Fantasy Hockey Week 5 Preview
Fantasy Hockey News, Notes & Injuries
Anze Kopitar (upper-body) was unable to suit up Sunday in Winnipeg after suffering an injury late in the third period of Friday’s loss in Ottawa. Kopitar appeared to have hurt his arm-wrist and his head coach Darryl Sutter calls his captain day-to-day. The Kings are one of six teams playing four games during Week 5 of the Fantasy Hockey season. Check out the Kings’ player to pick up below.
Matt Duchene (concussion) is considered day-to-day according to Avalanche head coach Jared Bendar. Duchene missed the final period Friday against the Jets and was inactive Sunday against the Bruins. It’s hard to predict how long Duchene will be sidelined, but look for Mikko Rantanen to see a boost in playing time. The rookie finally scored his first NHL goal Friday, and he played Sunday’s game on a line with Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan Mackinnon.
The Hurricanes placed Justin Faulk (upper-body) on injured reserve this past week, and although the news initially didn’t look good, it doesn’t seem all that bad.
#Canes defenseman Justin Faulk is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, Bill Peters said.
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) November 8, 2016
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) November 12, 2016
The good news is that Faulk is skating, so the injury doesn’t seem to be serious. It was a leg injury that caused the Canes’ defenseman to miss most of the second half last year.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a league worst .867 team save percentage and it’s not about to get any better as Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks. Neuvirth’s numbers weren’t great to start the season, but he has a 4-2 record. Steve Mason‘s numbers are not much better, but at least now we know he’ll get the majority of the starts for the next month. I’d rather add Peter Budaj.
On the way back
Zach Parise (foot) is expected back Tuesday or Thursday according to head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Drouin have been dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Sharp is getting closer to a return and Drouin is expected back Monday when his Lightning take on the Islanders in Brooklyn.
Nick Bjugstad (hand) took part in the morning skate Saturday and will join the Florida Panthers on their upcoming road trip. He could get in a game this week as they play four times during Week 5. He’ll find himself in a top six role when he returns, and he’s coming off a season in which he scored 15 goals and had 15 power play points in 67 games. The 6’6″ center scored 24 the year befo
Fantasy Hockey Week 5 Preview (Nov.14-Nov.20)
There are six teams that play four games during the week. Below is a player to add from each team if you’re into getting the most out of your moves. The Kings, Panthers and Jets play Saturday and Sunday if you’re looking for a couple of players for the weekend. It’s always nice to have players on Sunday. Tampa Bay is the only team to play Monday and Tuesday and have four games this week.
Troy Brouwer – RW – 19 percent Y! – 22 percent ESPN
I’m not cutting Brouwer in leagues with hits, but talk about a bad couple of weeks for the right winger. He has only one point in his last eight games to go along with a minus seven rating. I still like his upside in leagues with hits and PIMS, so I’ll hang on for now. You can drop him in straight points leagues.
Reilly Smith – RW – 20 percent Y! – 33 percent ESPN
Smith has played 20 plus minutes in three of his last five games. He has two goals in his last four, four points in his last seven and 16 shots on goal in his last six. Smith ranks second among Panthers forwards in ice time per game (19:32) and he’s skating with Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the Panthers in points with 14. Smith had 25 goals last season and picked up eight playoff points in the first round of the playoffs. He continues to progress and clearly has won over the coaching staff.
Los Angeles Kings
Tanner Pearson – LW – 16 percent Y! – 25 percent ESPN
Pearson was someone on my radar, but with his linemate Kopitar sidelined it makes me like him a whole lot less. Pearson has nine points on the year, but he isn’t as appealing playing with Trevor Lewis and Teddy Purcell. That said, he scored Sunday night playing with those two, to give him six goals through 14 games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
There are a number of players from Tampa Bay that you should not only stream, but own. I’ve ranked them below. Keep in mind if you have a Sunday move left from Week 4, you could use it on one of the players below, as the Lightning are one of only two teams to play Monday, and they also play Tuesday. If they don’t do it for ya, drop and move on.
Ondrej Palat – LW – 41 percent Y! – 58 percent ESPN
Palat has had a real slow start to the season; just two goals and a minus eight rating. Things may be turning around for the winger, though, as he has points in two of his last three games and fired seven pucks on goal last week in a game against the Panthers. He’s in a top-six role and plays on the number one power play. Palat leads all Lightning skaters with 34 hits.
