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Fantasy Hockey Forecaster: October 15 – 21

A good week ahead for Les Habitants.

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Welcome to the new and improved Fantasy Hockey Forecaster! Given some self-reflection coupled with some feedback last year I’m hoping this new format will help you win each week of your fantasy season and ultimately the championship. Below are three separate sections:

  1. (NEW) Each team’s ranking for goalies, forwards, PK and PP against the other teams in the league. As of now it’s so early in the year that we are using last year’s total stats to run this off. Once we get around 3 weeks in we will switch to this season
  2. (NEW) The Three. I will provide, three players who are on fire (this might not even be points wise, it might be an uptick in play that signals to me they are on the cusp of some point production), three players who are cooling off (this will also include players that aren’t materializing the way we expect) and finally three free agent pickups (among all players under 50% owned, preferably some in the single digits and some that are close to 50 to feed all different sizes of leagues).
  3. (OLD) The schedule which will show each team they play and what the individual rankings are for each matchup, this is more useful in the daily leagues where you are looking at individual matchups

Weekly Rankings 10/15 - 10/21

Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
1 Ottawa Senators 2 31 25 21 30
2 Montreal Canadiens 3 22 22 31 21
3 Dallas Stars 3 18 28 30 17
4 Colorado Avalanche 3 25 24 27 16
5 Nashville Predators 3 26 29 28 7
6 Boston Bruins 3 28 30 26 5
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 4 17 14 25 28
8 San Jose Sharks 2 15 31 5 31
9 New Jersey Devils 3 24 19 12 26
10 Philadelphia Flyers 3 16 9 28 18
11 Carolina Hurricanes 2 7 27 6 28
12 New York Rangers 3 21 12 24 11
13 Anaheim Ducks 3 6 23 11 27
14 Washington Capitals 2 27 20 10 10
15 Florida Panthers 3 13 17 17 19
16 Vegas Golden Knights 2 30 16 4 14
17 St. Louis Blues 2 19 15 8 22
18 Winnipeg Jets 3 28 13 16 7
19 Detroit Red Wings 3 12 20 7 24
20 Los Angeles Kings 3 10 26 2 25
21 Chicago Blackhawks 3 20 6 15 19
22 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 4 18 8 22
23 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 23 11 1 13
24 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 10 9 19 9
25 Minnesota Wild 4 8 8 14 12
26 Buffalo Sabres 4 9 4 21 6
27 New York Islanders 3 14 2 21 2
28 Arizona Coyotes 3 4 2 12 14
29 Calgary Flames 3 3 6 20 2
30 Edmonton Oilers 3 2 1 18 1
31 Vancouver Canucks 3 1 5 3 4

3 players who are on fire

  1. Patrice Bergeron (96% owned). Goals in three straight as well as power play points.
  2. Elias Pettersson (74% owned). Points in every game so far this season including four goals in four games.
  3. Alex DeBrincat (82% owned). Points in every game so far this season including four goals in four games. Why does this sentence sound real familiar?

3 players who are cooling off

  1. Steven Stamkos (100% owned). Still pointless through 2 games amidst four SOG and ATOI of 19:50. It will come but a rough two game start for Stamkos.
  2. Vladimir Tarasenko (99% owned). He has two goals through three games BUT he also has a -5 including a minus overall score in each game so far. That is the fourth worst in the NHL.
  3. Jonathan Quick (96% owned). He plays in one game against in-state rival San Jose, they lose 3-2 (he allows all three) and he suffers an injury putting him on the IR just one game into the season.

3 free agent pickups (under 50%)

  1. Brady Tkachuk (19% owned). He got three points in his second game and Ottawa should be looking to play him as much as possible as he will be one of their best assets this season. He will be in the Calder discussion down the stretch this year.
  2. Elias Lindholm (43% owned). He’s on the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Moynihan. He’s firing a lot of shots on net and has 5 points through his first four games.
  3. Craig Anderson (28% owned). Ottawa is starting as we expected losing three of their first four games but it looks like Craig will be playing a lot of games this year and he hasn’t been terrible considering these games are approaching 40 shots against for him. No wins here but a lot of saves.

