Goal on four shots.  He’s also available in almost 50% of leagues which is absolutely insane to me.  Mantha is admittedly my man crush but I don’t think my top 100 ranking was a reach.  Grab him now even in 10 man leagues.

John Klingberg – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Like Gostisbehere, the bounce back seems real for Klingberg.  He looked great like Dallas has despite starting 1-2.

Mattias Janmark – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Janmark has played his way into being a solid streamer going forward.

Tyler Seguin – Goal on five shots with four penalty minutes.  Boy, Seguin looks terrific.  He is generating so much offensively right now that it feels extremely unlucky that he has 2 goals and 0 assists in the first three games.

Ben Bishop – 23 saves on 25 shots in the 4-2 win over Detroit.  I’m glad the injury wasn’t serious because he’s positioned to carry Dallas and fantasy teams this year.

Henrik Sedin – Two assists with a shot.  The minutes are way down compared to the past so I’m even less inclined to use him which I didn’t think was possible.

Jacob Markstrom – 40 saves on 42 shots in the 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa.  Two strong starts to open the year for Markstrom.  There’s going to be plenty of ups and downs with this Canucks team so I’d be hesitant to use him outside of average or better matchups.  For instance, playing him Thursday against Winnipeg would scare the hell out of me.

Craig Anderson – 26 saves on 28 shots earning the win.  I’d be a bit scared to play him either at Calgary or at Edmonton later in the week depending on which game he starts.  Until Karlsson gets back, I’d be scared to play Anderson.  He’s been solid against two bottom end teams and gave up 5 to Washington so either Alberta team could potentially give Ottawa fits.

Antti Raanta – 2 saves on 5 shots in 6:15 before getting pulled.  And we have an early leader in the clubhouse for worst start of the year!  Honestly, this game was perfectly setup for Vegas to blitz the Coyotes and they did just that.  I’m not overly concerned about Raanta going forward.

James Neal – Two goals on three shots.  All of the goals belong to James Neal, apparently.  He’s rolling right now and the only unfortunate thing is that Vegas has only one game in the next six days.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 31 saves on 33 shots.  I doubt it’s possible but in standard leagues, I’d be looking to sell high on Fleury.  His value is never going to be higher than it is right now.  That said, Fleury should be owned everywhere while he’s a hot schmotato, I just think he remains in the “desperate for starts” category.

Wednesday Streamers:

Zach Hyman (5.1%) – He’s still on the first line so I’ll keep going back to the well if Hyman sticks there.

Riley Nash (0.2%) – This is contingent on Bergeron being out but Nash finished last game on the top line.  He also received over 3 minutes of power play time so a matchup for Colorado should see Nash get his first point of the season.

Jesper Bratt (0.5%) – Bratt has started his career with two monster games.  Toronto is playing wide open right now so I’m willing to take a shot on Bratt extending his point streak

That’s all for now guys.  With a smaller slate, I will hold off on daily notes until Friday morning.  That said, there will be content tomorrow as I’m recording a podcast with Reid later today.  Look for that tomorrow morning; I’ll be sure to include streamers in that post as well.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. JakeTPE says:
    (link)

    Oh no Raanta! Feel great for Vegas and those drummers leading the Let’s Go Knights chant and everyone, but why’d it have to come at the expense of my goalie ratios?!

    Enjoying the recaps, Viz, and psyched about Mantha. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @JakeTPE: Haha I have the same exact thoughts Jake. I felt thrilled for Vegas yet at the same time, I knew it almost guaranteed me losing ratios for the week. Oh well, that’s how it goes. Me too man, so much upside for Mantha. Thanks, I appreciate it!

  2. Chris says:
    (link)

    Good morning Viz!

    I need to active Hornqvist from the IR. I also need to drop someone in the process…Who would you drop in a 12 team league, G/A/PIM/+-/GWG/PPP/
    Vrana, Marchessault or Silfverberg.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @Chris: Morning Chris! I would drop Marchessault; despite the hot start for Vegas. he hasn’t done much.

  3. Who is a better streamer for tonight; Vrana, Jesper Bratt (Palmieri returns?), Leo Komarov, Dustin Brown, McAvoy, David Krejci, Conor Sheary? Thanks for your input Viz. Looking forward to your podcast later.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @madden_curser: Probably would go with Krejci facing Colorado. Vrana isn’t bad either or McAvoy. It sounds like Bratt is going to stick on the top line even with Palmieri back but I’d rather wait a game to see. I don’t love Krejci but he’s solid and in a good spot. Thanks, should be done soon, still planning on getting it up in the morning. Three point challenge is back as well.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @madden_curser: Now it’s shuffled and Blatt is with Hischier and Johansson. Just want to correct that, I still would go Krejci

  4. jon says:
    (link)

    are we worried about Price? I have him and Bishop…… i need Price to be Price

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @jon: Not in the slightest, he had bad games against 2 of the best offenses in the league. I never thought he was first or second round worthy, I was lower on him than most because I don’t think Montreal is any good besides him, but I wouldn’t be panicking

  5. lackeydrinksonme says:
    (link)

    Hey, Viz

    DontGoWaterfalls from last year here, your rankings helped me make everyone looks like fools during draft (McDavid and Kucherov on my team, with Mantha & many others). Looking forward to the new season, already 1-0.

