April 16, 2024

Fantasy hockey championships – Teams, players with best matchups

We at the moment are within the warmth of the second to final “week” of the fantasy hockey season. Week will get quotes right here as a result of the ultimate “week” is definitely a scoring interval that extends for 11 days from April 8 to April 18.

That is when the championship you have been working towards all season might be determined. Whatever your league format, be it head-to-head, factors or rotisserie, these last 11 days will decide the winner.

I had a pleasant reminder in Monday’s preview about video games-performed limits, so be sure you evaluation that data earlier than getting too enthusiastic about among the tidbits being shared right here.

We are going to take a deep dive into the ultimate scoring interval’s schedule to try to search out that edge you would possibly have to earn the title as fantasy hockey champion.

Using fantasy factors towards per recreation (FPAPG) as a schedule-measuring gadget, let’s take a look by place at which groups have essentially the most fantasy-pleasant last scoring durations of the season. This doesn’t cowl the rest of this week, so you may have to energy by the present scoring interval earlier than taking full benefit of the suggestions under.

FPAPG is a measure of what number of fantasy factors a group permits to opponents. We can break this down by place as effectively. An instance: The San Jose Sharks permit 9.88 fantasy factors towards per recreation (FPAPG) to opposing protection this season, which is essentially the most by any group and offers them the No. 1 rating for being fantasy-pleasant to opposition protection. We can do that by sure durations of time as effectively, such because the Toronto Maple Leafs permitting -0.36 FPAPG to opposing goaltenders since Feb. 1, making them the worst doable opponent for a fantasy goaltender to face currently.

Remember that it’s essential dovetail your roster selections between each schedule potential and remaining video games.

In the ESPN Fantasy Hockey recreation, once you hit your video games-performed limits at a place, you’ll nonetheless get the field scores from that day on your group, however the roster place will lock and never depend video games for the remaining schedule as soon as your restrict has been met. Read that once more intently. Yes, meaning if you happen to handle to get inside one-recreation remaining towards your restrict, you’ll get all of the field scores from the next day. So, in an excessive instance, when you have a league with 9 ahead positions, your video games-performed restrict is probably going 738 for that place (9 * 82); and if you happen to end Wednesday, April 17, with 737 video games began at ahead, you may technically have as many as 746 video games performed if you happen to handle to fill out your lineup on Wednesday, April 18.

This technique is clearly a lot simpler in day by day roster leagues, however you are able to do some tough counting and try one thing related in weekly roster leagues if you happen to actually are in a good race. Just bear in mind that locking your rosters on April 8 with the intention of getting good attendance by your forwards by April 18 might be not going to work out in your favor.

With all that in thoughts, let’s check out among the groups which have essentially the most and the least fantasy factors on the desk for the ultimate scoring interval. Remember, each high quality and amount depend right here. So a group that will have a superb schedule primarily based on FPAPG however solely has 4 video games won’t have as a lot potential as a group with a poor schedule and 6 video games.

Forwards with good schedules

Calgary Flames: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: @SJS, @LAK, @ANA, ARI, @VAN, SJS
FPAPG whole for forwards: 100.98 (ranked No. 1)

Yegor Sharangovich, C, Calgary Flames (68.9% accessible): The Flames provide each amount and high quality for forwards. The Sharks, Ducks and Coyotes are all prime 5 in FPAPG allowed to forwards since Feb. 1 they usually comprise 4 of the six video games for Calgary. Sharangovich is a go-to choice with his position on the benefit, however do not sleep on others. Martin Pospisil is taking part in prime-six minutes and a fantastic choice to spice up your hits totals in roto.

Edmonton Oilers: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: VGK, ARI, VAN, SJS, @ARI, @COL
FPAPG whole for forwards: 98.83 (ranked No. 2)

Adam Henrique, C, Edmonton Oilers (67.2% accessible): If you need to add an Oilers ahead, it’s essential go to what’s accessible. Henrique has been getting time with Leon Draisaitl fairly constantly previously few video games. If he is not although, it probably means Warren Foegele or Evander Kane are.

Seattle Kraken: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: ARI, SJS, @DAL, @STL, @WPG, @MIN
FPAPG whole for forwards: 97.51 (ranked No. 5)

Eeli Tolvanen and Matty Beniers, F, Seattle Kraken (24.0% and 54.3% accessible): Slightly extra amount than high quality doing the heavy lifting for the projections right here, because the matchups for the Kraken forwards get progressively worse as the ultimate scoring interval progresses. This Tolvanen-Beniers connection has been rising and might be a factor going into subsequent season.

