We’ve reached the final week of the season with every team having 2-3 games left. Hopefully you’re all still in contention in your leagues so these games matter to you. In this post, I’m going to take a look at each day to see how you can plan accordingly to maximize starts and stream the best players possible. Let’s get to it!
Monday: There’s only one game tonight with the Flyers taking on the Blackhawks. This has all the makings of a horrible game that has a ton of goals, which is all we need for fantasy. For those of you in shallower leagues, Travis Konecny and Dylan Strome are the best options for streaming. For deep leagues, there are actually a bunch of appealing options. Taylor Raddysh is getting PP1 time which is great against the Flyers. Bobby Brink is running the point on Philly’s first unit and playing on the second line. They have a kids line playing well with Owen Tippett, Noah Cates and Morgan Frost. Both of these teams also play on Wednesday when there are only five games, so if you’re limited in the amount of moves you can make in a week, I would overload on players in this game since Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are big slates. Welcome both Brink and Cates to the Razzball Database!
Tuesday: There are thirteen games on Tuesday so there’s little need to stream. If you need a guy for deep leagues, Nick Bjugstad would be a great option assuming Zuccarello isn’t back against Arizona. I can’t imagine they rush to get Zucc back in the lineup, and Arizona is in complete shambles at the moment. The game to watch is definitely Vegas at Dallas, as Vegas’ season is on the line, especially after choking away the game Sunday night.
Wednesday: We have five games to choose from, four of which should have playoff implications. The Rangers could be battling for the division if they beat Carolina on Tuesday, but either way, Alexandar Georgiev is going to be starting this game. He’ll be the best streaming option in net for the week, and it’s great that we know ahead of time that he’ll be starting. Winnipeg and Philly should be high scoring. If Vegas beats Dallas on Tuesday, then they’ll be all in on their game against Chicago. Evgenii Dadonov is my top streaming pick from Vegas, although Chandler Stephenson is right there depending on your team needs. Dallas clinches the playoffs if they win in regulation on Tuesday. I suspect they’re going to be trying either way in an attempt to avoid Colorado. The problem is that they don’t have many streaming options. I guess Denis Gurianov would be my first choice? It’s ugly outside of their first line. The Kings can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Kraken. Thankfully, they have plenty of options. Viktor Arvidsson is my first choice with his linemates, Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore next.
Thursday: With nine games on the schedule, this is possibly the last day of streaming depending on your league settings (more on that later). Kailer Yamamoto is on the first line and the Oilers are pushing for home ice in the first round, so I expect them to have a dominant performance against the Sharks. Mason Marchment played on the first line on Sunday and scored a goal. He’s in a great spot. For those of you who need to make moves a day ahead of time, the Kings and Hurricanes finish their season on Thursday making them the only two teams that don’t play on Friday. Keep that in mind when you’re planning ahead.
Friday: With 15 games, you’ll have no need to stream. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a lot of players get rested, or at the least, have their minutes limited, so make sure you keep up to date on your players being in the lineup. I’ll be sure to write later in the week about players we know who are sitting out.
Sunday: Well, a makeup game messed up the end of the season. Seattle and Winnipeg are playing a game that means nothing outside of lottery odds. It depends on your league if this game is being included or not. On ESPN, the default is for this game to not be included with the fantasy season ending on Friday. On Yahoo, the default is to include the game. In a vacuum, Matty Beniers and Paul Stastny are my top streaming candidates. However, you’ll know what categories you’ll be looking for on Sunday, so stream accordingly. If you need hits and blocks, Adam Larsson is your guy, etc.
Three Point Challenge: We’ll do it for Tuesday’s Games. You can’t pick McDavid, Huberdeau, Draisaitl, Gaudreau, Matthews, Kaprizov, Marner, Tkachuk, Stamkos, Panarin, or Miller. I’ll take Kucherov against the Blue Jackets.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Wednesday reviewing my bold predictions from before the season, along with JKJ’s bold predictions. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Best of luck to everybody to close the season! Thanks for reading, take care!