This is the beginning of teams having bye weeks in the NHL Season.  While most head to head leagues will have a two week schedule this week given the All-Star Break is also here, it’s still worth planning for.  With such a small slate this week, I figured this was a good time to layout what my strategy is during this slow period.  I’ll finish the posts with streamers for the next three days.  My next post after this will be an updated hold/stream list next Monday after the All-Star Break.  Let’s get to it! UPDATE: I will have a post coming out Thursday morning now recapping Monday-Wednesday

Note – This is strategy for head to head leagues.  In roto leagues, continue to go about your business as usual given the cap for starts.

Don’t Hold The Fringe – This is fairly straightforward, but it’s worth discussing.  A large part of fantasy hockey is maximizing your starts to gain an edge.  Unless you’re far out in first place (if you are, congrats!), you need to push every edge that you can.  There are very few teams who have two games this week, and a large chunk of them have none (e.g. Buffalo, Columbus, etc.).  Obviously you’re not cutting bait with Jack Eichel or Artemi Panarin, but if you grabbed Travis Konecny because he went back onto the first line, you need to drop him for somebody else playing.  The Wild, Sharks, and Golden Knights are among the teams that have two games this week (I’ll have a list later) and have a fair amount of streaming options for you to grab.

Come Thursday, Set Up For Next Week – You want to make your moves before anyone else does.  A lot of people won’t check their lineups because of the All-Star Game, then go back Monday to make their moves.  Get ahead of the curve.  Next week, the Jets, Flyers, and Penguins all have three games (and have one game this week).  Plenty of teams that have zero games this week will have three next week as well.  Meanwhile, the Coyotes and Blues will have zero or one games next week.  That means there’s no reason to hold their fringe guys anymore, so don’t.  Someone like Bryan Rust looks like a great streamer for next week.

Top Streaming Options For This Week(M-W):

Conor Garland (6.3%) – He’s slowed down a bit, but a back to back with Arizona and Montreal Tuesday and Wednesday is a fairly good spot.  Use him and then dump him come Thursday.

Brandon Pirri (27.5%) – Still widely available, Pirri is on the first line with Karlsson and Marchessault right now.

Best Streamers For Monday Only:

Frank Vatrano (5.2%) – He’s skating on a line with Barkov at the moment.  Enough said.

Joonas Donskoi (13.2%) – The Sharks play a b2b Monday and Tuesday, so you can use him the next two nights and dump him for somebody Wednesday.  Seems ideal.

Tuesday Streamers:

Chris Tierney (20.9%) -Tierney is centering Stone and Tkachuk right now.  A home matchup with the Coyotes is a strong spot for Tierney to get on the scoreboard.

Alex Chiasson (20.3%) – He’s back on the first line /end

Wednesday Streamers

Victor Rask (1.1%) – Rask had a point in his first game with Minnesota, so while I absolutely hated the trade from their perspective, that doesn’t mean it can’t help him in fantasy.

Jakub Vrana (12.0%) – As long as he remains on the second line, Vrana is a solid streaming option.

Teams with Two Games in the Next Three Days

Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals

Teams With Zero Games

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Winnipeg Jets

Teams with Only Two Games in Two Weeks (one each week):

Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks

That’s all for now guys.  Let me know any questions or thoughts you have in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. DumpsterFire says:
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    I like the plan Viz. Already goin myself set up with Garland and Pirri this weekend. Someone dropped W. Nylander though, and wanted your thoughts on whether he’s worth a waiver claim? He’s struggled and reportedly dropped to the 4th line, which I assume is just a short term wake up call. I’d be looking at dropping his line mate Hyman or Garland if i made the move. Can’t decide if it’s worth it since I’m trying to crawl back from 10th in a 12 team H2H and need points now too.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @DumpsterFire: Thanks! I agree that it looks like a short term move. I would probably keep Hyman for Wednesday’s game. At that point, the Leafs don’t play again until Feb 1, so you can probably hold off on getting Nylander. Can see what’s developing at that point and decide if you want to take the gamble later. But there’s no reason to hold him through almost a full week of not playing (not including days everyone has off for All-Star)

      • DumpsterFire says:
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        @Viz: Thanks, I’ll hold off for now. If he clears waivers, i’ll Think about it over the break. Our matchup is the next two weeks in our league, so I have some time anyway.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @DumpsterFire: No problem, that makes sense to me

