Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Jan 16 – 22

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: Quite a few teams play 4 games this week (15) as we get into a busy stretch before the upcoming all-star break.

Edmonton plays 4 games in the first 6 days of the week ahead and two of their opponents play in Edmonton on the tail-end of a back-to-back set, therefore the Oilers could see some success. Guys like Sekera, Klefbom and Nugent Hopkins have low ownership while Maroon is now 53% owned as he has scored 7 goals in his last 6 games.

Buffalo plays two back-to-back sets this week, one to start the week and one on Friday/Saturday. Look or Reinhart or Evander Kane to add player games to your roster, both players are ~30% owned and have definite potential (especially Kane for multiple categories including PIMs).

Minnesota plays four home games this week while Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, New York Islanders, San Jose and Toronto play three home games. Conversely, Nashville plays four games on the road and Arizona, Dallas, Florida, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Washington play three on the road.

2 Games – Philadelphia

3 Games – Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York Rangers, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

4 Games – Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds:

Monday/Tuesday: Buffalo, Dallas, Tampa Bay

Tuesday/Wednesday: Florida

Wednesday/Thursday: Arizona, San Jose

Thursday/Friday: Nashville

Friday/Saturday: Buffalo, Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal, New Jersey

Saturday/Sunday: Columbus, Minnesota, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia

Who’s Hot (and available): In keeping with the weekly theme, here are some hot players who are under 50% owned.

Jordan Staal – 2G, 5A, 14 SOG, +3 in his last 4 games played (17% owned)

Victor Rask has been Carolina’s best center so far this season but Staal has been the hottest Hurricane recently. He is on a two-game multi-point streak and a four-game point streak during Carolina’s four-game winning streak. Keep the good times rolling in Raleigh by adding Staal if you need a replacement at center or left wing.

Brock McGinn – 4G, 3A, +5, 9 SOG in his last 3 games played (0% owned)

This one is way off of the radar but deserves a mention nonetheless due to his scorching hot play alongside Jordan Staal in Carolina’s past 3 games. McGinn tallied 4 points on Saturday night against the Islanders. Perhaps the hot streak will continue a little longer before McGinn comes back down to Earth.

Vincent Trochek – 3G, 4A, 9 SOG, +3 in his last 4 games played (49% owned)

Vinny is turning his season around in a hurry, he has 13 points in his last 10 games while averaging over 21:30 minutes of ice-time per game (only two Panthers play more). With that much ice-time, Trocheck has plenty of opportunities to continue his impressive scoring. His pre-season ranking of 128 and Florida’s subsequent poor start to the season (especially compared to last season) resulted in a large drop in ownership. However, with his recent success and signs of sustainable production, Trocheck’s ownership will be over 50% and beyond in a hurry. Grab him now if he’s still available.

Nick Leddy – 2G, 3A, +4, 8 SOG, 6 BLK in his last 3 games (39% owned)

Despite the Islanders losing 4 of their last 5 games, Leddy has 6 points through that stretch and a +4 rating. Overall this season he has been pretty productive with 21 total points. New York plays back-to-back on the weekend which could be a good opportunity for a quick dose of Leddy in your lineup.

Gustav Nyquist – 2G, 3A, +1, 2 PPPs, 6 SOG in his last 2 games (34% owned)

Nyquist had a very strong start to the year but has been mostly non-existent since then… Until Thursday night when the Red Wings reshuffled their lines and matched Nyquist with veteran Zetterberg and rookie Mantha. The sample size is small but is a very positive indicator for owners of Nyquist. He definitely has potential, as evidenced by his 48 points in 57 games played in the 2013 season. If this is a true turnaround, Nyquist could be a much more valued player in the second half of 2016-2017.

Tyler Bozak – 3G, 5A, -2, 6 PPPs, 12 SOG in his last 5 games (10% owned)

Bozak has been absolutely on fire on the powerplay during the last two weeks for Toronto. The youngster is having another strong season and has been known for hot streaks, get on board while it lasts. The Maple Leafs play the next four games at home.


Beastly Weeks: Quite a few players had huge weeks last week, here are the best of them recapped that are not already feature in the “Who’s Hot (and available)” section:

Brad Marchand – in three games, Marchand scored 4 goals and 4 assists while registering a +5 rating and 12 shots on goal. Saturday night was the biggest game where he produced 2 goals (including one shorthanded) and three assists for an absolutely massive fantasy performance.

Alex Ovechkin – The great 8 had a point in all 4 games this week: 3 goals and 4 assists total with a +7 rating, 2 PPPs and an always impressive 16 shots on goal. Congratulations as well to reaching the 1,000 point club! Can’t wait to see that number get higher with many more great highlights to come in the future.

Nicklas Backstrom – Washington won all four games this week and Backstrom was the hottest Capital of the bunch as he registered multi-point efforts in each contest for a total of 3 goals and 7 assists. He too had a +7 rating and 3 powerplay points, though a weaker 6 shots on goal.

Anze Kopitar – The Kings star is finally starting to heat up, in three games this week Kopitar had 1 goal and 5 assists and a +3 rating. The bad news however was his meager shot total of 3. In fact, in his last 6 games he has only had more than one shot on goal twice. However, if he keeps tallying assists, fantasy owners will remain happy.

image source: alchetron.com


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