Forwards with unhealthy schedules

Anaheim Ducks: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: LAK, CGY, @LAK, @VGK
FPAPG whole for forwards: 62.18 (ranked No. 31)

Frank Vatrano, W, Anaheim Ducks (6.7% accessible): With two of 4 matchups coming towards the Kings, there is not a lot hope for a powerful end right here. Vatrano has been fairly chilly because the commerce deadline, too.

Colorado Avalanche: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: MIN, WPG, @VGK, EDM
FPAPG whole for forwards: 62.51 (ranked No. 30)

Jonathan Drouin, W, Colorado Avalanche (87.6% accessible): Drouin has been a lineup lock of late, however this last schedule would not make him one for the ultimate scoring interval. It’s not unhealthy sufficient to rethink the superstars, however positively the fringes.

Buffalo Sabres: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: @DAL, WSH, @FLA, @TBL
FPAPG whole for forwards: 63.87 (ranked No. 28)

Tage Thompson, C, Buffalo Sabres (5.0% accessible): He’s been approaching a little bit of late, with 2.84 FPPG throughout his previous 10 video games spiked by his latest 4-objective outing. This will not be a fantastic last week for the Sabres although, with one favorable matchup at residence and three unfavorable macthups on the highway.

Defense with good schedules

Toronto Maple Leafs: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: PIT, @NJD, NJD, DET, @FLA, @TBL
FPAPG whole for protection: 55.78 (ranked No. 1)

Jake McCabe, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (50.1% accessible): With the Panthers and Lightning each truly plus matchups for fantasy protection, this Leafs schedule will not be too shabby. Morgan Rielly must be again however, if he is not, Conor Timmins will nonetheless be a consideration. McCabe is the subsequent best choice and comes with no qualifiers.

Edmonton Oilers: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: VGK, ARI, VAN, SJS, @ARI, @COL
FPAPG whole for protection: 53.95 (ranked No. 3)

Mattias Ekholm, D, Edmonton Oilers (67.5% accessible): Saying he is “on fire” would not really feel like a powerful sufficient description. The Coyotes are the No. 1 opponent for FPAPG for protection since Feb. 1 and the Oilers get them twice to shut out the schedule — with a Sharks matchup in between.

Vegas Golden Knights: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: @VAN, @EDM, MIN, COL, CHI, ANA
FPAPG whole for protection: 53.02 (ranked No. 5)

Brayden McNabb, D, Vegas Golden Knights (19.0% accessible): This good schedule is extra a product of amount than high quality, as solely one of many Knights opponents are prime 10 for FPAPG to protection. But with six video games on the docket, McNabb might be an accessible supply of fantasy factors on the blue line.

Tampa Bay Lightning: 5 video games in last week
Opponents: CBJ, OTT, @WSH, BUF, TOR
FPAPG whole for protection: 46.22 (ranked No. 6)

Darren Raddysh, D, Tampa Bay Lightning (98.2% accessible): Although the matchups worsen because the week goes alongside, it is a few sturdy ones for Victor Hedman‘s regular protection associate. He’s posted 22.8 fantasy factors throughout his previous 10 video games.

Defense with unhealthy schedules

Dallas Stars: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: BUF, WPG, SEA, STL
FPAPG whole for protection: 34.48 (ranked No. 32)

Thomas Harley, D, Dallas Stars (34.4% accessible): Mostly by advantage of minimal matchups and none of them nice, the Stars have the worst potential schedule for protection. It makes Harley and Miro Hesikanen rather less atrractive for this last week, however they nonetheless could also be your best choice as they btoh hover close to 2.0 FPPG for the season.

Carolina Hurricanes: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: @BOS, @STL, @CHI, @CBJ
FPAPG whole for protection: 34.52 (ranked No. 31)

Brent Burns, D, Carolina Hurricanes (21.6% accessible): It’s a bit stunning, however it’s a undeniable fact that the Blackhawks are literally a foul matchup for fantasy protection (twenty sixth in FPAPG to D since Feb. 1). That means the Canes have three poor matchups earlier than they shut the season towards the Blue Jackets. Burns, Brady Skjei, Jaccob Slavin, Dmitry Orlov; they might all be in for a gradual end.