  2. Shitwolf says:
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    hey buddy I also was wondering on a player what do you think of Nino moving to the Canes and playing with aho? worth an add or just a streamer?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: It depends who you’d have to drop, but I’m all for grabbing him and seeing what develops. At the least, he’s an elite streamer now, but we’ve seen the upside before and that’s a fringe top 50 player, so he’s a nice guy to grab for the upside.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Viz:

        good call I have Nino and pirri as my last 2 spots since i am waiting for Hall to get healthy… My team feels super stacked now because I grabbed Trocheck at the start of last week… My C are Mckinnon Sheifle Larkin and Troch…

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          @Shitwolf: I was also deciding between Svechnikov or Nino but I have no idea there haha

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            @Shitwolf: Great move snagging Trocheck… I think I prefer Nino at the moment but that’s a coin flip

  3. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,
    Would you move either Dubois or Boeser for Krug? My bench is basically either Dubois/Boeser and Trocheck. I think that I could land Krug for one of the two. I like Dubois because he offers hits as well but Boeser plays for my hometown canucks so there is a certain bias there.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @dubjay: Hey dubjay, I prefer the forwards in general, but if you need the help on the blue line that badly, I can understand making the move, it’s not such a decrease in overall value that it doesn’t make sense.

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        @Viz:
        would you drop either of those 2 for T. Meier?
        Right now I am pretty deep at F with
        C-Wheeler, Stamkos
        LW-Skinner, Panarin
        RW-Kucherov, Boeser
        Or I play Dubois at C and move Stamkos to RW. Just had Trocheck come back from the IR as well.

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          @dubjay:
          right now I have SUBBAN, RISTO, OEL and EKBLAD at D. But could deal one of those 2 for Krug and pickup Meier to replace him? As long as he is still there when/if he accepts. Sound good? Which one would you deal first? Boeser, Trocheck or Dubois? Hits are included in this league as well fyi

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            @dubjay: I don’t like Ekblad at all, and OEL is out for the time being too, so adding a D makes sense. Don’t love Krug though with hits included, I’d rather try for someone better with the depth you have. If you don’t have an alternative, I guess it would be Boeser with hits included that I’d trade, and then grab Meier for Ekblad

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Viz: yeah ekblad is weird, how in the hell do you go from that good at that young as a rookie to what’s up now. i get that he might’ve had some sheltered minutes as a rookie but outside of that people tend to get better (when they are high ranked prospects) IF they start out good for sure. i also get that d-men take a long time (usually) but he didn’t, at first. hope this doesn’t happen long term to provorov (i either drafted or traded for lately him in numerous dynasties)

  4. Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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    FRANK THE TANK! FRANK THE TANK! for deep leagues. been doing fairly well in hits/blocks leagues for a bit here, REALLY good just now. shot rate is getting awesome.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge … right now: Glad he’s getting a shot, I talked him up when he was with Boston and then he fizzled out due to injuries and then lack of role.

  5. Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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    yeah i remember him having flashes and i streamed him other times while at BOS (actually in one league he was on somebody’s prospect list for a while but after that). new question: for 16-20 team dynasties (start real life roster 4 of each type of forward) is fabbri droppable? he’s being benched for blais, and somebody named mac mac (try to get more scotish a name than that, seriously, try it) now. i had been streaming sundqvist (while also owning fabbri) but sundqvist is not centering 3rd line (these are hits/blocks/faceoffs leagues) while fabbri is getting completely jerked around and i believe is actually healthy finally. he must’ve REALLY lost some speed to be getting benched for all of these guys (along with sanford). STL REALLY is relying on youth right now (even with thomas out) WAY more than i figured they’d do, as they in past year’s never promoted and actually played this many guys with less than 2 full seasons of usage (fabbri, barbashev, blais, sanford, mac mac, dunn all far under that many games, some just this year). fabbri was awesome before and i’ve held in IR slots for years (in yahoo’s we have 5 IR and 5 IR+ and in fantrax infinite)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge … right now: Man, that’s tough because I still like him long term, but he’s near useless right now. I guess it depends how good your team is now. If you’re contending, then you can probably let him go, but if you’re out of it, I’m probably holding.

      • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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        @Viz: if this was a 12-14’er (or we started less people) this would be an easy drop, but he was a high ranked prospect then did well for the time he played ; only real worry here if his speed turned into mush with the consecutive identical knee injuries to the same knee (same way a top RB can go from shaun alexander into …. shaun alexander right after having his knee surgery). fabbri isn’t a 1-1 comp for shaun alexander (who was the best RB in the NFL before his knee injury) but the point is valid.

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