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Week 6: 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

Thomas Greiss, NYI (40 percent owned): In his past two starts, Greiss is 1-0-1 and has stopped 58 of 62 shots. He lost 2-1 in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 7 and followed that with a 5-2 win at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Although his peripherals aren't great (3.28 goals-against average, .905 save percentage), New York Islanders coach Doug Weight said it would be hard to bench him, and he likely will start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Jaroslav Halak (59 percent owned) allowed five goals in a 5-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday and four goals on 19 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in his previous start on Nov. 2. It seems this timeshare is in favor of Greiss for now.

Roberto Luongo, FLA (44 percent owned): The Florida Panthers' goaltending situation hasn't been pretty this season, but Luongo has been good since returning from a hand injury. He's 2-1-1, including 40-plus saves in two of those games and allowing one goal in another. Luongo's age (38) and injury history are concerning, and though he has a 3.10 GAA, he has a .919 SV% and is capable of winning. Backup James Reimer (16 percent owned) has three wins in nine starts to go along with a 3.77 GAA and .891 SV%.

Devan Dubnyk, MIN (94 percent owned): The Minnesota Wild goaltender got off to a slow start, allowing four or more goals in five of his first 11 games this season. But since then, he has had three straight shutouts and hasn't allowed a goal in 195:05. Dubnyk has stopped all 103 shots in that span and will look to make it four straight shutouts against the Nashville Predators on Thursday; he has been confirmed to start. With a 2.36 GAA and .926 SV%, Dubnyk's numbers are looking similar to the past three seasons when he hasn't had a GAA over 2.33 or a save percentage below .918, and he has a decent shot to start between 65-70 games this season.

Video: NYI@STL: Greiss scrambles to make multiple saves

 

TRENDING DOWN

Ben Bishop, DAL (91 percent owned): Aside from a 14-save shutout in a 5-0 win against the Islanders last Friday, Bishop's numbers haven't been good. He has lost three of his past four starts, allowing 12 goals in the three losses, and has allowed at least three goals in seven of nine games. The Dallas Stars were expecting Bishop to be the solution to their goalten ding problems, but with a 2.68 GAA and .908 SV% through 14 starts, that hasn't been the case. Bishop is capable of a turnaround, but the first six weeks of the season have been very frustrating to his owners. Backup Kari Lehtonen (6 percent owned) is 2-3-1 with a 2.48 GAA and .910 SV% in six games (four starts), surprisingly better numbers than Bishop.

Jake Allen, STL (98 percent owned): The Blues have had a rough two games, losing by a combined score of 12-6 to the Islanders and Calgary Flames, and Allen has allowed 10 goals in that stretch. In three of his past four games, his save percentage has been .871 or lower. The 2.83 GAA this season is concerning, but he has never had a GAA higher than 2.46 in four previous seasons, and this stretch likely is going to be a blip on an otherwise stellar season. The Blues defensive system allows Allen to thrive, but perhaps monitor his upcoming matchup and rest him if necessary. Backup Carter Hutton is owned in 14 percent of leagues, but has been effective (4-0-0, 1.71 GAA, .943 SV%), should be handcuffed by Allen owners and is a good option for a spot start.

Mike Smith, CGY (87 percent owned): Smith sustained an undisclosed injury after allowing two goals on nine shots in an eventual 7-4 win against the Blues on Monday, didn't play against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday and his availability against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday is in question. Prior to the injury, Smith wasn't playing well, having allowed 12 goals in three games, leading to a 2.63 GAA. Backup Eddie Lack, who replaced Smith on Monday, allowed two goals on 15 shots through two periods and allowed five goals on 15 shots before being pulled after 24 minutes in an 8-2 loss against the Red Wings. Lack (15 percent owned) has seen an uptick in ownership in recent days, but isn't the answer. He had a 2.64 GAA last season and has a 2.60 NHL GAA. If you own Smith, your best bet is to place him on injured reserve if possible and look for Greiss or someone else to replace him.

 

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.

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (+2)
2. Jonathan Quick, LAK (SAME)
3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (+1)
4. Corey Crawford, CHI (-3)
5. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (+7)
6. Pekka Rinne, NSH (SAME)
7. Braden Holtby, WSH (SAME)
8. Martin Jones, SJS (SAME)
9. Matt Murray, PIT (SAME)
10. Jake Allen, STL (-5)
11. John Gibson, ANA (-1)
12. Cam Talbot, EDM (-1)
13. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+1)
14. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (+3)
15. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (+1)
16. Cory Schneider, NJD (+3)
17. Tuukka Rask, BOS (-4)
18. Charlie Lindgren, MTL (+3)
19. Jimmy Howard, DET (+1)
20. Ben Bishop, DAL (-5)
21. Thomas Greiss, NYI (NEW)
22. Scott Darling, CAR (NEW)
23. Jaroslav Halak, NYI (-1)
24. Craig Anderson, OTT (SAME)
25. Roberto Luongo, FLA (NEW)

Dropped out: Semyon Varlamov (COL)

Key injuries: Carey Price (MTL); Mike Smith (CGY - dropped out); Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK); Malcolm Subban (VGK); Ryan Miller (ANA - dropped out); Oscar Dansk (VGK)

 

READ: Last week's Top 25 goalie rankings

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