Razzball favorite Oliver Bjorkstrand had his second 3+ point game of the young season on Thursday, dishing three assists and adding two shots in the 3-2 OT win over the Islanders. That’s seven points in four games and the equally encouraging sign is that Bjorkstrand played over 20 minutes in this game. He’s owned in almost every league like he should be, but the upside may be even higher than I gave Bjorkstrand credit for. I have no doubt that the goals are going to come, but the playmaking has improved leaps and bounds over the last season plus. I don’t think he can quite get to being a top 50 player in a best case scenario, but top 75 is attainable. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Charlie McAvoy – Two assists. The Bruins are controlling the play with McAvoy on the ice which gives him a great chance to blowing his previous high in career points out of the window.
Keith Yandle – Two assists with a shot. I’m not buying into Yandle’s hot start of five assists in the first three games, but he probably should be owned for now as a bottom end defenseman. Assists ain’t got no face!
Derick Brassard – Two assists. As long as Hayes is on LTIR, Brassard looks like he’ll be a quality streamer. He’s centering Cam Atkinson (2G, 4 SOG) and Joel Farabee (1+1, 5 SOG) on the second line giving Brassard the best linemates he’d had in years.
Sean Couturier – Goal and an assist with four shots. Great start for Couturier and the Flyers.
Jordan Binnington – 42 saves on 43 shots in the 3-1 win over the Golden Knights. Binnington stole the show against Vegas after having a rough game against Arizona. If that’s not the full Binnington experience, I don’t know what is.
Sergei Bobrovsky – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Avalanche. It could fall apart at the seams at any time, but Bob looks better than he has at any other point in Florida. Quenneville appears to be giving him the top spot in the platoon making Bobrovsky must own.
Mason Marchment – Two assists with two shots and two PIM. I don’t see much opportunity for Marchment to carry fantasy value. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Anton Lundell – Goal and an assist with two shots. Coach Q clearly trusts him defensively already, but a lot of his points are of the empty net variety. I see him as a middling streamer for now.
Sebastian Aho – Two goals and an assist with five shots. That’s at least a point in every game for Aho so far. Props to Fungazi for picking Aho in the Three Point Challenge!
Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with a shot and two PIM. Really liking Carolina’s second line with Trocheck centering Svechnikov and Necas. That helps all of their fantasy values.
Teuvo Teravainen – Two assists with three shots. Five points in three games for Teravainen and the shots are coming in strong. Dream start.
Frederik Andersen – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Canadiens. It’s only three games, but it is a bit telling that Andersen has started every game so far. He has the chance to be a #1 again if he ends up starting 55+ games.
Alex Ovechkin – Two assists with three shots. Nobody can slow down Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1+1, 3 SOG) right now.
Daniel Sprong – Goal and an assist with two shots. Sprong does well in limited minutes, but he’s not going to get the necessary minutes to sustain fantasy value over a long stretch.
Vitek Vanecek – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 4-1 win over the Devils. I did not expect Vanecek to start three of the first four games but here we are. He’s a hold everywhere.
James Reimer – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 2-1 win over the Senators. It’s amazing that Hill and Reimer are a massive upgrade for the Sharks, but they’re so much better than Jones and Dubnyk were. The schedule will get tougher, but both look to be usable.
Jacob Markstrom – 33 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Red Wings. The Flames are about to start an East Coast trip which isn’t ideal, but Markstrom is going to get plenty of run and we know the upside.
Erik Gudbranson – Two assists with four shots. And there’s your annual Gudbranson update!
Johnny Gaudreau – Two assists with a shot. Quality start to the season for Johnny Hockey.
Sammy Blais – Two assists with four shots and four PIM. He’s taking shifts on the second line with all of the Rangers injuries, but I don’t see anything here outside of deep leagues,
Alexis Lafreniere – Goal and an assist with four shots. It’s been an okay start for Lafreniere, but he does take a hit for the time being with Panarin, Zibanejad, and Kreider all playing together. I’m still holding, but it’s tenuous.
Igor Shesterkin – 28 saves on 29 shots in the 3-1 win over the Predators. Prince Igor has started the season in fine form.
Kyle Connor – Two goals and an assist with six shots. Mark Scheifele is in COVID protocols, but that hasn’t slowed Connor down. Pierre-Luc Dubois skated in the top spot and had a goal and an assist. He should be held everywhere.
Nate Schmidt – Two assists. Schmidt is running the first power play unit right now so if you need assists, he’s a decent option. I don’t love his contributions to the other categories though.
Connor Hellebuyck – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 5-1 win over the Ducks. After three rough starts, Hellboy bounced back in a prime matchup. He finishes the month with Nashville and the three California teams so don’t be surprised if Hellebuyck finishes the season on a tear.
Conor Garland – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. Garland has been excellent for the Canucks with a point in all five games so far. The shot rate is down which is a bit concerning, but he looks like he belongs.
Thatcher Demko – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. Demko has been solid, but he’s facing a ton of shots. The GAA looks like it could be a real problem again, even if the save percentage is respectable.
