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Week 3: Fantasy top 25 goalie rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets for rest of season

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy goaltender landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 25 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

 

MORE FANTASY RANKINGS: Top 100 forwards | Top 50 defensemen

 

TRENDING UP

Martin Jones, SJS: In two starts during the past week, Jones was 2-0-0, stopping 61 of 62 shots against the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. Jones had a shutout against the Devils and has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his past four starts, all wins. The Sharks play at the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres before beginning a five-game homestand and playing eight of nine at SAP Center. Jones has a career 2.22 goals-against average at home and should see a heavy workload. He seems to be in a groove now, which is good news for fantasy owners.

Michal Neuvirth, PHI (22 percent owned): Entering the season, Neuvirth was at best thought of as a 1B to Brian Elliott (71 percent owned) but more likely, as Elliott's backup with the Philadelphia Flyers. But Neuvirth has looked excellent in his past two starts. He made 40 saves in a 6-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 17 and followed that with 23 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators two nights later. Neuvirth (1.36 GAA, .957 SV%) will start against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, and another solid outing could tighten his grip over Elliott (3.33 GAA, .876 SV%).

Video: NSH@PHI: Neuvirth denies rebound chance on slapper

Oscar Dansk, VGK (14 percent owned):  The Vegas Golden Knights are already on their third goalie of the season, but their 7-1-0 record would indicate that they have managed to win no matter who's in net. Dansk was thrust into his NHL debut on Saturday when Malcolm Subban (lower body) was injured. Dansk made 10 saves on 11 shots at got the win when Vegas defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in overtime. He followed that by making 29 saves in a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in his first NHL start. Dansk is likely to start against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and be the guy until Subban or Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) return. You can count on some growing pains with Dansk, but if you're in dire straits, chances are he is available in your league.

 

TRENDING DOWN

Craig Anderson, OTT: It's been a tough week for Anderson, who allowed 11 goals in three starts (3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, Oct. 17; 5-4 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils, Oct. 19; 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Oct. 21). This followed a stretch in which he allowed three goals in three games. Anderson (3-1-3, 2.48 GAA, .915 SV%) has already made seven starts this season; he hasn't made more than 60 starts in a season since 2009-10, with the Colorado Avalanche. The 36-year-old is more likely to regress than put up numbers close to last season (25-11-4, 2.28 GAA, .926SV%).

Ben Bishop, DAL: Bishop is getting wins (five) with the Dallas Stars, but it's been a struggle recently with his peripheral stats. Despite wins in two of his past three games, he's allowed 10 goals, including three on 17 shots before being pulled in the second period of a 5-3 loss at Colorado on Tuesday. He has been allowing some soft goals but has been the beneficiary of the Stars' offense. It's nothing new to see this from a Dallas goalie; two seasons ago, Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi each had 25 wins despite having GAAs above 2.60 and save percentages barely above .900. Bishop likely will get on track soon but could see some rest upcoming with a four-game Canada road trip on the horizon.

Cory Schneider, NJD (80 percent owned): Even if Schneider is activated off injured reserve when he is eligible Friday and starts against the Ottawa Senators, he hasn't fared well in his past three games. The New Jersey Devils are 6-2-0, but unlike in recent seasons, they're scoring goals. Schneider allowed five, four and four goals in his past three starts, winning two of them. His GAA and save percentage early in the season were excellent, but now he has a 3.39 GAA and .907 SV%. Backup Keith Kinkaid (21 percent owned) is pushing for more playing time, and is 2-1-0 with a 2.13 GAA and .932 SV%.

 

TOP 25 GOALIE RANKINGS

Standard Yahoo categories include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goaltenders. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, team goaltender situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, potential regression, contract status and overall upside for this season. Any players with day-to-day injury concerns (DTD) are noted.

 

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (SAME)

2. Jonathan Quick, LAK (+1)

3. Braden Holtby, WSH (-1)

4. Corey Crawford, CHI (+1)

5. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (+9)

6. Jake Allen, STL (+1)

7. Matt Murray, PIT (-3)

8. Carey Price, MTL (-2)

9. Pekka Rinne, NSH (SAME)

10. Cam Talbot, EDM (-2)

11. John Gibson, ANA (SAME)

12. Martin Jones, SJS (+4)

13. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (-1)

14. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+1)

15. Ben Bishop, DAL (-2)

16. Mike Smith, CGY (+1)

17. Michael Neuvirth, PHI (NEW)

18. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (+1)

19. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (+3)

20. Semyon Varlamov, COL (+3)

21. Jimmy Howard, DET (SAME)

22. Jaroslav Halak, NYI (+3)

23. Craig Anderson, OTT (-3)

24. Brian Elliott, PHI (SAME)

25. Oscar Dansk, VGK (NEW)

 

Key injuries: Tuukka Rask (BOS- dropped out); Cory Schneider (NJD- dropped out); Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK); Antti Raanta (ARI); Malcolm Subban (VGK); Ryan Miller (ANA)

 

READ: Last week's Top 25 goalie rankings

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