Once you get outside of the top 200 overall, you’re looking at the last 2-3 picks in a standard 12 man league.  There are a few different ways you can go about making your last few picks.  You can shoot for upside, get a couple safe players if you already have plenty of upside, fill out your last couple defensemen, grab a goalie out of desperation.  I’m going to list a bunch of players in different categories that fall outside of my top 200 that you can target depending on what you’re looking for.  I’m not going to go into detail on these guys but I will put them in my order of preference.  Here is my list:


Vadim Shipachyov

Robby Fabbri

Pavel Buchnevich

Mikko Rantanen

Josh Ho-Sang

Sam Bennett

Tyson Jost

Brock Boeser

Jakub Vrana

Henrik Haapala

Alex DeBrincat

Andre Burakovsky

Sven Baertschi

Anthony Duclair

Jake DeBrusk

Pavel Zacha

Kevin Fiala

Timo Meier

Mathew Barzal

Joel Eriksson Ek

Jesse Puljujarvi

Ivan Barbashev

Nick Ritchie

Safe Forwards

Patrick Eaves

Jason Zucker

Tyler Bozak

Mathieu Perreault

Tomas Tatar

Martin Hanzal

Sam Gagner

Michael Grabner

Jonathan Marchessault

Sean Couturier

Brock Nelson

Tanner Pearson

Michael Frolik

Adam Henrique

Nick Bonino

Brayden Point

Bobby Ryan

Jordan Staal

Tomas Hertl

Henrik Sedin

Richard Panik

Phillip Danault

Vladimir Sobotka

Sven Andrighetto

Artturi Lehkonen

Bryan Rust


Seth Jones

Brady Skjei

Mike Green

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Jake Muzzin

Alec Martinez

Alex Edler

Morgan Rielly

Damon Severson

Noah Hanifin

Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Johnson

Viktor Antipin

Vince Dunn

Johnny Boychuk

Anton Stralman


Antoine Roussel

Dion Phaneuf

Andrew Shaw

Radko Gudas

Scott Hartnell

Zack Smith


Marc-Andre Fleury

Semyon Varlamov

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Jaroslav Halak

  1. Fungazi says:

    I have a shorter version of the upside list that I’m going to use in a keeper league for potential breakout players. The problem is that I can’t just load up on a bunch of them since most or all will likely not produce. Do you have a preference from these guys? Currently leaning Jost.

    Fabbri, Bennett, Jost, Burakovsky, Puljujarvi

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Fungazi Are you looking for long term or solely this year? If it’s this year, it’s Fabbri or Jost. Long term, I would put Burakovsky last year and you could really justify the other four in any order although I would still lean Fabbri.

      • Fungazi says:

        @Viz: This year. If the player isn’t a top 50 type, he’s not worth keeping because we only keep 4. Probably even closer to top 35.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Fungazi: Oh okay. Then I would rank them Fabbri, Jost, Burakovsky, Bennett, Puljujarvi and think the first two are close.

  2. jon says:

    I have Price and Vasi—- i want a 3rd tendy do i handcuff Vasi with BUdaj who i hate lol or take Niemi or Miller?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @jon: Man, those options are all pretty ugly. Can I say none of them? All of them are clear backups, barring injury it would a surprise if any of them got 25 starts.

      • jon says:


        Pitts has 19 b2b games
        ducks have 11-
        not sure on tampa

        Don’t think Miller plays 35 games? Gibson is a little bandaid boy

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @jon: I would set the betting line at 15 starts for Niemi, 20 for Budaj and 25 for Miller; I would take the under on Miller. 35 games is extremely ambitious, that’s only 47 starts for Gibson. I’d expect Gibson to start 60-65.

  3. goodfold2 says:

    i never like tapping the tank on myself (viz’ll get that one)
    but here’s some openings i need filled (that’s what she said)

