Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fantasy Hockey Goalie Sleeper Picks 2014-2015

Justin Peters - WAS - Carolina didn't want to let him go, but they couldn't trade Cam Ward so Ward-Khudobin it is in Carolina. Meanwhile, Holtby is the de facto number one but struggled to ward off Michal Neuvrith, Philip Grubauer and Jaro Halak all of last season.

Alex Stalock - SJ - San Jose didn't trust Niemi at all during the playoffs and it finally showed when they started Stalock in their series against LA. Armed with a new deal, Stalock will look to prove that he's a better option than Niemi, who some think isn't good enough to take SJ to the promised land.

Anders Lindback - DAL - A decent goalie on a team that is looking more and more like a Cup contender. If Lehtonen gets banged up (as he tends to do) then Lindback is the guy. Again, nobody will touch him.

Devan Dubnyk - AZ - Smith is the guy no doubt, but like Greiss, Dubnyk could be an effective spot start. Mike Smith's career was resuscitated in AZ, maybe Dubnyk's will too.

Carter Hutton - NAS - If Rinne has any kind of medical setback in his recovery from a serious injury then Hutton is who they will go with.

Martin Jones - LA - Starter Jonathan Quick has probably played more TOI than any other player in the past 3 years (or he would have if it werent for his injury). And he will be rehabbing an injury all offseason. Injury+Cup hangover could mean Jones either has to save the Kings season or simply earns more starts on merit.

Martin Brodeur - UFA - If he lands on a great team then who knows what he could string together. Nobody will touch him in your draft.

Monday, May 26, 2014

2014-2015 Fantasy Hockey Rankings Updates (COMING SOON)

After a fairly lengthy hiatus, Fantasy Hockey Fanatic will begin gearing up early for the 2014-2015 fantasy season with some offseason rankings updates in the coming days.

First up will be a brand new top 100 forwards rankings.

Following that, the 2014-2015 fantasy hockey defenseman rankings will get an update.

Finally, I will update the 2014-2015 fantasy hockey goalie rankings. This offseason will be particularly interesting for goalies: where does Ryan Miller end up? Who will be the starter in Anaheim, St Louis, Winnipeg, Washington, Carolina, or Calgary? We can all make educated guesses, but with the number of fairly talented goalies entering the market such as Cam Ward, Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller and even guys like James Reimer, there's bound to be a few shakeups in creases around the league.

Each fantasy rankings category will get updated approximately once a month.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Watch: Nov 23, 2013

WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS

Tyler Ennis - LW - BUF - It's always wise to exercise caution before adding a member of the Buffalo Sabres, but Ennis has been ripping it up lately. His month long slumber to start the season has ended, and he's back to his expected 50-60 point pace with 6 points in his last 8 games played.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Watch, Friday Oct 25, 2013

Waiver Wire Pickups

Ray Whitney - DAL - LW - (11% owned in Yahoo) - 6 points in 9 GP - It boggles the mind that a guy who was on pace for 75 points last year is on only 11% of fantasy rosters. He's going to get you at least 50 points, and has a realistic shot at doing much, much better than that. Get over the age thing, he's still a great player.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Another Collection of Fantasy Hockey Darkhorse/Sleeper Picks for 2013-2014

Everybody loves sleeper picks (myself included), so here's yet another selection:

Jhonas Enroth - G - BUF - It's almost guaranteed that Ryan Miller gets traded out of Buffalo this season as the franchise looks to begin a gruelling rebuild. If the team transitions into tank mode, they'll probably turn to Enroth before deciding to sign or trade for a veteran netminder. Enroth looked solid last season in his spot starts in the Buffalo crease. You might not want to draft Enroth, but be ready to pounce on him the free agent market the moment Miller rumours start to surface. If the Sabres are out of the playoff picture early, the Miller trade could happen well before the deadline.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Even More Fantasy Hockey Sleeper Picks for 2013-2014

It's fantasy hockey draft season once again and GM's are making their lists and checking it twice. Here are some late round gifts for your fantasy hockey team.

Brandon Pirri - C - CHI - Even though Chicago is known to have great depth throughout their lineup, they're shockingly thin down the middle. Pirri is known for his playmaking skills and could snag you a surprising 40-50 points this season on the Blackhawks' second line.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Fantasy Hockey Sleeper Picks for 2013-2014

I thought I'd throw out a few more darkhorse fantasy hockey picks before the 2013-2014 NHL season starts.

I know what you're thinking: "My draft isn't that deep; I doubt I would ever select one of these guys," but it's important to know who the sleepers are anyways. You won't necessarily think to draft these players, but if they get off to good starts this 2013-2014 NHL season, you'll want to pounce quickly. If you didn't even know who they were, then you'd likely discard or gloss over their productivity.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Sleeper Picks 2013-2014: Who's ranked too low? Too high?

Building upon Goods Fantasy Hockey's interesting article on Yahoo fantasy hockey rankings, I thought I'd chime in with some of my own selection of players I deem ranked too low or too high. I agree with all of Goods' selections, so I'll simply add my own additions to the list here.

Too Low

Logan Couture - LW - Ranked 81 - Isn't it time Couture got some respect as a fantasy hockey stud? Every year the guy comes out and gets close to 30 goals, and should be counted on as a perennial 65-75 point guy on a solid San Jose roster. It boggles the mind that he finds himself lower on the list than guys like Ryan Kesler, Derek Stepan and Brad Richards.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fantasy Hockey Rankings Update: Top 50 Defensemen 2013-2014

September 16th: A little late to post this up, but a few days ago I updated my top 50 defensemen list. For the most part you will notice tinkering here and there but no dramatic shifts. Once the season gets going expect to see significant moves in the rankings.

Head over to the top 50 NHL defensemen in fantasy hockey rankings.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best Goalies in Fantasy Hockey 2013-2014: Six to Ten

Continuing on from my top five NHL goalies for the 2013-2014 season, here are the next best five:

6. Pekka Rinne - Nashville Predators
Most lists have Rinne ranked higher, but he plays for a weak team and didn't have a strong 2013 season. He should bounce back in a strong way, but the wins might not be at the level you should look for in a top five goalie selection.