Being a short fantasy week, I definitely picked the right time to be on fire with my streamer picks.  In the three days this week, there’s been a ton of goals from my streamers, including a hat trick.  One of my streamers had two goals tonight but that wasn’t the best call.  Andrei Vasilevskiy locked it down on Wednesday night stopping all 30 Maple Leafs shots leading the Lightning to a 1-0 victory.  This season has been tough for Vasilevskiy compared to last season but this is the kind of game he’s capable of having; there’s a reason why he was a first round pick in a time where goalies rarely go in the first round.  In dynasties, I’m a big fan.  It’s only a matter of time before Tampa decides to move him or Ben Bishop.  For the rest of the season in redrafts, he’s a top end streamer but won’t get enough starts to be a hold.  Here’s what else I saw on the small slate:

Steven Stamkos – Goal on three shots.  He’s starting to pick things up; I expect him to end the season top 5 in goals when all is said and done.

Claude Giroux – Two assists with a shot.  The big boys led the way for the Flyers tonight as they upset the Caps.  That’s nine points in his last seven games as the top line and power play unit is really doing damage for Philly.

Jakub Voracek – Two goals on five shots with two PIM.  Your buy low chance on Voracek is completely out the window now.  Expect his season half to be closer to last year than his first half of this season.

Wayne Simmonds – Assist with three shots.  Life is still great on the first line.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Two assists with two shots.  Man, this kid is good.  22 points in 29 games since his recall.  What a beast.

Andre Burakovsky  – Two goals on three shots.  Another streamer having a big game, woot!  The Caps play the first day after the All-Star break so hold him for at least that game, quite possibly longer.

Alex Ovechkin – Six shots on goal with two penalty minutes.  He is sitting out of the All-Star game due to a “lower body injury” a.k.a the Caps want him to get extra rest so he must miss their first game out of the break.  Sucks for his owners but remember it for next Tuesday.

Carter Hutton – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 2-1 win over the Flames.  He’s been better than Pekka Rinne has been this year, albeit in only 8 games played.  It’s clear that Rinne is going to get the majority of starts so Hutton should be left on the waiver wire.

Mattias Ekholm – Assist with two PIM.  That’s five straight games with an assist with a goal also in that span.  Grab him everywhere; the blockbuster trade for the next guy has really helped his value.

Ryan Johansen – Assist with two shots and two PIM.  His owners are finally reaping the benefits from RyJo and I don’t expect him to slow down.

Shea Weber – Goal on three shots playing over 29 minutes.  The power play points are incredible and salvaging his fantasy season.  The shots are down and the penalty minutes have completely disappeared.

Mark Giordano – Goal on three shots.  Despite his dreadful start, he’s back on pace for 55 points.  Pretty remarkable with how bad the Flames were the first 6 weeks of the season.

Matt Duchene – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He’s now tied for 7th in the league in goals after he was useless the first month of the season.

Gabriel Landeskog – Two shots on goal, two goals.  It seems like he hasn’t done much this year and the shot rate has fallen off but the Kog now has 13+22 in 48 games with 48 PIM.  There’s still a ton of value here and remarkably he’s still only 23 years old.

Nathan MacKinnon – Goal on two shots.  It’s been an excellent bounceback year after his sophomore slump.  The 20 year old is on pace to top 65 points with well over 3 shots per game.

Carl Soderberg – Two assists with a shot.  Despite my dislike for his averageness across the board, he should be owned at this point.  He’s on pace for over 40 assists which has a ton of value.

Jonathan Quick – 15 saves on 19 shots in the 4-3 loss to the Avs.  Yikes.  Another case of being due for a dud, I guess.  Still no worries here.

Drew Doughty – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  His offensive resurgence continues and Doughty is probably second in the Norris running right now.  Unfortunately for him, he has no shot because of Erik Karlsson.

Dwight King – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He had value in stretches last year but right now the minutes are scarce.  Unless he gets a boost up the depth chart, I don’t see much changing.

