To say the injuries are piling up on Washington is an understatement. They have six players on IR plus Orlov missed Monday’s game. The salaries of these players combines to over $40 million. Washington pulled off the upset over the Oilers on Monday on the back of their power play. Four of the five Capital goals came on the power play, with Evgeny Kuznetsov leading the charge with two goals, two assists, four shots and two PIM playing over 20 minutes. It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Kuz, but this will certainly help. It’s also encouraging that he has 3+ shots in five of his last seven games. If I owned Kuz in fantasy, I would be patient. With the lack of depth Washington is dealing with, the minutes should get back up towards the 20:17 he averaged last season. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Erik Gustafsson – Three assists with a shot and two PIM playing over 24 minutes. With Carlson out, Gustafsson is running PP1. That alone puts him on the fantasy radar. If I needed help in the short term, I would grab him.
Dylan Strome – Two goals and an assist with four shots. Strome has produced in Washington with 12 points in 14 games. He’s in the solid streamer category for me, bordering on elite streamer. The shot rate knocks him down a notch.
Alex Ovechkin – Goal and an assist with five shots. Congrats to Ovechkin for setting the record for scoring the most goals with one NHL franchise at 788.
Connor McDavid – Goal and an assist, as did Leon Draisaitl. They’re both averaging about two points per game and nobody blinks an eye at it.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Two goals on four shots. RNH has solidified himself as must own again. He’s back on McDavid’s wing and tearing it up on the power play.
Zach Hyman – Two assists with a shot and two PIM. Hyman is dominating across the board, producing as I hoped he would last season when he moved to Edmonton.
Mikael Backlund – Two goals on five shots. The shot rate has been excellent for Backlund, but he’s still only a middling streamer.
Mathew Barzal – Three assists with five shots. Somehow, Barzal has zero goals on the season when he’s near three shots per game, but has 15 assists in 14 games. Bizarre stat line, but he looks excellent.
Brad Marchand – Two assists with three shots. Zero surprise that Marchand has been excellent since returning from his hip surgery.
Linus Ullmark – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 win over the Blues. Ullmark’s started the season as well as any goalie in the league. I would not be trying to sell high with Montgomery content on making him the #1, even before Swayman was injured.
Karel Vejmelka – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 4-1 win over the Sabres. He’s still in the desperation tier, although as noted in the past, he does have a high ceiling in any individual game compared to others in that tier. The floor is just incredibly low.
Clayton Keller – Goal and an assist. Keller didn’t do much, getting his points on an empty netter and a pass that a Sabre deflected into his own net. That said, it still counts the same, and the points have been quite good. It all depends if you can eat the plus-minus.
Liam O’Brien – Goal and an assist with two shots. And there’s your annual O’Brien update!
Matias Maccelli – Goal and an assist with two shots. His goal was an attempted pass that got put into the Buffalo net by its own player. Maccelli’s shot rate is so poor that he’s only a bottom end streamer despite a good role.
Mike Hoffman – Two goals on five shots. Both were assisted by Brendan Gallagher, who also had five shots. Both players, formerly very good fantasy players, are firmly in the bottom end streamer bin now.
Rasmus Andersson – Two assists with two shots. The Flames are a mess right now, but Andersson’s production has even been better than last season to this point.
Tomas Tatar – Two assists. Middling streamer while in the top six.
Dougie Hamilton – Goal and an assist with six shots. Dougie isn’t quite back to Carolina level, but it isn’t far off. He looks excellent once again, especially in terms of shot rate.
Nico Hischier – Goal and an assist with three shots. The Hischier breakout season is upon us. He’s been an absolute monster in real life and turned into a top 100 fantasy player.
Zach Parise – Two assists with a shot. Parise is pretty clearly a bottom end streamer.
Kyle Palmieri – Goal and an assist with two shots. Palmieri has been fine this season. He’s stuck in the middling streamer range after a couple years of being a hold in New Jersey.
Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with eight shots. Despite Artemi Panarin (2A, 4 SOG) moving off his wing, Trocheck wasn’t hurt because of the PP and his usual 20 minutes. He’s been very good so far for New York and is firmly a hold.
Bo Horvat – Two goals on four shots. Dr. Bo! Back up the Brinks truck for Horvat, who already has 12 goals this season. Absolutely incredible stuff.
Elias Pettersson – Goal and an assist with six shots. It looks like the monster Pettersson season that I predicted is happening. He looks great with the Russians on his wing.
