Who to start and who to sit in Fantasy Hockey (week of April 18)
It’s the last one-on-one week of the fantasy hockey season. I hope you have made it this far.
Week 26 will combine the final two weeks of the season, which was extended through May 1 due to the rescheduled Kraken at Jets season finale. The remaining teams, however, have up to six or seven games to complete, which means it will be a compact schedule and every team other than the Jets will have at least one consecutive game.
The calendar analysis will be more important than usual, since the default Yahoo leagues only allow five additions per week, and it would probably be safer to use those from week 2 of week 26, or add players to teams with seven or eight games earlier. the first week and hope that injuries or other hard to predict factors will not have an impact.
Friday the 29th will feature all teams except the Canes and Kings, who will have finished their seasons the day before. Benching good players will be unavoidable for most fantasy managers, and it could also be the case for Tuesday 26 (13 games) and Saturday 22 (12 games). Only two days will feature a game: Monday the 25th with the Flyers at the Blackhawks, which could be a high-scoring affair, and May 1 with the Kraken makeup game at the Jets.
An update will be provided on Monday 25th for the second half of week 26 to note any significant changes that may have occurred. Good luck the rest of the way. Thanks for following all season.
P% = season point percentage
Opp. P% = opponents’ season point percentage
Diff. = difference between P% and Opp. P%
Green is good. red is bad
All advanced statistics courtesy of naturalstatrick.com.
To start up
Specifically Antti Raanta, who will receive the bulk of the shares with Frederik Andersen’s injury status still unknown, but also new replacement Pyotr Kochetkov, drafted 36th overall in 2019 after a brilliant World Juniors for Russia and was named AHL Rookie of the Month. for March. Kochetkov went 7-0-1 with a 1.74 GAA and 0.937 Sv%, and could make his first appearance this weekend in back-to-back New Jersey and Long Island. He will be the fifth goalkeeper to play for the Canes this season, but given his pedigree and recent performances, he should be much better than Alex Lyon or Jack LaFontaine.
The Sens flirt with “sitting” territory because they have the most brutal of condensed schedules with three consecutive games, all of which require travel, and between consecutive games play once every four days. It will be difficult to find a rhythm, and Anton Forsberg will probably share half of the starts, and without him in goal, the Senators’ chances of victory drop quite dramatically; Forsberg’s 19 wins are more than double the combined total (9) of Matt Murray, Filip Gustavsson and Mads Sogaard. However, all of their matchups – primarily Columbus, Montreal, Jersey and Philly – could end up being super high-scoring contests. The Panthers game could be too, with 19 goals scored between the two in their previous three meetings, including an 8-2 victory for the senses. Josh Norris and Brady Tkachuk are still very solid options, but Tim Stützle has been excellent with 12 points in seven games and Drake Batherson is healthy. Their forward depth still leaves a bit to be desired, but note that they have called up Zach Senyshyn to replace the injured Mathieu Joseph, although Senyshyn continues to struggle after scoring zero goals in 13 games with Belleville.
Tristan Jarry’s injury paved the way for Casey DeSmith to be the starter, and it’s surprisingly not that big a deal. Since March 1, Jarry has started 15 games against DeSmith’s seven, but the two have matching save percentages of .915 and their goals-against-average are separated by just 0.03 goals. The Pens have already clinched a playoff berth, which takes the pressure off, but they still have to fend off division rivals Capitals, who sit in the last wildcard spot and trail by three points with two games in hand; losing third place in the subway could be the difference between facing the Panthers or not. DeSmith thinks he’s getting the bulk of the starts, which gives him a big boost in fantasy value, and note that Evgeni Malkin is eligible to play in four of their last five games and should give their roster a big boost. in attack.
New York Islanders
Their opponents’ combined point percentage of .643 is the highest in Week 26, and there are no pushover plays. Even the other two teams facing the toughest competition, the Red Wings at .630 and the Predators at .623, have at least a few easy games, including two games against the Devils for the Wings and one game against the Coyotes for the Preds. The weakest team the Islands will face are the Sabers, who should be well rested playing only their second game in six nights with an improving offense without Jack Eichel. Ilya Sorokin has been very good this season, but no goalkeeper runs a Panthers-Rangers-Canes-Caps-Lightning gauntlet and comes out unscathed, and that’s going to put more pressure on their already below-average attack which has been led by Zach Parise (!) lately with four goals in four games.
They have eight games left, a league high, but they’ve been a terrible fantasy option all season. At no time have any of their keepers been reliable for more than a few games, and none of their forwards are clearly front line players. The only option of note is Matty Beniers, who immediately stepped in as a top center, which is always an indictment of how thin their roster is. The Kraken rank #1 on the schedule matrix based solely on games played, and note that in the second half of Week 26 they are the only team to play four games.
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