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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Boyle, Corvo could be under-the-radar pickups

Fantasy Weekly Wire: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

Bill Dean - NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to NHL.com's Fantasy Weekly Wire. This will be your resource for weekly pickups, offensive strength of schedule rankings and much more. Without further ado, let's go to the wire.

If you haven't been paying attention to the NHL All-Star roster, you'd miss that of the 54 players that will skate in Raleigh this weekend, seven of them are natives of Sweden. After Canada-born stars, Sweden boasts the highest number of players in the game. The point is, if you have one of these Swedes on your fantasy roster, chances are your team is doing well in many categories.
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All-Star Break Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Thursday, 01.27.2011 / 12:45 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

In addition to recently providing fans with our midseason top-50 overall fantasy hockey rankings, NHL.com felt that with the All-Star break upon us, we would give you a fantasy rankings cheat sheet. Below you will find up-to-date rankings at each individual position.

These rankings can help you gauge where players on your team stand and who they compare with. As we approach the fantasy trade deadline, this cheat sheet can also give you a sense of what caliber player you can acquire if you're considering dealing any of your guys.
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Fantasy Spin: Avs' Fleischmann out for season

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 9:27 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

The cold that Colorado forward Tomas Fleischmann thought he had was something a lot worse. The Avs announced Thursday that Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the season due to pulmonary emboli.

Fleischmann played in Colorado's 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 18 and even had an assist. However, after experiencing cold-like symptoms in the past few days he was evaluated by doctors on Thursday afternoon.

"Tomas' condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath," Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman said. "The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time."
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Midseason Top-50 Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Thursday, 01.13.2011 / 4:41 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the midway point of the 2010-11 NHL season officially behind us, it's time to provide fantasy hockey fans with our second modification of the top-50 overall fantasy rankings. Our original rankings came during the preseason, and then we gave an updated set at the quarter-point of the season. In both of our previous rankings, Alex Ovechkin was ranked as the top fantasy player. Obviously a lot has changed in the past 20 games, and to no surprise, so have our rankings.

This deep into the season, we clearly are aware of players that have proven legit (Tim Thomas, Dustin Byfuglien, Brandon Dubinsky) and players that are just in line for a down season (sorry Ilya Kovalchuk owners, but 25 goals seems like the ceiling for the underachieving forward). Obviously we still have a full half-season of action ahead of us and things can change, but for now this is how we see the top-50 fantasy players.
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Crosby among midseason fantasy award winners

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the official midway point of the 2010-11 season here, it's time to hand out our first-half fantasy awards. We've seen numerous surprises this season, but we also still see plenty of our usual suspects leading the way in fantasy leagues.

Last year it was Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby battling it out for the top fantasy rank at season's end. This season, Sid the Kid still remains at the top, but instead of Ovi, it's Steven Stamkos trying to chase down the top fantasy spot at the end of the first half.

From the midseason MVP to the midseason underachievers and comeback players, we'll take a look at everything that surrounds the fantasy hockey world we live in.
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Fantasy Five: Dual position eligibility provides value

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's been almost two months since we last analyzed the almighty center position in fantasy hockey. And since then, our top two players certainly remain the same: Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. In fact, those two players are the No. 1 and No. 2 overall fantasy ranked players in standard Yahoo! Leagues. As usual there is plenty of talent to be found among the League's centermen, and although there have been some critical injuries of late (think Datsyuk, Getzlaf, Spezza, Roy), you shouldn't fret too much if you've lost a player -- there is tons of depth to grab off waivers.

Before we get into the rankings, let's discuss one of the most beneficial factors for a fantasy player: dual position eligibility. In the preseason we provided fans with rankings based on where players were slated to start the season at. However, as the season progresses, Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues adjust player positions based on how often they have played a specific position. With that said, let's get to the Fantasy Five...
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Holiday Special: Fantasy predictions for the New Year

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 1:34 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Back in preseason we provided hockey fans with 30 outrageous fantasy predictions -- one for each team. Most of those predictions were based on instinct or a hunch, but regardless, they were things we thought could happen this season. And because they were such extreme predictions, we were obviously off on a few of them.

Is Zach Parise going to become the first 50-goal scorer in Devils history and rank as the top overall fantasy player this season? Definitely not. But it wasn't our fault he got hurt. Who knows, if he stayed healthy he could have eventually found his game and injected life into the Devils, or maybe not. But you could say we were off on that forecast. Jason Spezza is not going to record 100 points, especially now that he's injured, but even before that, he was obviously not reaching that hefty expectation -- that'll be the last time we believe in Spezza's talent. There were other missed predictions as well, but we won't recap all of them.
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Byfuglien dethrones Green as top fantasy blueliner

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

In this edition of the Fantasy Five, we'll take a glance at the NHL's top-50 fantasy defensemen. We finally have a new No. 1, showing our commitment and faith in the young gun Dustin Byfuglien. We were hesitant to give him the top spot after only a month of action, but 30-plus games into the season is a different story, and we're fully confident Byfuglien deserves the honor.
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Thomas continues to surge; Brodeur still on radar

Thursday, 12.16.2010 / 2:57 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time we re-ranked our goaltenders was back on Nov. 2, with Henrik Lundqvist at the top spot and Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick surging into our top-10. Things have definitely changed since then, as you'll see in our new and updated goalie rankings in today's Fantasy Five. However, before we get into the new ranks, let's talk about one of the more intriguing stories in all of fantasy hockey this season: Martin Brodeur.
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Fantasy Five: NHL.com's new fantasy statistics

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Have you ever sat at home and wondered how many multipoint efforts Sidney Crosby has had this season? Or how often Tim Thomas has allowed just one goal in a game? Or how many times Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have both recorded a point on the same goal? Well, you're questions finally have answers.  On Wednesday, NHL.com released a new set of fantasy specific statistics that will allow you to search for the some of the most interesting stats you can possibly think of.

Today's Fantasy Five will look into some of these statistics and how they affect your fantasy roster. Be sure to continue to use these new statistics to your advantage, as it provides us with plenty of stats that many of us have questioned, but were never able to actually find the answers to -- from a players last three seasons total stats  to their on pace stats, you can find it all.
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