Conor Garland – Two assists with a shot. Garland has dropped off a bit from last season’s level. He could easily get back to it, and the return of Brock Boeser (goal) should help that. Garland is a middling streamer for now, but it could get better.
Alex DeBrincat – Two assists with three shots. The goals haven’t come yet, but DeBrincat is piling up the assists. Now if Smith would put him on PP1 like he should be…
Tim Stutzle – Goal and an assist with three shots. Stutzle has been fine, but it feels like there is better to come.
Felix Sandstrom – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 5-1 win over the Blues. The Blues have been such a mess offensively that I don’t know how much credit to give Sandstrom. Carter Hart missed the game due to illness. Sandstrom has been fine so you can stream him in good matchups. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Travis Konecny – Goal and an assist with four shots. Konecny has been a revelation under Torts. Incredible bounce back to be an easy hold in all formats.
Owen Tippett – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. Tippett played on the first line which makes him a decent streamer. I wish the minutes were higher, but it’s worth monitoring.
Noah Cates – Goal and an assist with two shots. No thank you.
Reilly Smith – Two goals on four shots, both assisted by William Karlsson. Smith is right on the fringe depending on your team needs, while Karlsson is one tier below that.
Timothy Liljegren – Two goals. I like Liljegren’s game, but his role isn’t big enough to warrant consideration in most leagues.
Mitch Marner – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. Seven game point streak for Marner has him on his normal pace. His shot rate still needs an uptick if he wants to be a top 20 player again.
Evander Kane – Suffered a severe cut to his wrist. It was a terrifying injury that resulted in a lot of blood on the ice. Thankfully, Kane is in stable condition and had surgery on Tuesday night. There’s no timeline yet, but I can’t imagine he’s back any time soon. Best wishes in his recovery.
Brayden Point – Two assists with four shots. Point has had multiple points in six of his last nine games. He’s been buzzing again which is great to see.
Connor Hellebuyck – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 5-1 win over the Jets. I’m not surprised that the Jets won, but I’m surprised that they were this dominant. My bold prediction of Hellebuyck winning the Vezina has some early legs.
Kyle Connor – Three assists with a shot and two PIM. Somehow, Connor has only two goals so far, but it’s only a matter of time. The top line is clicking right now, with Mark Scheifele scoring two goals on five shots, while Mason Appleton had a goal and two assists with two shots. Appleton is a solid streamer while in this spot.
Martin Jones – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 5-1 win over the Predators. Easy win for Jones, who was backed to a 4-0 in the first period. Jones is piling up wins, and has had four great starts in a row. Somehow, Jones is potentially worth owning again.
Andre Burakovsky – Goal and two assists with three shots. Burakovsky has looked excellent for the Kraken. He’s played well enough to be a bottom end hold.
Jordan Eberle – Two goals. Eberle is down to a bottom end streamer since his shot rate has dropped up quite a bit.
Jonathan Quick – 21 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Wild, making Marc-Andre Fleury a tough luck loser. I would hold Quick, but it’s not exciting at all. He was even fighting it during this shutout. MAF’s buy low window is closing, but the Wild are really tightening up defensively after a dreadful start.
Three Point Challenge: There’s a big tie for the top 10 in points, which eliminates some extra players. For Thursday’s games, we can’t select McDavid, Draisaitl, Kucherov, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Robertson, Panarin, E. Karlsson, Bratt, Necas, M. Tkachuk, Pettersson, Terry, or Hintz. I’ll take Rantanen against the Predators.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Friday with an updated Hold/Stream list for the first time this season. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!
Kyle Conner got me on the 3 pt challenge board. Fiala gets the points Thursday.
Damn it Jeff, sorry I forgot to give you props in the post. Great pick! Sounds good on Fiala.
All good Viz you can give me one on the Fiala pick haha
Haha sounds good. You’ll get one next Monday otherwise
Thanks for the update Viz!
Which 2 of these guys would you start?
Barkov vs Edmonton
Crosby @ Montreal
Suzuki vs Pittsburgh
Larkin @ LA
Scheifele @ Calgary
Dubois @ Calgary
Barkov for sure. I think I still go Crosby for the second one, but you can make a case for most of those guys.
ya it’s tough. to me barkov has been very vanilla but you cant sit him. and you cant sit the kid even though the other 4 guys have been doing really well
It hasn’t been his best start for sure, but the shot rate is there and he can’t shoot 4% forever. Edmonton goaltending might fix that really quickly. I mostly like the matchup for Crosby. I can see that Jets game being lower scoring. Larkin vs LA is the closest to Crosby for me, but both teams are so bipolar, we could see 5-4 or 2-1.
Would you start Pettersson and Horvat over the bottom 4?
I would lean that way, although they’re all close together
Viz! H2H yahoo 12 team ROS
W GAA SV% SHO are the categories
Who is the better goalie ROS, Husso or Markstrom? Does Markstrom turn it around?
Was offered Ovexhkin and Markstrom for my Kucherov and Husso so need advice on the goalie part.
I would run to accept that.
I would go with Markstrom, yes. It’s a bit tough right now, but Tanev should be back soon and hopefully Kylington will be back, and at that point, they have arguably the best defense in the league. There’s a big track record of Markstrom being elite too.
I think that trade is close just because Kucherov is clearly a couple steps ahead of Ovechkin now, as good as Ovechkin is. That’s a lot of points / assists you’d be losing, can your offense afford it? Depends quite a bit on the rest of your team for me.
Alright, I was just offered Markstrom and Ovechkin for my Aho and Husso. H2H yahoo 12 team ROS winner?
W GAA SV% SHO
G A +/- PPP SOG HIT
are the categories.
Happy hump day Viz, I’ll go with Makar vs the Preds.
Trade question for you,
Side A: Montour and Kempe
Side B: Rust and Weegar
Roto settings, no blocks or faceoffs.
Any slam dunk here?
Sounds good on Makar. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk pick either way. I would lean towards side B just because I don’t know what to make of Montour when Ekblad comes back, which is apparently going to be on Saturday, but there is much bigger upside on side A if Montour is still getting 25+ minutes a night when Ekblad comes back with even a decent PP role.
I doubt he’ll accept but if you own MAF, Husso, and Vanicek would you dangle Andersen and if so, would you offer him for Kaprizov?
I streamed VV and he seems like he’s going to be over 50/50 startsfor a decent ( even though I hate them lol) NJ Devils team & a solid 1B. Believe it or not I actually owned him for 2 weeks and haven’t started him the game streamed him for he didn’t play then he played when I had 2/3 other goalies in better match ups going (he did better though).
I mean, you can try, but that’s not in the ballpark of close to a fair offer. There’s no goalie in fantasy worth as much as Kaprizov, not Igor, not Vasilevskiy, etc. You will need to add A LOT to get anywhere close to Kaprizov value.
Vanecek definitely looks like a solid #2 fantasy goalie now.
Hi Viz do you like Spencer Knight or Martin Jones?
In general, I prefer Knight unless you really need the short term volume. Jones is carving out more value than I expected, but I’m still not convinced it will be a full season thing.
I feel like my 3 pnt guys keep quitting after 2 pnts.
Let’s try Eichel for 3 pnt!
Haha it seems that way. I’d say good luck but I can’t against my Sabres when I’m going to the game! Haha
Eichel revenge game. You going to boo him?
I probably will when they say his name pregame, or maybe first shift, but I doubt I will every time he touches the puck. I’m really interested to see the crowd tonight. I hope it’s as good as it was when he came back last season.
Yeah I remember seeing that and then he had some stupid comments after the game about the Sabres. Have fun!
he wasn’t being allowed to fix his own body in a way he wanted because of BUF’s management and we can find people that think he’s the bad guy here… what might i be missing? (hopefully something as if that’s the story BUF’s in a bad spot)
nov 1: barkov
nov 3: stamkos
nov 8: forsberg
nov 10th: zibanejad @ DET for 3 pt thurs
yikes the ties take out an extra 4 currently.
Im wondering who you would drop from my team to make room for Ekblad’s return Saturday. I’m leaning on either E.Bouchard, R.Rakell or S.Bennett. With Ekblad and McAvoys return, my D will go from being a net negative to a positive joining Morrissey B.Burns. My RW is set with Pasta and M.Tkachuk. At LW I keep Forsberg in there and usually alternate Marchessault/Rakell. At C, I use some combo of J.Hughes, Trocheck and Point.
nice on ekblad being back, not owning him anywhere and rotoworld selling the hockey news updates to paywall rotowire i didn’t see he’d be back that quick. i remember reading later before.