Hey there! It’s Lackeydrinksonme!

It’s the return of my weekly long-run streamer column. I’m here to offer some pickups for the short-slate games in the upcoming week, with a focus on putting more players on the ice than your opponent. ESPN has changed everything so I don’t have Games Started data for the new year, but bear in mind that the odds of coming out with a win are strongly related to the number of players you put on the ice.

Last I updated, out of 580 fantasy matchups I have recorded, teams who put at least 10 more skaters on the ice than their opponents are 65-5-6. Those who have gotten at least 5 more skaters won 62% of the time. This column will focus on getting additional player starts several times a week, especially on days with fewer games, and maximizing player usage so as not to leave points on the bench. If you see a guy you like, pick him up with the objective of getting an extra 2-4 decent starts a week.

The season is still young, so I’m going to go more off line combinations and who has taken shots than my usual go-to of shots plus expected goals.

Let’s get to it!

Week of 10/8

Anaheim Ducks- M-W-ST-SU

Anaheim has a great schedule this week, and if you have Rakell or Getzlaf, that’s a great start to getting skater numbers up.

Troy Terry – 14:55 ATOI. If you’re committed to simply putting men on ice, then Terry is your guy this week. Skating on the top line with Rakell and Getzlaf means he’ll see enough scoring opportunities to maybe be relevant, although in ANA’s two games he’s been pretty quiet.

Maxime Comtois – 13:41 ATOI and two goals in two games. Just 19 years old, Comtois skates on the second line with Henrique and Silfverberg and has already flashed some talent. It’s likely that his quick start is a flash in the pan, but you can always take a chance on a hotter hand.

Sam Steel – 14:22 ATOI, Steel is finally breaking into the NHL after being drafted in 2016. Centering up the third line and possessing a badass name, Steel is worth a look in very deep leagues, considering he put up 214 points in 120 games with the Regina Pats.

VGK: M-W-TH-ST

After Vegas’s season last year, people reached way too deep for Vegas players, so it might be hard to find anything in your leagues. If I grabbed a VGK player, I would keep them M/W and then set them loose for spot starts on the weekend.

Tomas Nosek – 12:47 ATOI. Probably the only good stream for Vegas is Nosek, as everyone else has too high of ownership to be on waivers consistently. Nosek is on the third line with Carpenter and Lindberg (who?) but has fired off 5 shots and is worth a flyer in deep leagues.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – 13:32 ATOI. Yeah, he’s on the fourth line and is essentially a no-namer. Like I said, it’s slim pickings. Bellemare has 13 minutes of ice time so far and has fired off three shots. He’s also grabbed a short-handed point. I don’t know how deep your leagues are, but Bellemare could be on your radar, I guess.

OTT- M-W-ST

Ottawa managed to clobber TOR on Saturday, which somehow still doesn’t indicate much talent on their roster.

Thomas Chabot – 21:19 ATOI. I’m surprised he’s only owned at 8% in ESPN, clearly heading up Ottawa’s much-maligned D but managing to contribute six shots and four points across two games. Chabot is a good quick grab if he’s available.

Ryan Dzingel – 17:14 ATOI. Tons of ice time skating on the second line, Dzingel has fired off three shots in two games and is in a not-awful situation linemate-wise. Worth a look if you’re stacked on Saturday and just want a M/W flyer to cut loose.

Zach Smith – 16:25 ATOI. Barely owned in any leagues, Smith is skating alongside Mark Stone and has three points in two games. I could see production of some kind continuing, but probably only worth a look in deep leagues.

I’m planning on doing a deep dive Wednesday night, so will have an article up Thursday and also a continuation of this series next Monday. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and good luck!!

  1. dubjay says:
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    Hey Lackey,
    I was just proposed this trade in my 12 team yahoo league.
    His HOLTBY, GRUBAUER, C.MILLER
    for
    my DUBNYK, SUBBAN, CRAWFORD
    I said no mainly because I didnt want to lose subban. But I would love to grab holtby from him. Just wondering if you think Dubnyk and Holtbys values will be that different end of season. I know that holtby went earlier in drafts. But thinking that maybe the stanley cup hangover will slow down the whole team this year.
    I was thinking of countering with Simmonds/Dubnyk for Holtby. I am stacked at RW with Wheeler and Kucherov so Simmonds wont play barring an injury
    What do you think?

    • dubjay says:
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      @dubjay:
      My goalies as of right now are DUBNYK, RAANTA and CRAWFORD

      • Lackeydrinksonme

        Lackeydrinksonme says:
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        @dubjay:
        Hey, man

        I’ll assume this is PK Subban and not Malcolm. Your goalies right now probably won’t grab many wins, but their ratios will be OK… which runs a risk the opposite way if you had Holtby, considering he was trash most of last year (IMO). I’m not super high on Miller, so this is a toughie. Your response of Simmonds/Dubnyk for Holtby sounds good, I think Holtby should only be a little behind by year’s end in ratios with the possibility for 35+ wins.

        A lot of this depends on your league’s scoring. If hits are counted and goalie cats are W/Sv%/GAA, then I would keep Simmonds and Dubnyk. If hits aren’t counted and/or something like Saves are counted for goalies, I would try for the diagonal upgrade with Holtby.

        One last point is Holtby on his name might be a good flip for an upgrade (Rask, Gibson+, Hellebuyck) later on, which you might not get from Dubnyk.

        Grubauer starts tonight, so keep this guy on the hook until we see what happens.

        • dubjay says:
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          @Lackeydrinksonme:
          Goalie stats are standard yahoo so W, GAA, SV%, SO. Hits are a category as well. I already said no to the original offer and havent sent the counter yet. I think he may bite mainly cause he could use the toughness at RW. I like what DUbnyk has done so far though so its tough. Although the shots allowed by the Wild so far is pretty terrifying

          • Lackeydrinksonme

            Lackeydrinksonme says:
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            @dubjay:
            Huh. MIN’s possession numbers are awful through two games.

            I might try to keep Simmonds for his hits, but if you think you’re OK with that category then I would try to get Holtby for Simmonds/Dubnyk. If this goes through and you wanted Hits options then guys like Jordan Staal, Palmieri, or Mantha might be good snags to fill in the gap.

            • dubjay says:
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              [email protected]Lackeydrinksonme:
              Yeah thats what i was saying. It will be hard for Dubnyk to keep up those percentages facing 40 shots a night. I think im ok with hits with Trochek, PL Dubois, A.Lee, Wheeler, Subban, OEL, Dumba, Trouba

              • dubjay says:
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                @dubjay:
                thanks for the feedback. Appreciated

                • Lackeydrinksonme

                  Lackeydrinksonme says:
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                  @dubjay:
                  Those guys should keep the hits coming (92.1 WSYR anyone?). Hopefully this works out for you!

                  • Lackeydrinksonme

                    Lackeydrinksonme says:
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                    @Lackeydrinksonme:
                    Oops, WSEN, but it still wasn’t a good Syracuse joke!

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