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Fantasy goalie top 25 rankings for 2018-19

Jones benefiting from Sharks' surge, still has room for improvement; Demko potential sleeper for Canucks

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com'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 NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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TRENDING UP

Martin Jones, SJS -- The San Jose Sharks goalie has an NHL-career low .899 save percentage this season but has won five straight games and is approaching the top 10 rankings. The Sharks have elite defensemen Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and three strong forward lines, meaning Jones can allow three goals on any given night and still get the win. If Jones' GAA and SV% improve, he could be one of the most valuable fantasy goalies in the second half.

David Rittich, CGY -- The emergence of defenseman Noah Hanifin (four points in past three games) and the Calgary Flames' high-powered offense are favorable developments for Rittich's fantasy value. He's now the clear starter over Mike Smith and has a 2.40 GAA and .921 save percentage in 25 games. Rittich is a sell-high candidate if you have other No. 1 goalies and need help at different positions but has risen into the middle tier of this week's rankings and should remain a valuable asset on one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Thatcher Demko, VAN -- With backup Anders Nilsson traded to the Ottawa Senators, the time is now for the Vancouver Canucks to see what they have in Demko (4 percent owned in Yahoo). Goalie Jacob Markstrom has had an up-and-down season, and Demko could easily challenge Markstrom for the starting job. The rookie could start against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday and is a second half sleeper with Vancouver in Stanley Cup Playoff contention and the injury to rookie standout Elias Pettersson not believed to be long-term. UPDATE: Markstrom is expected to start Thursday.

 

TRENDING DOWN

John Gibson, ANA -- The Anaheim Ducks goalie has started seven straight games and doesn't have a win (0-4-2), allowing 20 goals in that span. The Ducks haven't given Gibson much support lately, scoring 11 goals during their eight-game losing streak. However, defenseman Cam Fowler and forward Rickard Rakell are back from injuries, meaning a turnaround could soon follow. Fantasy owners should be patient with Gibson, who is tied for third in even-strength save percentage (.928; minimum 30 games) despite the Ducks' injuries and inconsistency.

Mikko Koskinen, EDM -- The Edmonton Oilers have lost eight of their past 10 games (2-8-0) and Koskinen has allowed at least three goals in six of his past seven appearances with one win in the span. Cam Talbot, also a potential 2019 unrestricted free agent, has started the past two games and had a 39-save shutout against the Ducks on Sunday, indicating he could see increased playing time. One month after Koskinen and Talbot were each among the goalie rankings, Edmonton no longer has a presence in the top 25.

 

INJURY NOTE

Frederik Andersen, TOR -- The Toronto Maple Leafs starter has missed the past six games and won't play against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday but expects to return either against the Boston Bruins on Saturday or Colorado Avalanche on Monday. The Maple Leafs will rely on Michael Hutchinson (3 percent owned) until Andersen or backup Garret Sparks (concussion) returns from injury.

 

FANTASY TOP 25 GOALIE RANKINGS

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, G, TBL (SAME)
2. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (SAME)
3. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (SAME)
4. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (DTD)
5. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (+1)
6. John Gibson, G, ANA (-1)
7. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN (+2)
8. Matt Murray, G, PIT (+2)
9. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (-1)
10. Braden Holtby, G, WSH (+1)
11. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ* (-4)
12. Ben Bishop, G, DAL (SAME)
13. Martin Jones, G, SJS (+1)
14. Carter Hutton, G, BUF (-1)
15. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (SAME)
16. Carey Price, G, MTL (SAME)
17. David Rittich, G, CGY** (+1)
18. Robin Lehner, G, NYI* (+1)
19. Semyon Varlamov, G, COL* (-2)
20. Jaroslav Halak, G, BOS (+2)
21. Curtis McElhinney, G, CAR* (NEW)
22. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR (-2)
23. Jacob Markstrom, G, VAN (-2)
24. Collin Delia, G, CHI** (+1)
25. Carter Hart, G, PHI (-1)

Dropped out: Mikko Koskinen, G, EDM*

Just missed: Thatcher Demko, G, VAN**; Jimmy Howard, G, DET*; Juuse Saros, G, NSH; Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI; Anton Khudobin, DAL

Key injuries: Antti Raanta, G, ARI; Corey Crawford, G, CHI; Craig Anderson, G, OTT; Brian Elliott, G, PHI*; Cory Schneider, G, NJD; Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI*; Ryan Miller, G, ANA*

READ: Last week's Top 25 goalie rankings

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