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Week 12: Fantasy goalie top 25 rankings for 2018-19

Murray rejoins first 10; Lehner, Delia enter list; Grubauer-Varlamov tandem struggling

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


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Matt Murray, PIT -- The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie is 6-0-0 with a .955 save percentage since returning from a lower-body injury Dec. 15. He looks like the goalie who was outstanding in the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As a result, backup Casey DeSmith has not seen much playing time, but that could change at any point give Murray's injury history.

Robin Lehner, NYI -- He's appeared in the past six games (five starts) for the New York Islanders and is 6-0-0 with one goal allowed or fewer in five of them. Lehner (50 percent owned) ranks first among qualified goalies in GAA (2.13) and SV% (.929) and has suddenly supplanted Thomas Greiss as the starter under coach Barry Trotz.

Collin Delia, CHI -- He's 3-1-0 with eight goals allowed in four starts and has a 1.98 GAA and .952 SV%. The Chicago Blackhawks rookie should see more playing time after making 47 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday. Cam Ward (14 percent owned) allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2019 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on Monday and starter Corey Crawford (concussion) is injured, so Delia has joined the top 25 this week.


Colorado Avalanche -- They have lost six straight games and 10 of 12, allowing at least four goals six times. Semyon Varlamov, who is day to day with a lower-body injury, has allowed at least three goals in each of his past seven starts, and Philipp Grubauer has a 3.26 GAA and .899 SV% this season. Grubauer could capture the starting job if he plays well during Varlamov's absence, but this once-promising tandem is no longer attractive in fantasy given Colorado's defensive woes.

Edmonton Oilers -- They ended a six-game losing streak Wednesday but have allowed at least four goals in eight of their past 10 games. Cam Talbot has a GAA of 3.30 and a SV% under .900 (.892), and although Mikko Koskinen has been better (2.52 GAA, .919 SV%), he's allowed at least four goals in four of his past seven starts. Fantasy owners should consider benching these goalies until the Oilers find consistency or Oscar Klefbom (hand) returns from injury.



Frederik Andersen, TOR -- The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Andersen (groin) on injured reserve Thursday, and backup Garret Sparks is out with a concussion. Michael Hutchinson, acquired from the Florida Panthers on Saturday, started against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and allowed four goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 loss. He's not worth owning at this point but could be if Andersen and Sparks are out long term. It's worth noting Andersen participated in a full practice Friday and could backup Hutchinson on Saturday, signifying Andersen's injury may not be long-term.


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

Dropped out: Thomas Greiss, NYI; Jimmy Howard, DET*

Just missed: Jake Allen, STL; Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD; Casey DeSmith, PIT*; Philipp Grubauer, COL

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*


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