    I’m trying something new this year, playing in an 8-man league that plays 11 categories (G, A, +/-, PPP, SHP, SOG, HIT, Defensemen points, Wins, Sv%, GAA). I’m rolling with a single goalie in Holtby, to try and snag 3-ish starts a week for ratios only (cutting W’s loose). This way I can roll with another skater to start as many as possible- your streamers are terrific for this. Goalie streamers would be much appreciated as I’m planning on only starting a single non-Holtby goalie each week, so if you see a single-best stream, please put it out there. .

    The problem with the new strategy is that I started Raanta last night!! I’m looking good in skater categories but man, what an awful start.

    One thing I would ask for (or could probably even write) is a weekly streamer advice column. I usually grab skaters who are playing at least 4x a week & on quiet days (so this week see ANA, I’ve grabbed Dick Rakell and Silfverburg).

    I’ll let you know how it’s going, but just wanted to say I’m looking forward to the year.- thanks for the work you’re putting in!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @lackeydrinksonme: Hey man, glad you’re back! Nice to start 1-0. Sucks about Raanta, he killed me as well. I don’t hate the strategy, especially since it lets you pile up on the offensive categories. It just hurts when you get a bad start, let alone one like last night, but it shouldn’t happen frequently enough to burn you. Plus, if it does, you can try to stream enough to instead steal wins and go 1-2 there instead. I’m very intrigued to see how it works for you so keep me posted. I will start to include goalies if I know they are starting a night in advance. Otherwise, just post here during the day and I’ll answer you, or find me on Twitter.

      That’s a good idea with the weekly advice. If you’re willing to write it, I would love to get you on board. Obviously that’s your call so just let me know. Otherwise, I can try to do a quick look ahead in Monday’s post, or at least simply list the teams who have a heavy and light schedule for the week. Definitely has value to it, it’s just hard for me to write a ton when I’m already doing a lot, especially on Monday since I’m writing about the whole weekend. A simple look at what teams play 4 or 2 games would be a nice inclusion though so thanks for the idea and let me know if you’d like to write about that or something else.

      • lackeydrinksonme says:
        (link)

        @Viz:

        Sure thing, I’ll at least try to keep you updated on my findings and might try a few practice articles. I’m not even sure if the way I micromanage my teams works, but last year went pretty well.

        After a cursory look at the week of 10/16 you might want to broadcast that ANA has only one game next week, so I’m cutting bait on Rakell and Silferburg right away. Meanwhile Detroit has 4 games on the best, most quiet days, so on top of having Mantha and Tatar I’ll probably pick up Zetterberg (who is available in my league) and probably Larkin (8 SOG, 17:49 TOI). 4 players, four games on a limited slate, 16 extra player-starts without competition for starting roster slots, so anyone reading this might want to plan ahead, too!!

  6. The Lost Vikings says:
    (link)

    Of these three vikings, who would you want longterm for the season, Bratt/Steen/Bjorkstrand. Bratt really blowing my mind as a Devils fan, so the homerism is starting to set in, but he tore it up in training camp/preseason too so is this the beginning of something entirely unexpected or am I getting too excited?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @The Lost Vikings: I would lean Bjorkstrand but I’m admittedly a bit biased, I’ve been a fan for years. Bratt has impressed me a ton though so I wouldn’t rule out an out-of-nowhere breakout from him; if you want to grab him for homer reasons, I wouldn’t say you’re making a big mistake or anything. Steen is generally safe but I’d rather shoot for the upside of these two guys, especially since Steen has the injury history and his shot rate plummeted.

  7. JJ says:
    (link)

    Hey Viz,
    Used your rankings as my template for this draft. Let me know what you think
    C-Scheifele(18)
    C-Stamkos(31)
    LW-Ehlers(66)
    LW-Kane(90)
    RW-Kucherov(7)
    RW-Arvidsson(103)
    D-OEL(79)
    D-Gostisbehere(114)
    D-Orlov(162)
    D-Provorov(175)
    G-Gibson(42)
    G-Dubnyk(55)
    Bench-S.Darling(127), Guentzel(138), Neidereiter(151), A.Lee(186)
    Looks like I could suffer in +/- and PIMs. And my defence aren’t world beaters but can’t complain too much otherwise.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @JJ: Your team is absolutely stacked for a 12 man, nicely done. Your goalies should be as good as anyone’s. you have great forwards and amazing depth. You’re right that the PIMs could be a bit light (I wouldn’t actually sweat plus-minus) but you’ll steal some weeks with Kane, Lee, even OEL prone to posting big totals. Plus if you’re going to be bad in one category, that’s the one. Honestly, this is pretty close to my dream team in a 12 man league.

