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Fantasy Hockey Lookahead: Concentrating on Week 16 championship streamers

We’ve reached the end line.

It’s been a really distinctive 12 months for fantasy, so when you’ve made it this far, hats off to you. It hasn’t been straightforward.

Whereas most head-to-head leagues have already handed out the {hardware}, the remainder are deciding their champion this week.

Factors and rotisserie leagues will doubtless wrap up subsequent Thursday or past, relying on league settings.

(Observe that the varied fantasy web sites have differing guidelines concerning the top of the season. Some web sites are ending their championship week this Saturday, omitting Sunday video games, whereas others are persevering with by way of till the center of subsequent week. Verify your settings earlier than making any selections.)

Logistics apart, there’s nonetheless at the least one week of fantasy hockey to be performed. So one final time, let’s analyze the upcoming weekly schedule and see the place we are able to acquire an edge over our opponents.

Week 16 Notes

It’s a really evenly balanced schedule this week, with nearly all of groups taking part in 4 video games. Solely seven groups will play fewer occasions.

Nashville, Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Winnipeg will all get three video games. Whereas the massive losers of the week shall be Calgary, Detroit, and Florida, all with solely two video games apiece.

Florida has the least-favourable opponents of the bunch. They’ll play the Stars on Monday earlier than a four-day layoff. They’ll end their week in opposition to Andre Vasilevskiy and the Lightning on Saturday. They’re a group to keep away from.

Calgary performs Winnipeg on Wednesday and gained’t play once more till Sunday. Clearly, all the group is droppable after the Wednesday recreation if the Sunday recreation doesn’t rely in your league.

Prime Groups to Stream

The massive winners this week are the Oilers, with 4 video games in opposition to the Canucks. Vancouver provides up the seventh-most targets per recreation this season at 3.24. They’ve additionally given up 15 targets over their previous three video games.

The Islanders are additionally huge winners, as they’ll play the Sabres twice and the Devils twice this week. New Jersey was the one group in April to surrender greater than 4 targets per recreation, whereas Buffalo was fourth-worst in targets allowed per recreation over that span.

Any week the Avalanche don’t face the Golden Knights or Wild, they’ve a beneficial schedule. Exterior of the massive three, the West has been terrible this 12 months. Colorado will face the Sharks and Kings twice every, with the L.A. video games coming in a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. Each groups are among the many backside seven in targets allowed per recreation because the begin of April.

Pittsburgh additionally has one other extraordinarily beneficial week with two video games in opposition to every of the Flyers and Sabres, the 2 worst defensive groups this season.

Championship Streamers

W, Anthony Beauvillier, New York Islanders (28 per cent rostered, up 2 per cent)

Beauvillier has 5 targets and eight factors over his previous six video games and is having fun with time on the highest power-play unit. The 2015 first-round choose was a preferred breakout candidate heading into this 12 months, however disillusioned with simply six factors by way of his first 22 video games. He’s been a special participant since then, with 11 targets and 17 factors over the past 20 video games. The Islanders get the Sabres and Devils twice every this week. They’ve allowed the second and fourth-most targets per recreation this season, respectively.

C, Jeff Carter, Pittsburgh Penguins (27 per cent rostered, up 8 per cent)

Carter has slot in very nicely since his commerce to Pittsburgh on the deadline. The veteran ahead has 4 targets and 6 factors in his previous eight video games with the group. He’s been skating on the second line with Jared McCann and Kasperi Kapanen and is on the second power-play unit, which, in equity, doesn’t see a variety of ice time. The query shall be the place Carter is moved to with the return of Evgeni Malkin. Malkin has been absolutely practising with the group and his return may very well be any day now. Regardless of that, Carter is price a glance wherever he’s on the high-flying Pens offence. They’ve scored the fourth-most targets per recreation since Carter made his group debut on April 15.

W, Yegor Sharangovich, New Jersey Devils (11 per cent rostered, up 7 per cent)

The Devils don’t rating a variety of targets and so they don’t have an awesome schedule, dealing with the Bruins and Islanders twice every this week, however what rookie Yegor Sharangovich is doing proper now can’t be ignored. Since April 4, Sharangovich is a point-per-game participant with eight targets and eight assists in 16 video games. The numbers look even higher extra lately, with six targets and 11 factors over his previous 9 video games. Sharangovich truly began the 12 months within the KHL with Dinamo Minsk, the place he put up 17 targets in simply 34 video games – a 41-goal tempo over an 82-game season. He’s taking part in on the red-hot prime line with Jack Hughes. He’s price a search for the ultimate week, and somebody to recollect within the late rounds of drafts subsequent season.

W, Joonas Donskoi, Colorado Avalanche (23 per cent rostered, up 3 per cent)

Donskoi simply returned from an in depth absence attributable to COVID protocol, and though he solely has an help in two video games because the return, he’s seeing time on the highest power-play unit. Donskoi can get scorching at any second if given the correct alternative. He had a two week stretch in March the place he put up 9 targets and 15 factors in simply 10 video games. The Avs will face the Sharks and Kings twice every this week, each nice matchups.

W, Kailer Yamamoto, Edmonton Oilers (59 per cent rostered, down 4 per cent)

Yamamoto has been streaky all season and we’ve all doubtless been burned by him up to now. However his manufacturing actually comes right down to the place he’s taking part in, and proper now he’s again on the highest line taking part in alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. It didn’t go nicely on Saturday and there’s an excellent probability it gained’t final, however any time he’s on that prime line he has a possibility to contribute. It’s a scenario price taking a flier on if he’s been dropped in your league. McDavid and the Oilers are going to attain a ton of targets this week, with all 4 video games coming in opposition to the Canucks.

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