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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Well, everyone who celebrated last Thursday, you Canadians had theirs last month!  In this post, I’m going to focus on some notable top 50 players from the last week along with some players who returned from injury.  The biggest story is Jonathan Marchessault.  The best bargain in the NHL (salary of $750k this season), Marchessault has a goal and two assists in each of the last three games.  Just like that, he’s a top 50 player on the season despite missing a few games!  Marchessault now has an absurd stat line of 8/13/+5/16/66/5 in 19 games (for those unfamiliar with my normal format, that’s G/A/+/- / PIM / SOG / STP.  And somehow he’s still available in over 60% of leagues!  If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those, grab him immediately.  Let’s take a look at the other players on fire lately:

Henrik Lundqvist is the #1 player over the last week.  The King stay The King!  Two monster starts earlier in the week and another decent outing on Sunday gave him three straight wins saving 101 of 106 shots.  Just like that, he’s a borderline #1G again.  All of this without Ryan McDonagh, who has a mild abdomen strain.  Things are looking up for Hank.

Those fortunate enough to gamble on Pekka Rinne in drafts this season have been handsomely rewarded in the opening two months.  Rinne had three more wins this week allowing five goals across three games, including a shutout.  I’m not sure how much I’m buying in going forward given his historic streakiness but Rinne could sustain it given the quality of Nashville’s roster.

My guy William Karlsson won’t slow down!  Slick Billy scored four goals and two assists in three games this week boosting him up to a point per game (13+9).  Sure, he has 0 PIM and is barely over two shots per game, but Karlsson is a must own in all formats.

Mikael Granlund wore out the patience of some of his owners in the early going but he’s rewarded them lately.  Granlund scored four goals and two assists in four games this week.  Just like that, he’s on pace for 68 points which is only one off his total from last season.  If you’re in a shallow league and Granlund was dropped, grab him.

Mikko Koivu is pushing three shots per game and piling up the assists.  He’s right on the fringe again and I’d actually lean towards holding him in standard 12’ers.

Taylor Hall simply can’t be contained.  Who would have thought this trade would backfire on Edmonton? <checks past Taylor Hall posts> Oh, me!  Hall had 6 points in 4 games last week to push him to a whopping 26 points in 23 games.  Pretty, pretty good.

Carey Price returned on Saturday against the Sabres and stood on his head posting a 36 save shutout.  The Sabres played very well but couldn’t find a way to beat Price.  I doubt you’d be able to buy low now given the shutout and that Price owners held him throughout his injury but it can’t hurt to try.

Tomas Hertl‘s recent hot streak gives him 8 points in his past 8 games with a solid shot rate.  I wouldn’t hold him in 12’ers but he’s definitely an elite streamer.

Nino Niederreiter has scored seven goals in his last seven games yet is still available in over 1/3 of leagues.  If you’re fortunate enough to be in one of those, pick up El Nino.

Tyler Seguin had an excellent week, especially in his last outing against the Flames.  Seguin scored a hat trick on ten shots against the Flames pushing him to a point per game on the season with almost four shots per game.  This is why he’s a top 10 pick in fantasy drafts.

Josh Bailey has become the King of AAGNOF!  Bailey had four more assists last week along with a goal in three games.  He’s not really helping you outside of assists but Bailey is averaging an assist a game so he needs to be owned everywhere.  His teammate Nick Leddy is also on fire with 13 points in his past 10.  Hopefully you were patient with his slow start and haven’t missed out.

Brock Boeser has been dominant this season putting himself at the forefront of the Calder race.  Boeser had four goals last week to go along with an assist.  He’s clearly a must-start whenever he plays now, even if it’s on a busy night where you have to sit guys.

Sean Monahan has been flying under the radar yet is on pace to blow all of his previous career highs out of the water.  He’s taken his game to a level that quite frankly, I didn’t think he was capable of.  It’s not a fluke either; that top line is dominant.

Mathew Barzal has a six game point streak and had 15 points in his past 10 games.  The minutes are climbing up and yet he’s still available in almost 50% of leagues. Clear as day must-own in all formats.

Antti Raanta had been playing great but he suffered an upper-body injury against the Sharks.  He missed games against the Kings and Canucks over the weekend.  We saw the Coyotes be a train wreck when Raanta was out earlier in the season so don’t use Scott Wedgewood in the mean time.

Malcolm Subban returned in relief against the Sharks getting the win and also beat the Coyotes in his first start.  I think he’s about to take over as the #1 as he’s simply a better option than Legace.  I would pick him up everywhere right now for the short term upside.

Of course the year I don’t rank Nathan MacKinnon much higher than my peers he fully breaks out!  MacKinnon had 6 points last week and now has 26 points in 22 games.  The kid has all of the talent in the world so it doesn’t surprise, just wasn’t convinced it was coming this year.  Thrilled for him and the Avs.  Also props to Mikko Rantanen who has 20 points in 22 games.

The second line in Winnipeg is heating up, especially Nikolaj Ehlers and Bryan Little.  Each of them had four points in four games last week.  Ehlers is obviously a must own while Little is back on the streaming radar.

Charlie Coyle returned scoring a goal and an assist in four games.  I wouldn’t be rushing to pick him up but he was a hold for the majority of last season so keep an eye on how Coyle does in the short term.

Monday Streamers:

Nick Schmaltz (10.5%) – The minutes are up quite a bit right now as he remains in the top six.  The Ducks are banged up so use Schmaltz at home.

Riley Sheahan (0.4%) – With Evgeni Malkin out, Sheahan has moved up to the second line.  He has a point in five of the last six Pittsburgh games so I like Sheahan quite a bit tonight against the Flyers, including as a cheap DFS option.

Nick Bjugstad (2.9%) – With a couple injuries for Florida, Bjugstad has been getting at least 15 minutes a game and solid PP time.  They could have a sneaky open game against the Devils so I don’t mind taking a shot on the American tonight.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back tomorrow recapping all of Tuesday’s action.  As always, feel free to answer any questions or leave any comments below, I’ll be sure to get to them in a timely manner now that I’m back home.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Maccer says:
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    Viz – hope u had a good thanksgiving.

    I picked up Nino since he has been on fire and Teuvo from Carolina last week. Would you drop either of them for Marchessault? Both Marchessault and Barzal are available in my league

    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Maccer: Thanks, appreciate it! You as well. Man, this is tough. Depends on what categories you need but I would lean towards grabbing Marchessault for Teuvo since he doesn’t help as much in the extra categories.

  2. Monday blues says:
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    Great posts as always – I’m in a standard 14 team H2H league and struggling with goalie cats (with C Anderson and Darling).

    Does a Wheeler for Hellebuyck make sense to you?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Monday blues: Thanks! I’d probably want another piece coming back with Hellebuyck. He doesn’t have the history of being a top end goalie yet and it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a rough patch at some point during the season. Wheeler is so damn good that I’d either aim higher than Hellebuyck or want someone else coming back with him.

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    heyyy bro man it’s funny I picked up nino granlund karlson recently lol.. good call on the good call… who should I hold tho? my bottom 4 are granlund nino karlson and ehlers with March on the ww who I like because of the hits too… Barzal is also out there… I’m guessing just stream with a pool that deep?? also my goalies have been my biggest weakness this year I’m running darling and bishop…. would you swap darling for subban, or miller who has also been playing well or hold? thanks homie enjoyed the reading

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: Yeah, I’d probably just stream that spot although I guess if push came to shove, I’d grab Marchessault for Karlsson. I’d rather just stream though. I’d still hold Darling just because he’s getting the majority of his starts and Subban won’t be when Fleury returns

  4. Lackeydrinksonme

    lackeydrinksonme says:
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    Hey, Viz, long time and I hope all is well

    I got good and rowdy at Carolina @ Buffalo on 11/18… what the hell? What an awful team Buffalo has become.

    Currently sitting at 8-0 after whipping my long-time rival and then scraping by the worst player in the league (I played two goalies yesterday just to tie wins), so it’s looking good.

    I have a lot of work to catch up on, but I’ll be back with a longer comment in a few, just wanted to let the early risers know what teams to gain starts with.

    5 games
    CHI (Dick Panic, Anisimov are who I grabbed in a small league, Cody Franson is playing well and so is Murphy)

    4 Games
    ANA
    ARI
    CBJ
    FLA
    LA
    MON
    VGK
    WPG

    Of these I like Winnipeg the most, games on a short Monday and Sunday. I grabbed Trouba, who was available, for SOG/Hits. Matthew Perreault would also be a good grab if he is free, his CF vs CA is the best on the team. You could also snag ANA/CBJ/FLA and drop any of them for spot starts on Sunday, Dick Rakell is available in some leagues still.

    More to come later in the day.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @lackeydrinksonme: Good to hear man, glad you’re crushing! Thanks for posting this as always, really appreciate it.

  5. Scott says:
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    Hi Viz!

    Drop Athanasiou to stream this week, or keep?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: Hey Scott! I would stream that spot. Athanasiou plays only three games this week, all on the busiest schedule days. It could do you a lot of good to stream instead of hold.

  6. 3 goalie max. W 5, L 5, GA 2, SV 0.5, SO 6. I have Vasilevskiy, Martin Jones & Darling. Thomas Greiss & Jimmy Howard are available. Would you consider either of those over Darling? Was considering Greiss. Darling has been mediocre, 7-6-4 record & barely over .900. He is the starter for the Canes, but he could start losing a share of the load to Cam Ward. Other options are Varlamov (Illness?), Raanta (Plays for Yotes /Concussion protocol), Khudobin (Rask returning) or Anders Nilsson . Hopefully Jones is okay, or I might be reaching for one of these anyway. Thanks!

    • @madden_curser: The Sharks only have one game until the weekend, when they have back-to-back in Florida. You think they just give Dell the start against the Flyers, and then again on the weekend in one of the B2Bs, hoping Jones is ready by then?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @madden_curser: I would bet against Darling losing starts to Ward, Ward is simply not very good. I could see Howard but I don’t trust him either. Maybe I’m being bullish on Darling so you can make the swap if you’d like but I’d rather keep his upside as my #3.

      I would guess that you are correct in terms of their plan with Dell this week

  7. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Would you drop Keller or Mantha for any of these:

    Marchessault
    Karlsson
    Staal
    Koivu
    Rantanen
    Landeskog

    Need assists, +/- and PPP.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Absolutely can’t consider dropping Mantha, he’s a top 20 forward on the season in standard formats.

      With that quality of player on the waiver wire, I’d be fine dropping Keller on this cold streak. I would grab one of the first two guys and would lean towards Staal but it’s super close with Marchessault. I just think you’re likely to get more assists from Staal but it’s marginal either way.

  8. Chris says:
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    I appreciate your work, Viz! Would you hang into Buchnevich even though he’s in a slump? Would you rather take a chance on a Little or a Hornqvist? Thanks

    G/A/+-/PPP/GWG

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Chris: Thanks Chris! Hmm, this is close, but I would lean towards holding mostly because Buch’s PPP should be the best of the group and fairly easily. I wouldn’t hate making a move. it’s definitely close, but the lack of SOG being a category hurts Hornqvist and Little isn’t quite at that level at the moment.

  9. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    holy crap, boone! 7 shots, 2 blocks, 11 hits tonight. and it surely appears price was hurt ALL year till about a few days ago, don’t it?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: Definitely seems that way with Price. Some of those saves tonight were vintage Price. Boone is a guy I’ve always liked, just a matter of finding some consistency.

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