      • JJ says:
        (link)

        @Viz:
        Awesome. Good to hear. Didn’t do really any research this year before the draft so if I do well it’ll be thanks to you. If I was to drop one of the Dmen which is probably my weakest position, would Orlov or Provorov be the drop?

        • Viz

          Viz says:
          (link)

          @JJ: You’re still the one who pulled the trigger so credit goes to you. Yeah, it would be one of those two. I’m still a fan of both guys but if someone emerges, it’s one of them. Orlov is playing over 25 minutes so I assume it’ll work out for him and Provorov isn’t much different; both getting PP2 time and a ton of minutes. I’d give them another week or two before I dropped them.

  8. Jon says:
    (link)

    Would you drop Horvat, Spezza, Toffoli, JT Miller, Mantha, or Galchenyuk to add Couturier, Stastny, Panik, Komarov, Anisimov, or Bozak? G A +/- PPP FOW SOG HIT

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @Jon: Unless you need the faceoffs, I’d hold for now.

  9. luvpho says:
    (link)

    Hi Viz,

    Assuming Shea Theodore gets called back up, can you rank Theodore, Rutta, and Orlov?

    In a league that does not count hits/blocks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @luvpho: Hey man. Despite the slow start, I’m still confident in Orlov with the minutes he’s receiving. I’d go Orlov, Theodore, Rutta

  10. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
    (link)

    16 team hits/blocks, start 3 of each forward, 1 util. use a #1 waiver on bratt over r.smith (or reinhart BUF). keep 14 and reinhart had been kept from prospect grade type long term upside.

  11. Quick Sycamore says:
    (link)

    Hey Viz! Hope all is well for you. Anyway I like some roster advice
    Crosby
    Seguin
    Scheifele
    Wheeler
    Forsberg
    Hoffman
    Ehlers
    Barkov
    Klingberg
    Tkachuk
    Lehner
    Arvidsson
    Ghostbear
    Darling
    Fowler
    McAvoy
    Dadonov
    Coyle
    Duchene
    Chabot
    So that’s the team and also the order it was drafted in. I’ve already dropped Chabot and was using that as my streamer spot. But someone dropped Brodie so I grabbed him for his big game. Skater Cats are G A Points +/- Shots PPP Hits PIM Goalies W SV% GAA SO. So obviously goalies and defence are my weakness, and I’m weak on hits but not too bad. My league loves to take goalies early and often and then I usually take all the forwards they are not taking. But this year I may have waited too long for goalies lol. Anyway Varlamov is still out there and I know he’s not expexted to be good but we’ve seen him carry teams before and at the very least I could sell him high. It looks to me that my drop would be one of my defenceman. Fowler, Brodie, or McAvoy I think. We only start 4 d and I usually only run with 4 but I currently have 5. If I was too drop a skater I’m not sure who. Coyle, Duchene or Dadanov I would think. Coyle is one of the top hitters on my team, though that’s replaceable. Markstrum and Hellebuyck are available as is Green. My instinct is to drop McAvoy and Fowler for Green and Varlamov, but I’m also thinking of dropping Brodie and McAvoy for Green and Hellebuyck. Too much indecision! Anyway sorry for all the text and I’m hoping you’re having a great night!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
      (link)

      @Quick Sycamore: you waited way too long on 1st goalie in the 11th, even if this wasn’t a league where goalies went too early. i’d get varlamov or markstrom on that roster quickly just to have 3 (assuming you start 2 per day). probably gotta be mcavoy in hits/blocks for that.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
        (link)

        @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: i’m assuming 12 team league here, if it’s like a 16 this isn’t so bad. but still get varla or markstrom. i like lehner (and have him as a #2 in many many spots)

        • Quick Sycamore says:
          (link)

          @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Haha yep. Every year it seems I push it later and later. It’s a Yahoo league so the first week is still going On, my offensive categories are great right now. I’m actually winning some goalie categories right now, but my opponent has Raanta, Andersen and dubnyk so I’ve gotten a little lucky. We don’t have blocks but we do have hits. I agree McAvoy is unknown,,but Brodies shots through his career are very low.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
      (link)

      @Quick Sycamore: Hey man! Things are solid, heading to Vegas on Saturday so pretty excited for that. Nice pickup of Brodie to hit that 4 point game! Team looks strong, obviously you’d like to have a better goalie but if they all went that early, ending up with Lehner and Darling not picking one until round 11 is pretty terrific.

      As far as a third goalie goes, if you want the guaranteed volume, then Varlamov is your guy. As much as I want Winnipeg to play Hellboy all the time, I just don’t see it happening. Defensively, I’m probably dropping Brodie and McAvoy. Brodie’s shots are so poor and McAvoy is probably going to be really bad in hits. I would be willing to cut bait with Green if he goes cold but for now, I’d grab him while he’s hot. I’d hold Fowler while Lindholm and Vatanen are out.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
        (link)

        @Viz: he can’t drop both, he starts 4 D and only has 5 with those 2 on roster. his forward strength (and depth) are hamstringing his D depth even if he drops only one of them for the goalie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *