Am I shocked at how well the Jets are doing?¬† No.¬† Reid and I talked about the Jets’ ceiling on the Central Division podcast and we said that second place is certainly within the realm of possibility (I guess we sold them a little short, first is in play).¬† Long term readers know how much I love¬†Connor Hellebuyck.¬† The only reason I was scared off a bit for redrafts is that Kevin Cheveldayoff said that¬†Steve Mason¬†would be their starter to open the season.¬† Well, Mason was lit up in his first game as a Jet and the rest is history.¬† Hellebuyck continued his outstanding breakout season over the weekend, saving 30 of 31 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Flames on Saturday, then a 29 save shutout in the 1-0 win against the Canucks on Sunday.¬† Hellebuyck is currently the #2 goalie on the season, and while there’s a chance he falls off a little bit (I’m certain he’ll finish as a #1G), I think he’s solidified himself as the #2 goalie in dynasty leagues.¬† The Jets are going to be really good for a long time and Hellebuyck will be a big reason and also a beneficiary of the talent around him.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The best line in hockey from last season is at it again.¬†¬†Brad Marchand¬†and¬†Patrice Bergeron¬†each had five points in the two Boston wins over the last two nights.¬† Marchand started off with a goal and an assist with three shots in the 4-1 win over Montreal, then bettered that with a goal and two assists with three shots against the Islanders.¬† Bergeron dished two assists on Wednesday before getting his second hat trick in the last two weeks on Thursday.¬† Bergeron is now one point short of being at a point per game while Marchand is well over that, sitting at 1.28 ppg, third in the league.¬† Marchand has provided slam dunk first down value, just exactly what you hoped for when you selected him this year.¬† Bergeron has managed to surpass expectations on a per-game basis.¬† If he didn’t miss time, he’d be a top ten forward on the season.¬† These guys are the main reason why the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league and a major Stanley Cup threat if they can manage to upset the Lightning.¬† For our purposes, keep rolling them in seasonal formats, and if you’re someone who fires multiple DFS lineups every night, I would make sure to have a Bruins stack on at least one team every night.¬† The upside is simply too high to ignore.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There have been a few big games by individuals this season but¬†Patrice Bergeron’s on Saturday is the new leader for the best of the year.¬† Bergeron scored four goals and added an assist with seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Hurricanes.¬† Bergeron was the second player this year to score four goals after¬†Alex Ovechkin.¬† Per usual, Bergeron is crushing all of the categories.¬† He’s playing around a 40+35 pace while already having a +19 rating, solid PIM and pushing four shots per game.¬† Bergeron is a slam dunk top 50 player for the rest of the season who should push towards the top 25.¬† Again, the top line in Boston is as good as it gets and Bergeron is at the forefront of their success.¬† That line just gave up their first goal against at even strength all season!¬† Remarkable stuff.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jake DeBrusk¬†was the second of three consecutive first round picks by the Bruins in the 2015 draft.¬† The other two players are still in the AHL developing but DeBrusk is starting to make his mark with the big squad.¬† In the 7-2 beatdown of the Blue Jackets, DeBrusk scored a goal and two assists with four shots and two penalty minutes.¬† He followed that up by scoring the only non-empty net goal against the Sabres on Tuesday.¬† As you can see below, snipe city:
That brings DeBrusk up to 8 goals and 10 assists in 28 games with solid penalty minutes and a decent shot rate.¬† The crazy thing is that he’s producing despite getting poor minutes (he’s averaging 14 per game on the season).¬† DeBrusk has shown me plenty this season to improve his stock in dynasties.¬† He looks like a lock to be a top six player going forward while having plenty of upside from there.¬† In redrafts, I wouldn’t hold him right now, solely because of the lack of minutes.¬† That said, DeBrusk is still a great streamer while he’s producing.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights in the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ll be honest, a year ago, I never thought I’d be writing about¬†Alex Stalock¬†again.¬† After a few years of being the backup in San Jose, Stalock was shipped to Toronto, where he was immediately waived to play in the AHL.¬† In the summer of 2016, Stalock signed a two-way deal with the Wild but never played in Minnesota, only in Iowa.¬† After Kuemper’s struggles last year and Stalock recording a .926 sv% in the A, the Wild let Kuemper go and decided to sign Stalock to be their backup this year.¬† Sadly,¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†was injured on Tuesday and is week-to-week.¬† We discussed this on yesterday’s podcast, but Stalock becomes a clear must-own until Dubnyk returns.¬† He made me look good as he shut out the Maple Leafs on Thursday night stopping 28 shots he’s faced.¬† Grab Stalock now before somebody else.¬† The Wild are getting healthy and playing great defensive hockey at the moment so for at least the next week, Stalock should provide great value.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†Tristan Jarry extensively on last week’s podcast.¬† We said that he should be picked up immediately with¬†Matt Murray¬†out for at least a few weeks, mostly because the Penguins had a back-to-back against the hapless Sabres.¬† Well, Jarry delivered and then some in both games.¬† He started off with a 34 save shutout in Buffalo before allowing 1 goal on 33 shots in Pittsburgh on Saturday.¬† The schedule isn’t great this week with the Rangers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs on deck, but they’re all at home.¬† At the least, Jarry is a nice spec add to see how things go against better competition.¬† He’s still available in over 70% of leagues so go grab him now.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Nothing like a revenge game against your former team to get your current team back on track.¬† Local Razzball favorite¬†Mike Smith¬†saved all 28 shots against his former team leading the Flames to a 3-0 win over the Coyotes.¬† Smith has been outstanding this point becoming one of the greatest values in fantasy hockey to this point.¬† The save percentage is among the league’s best and the wins are more than solid.¬† Since I’m all in on the Flames this year, I don’t see why the team in front of him would get worse.¬† To make things better, the Flames don’t have a quality backup goalie.¬† Smith is going to be a massive workhorse going forward and should be a borderline #1 fantasy goalie.¬† Not bad for someone drafted in the very late rounds.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the previous two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I normally don’t give the extended intro to the same player twice in a short period of time but my boy¬†Blake Wheeler¬†gets the honor tonight.¬† Wheeler’s excellent play continued on Monday night dishing four assists in the 4-1 win over the Stars, adding four shots and a +3 rating.¬† All of a sudden, Wheeler is quietly creeping up on the Tampa duo sitting third in the league in points.¬† 5+16, +7, 14 PIM, 9 STP, 46 SOG is Wheeler’s line through 14 games.¬† I don’t know what you guys think of that but it seems like an okay start to the season.¬† Loyal readers know I’ve long praised Wheeler as the most underrated superstar in the game and there are simply few players who consistently play at the level he does.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the 6 game slate on Monday:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was all in on the Tampa Bay Lightning again this year picking them to make the Stanley Cup Finals.¬† Obviously they don’t crown champions 3 weeks into the season but Tampa has started off incredibly well.¬† They’ve had some depth players step up but at the end of the day, their studs have been incredible.¬† The top two players in points in the NHL by a wide margin are both Lightning players with¬†Steven Stamkos.¬† Tampa Bay blitzed Pittsburgh 7-1 on Saturday and Stamkos led the way with a goal, three assists and four shots on goal.¬† That gives Stamkos a whopping 17 points (3+14) in 9 games.¬† Stamkos was a player who consistently dropped in my drafts into the third round and while it’s too early to celebrate given Stamkos’ injury, it’s been the dream start.¬† Fingers crossed that he stays healthy because Stammer could be a top 10, maybe even top 5 player.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?