    LEAGUE 1: fantrax 16 team roto dynasty with up to 7 man minor league protected lists (max 100 games season played for skaters, 50 for goalies). real life rosters starting (4 of each forward, 6 D, 1 goalie per day, 4 BN). teams are based at least somewhat around a real life team and each team needs at least 6 of that real life team’s players (injured/suspended/prospect list counts). scoring settings: shots, shot %, goals, assists, PIMs, plus/minus, hits, blocks, faceoff wins, faceoff losses, PPP, SHP, wins, GAA, SV %, shutouts. no moves limits but there are games limits. max goalie rule is you can have as many active goalies from team of your name as you want and up to 1 more from another team, if you have none from your own team max 2; and if you have 3 or more at most 1 can come from a team not named the same. (prospect/stash slots don’t count against this). Both of the fantrax leagues have infinite IR slots and anybody that can’t play for any reason can be slotted into them, to prevent hoarding nobody who’s on long term IR or suspended or inactive can be added from FA till they are active (shorter term injuries can be added from FA and anybody can be drafted). all draft times for these will be later than the 28th september and either at night or weekend day times.
    C: bergeron, krejci, taveras, vermette, colborne LW: boedker, m.johansson, marchand, spooner, beleskey RW: brouwer, palmieri, parenteau, pirri, clutterbuck D: ceci, chara, seidenberg, ekman-larsson, weber, krug,phaneouf G: rask, condon prospect list: stephens TB, carlo BOS, debrusk BOS, khokhlachev BOS, pulock NYI, m.subban BOS, zboril BOS team has 10th pick in all rounds.

    2. MIN:
    C: j.staal, carter, h.sedin, kopitar, nielsen LW: sheary, vanek, parise, baertschi RW: m.granlund MIN, pominville, versteeg, j.williams, cracknell, c.neil D: dekeyser, leddy, muzzin, pietrangelo, shattenkirk, suter G: dubnyk, r.miller prospects: svechnikov DET, tuch LV, fleury CAR, hicketts DET, kylington CGY team has pick at 7th in every round and needs at least 2 more MIN players before season starts

    3. VAN:
    C: horvat, n.schmaltz, stepan, sutter VAN, glendening LW: huberdeau, rakell, steen, watson, n.ritchie, granlund VAN RW: coyle, nash, b.ritchie, shaw, silfverberg D: braun, ekholm, forbort, pesce, schenn, yandle, skjei, daley, G: schneider, lundqvist prospects: mccann FLA, buchnevich NYR, cehlarik BOS, virtanen VAN, boeser VAN, juolevi VAN, tryamkin VAN team has pick 4 in all rounds

    LEAGUE 2: same as above but there is no shot % and it’s h2h not roto. no moves limits.

    1. BOS:
    C:bergeron, krejci, vatrano, d.moore, danault LW: byron, marchand, skinner, vesey, cogliano, beleskey RW: pasternak, perry, simmonds, r.smith, t.mitchell D: krug, carlo, chara, dumba, k.miller, zaitsev G: rask, reimer prospects: czarnik BOS, heinen BOS, bjork BOS, mcavoy BOS, zboril BOS, mcintyre BOS, m.subban BOS team picks 12th in all rounds.

    1.FLA: (this team has a lot of drops to make)
    C: brassard, haula, henrique, marchessault, barkov, brodziak, granlund MIN, glendening LW: maroon, hayden, huberdeau, teravainen, iginla RW: bjugstad, kessel, r.white, shaw, callhan, hemsky, shaw D: ekblad, ceci, orlov, pesce, petrovic, phaneouf, streit, sbisa G: dubnyk, elliot prospects: hawryluk FLA, mcleod NJ, borgstrom FLA, kempe LA svechnikov DET, sergachev TB, samsonov WAS. picks 11th in all rounds except last and also 3.4

    2.CGY (team needs LW from some losing eligibility, needs at least 2 more CGY players)
    C: nugent-hopkins, stamkos, trocheck, turris, larsson, lowry, zajac, backlund CGY LW: marleau, tkachuk RW: ferland, aho, arvidsson, hayes D: brodie, engelland, green, d.hamilton, niskanen, stralman, maataa, slavin G: schneider, condon prospects: brossoit EDM, s.wilson PIT, nylander BUF, meier SJ myers PHI, reilly MIN, sanheim PHI. picks at 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, no 4th, 7th in all rounds after

    [email protected] for interest.

  4. teddybb says:

    My league categories for skaters has added “hits” this year.
    What players in your top-200 are most affected by this category ?
    Are there any guys outside your 200 that now move into the top 200 ?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @teddybb: Ovechkin probably moves to #1 overall, the big hit guys like Simmonds and Big Buff move up a bunch too and guys like P. Kane drop. Honestly, there are too many players for me to list that get affected or move around my Top 200. I would look at hits totals for players from last season and move up everyone who gets 100+ hits and drop everyone who is 50 and below with the movement depending on how drastic the number is. Honestly, I would start your draft close to normal and see if you need hits as the draft goes along. If you’re short, I would start to avoid taking low hit guys.

      • teddybb says:

        Sounds like a plan. I’m feeling good with my keepers as Marchand and Wheeler.
        I’ll be following your list (not ESPN or yahoo) when I draft next week.
        Appreciate the advice !

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