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Fantasy goalie top 25 rankings for 2018-19

Andersen rises to third; Howard joins list; impact of Raanta injury

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer's fantasy hockey goalie top 25 rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit For more fantasy coverage, visit


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Frederik Andersen, TOR -- In Andersen's past nine games, he has a .945 save percentage but a record of 5-4-0. That's a testament to how well the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie has been playing. Andersen has eight wins, a 2.18 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout this season, among the NHL's best in each category. Even without the goal support of injured center Auston Matthews, Andersen's peripherals have been elite.

Jimmy Howard, DET -- The Detroit Red Wings have turned it around since a slow start with four wins in five games, and Howard has three of them, including a 40-save performance in a 3-2 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Howard (24 percent owned) hasn't allowed more than three goals in his past seven starts and is a great injury replacement option, especially in a contract year (potential 2019 unrestricted free agent).


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Matt Murray, PIT -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost five straight games, and Murray has been part of the problem. He's allowed at least four goals in three of his past four starts and six of nine this season. Murray has a 3.87 GAA and an .886 save percentage, meaning backup Casey DeSmith could see more playing time. DeSmith has allowed a total of five goals in his past five appearances, including a shutout, and is trending in the right direction.

Carey Price, MTL -- The Montreal Canadiens have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL, but it's surprising that Price isn't responsible for much of their success. He's allowed at least four goals in each of his past four games (total of 19 allowed) and has a 3.07 GAA and .892 SV% this season. Backup Antti Niemi hasn't performed well either, so he doesn't pose much of a threat to Price's playing time. However, Price is far from a lineup lock at this time.


Injury update

Antti Raanta, ARI -- He landed on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury earlier this week, but is among the NHL leaders in GAA (2.10) and SV% (.929) and could return as soon as Tuesday. Darcy Kuemper could start each game this weekend for the Arizona Coyotes with Raanta out, but has not performed well in his past two, allowing nine goals in back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Flyers.



Standard Yahoo goalie categories include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, team goalie situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). DTD indicates player with day-to-day injury.

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (SAME)
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH (SAME)
3. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+4)
4. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (-1)
5. Braden Holtby, WSH (-1)
6. John Gibson, ANA (-1)
7. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (+1)
8. Semyon Varlamov, COL* (-2)
9. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (+2)
10. Ben Bishop, DAL (+3)
11. Antti Raanta, ARI (DTD)
12. Martin Jones, SJS (+2)
13. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ* (-4)
14. Tuukka Rask, BOS (DTD)
15. Roberto Luongo, FLA (NEW - INJ.)
16. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (+2)
17. Carey Price, MTL (-2)
18. Matt Murray, PIT (-2)
19. Corey Crawford, CHI (-2)
20. Cam Talbot, EDM* (-1)
21. Jaroslav Halak, BOS (-1)
22. Carter Hutton, BUF (SAME)
23. Jacob Markstrom, VAN (+1)
24. Thomas Greiss, NYI (-1)
25. Jimmy Howard, DET* (NEW)

Key injury: Jonathan Quick, LAK

Dropped out: Juuse Saros, G, NSH; David Rittich, G, CGY**

Just missed: Keith Kinkaid, G, NJD*; Jake Allen, G, STL; Mike Smith, G, CGY*; Jack Campbell, G, LAK


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