Valtteri Filppula – C/LW – 10 percent Y! – 11 percent ESPN
Filppula provides basically nothing in leagues with shots, hits and penalty minutes. He certainly has value in straight points leagues or leagues with power play points, as he quarterbacks the second unit. Filppula skates on the third line, but he ranks third among Lightning forwards in ice time per game at 17:44. He’s played 18 plus in four of his last five games and has four points over that span.
Vladislav Namestnikov – C/LW – 4 percent Y! – 4 percent ESPN
Despite only having two goals and five points, Namestnikov may be the best stream of the week, and he’s the one who is most likely available in your league. He always makes for a great DFS play due to the fact that he skates on a line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Stamkos ranks third in the NHL in points with 17 through his first 15 games and Kucherov isn’t far behind with 16 in just 14 games. Namestnikov also skates on the number one PP unit.
Alex Killorn – C/LW – 42 percent Y! – 50 percent ESPN
Killorn has been skating alongside Filppula and Ryan Callahan in what is slated as Tampa’s third line. Most of his eight points on the year came while playing with Stamkos, but he can provide shots, hits and has power play upside with three PPP on the season. Killorn has 15 shots on goal in his last five games and at least one in all 15 games so far.
Tom Wilson – RW – 4 percent – Y! – 7 percent ESPN
Wilson is more of a for now,GPP DFS play, as opposed to a guy you want to own in season-long formats. The only thing to like about Wilson is he’s playing on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson. That’s probably why Kuznetsov is off to an awful start. Wilson won’t stick around in a top-six role for long, so make sure you have an eye on game day skates to see who he’s playing with and then maybe play him in a tournament.
Jacob Trouba – D – 28 percent Y! – 43 percent ESPN
Trouba played 23:14 in his first game of the season and then 27:53 in his second game Sunday against the Kings. That’s major minutes for a guy playing his first two games. Despite zero points through two, the newly signed Jet has seven blocks and five shots. In leagues with hits and blocks he’s a must add. He has 13 career power play points on his resume and is expected to take another jump forward as this is year four in the NHL.
Others owned in fewer than 50 percent of Y!zz z & ESPN leagues
Evander Kane – LW – 28 percent Y! – 38 percent ESPN
Kane has zero points in four games this season, but he has eight shots and nine hits. He’s one of only a few players who shoots a ton of pucks, hits everyone and is known to take a few penalties. He hits all categories across the board. The scoring will come. In the mean time, roster him.
Patrick Maroon – LW – 22 percent Y! – 19 percent ESPN
Maroon has played with a few skilled players in his day, but nobody quite as nice as Connor McDavid. Maroon has six goals on the year, but four in his last five and he has six points over that span. All of those points while playing on a line with McDavid. As of Sunday morning, Maroon, Nick Ritchie (who I also like as an add), Patric Hornqvist, Alex Ovechkin, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Palmieri and Vincent Trocheck were the only forwards to have 30 plus hits and 30 plus shots. Maroon has 35 shots and 36 hits.
Patrick Eaves – RW – 8 percent Y! – 12 percent ESPN
Eaves has six goals and 12 points through 15 games. He’s benefiting from ice time with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Four goals in his last four games to go along with at least a shot on goal in 11 games this season; an average of three per game. Play him in DFS while he’s hot!
Radim Vrbata – RW – 7 percent Y! – 13 percent ESPN
Vrbata has six goals, 11 points and enters the week on a four-game point streak. Maybe his low ownership has something to do with the fact that he plays for the Coyotes. Vrbata had an off year last season, but had 31 goals and 63 points two seasons ago. His 39 shots on goal rank inside the top 50 in the league.
Mark Streit – D – 38 percent Y! – 68 percent ESPN
Streit has 10 points and five of them have come on the power play. No reason for him to be on the wire in straight point leagues. He finished tied for first with 30 power play points two seasons ago.
Paul Byron – LW/RW – 6 percent Y! – 3 percent ESPN
Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov have really been clicking since getting paired up together and Paul Byron is benefiting. He’s dirt cheap in DFS and he has five goals and 10 points on the year. He’s played six games with the duo and has five points over that span.