Philadelphia Flyers: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: @MTL, @NYR, NJD, WSH
FPAPG whole for protection: 34.56 (ranked No. 30)

Cam York, D, Philadelphia Flyers (63.7% accessible): The Habs, just like the Hawks, are literally a tricky opponent for fantasy D, in order that recreation and the Rangers matchup actually sinks the Flyers outlook. Plus, after a month or so of averaging an unsustainable FPPG, York is slowing down a tad. All that mentioned, I’m most likely nonetheless beginning him this last scoring interval; I’m simply not anticipating the March model of York once I do.

Goalies with good schedules

Los Angeles Kings: 5 video games in last week
Opponents: @ANA, CGY, ANA, MIN, CHI
FPAPG whole for goalies: 15.25 (ranked No. 1)

There is potential packed into this schedule, which conveniently has no again-to-again units inbuilt throughout the 5 video games. Cam Talbot (24.1% accessible) must be a superb begin in weekly roster leagues and David Rittich (96.1% accessible) must be a fantastic one to stream in for day by day leagues.

Calgary Flames: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: @SJS, @LAK, @ANA, ARI, @VAN, SJS
FPAPG whole for goalies: 14.79 (ranked No. 2)

Once once more, the Flames have a pleasant combo of amount and high quality for goaltending, highlighted by dealing with the Sharks twice and Ducks as soon as. Jacob Markstrom ought to carry the load as Calgary performs out the string, however perhaps they will attempt to increase Dustin Wolf‘s confidence with among the simpler begins, so it is robust to be too dedicated to both of them right here.

Nashville Predators: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: WPG, @CHI, CBJ, @PIT
FPAPG whole for goalies: 12.16 (ranked No. 3)

All 4 of the groups the Predators face are ranked No. 11 or higher for FPAPG to opposing goaltenders since Feb. 1, with the ultimate three matchups all prime 5. This is especially of curiosity if the Predators discover themselves too far again to catch third within the Central Division, but in addition far sufficient forward to have the primary wild-card berth locked down. If that is the case, we may see Kevin Lankinen (99.5% accessible) in a couple of of those sweetheart matchups down the stretch.

Seattle Kraken: 6 video games in last week
Opponents: ARI, SJS, @DAL, @STL, @WPG, @MIN
FPAPG whole for goalies: 11.83 (ranked No. 4)

The present rotation would see Joey Daccord (53.1% accessible) get the Coyotes, Stars and Jets, whereas Philipp Grubauer (93.1% accessible) would see the Sharks, Blues and Wild. It’s a slight edge to Grubauer for matchups. But it is too unhealthy one goalie could not be dealing with this schedule for fantasy groups.

Goalies with unhealthy schedules

Buffalo Sabres: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: @DAL, WSH, @FLA, @TBL
FPAPG whole for goalies: 5.12 (ranked No. 32)

We identified a number of weeks again that the schedule for what was a purple-sizzling Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was going to get tough down the stretch, and that has actually performed out as anticipated with unfavorable fantasy factors in 4 of his previous six. These last matchups, three of them on the highway, do not look to enhance the scenario.

Winnipeg Jets: 5 video games in last week
Opponents: @NSH, @DAL, @COL, SEA, VAN
FPAPG whole for goalies: 5.36 (ranked No. 31)

Just off a stretch of 5 video games wherein Connor Hellebuyck by no means scored greater than 0.6 fantasy factors in a contest and totaled -8.6 to subtract out of your group, it is robust to really feel assured concerning the best fantasy goaltender this season heading into the ultimate week. There are not any again-to-again units right here and the Jets may nonetheless be jostling for his or her playoff seeding, so Hellebuyck may certainly be tasked to run most of this troublesome desk. The Predators, Stars and Avalanche to start out the ultimate scoring interval are a very robust gauntlet with the groups ranked No. 30, No. 26 and No. 24 in FPAPG to opposing goaltenders since Feb. 1.

New Jersey Devils: 4 video games in last week
Opponents: TOR, @TOR, @PHI, NYI
FPAPG whole for goalies: 6.69 (ranked No. 28)

There might be some advantage within the Devils goaltenders for the ultimate two video games of the season towards the Flyers and Islanders, however to get there within the last scoring interval they should get by a gauntlet of double Maple Leafs. No group has damage opposing fantasy goaltenders extra since Feb. 1.