Mikko Koskinen – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 5-1 win over the Coyotes. With Mike Smith on IR, Koskinen should get all the games he can handle. Add him if you need short term goaltending help.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Three assists with two shots. Tippett finally did what I asked for and split up McJesus and Draisaitl. That helped out the rest of the top six. RNH has 3 STP (2PPP, 1 SHP) but I’m much more bullish on him going forward if he sticks with Draisaitl.
Connor McDavid – Two goals and an assist with two shots. Eleven points in four games. He makes the rest of the league look like they’re playing peewee.
Zach Hyman – Two goals on three shots. That’s what I’m talking about! Hyman played with McDavid and while he didn’t score at even strength, he did get a shorty and power play goal. He’s in a blowup spot now as I anticipated he would be ranking Hyman so aggressively.
Tyson Barrie – Two assists with three shots. Slow start for Barrie, but he did last season and then tore it up. It’s only a matter of time until he goes on a hot streak.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Monday recapping the action from the weekend. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!
G/A/SOG/BLK/PPP and +/-, 8-teamer
I’m thinking about making a trade offer to get Makar. Maybe offer Theodore? And how much time would you give Petry? Montreal looks really bad. I could drop him and pick up Ellis but it’s probably to soon.
Makar is nursing a wrist injury. Saw a pic of it all taped up. I’d steer clear and keep Theo.
Petry will be fine. My many shares refuse to believe otherwise. Ellis would be a big downgrade regardless.
As much as I like Theodore, I’d do a one for one in a heartbeat. It’s only a matter of time until Colorado gets rolling.
I had petry and Ellis close to start the year, and while Petry has struggled, Ellis not having PP1 is disappointing. I’d give Petry a little more time.
Radulov, Pavelski and Tarasenko are available, do you like more than the other? My RW are Atkinson and Konecny. I could drop Robertson, but I like his upside. Just wish Dalllas would put him on the IR. Do you like Justin Faulk more than Dobson or Yandle?
Don’t need two Philly RW. Tarasenko is better than TK probably.
Faulk shoots a good amount and likes to hit. I’d keep him if those peripherals matter since Dobson/Yandle are only good for assists.
Thanks! I also have D Toews returning some IR soon. So I guess outta him, Faulk, Yandle and Dobson, which two do you prefer moving forward?
I like Faulk still.
Faulk over those two. I think I’d hold both Philly guys but very close, can easily make a chance for any of those five guys so comes down a bit to personal preference.
if senko has his next game looking like his last one i’d drop atkinson for him. i’d not drop konecny if hits in this league.
Yeah, if Tarasenko looks like that again, it does change things a bit. He was buzzing all night against Vegas
Tarasenko is looking like old Tarasenko. You gotta add him if you still can.
What is going on with Makar? He has 1 point in four games and is -9. Wow. Please tell me better days are ahead.
Another guy who is off to a slow start is panarin. He has 3 points in 5 games. It was nice to see some shots yesterday but another gooesegg on the score board is not helping me. I own both of them in salary cap league and they make up a quarter of my cap. This league is just points for G and A.
Makar has a wrist issue. I’d be worried if I owned him…
On the other hand, would not worry at all about Bread Man.
Thanks Viz. Is this a new injury for makar? I know he didn’t play in the preseason.
No concern for either from me
Aho for the win! Might be the first I got right in a couple of years.
Haha I’m not sure, I don’t keep records once the season is over. Perhaps I should
I am a little worried about marchessault with the injuries to stone and pacioretty. I was expecting about 60 pts from him at $5m cap hit. Do you like any of these guys better rest of season who are in the $5m range: domi, Bailey, Hoffman, batherson, cirelli? I am just looking for points (G and A only). Thanks
Narp. Gotta hold, but he def does hold more value if SOG+H count. Still like him considerably more than those guys.
I don’t think the injuries hurt him much, I’d hold. If anything, it may help a little because Vegas will need more offense from that line
Great write up Viz!
Question for JKJ: Pac finally went on IR so I can pick up one more guy in Yahoo. It’s on waivers so it’s only for one game.
Got these big names available:
Detroit has two more games this week. Would you get Larkin for both?
Larkin has a better off night schedule next week anyway.
I would. Thanks!
If short term, Larkin is it as JKJ noted.
Meanwhile, in my ESPN team, I’m taking advantage of Reilly Smith playing Fri and Sun. Who do I drop for him? Lafreniere or Brassard?
I’d say brassard, I know he’s hot but I’m still not really buying in
10 Team ESPN H2H Points League. Currently Winning 65.5-63
(G, A, PPP, SHP, SOG, HIT, BLK, W, GA, SV, SO, OTL)
Forwards: MacKinnon, Marchand, Marner, Scheifele, Ehlers, Fiala, Couturier, Bennett, McCann, Teravainen.
Defense: Makar, Theodore, Ekblad, Hughes, Ellis
Goalies: Shesterkin, Knight, Markstrom, Swayman
Bench: Boeser, Forsberg, Arvidsson.
F: Verhaeghe, Gallagher, Kyrou, Toffoli, Carter, Kadri
D: Andersson, DeAngelo, Seider
G: Sorokin, Holtby, Vanecek, Khudobin
Trying to figure out what to with my goalies because a lot of good ones are on the wire. Couple of nice forwards as well.