Vincent Lecavalier – Assist with a shot.  It’s nice when a guy getting a point is only your third best streamer.  He’s played surprisingly well for the Kings and while I’m not owning him in 12’ers, he could continue to be a decent stream on short slates like tonight.

That’s all for now guys.  With no games until next Tuesday, there won’t be any daily notes until Wednesday.  Don’t worry though, there will be plenty of hockey coverage in the meantime!  On Friday, Matt’s next article in his series will come out so be sure to give it a read.  On Monday and Tuesday, I’ll be posting an article looking towards the rest of the season.  My tentative plan is for Monday to be 10 things I like RoS and then Tuesday to be 10 things I don’t like, be it specific players, teams, etc.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or post any comments below.  If you have something specific you want to me to talk about in those articles for Monday and Tuesday, please let me know.  I’m definitely open to some ideas for discussion points.  Take care everyone!

  1. sliimbo says:
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    hey buddy

    another keeper league question for my 8 teamer with 12 keepers

    what do you think of Dylan Strome? is he worth holding onto in my NA spot? Shea Theodore just got sent down so i was gonna stash him on the NA for a few days…stream of course haha

    thanks

    • Viz

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      @sliimbo: I like him going forward but that said, I wouldn’t be keeping him in an 8 man league. There’s already guys who are more proven, Strome’s upside isn’t crazy (could easily be top 50 eventually but doubt top 25) and you’ll be able to draft him later next year. I think you’ll get more value keeping somebody else instead and then drafting Strome instead of vice versa.

  2. Scott says:
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    Sweet! Look forward to the new articles. Until then, enjoy the break!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Scott: Thanks a lot, you too!

  3. Ben the rhino says:
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    League: g,a,p,pp,h,gwg. Would you drop Marcus johansson for jack eichel?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Ben the rhino: oh my god yes. Eichel is a top 50 player right now, if not better.

      • Ben the rhino says:
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        thought so, thanks for the input!

  4. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I’m in a 10 team redraft h2h ea cat. Large rosters so it plays deeper. We run 4 lines 6 def 2 goalies so position matters and there are also positional limits for obvious reasons. 7 acquisition limit per week. c-Malkin, Dubinsky, Henrique , Names, Horvat, Backes, Nielsen—–LW Saad (rw), Kreider, Johansson, Spooner (c),Hoffman, Lee (c)……RW Tarasenko,Simmonds (lw), Zibanejad (c), Hornqvist, Palmieri, Nelson (c,lw) My d is loaded Byfuglien (rw), Weber, Burns, Klingberg, Barrie, Suter, Beauchemin … G-Rinne, Luongo, Mrazek and Hellebuyck Now my question I got to get Scheifele and Carlson off the ir Beauchemin is obvious but who else and Horvat took my streamer slot so now i’m jammed up. I try to make trades but since i’m in first by a wide margin people are afraid to trade with me even if i overpay.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Man that’s tough on the second spot, I do agree on Beauchemin obviously. I guess I would lean towards Lee?

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    got 3 more offers for simmonds in 16 team keep 14 league (at least 6 BOS players). start 3 of each forward, 5 D, 1 util, 2 G (3 active goalie max). hits/blocks/faceoffs/D man pts as separate category/ATOI/STP and for goalies MIN, saves.
    C – bergeron, krejci, henrique, m.granlund (MIN), fisher (streamer)
    LW – parise, marchand, chimera, lucic, nelson
    RW – jagr, j.hayes, j.hansen, simmonds, pasternak
    D -chara, spurgeon, hamilton, oduya, schenn (streamer)
    IR – boychuk, klefbom
    G – dubnyk, rask, lack
    right now my keepers would i think be bergeron, krejci, henrique, parise, marchand, simmonds, chara, hamilton, dubnyk, rask, pasternak, boychuk, lucic, and 1 of nelson/hansen/spurgeon.
    deals
    1. simmonds for saad + ekholm (increases D man pts, cuts a D man streamer and probably pts overall, but ekholm doesn’t hit/block much, and of course, like in all of these i lose a tons of hits/PIMs)
    2. simmonds for saad + r.strome (cuts forward streamer, could be huge pts gain for future)
    3. simmonds for saad + wennberg (gains faceoffs for sure, cuts forward streamer).

