It is the most wonderful time of the year, Fantasy Hockey Season! With leagues starting to open up, now is the time to get focused and put some work in. Whether it’s doing mock drafts, putting together your own ranking sheets or reading through the great content available from some the industry’s top analysts, you have to get started soon. We, here at Overtime Heroics, got your back! In this article, we take a look at a few value picks and sleeper picks.
Fantasy hockey is a different beast then the likes of fantasy football or basketball. There is a deeper player pool to wade through, a larger roster to fill and more statistical categories to account for. Most standard categories leagues have seven categories for forwards and defensemen: Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes(PIM), Hits, Blocks and Power Play Points(PPP) and four goalie categories: Wins, Goals Against Average(GAA), Save % and Shutouts(SHO).
Using the ESPN’s current average draft position for these breakdowns, there is a lot of late round value to be had this season. These are a few that really stuck out as high value picks at their current ADP.
**Keep in mind, ADP will change as more drafts are completed**
Evgenii Dadonov, Florida Panthers
- Current ADP – 163.5 overall
- 2018-19 stats: 28G / 42A / -6 / 8PIM / 17PPP / 33 Hits / 42 Blocks
Spending most of his time on ice alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, Dadonov tied his career high of 28 goals and set a new career high in points with 70. With no real threat to his role on the right side, Dadonov should continue to be on the top line this season.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
- Current ADP – 190.3 overall
- 2018-19 stats: 9G / 28A / -20 / 22PIM / 14PPP / 46 Hits / 102 Blocks
Last year was a disappointment for Gostisbehere, most notably in his power play production. He was coming off of a phenomenal year where he put up 33 power play points. With a new coach, Alain Vigneault, that is more offensively minded, look for Gostisbehere to bring those totals back up. He has the sneaky ability to be a top 10 defenseman this year.
Paul Stastny, Vegas Golden Knights
- Current ADP – 195.5 overall
- 2018-19 stats: 13G / 29A / +14 / 30PIM / 4PPP / 35 Hits / 15 Blocks
Appearing in only 50 games last season, Stastny’s 42 points look a lot better. Likely centering Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, Stastny is looking at a very safe 50-55 point floor with a cieling as high as 75 points. The later rounds are for upside players, Stastny is one of the best options remaining.
Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins
- Current ADP – 200.4
- 2018-19 stats: 7G / 21A / +14 / 45PIM / 2PPP / 92 Hits / 91 Blocks
Injuries shortened the season to 54 games for McAvoy, but scoring a little more then half a point per game is reassuring. If he can stay healthy, 45-50 points is very attainable. But add his peripheral stats, hits and blocks, and you have a very well rounded, multi category covering defenseman.
JT Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Acquired via trade on June 22nd, Miller could see himself setting up on the top line with Elias Pettersson or on the second line with Bo Horvat. His real value comes with his power play usage. He is almost guaranteed to be on the top unit with Pettersson, Horvat, Brock Boeser, and one of Quinn Hughes / Alexandar Edler.
Ondrej Kase, Anaheim Ducks
This is a popular choice, mainly because Kase has so much upside. He had a mini break-out in 2017-18 where he had 20 goals and 18 assists in 66 games. Injuries limited Kase to only 30 games last year, but he did manage to put up 11 goals and nine assists. Good for a 55 point pace. Look for Kase to secure the top line spot, alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, with a 60-65 point potential.
Alex Galchenyuk, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jumping over to Pittsburgh after playing one season in Arizona, Galchenyuk is primes for a big season. He will either be on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel or the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Dominik Kahun/Patric Hornqvist. Galchenyuk has proven he can be a 30 goal scorer. Put him with the elite talent in Pittsburgh, and a career season is very possible.
Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers
Taking the second line center role over, Hayes gets to play alongside James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek. Hayes is a pass first facilitating center that has shoot first wings around him. Hayes put up 55 points last season split between New York and Winnipeg. 65-70 point season is probably his ceiling, but 60 point season very likely.
That’s a little sample to get your fantasy homework started. Check back as your drafts get closer for some other helpful hints and advice!
Good Luck and Good Drafting!
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