Don’t think I’d touch the forwards. Could drop Arvidsson for Verhaeghe or Kyrou, they’re all close for me. I prefer TDA to Ellis but that’s close. Goalie wise, this is tough. I think I’d lean towards holding? Knight could be dropped, but I’d be too upset if he ends up splitting or better because then he’ll be a top 10ish goalie, and you aren’t getting that upside elsewhere
I have been offered a trade.
His Meier for my Burakovsky.
Who do you prefer going forward?
Lean towards making the trade and getting Meier
100% take Timo over Bura. Especially if hits count.
So now that Hyman has been put on MacDavids line, who is the drop? I was all set to drop Garland but love how he has played so far. Plus I’m a Canucks homer. I dont see a huge difference in most stats end of season apart from maybe hits. Am I wrong?
I also have Couturier/Trocheck as my number 2 C. I alternate them in depending on matchups.
I prefer Fiala to Hyman and Garland, and I prefer Hyman (with McDavid) to Garland.
As much as I like Garland, he’s definitely below the other two
Ok. Sadly letting go of Garland. Which goalie stash do you like best? I currently have Varlamov, Markstrom and Swayman. I like to have at least one stash on my IR. See it as wasted roster space otherwise.
BTW. Appreciate all of your help so far.
Bishop is technically the best stash, but I just have no idea when we’ll see him again. Blackwood is better if you actually expect some playing time in the nearer future.
Yeah, agree with JKJ. Not Francouz, he just can’t stay healthy. The other two depends if you want to roll the dice on Bishop or not.
Hi Viz and JKJ, 12 tm h2h pts, this season.
Need to keep 2 of these Gs as my #2 and 3 Greiss, Holtby, Hill, could also grab Koskinin (maybe Smith out longer) or Blackwood (coming off IR soon).
Also, could you please rank for rest of season: Seider, Shattenkirk, Faulk
As always BIG THANKS!!
Just one more thing, what do you think will happen with the BOS G situation?
Not crazy about any of those Gs lol. Would say Koskinen and Hill I guess. San Jose is actually looking pretty damn good to start the year. Seem to have some pep in their step and I think Evander being gone is a big reason why.
If points: Seider, Faulk, Shattenkirk
If cats: Faulk, Seider, Sahttenkirk
Shatty on fire to start but I can’t see the pace keeping up with Anaheim skaters as his supporting cast.
Tough to say in Boston. Ride the hot hand is my hunch.
Holtby right now and I think Hill? Can argue Koskinen for now as well.
Seider, Faulk, Shattenkirk for me.
I think it’s going to be closer to an even split than I anticipated and they’re ride the hot hand, whoever that is.
omg hyman is lighting it up! still trade him and kadri for scheif haha damn really making it hard! Also who the heck would have predicted the sharks to start so good. I could have had both Logan and Meier doh! The leafs look really terrible! I feel like the top line is really missing Hyman.
haha F it I did it 😀 lets go!!!
My leaguemates were too smart and already rostered Couture, but I’ve got so many Timo shares and I’m LOVIN’ IT
12 teamer hits/blocks/faceoffs/shots/assists/goals/points as separate category/PIMs/plus-minus. have this:
C (2): mackinnon, j.norris, hischier, couturier (both games lately both points near end of the game), trocheck
LW (2): forsberg, n.ritchie, t.meier (RW), c.stephenson (C), hintz (C)
RW (2): rantanen, konecny, batherson, comtois (really bad start, then scratched yesterday, LW)
D (5): nurse, barrie, pulock, chabot, ferraro (PP min today), dougie, severson
G (2): ullmark (BOS finally figured out maybe they should actually play the very good goalie they paid a bunch of money for), petersen, grubauer
drop comtois for any of: labanc (his linemates don’t look good, but he’s doing good so far, esp in hits for him), compher (moved down lines though), brassard
there’s a util slot here too.
I’m of a mind to hold onto Comtois a tad longer. I don’t love those options to replace him. Anaheim plays a lot of off nights so might as well toss Max in and see what happens. Will always add hits, but his lack of offense so far is definitely a concern. If he keeps getting scratched then drop his ass. Maybe he’ll wake up after this one, tho.
I probably hold as well, although I see the case for Labanc or Brassard. I’m not buying Compher.
i went on a trade spree! got pacioretty for elvis. owner had 5 injuries but only 1 ir spot see ya in 6 weeks max!
After trades I will have 2 free spots in the free spots would u hold any of Lee, vorecek, Zegras, Olofson Killorn or just play the streaming game
Thanks for the support 🙂
Would hold Lee and stream other spot I think
Hi Viz and JKJ, 12 tm h2h pts, this season.
Who’s the drop – Bennett, Verhaeghe, Trocheck, J.Hughes?
Hughes for me if you have to choose. I like him, but he’s a step down from those others.
Agree with JKJ. I like Hughes a lot but can’t put him over the others.
Just been offered this trade….. 12 Team Dynasty League….
Seems pretty fair – what do you think?
My Kubalik for Burakovsky an Jake Allen
Depends how much you need Allen right now. Would lean towards doing it, but it’s very close.