    what would be harder to determine is who my last keeper would be post trade if i do one, i could drop pasternak (but he is my 6th BOS guy) maybe to keep strome or wennberg. can’t imagine ekholm is a keeper though (so that probably rules out trade 1)

    • Viz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Well I definitely agree that we can throw the first offer away. As much as I like Ekholm right now, his future value isn’t great, especially with hits and blocks. If I’m doing one of these trades, it would be the second one because of Strome’s potential. What place are you in your league right now? If you’re contending, can you stomach losing those hits and PIM? I think your current place in the standings is a bigger factor in whether to consider making one of these moves.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Viz: this team is in 13th, and was in 15th when i joined. but still not likely to be great for a while maybe, but it’s hard to tell, i just beat a good team pretty well in the one week i completed, and am competing right now against another one.

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            @Eli Man Penguin Boy: i just went over and tried to figure out how good my team would be had it been with parise (current team) AND had it’s roster set all year. It’s somewhat hard to determine since sometimes a guy has to be benched on busy days, but having finished that this team appears as a top 5 one with
            good (not great) ratings : in goals, plus/minus, PIMs, wins, GAA, sv %
            great in: saves, minutes, shutouts (even after turning jones into lack or streamer)
            middle of road in: assists, FOW, hits, D pts, STP
            low (but not bottom 3 either): SOG, blocks

            and hits/blocks/FOW are easiest things to stream obviously. It was actually surprising to find out it’s low in shots.

            • Viz

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              @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Being that low, I’d be playing for the future more than this season. If you can move some of the older guys for future help, it would be smart to do. As to those trades, Saad and Strome for Simmonds is really close and can go either way. You lose a lot in hits and PIM long term but in total value, Saad is close to Simmonds and is 23 vs 27 years old and get Strome too. Like you said, hits are easier to get long term so I would lean towards doing it. You may have to make a similar trade down the line on the other end to get those hits and PIM but your core is really nice for a 16 man league, especially with the goalies.

  6. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    might add a dynasty team. 9 or 10 farm spots so this team is weak in farm and defense, but extremely strong in goalies and pretty decent in forwards. 14 team h2h start 2 of each forward, 2 extra wingers, 1 F, 5 D, 2 G, 9 BN. hits/blocks/PPP/SHP/shot %/GWG added. standard goalie stuff.
    Nazem Kadri Tor – C
    Tyler Ennis Buf – C,LW,RW
    Dustin Brown LA – LW,RW
    Ryan O’Reilly Buf – C,LW,RW
    Tomas Jurco Det – LW,RW
    Jeff Skinner Car – LW,RW
    Vladimir Tarasenko StL – RW
    Jordan Eberle Edm – RW
    Boone Jenner Cls – C,RW
    Ryan Murray Cls – D
    Radko Gudas Phi – D
    Danny DeKeyser Det – D
    Dmitrij Jaskin StL – RW
    Justin Braun SJ – D
    Jeff Carter LA – C,RW
    Anders Lee NYI – C,LW
    Patrick Sharp Dal – C,LW,RW
    Mika Zibanejad Ott – C,RW
    T.J. Oshie Was – C,RW
    Bo Horvat Van – C
    Brooks Orpik Was – D
    Colin Miller Bos – D
    Jared Cowen Ott – D
    Ryan Ellis Nsh – D
    Pekka Rinne Nsh – G
    Carey Price Mon – G
    Jonathan Quick LA – G
    Robin Lehner Buf – G

    Farm: RattieT, MarnerM, SprongD, PulockR
    i’m finding out about farm requirements, and whether or not most teams are using their 9-10 farm spots, as this team is trashy in farm.

    • Viz

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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: Wow, those goalies are absurd in 14 man. I guess the only downside is your only elite forward is Tarasenko and your defense is pretty rough but at the same time, there’s a lot here for you to work with. If that team is out of contention now, you could move guys like Sharp for a lot of future help, etc. And while the farm is weak, Marner does have a ton of potential, he’s one of the best prospects right now in fantasy. I think you can do well taking it over.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Viz: i’d be looking to move older guys like sharp, but also one goalie (preferably rinne) for a good D man plus prospect depth (a few), maybe with draft picks.
        here’s farm list:Max of 10 players. Can stay here until they start a year no longer

        with rookie status.

        1. Ho-SangJ, DvorakC, GaunceB, ReinhartG, FucaleZ, BaileyJustin,

        HellebuyckC, StromeD, KonecnyT, MerkleyN

        2. ManthaA, JensenN, KhokhlachevA, TuchA, TheodoreS, ChabotT, JuulsenN,

        BigrasC, McDavidC, MurrayM

        3. RattieT, MarnerM, SprongD, PulockR, GudasR (this would be mine, but i’m pretty sure gudas can’t be kept here anymore)

        4. SubbanJ, PlotnikovS, ScherbakN, SlepyshevA, SarosJ, CopleyP, KamenevV, TolchinshyS, BrossoitL

        5. PetanN, OrtioJ, McCarronM, BjorkstrandO, WerenskiZ, BarzalM, GostibehereS, KempeA, GarlandC, HonkaJ

        6. DomiM, FialaK, VranaJ, ProvorovI, GuryanovD, O’ConnorM, WidemanC

        7. MorrisseyJ, FleuryH, HanifanN, SamsonovI, SenyshynZ, WhiteC, FabbriR,

        8. NurseD, ErneA, RychelK, DebruskJ, BoeserB, VerseyJ, ForsbergA, VisentinM

        9. SubbanM, MorinS, MilanoS, BarbeshevI, PercyS, ZborilJ, RoslovicJ, BuchnevichP, DermottT

        10. CampbellJ, BinningtonJ, DeAngeloA, BoweyA, SvechnikovE, ConnorK, GilliesJ, PointsB, McDonaldM, SvedbergV

        11. KapanenK, NillsonA, SkapskiM, RantanenM, GudlevskisK, BeauvillierA

        12. MeireT, GrubauerP, UllmarkL, ArmiaJ, BaptisteN, KoekkoekS, LemieuxB, CarrierW, PickardC, SamuelssonH

        13. GoldobinN, SanheimT, BleakleyC, ZachaP, CrouseL, EriksonJ, BlackwoodM, ComrieE, NylanderW, Dal ColleM

        14. VirtanenJ, RitchieN, PerliniB, LarkinD, DemkoT, ReinhartS, DuclairA, HuttonB, NedjokivikA, ShinkaurokH

        I see 121 guys here, for an average of 8.64 per team. That being said there’s also 14 of that list current NHL regulars (plotnikov counts as he’s been up all year, fiala didn’t), so 7.64 of actual “prospect only” guys. I’m looking into the system in which we could restock, other than trades.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: Which teams are near the top of the standings? I assume they will be willing to part with prospects the most to make a push now.

  7. Christine Michael: one Unlucky Whitehead (just pop him or not) says:
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    anybody else finding carbonneau saying it’s “surprising” that MTL has been so bad without price odd? the entire league knows what that team was without him (well not this bad i guess), but everybody would’ve told him that without price they surely weren’t a playoff team.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Christine Michael: one Unlucky Whitehead (just pop him or not): Yeah, I don’t think he wants to come out and rip Condon, Scrivens and even Tokarski but my God, those guys are all horrible. The lack of offensive firepower gets exposed as well when they can’t win 2-1 games. When Gallagher was out, they had Patches, Plekanec and Galchenyuk and nobody else you’d expect to score even 15 goals in a year in their forward corps.

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