With the Fantasy Hockey Top-12, players are seemingly interchangeable based on your preferences, but the Fantasy Hockey Top 25 are going to be mixed a bit more. The further down the road we go, everyone's player list will differ based on scoring systems and personal preferences. Every one of these players should be taken early in serpentine drafts, late round one to the early third round, or top dollar bids in auction formats. I have Ben Bishop higher than most and I'm sure Tyler Johnson as well, but Tampa has something special down there... makes me glad my brother-in-law gets me free tickets whenever I'm in Florida. In the day and age of the salary cap, teams need to strike while their irons are hot before contracts get to big. Polkadamas predicts the Lightning and Caps will be squaring off in my Eastern Conference Finals...
Both players talked about how the game was bigger than them but all eyes were on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel on Tuesday night. McDavid stole the show scoring 22 seconds into the game and then scoring the overtime winner to lead the McDavids over the Eichels Oilers over the Sabres 2-1. McDavid added five shots and pushed his total to 31 points in 28 games. It's remarkable how good the wunderkind is already and I think it's fair to say he'll be a first round pick in fantasy drafts starting next year already. Here's what I saw around the league on Tuesday night:
People were asking for the rankings to be placed in one list so here you go. The only note is that Marko Dano is starting the season in the AHL (damn you Chicago!), so keep an eye on him to see if he's recalled but he's undraftable in 12-man leagues now. Hope your drafts go well, look forward to drafting with some of you the next couple nights in RCL's! If you'd like to join, there are still leagues open here.
Hey guys! The season starts in two weeks, so I wanted to power through these rankings so you have them in time for your upcoming drafts. I am going to keep the comments to each player shorter than in the past unless it's someone I feel most would be surprised at the ranking, but as always, feel free to ask anything in the comments section below. I will do these rankings through the top-200 and then have a separate post coming up for players that I like the most outside the top-200, mostly for upside reasons because that's what you're looking for with your last few picks. Let's get right to it!
Hey guys, hope your weekend went well! I'm back to get you through the top 100 of my rankings. After this, the player pool is going to thin out pretty quick, especially at goaltender, so this is the range where you should be getting your second goalie if possible. I'd also make sure to get out of the top 100 with at least one defenseman as the dropoff after the top 13 is pretty steep. At this point of your draft, the core of your team is starting to form so you don't have to be strict in the rankings and go best player available. If you still need a goalie, don't be afraid to take them a round higher than where I have him. If you need PIM badly, get one of the PIM guys on the list because after the top 100, there's only a couple guys who can good offensive contributors while being strong in PIM, etc. Let's get to it!
Hello all! I'm back with the next addition of my rankings getting us through the top 75 overall players. At this point in the draft, you should still be targeting best player available. While I'm a proponent of waiting on goalies, unless your entire league is reaching for goalies, you're probably best off getting one goalie at some point in the top 75. At this part of the draft, we're reaching the end of the goalies who could put up an elite season that can carry you to fantasy glory. If your league is reaching for goalies, don't panic. Simply keep taking the top skaters available and take multiple goalies later on hoping someone takes the next step in their game. In this part of the draft, we are looking at a ton of young players with upside who could find themselves in the top 50 next season, especially the wunderkind leading off the list. Let's get to it!
Hello all! I’m taking over the rest of the fantasy rankings from Polka. I would have some minor changes to his list, but his rankings are very solid so I will leave them alone and start at number 26. You can find the top 25 under the rankings tab here. While you are still targeting the best player available this early in the draft, you have some maneuverability if you’re looking to target certain categories or positions. From 26 to 35, there’s mostly a bunch of veterans who have proven their worth over the years. From 36 to 50, you’re predominantly looking at incredibly young players poised to break into the league’s elite this season. Let’s get to it!
The second installment of this series will bring us through the top 20 defensemen. In case you missed it, here is the top-10. If you didn't end up getting any in the top 10 in your draft, it's important to get at least two players on this list. If you can only get one, make sure it's someone in the 11-13 range since these three players all have tremendous upside plus a high floor. Once you get past 13, you're looking at players who are safe but lack upside or high upside players who have a lower ceiling. To reiterate from last article, the categories that I am basing these rankings on are goals, assists, plus-minus, PIM (more is good), Special Teams Points and Shots on Goal. Let's get to it!
Hey guys! My first series of articles for Razzball will be on the Top 30 Defensemen in Fantasy Hockey this season. For years, my basic strategy was to get one top notch defensemen in my drafts and then wait until the later rounds to take high upside guys. Now, with more teams rolling their top pair for massive minutes, there are a plethora of defensemen worth taking in the middle rounds of your draft. This article will include my rankings of the top 10 defensemen specifically. It will be mentioned in the rankings but to be clear, there will be some movement depending on the scoring of your league. For years, the leagues that I have done include six offensive categories: goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes (more is better), special teams points (power play plus shorthanded), and shots on goal. These categories seem to be the most popular settings (unless you separate the special teams points into two separate categories) so these rankings will reflect that. I will go into detail about each player's strengths and how to evaluate them based on your league settings. Let's get to it!