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Philadelphia Flyers fantasy hockey outlook

by Matt Cubeta / NHL.com

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek

FLYERS' FANTASY-RELEVANT PLAYERS

Below is a list of the fantasy-relevant players in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. These players have been arranged by NHL.com's fantasy staff based on projected value and by position. These players range from top-tier assets to deep sleepers and should be on your radar in standard Yahoo leagues.

FORWARDS

Claude Giroux
Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds
Brayden Schenn
Michael Raffl

DEFENSEMEN

Mark Streit
Michael Del Zotto
Radko Gudas

GOALIES

Steve Mason

Giroux cracks my offseason fantasy rankings at No. 10 and Voracek comes in at No. 20. Both players are elite fantasy contributors and should be viewed that way again this season. Though Voracek finished last season as the No. 4 overall player in Yahoo leagues, I would expect some regression this season. His 81 points were a career high and a big jump from the 62 he had in 2013-14. He also had 78 penalty minutes, the most of his career, but two unlikely fighting majors and two 10-minute misconducts contributed to that total. I wouldn't expect that again.

However, playing on the same line with Giroux can help because these two form one of the NHL's most dynamic duos. They combined to earn at least one point on the same goal 46 times last season, third most in the League behind the Daniel and Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) and Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals). Giroux finished last season as the No. 7 fantasy player in Yahoo leagues and he remains one of the game's elite point producers. Since the 2010-11 season, no player has more points than Giroux's 376 and his 1.02 points-per-game during that time are fourth best. Make sure he doesn't slip past the first round on draft day.

Undervalued: Wayne Simmonds

If you're looking for a player that's durable and can help in goals, points, penalty minutes and power play production, Simmonds is your guy. No one is better. Since joining the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011, Simmonds has missed 10 games, and is the only player with at least 100 goals, 150 points, 40 power-play goals and 250 penalty minutes (100 G, 191 points, 46 power play goals and 368 penalty minutes). He thrives in the Flyers' system and at age 26, you should be able to pencil in 25-plus goals, 50-plus points, 70-plus PIMs and around 15 power-play goals. Enjoy.

Overvalued: Mark Streit

At 37 years old, Streit had his most productive season since he was with the New York Islanders in 2008-09. The veteran scored nine goals, 43 assists and 30 power-play points while playing in 81 games for the Flyers, and finished the season as the 14th best fantasy defenseman in Yahoo leagues. Streit's 52 points ranked ninth among defensemen and those 30 power-play points were tied for the most at his position with Erik Karlsson. However, when 57 percent of your points come on the power play that can be scary and highly unlikely to repeat, especially when his career mark prior to last season was 47 percent and he had 15 power-play points in 2013-14. Streit is a valuable fantasy defenseman, likely a solid No. 3 or even a No. 2 on any roster, but you shouldn't expect him to be in the top 20 again.

Deep sleeper: Michael Raffl

Over the final 10 games of the regular season, Raffl spent 72.33 percent of his ice time on a line with Giroux and Voracek, according to DobberHockey.com, and during that time he had four goals and one assist. If he can stick with those linemates there's value to be had with the 26-year-old Austrian forward. Entering his third NHL season, Raffl is capable of scoring 25 goals (he had 21 in 67 games last season) and with more ice time could reach the 200-shot plateau. Raffl doesn't see much power-play time (averaged 0:25 per game last year), but he also won't hurt you in the plus/minus or penalty minute categories.

Goalie outlook: Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth

Mason made 48 starts last season for the Flyers and put together the best season of his career. The 27-year-old had a 2.25 goals-against average that ranked seventh in the League, and a .928 save percentage that was third behind Carey Price and Devan Dubnyk. Over the past two seasons, Mason's .922 save percentage is fifth in the NHL among goalies with at least 100 starts. He might not get you a ton of wins playing for the Flyers, but he's an easy top 15 fantasy goalie and could be even better if he exceeds 60 starts. As for the newcomer Neuvirth, he's a reliable backup goalie and should see about 20-25 starts. He makes for a good handcuff option if you've already selected Mason.

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