Weekly Schedule October 15-21

Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 15 Tue, Oct 16 Wed, Oct 17 Thu, Oct 18 Fri, Oct 19 Sat, Oct 20 Sun, Oct 21
Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 15 Tue, Oct 16 Wed, Oct 17 Thu, Oct 18 Fri, Oct 19 Sat, Oct 20 Sun, Oct 21
0 0 vs. New York Islanders 0 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres
2
1
12 0 0 7 0 0 4 24
21 0 0 28 0 0 8 28
12 0 0 11 0 0 18 6
24 0 0 29 0 0 16 26
0 @ Minnesota Wild 0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ Winnipeg Jets 0
0
3
11 0 11 0 21 0 1 0
8 0 1 0 16 0 6 0
12 0 12 0 18 0 7 0
16 0 22 0 20 0 6 0
0 0 @ Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Vancouver Canucks 0
0
3
23 0 0 27 23 0 20 0
28 0 0 26 29 0 28 0
20 0 0 23 31 0 7 0
8 0 0 5 1 0 18 0
0 @ Vegas Golden Knights 0 @ San Jose Sharks 0 @ Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks
0
4
13 0 4 0 11 0 21 14
8 0 8 0 13 0 4 6
18 0 18 0 24 0 21 9
8 0 16 0 8 0 3 6
0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 0 0 0 vs. Colorado Avalanche 0
1
1
12 0 5 0 0 0 19 0
24 0 23 0 0 0 24 0
10 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
24 0 23 0 0 0 25 0
0 0 vs. Boston Bruins 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0 @ New York Rangers
2
1
11 0 0 10 0 4 0 18
10 0 0 3 0 1 0 25
17 0 0 12 0 26 0 14
6 0 0 4 0 2 0 11
0 0 0 vs. Arizona Coyotes 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
2
1
17 0 0 0 25 0 25 1
10 0 0 0 22 0 2 5
13 0 0 0 5 0 30 3
21 0 0 0 9 0 30 23
0 0 0 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks 0
2
0
11 0 0 0 3 0 19 0
20 0 0 0 9 0 30 0
11 0 0 0 4 0 18 0
22 0 0 0 24 0 20 0
0 @ New York Rangers 0 @ New Jersey Devils 0 @ Carolina Hurricanes 0
0
3
21 0 18 0 19 0 27 0
22 0 25 0 17 0 24 0
21 0 14 0 27 0 22 0
16 0 11 0 12 0 26 0
@ Ottawa Senators @ New Jersey Devils 0 0 vs. Minnesota Wild 0 0
1
2
16 15 19 0 0 15 0 0
25 30 17 0 0 27 0 0
22 28 27 0 0 12 0 0
17 17 12 0 0 22 0 0
@ Montreal Canadiens 0 0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 0 @ Florida Panthers 0
0
3
14 24 0 0 5 0 13 0
20 17 0 0 23 0 20 0
11 20 0 0 3 0 9 0
22 31 0 0 23 0 13 0
0 @ Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Boston Bruins 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0
2
1
5 0 1 0 10 0 4 0
3 0 6 0 3 0 1 0
15 0 7 0 12 0 26 0
4 0 6 0 4 0 2 0
0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 0 @ Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings 0
1
2
15 0 15 0 0 10 19 0
18 0 21 0 0 9 23 0
15 0 4 0 0 15 25 0
21 0 24 0 0 10 28 0
0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0 0 0 vs. Anaheim Ducks 0
2
0
26 0 24 0 0 0 27 0
16 0 28 0 0 0 4 0
8 0 6 0 0 0 9 0
16 0 26 0 0 0 6 0
@ Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 vs. New York Islanders 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
2
1
13 9 0 0 7 0 24 0
23 14 0 0 28 0 28 0
6 2 0 0 11 0 6 0
23 13 0 0 29 0 26 0
@ Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes 0 0 @ Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0
2
2
12 8 25 0 0 15 1 0
10 10 22 0 0 4 5 0
13 26 5 0 0 16 3 0
14 2 9 0 0 21 23 0
vs. Detroit Red Wings 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0 0 @ Ottawa Senators 0
2
1
18 19 0 19 0 0 15 0
20 23 0 8 0 0 30 0
27 25 0 29 0 0 28 0
21 28 0 19 0 0 17 0
0 vs. Dallas Stars 0 vs. Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0
2
1
20 0 25 0 19 0 15 0
20 0 14 0 24 0 21 0
12 0 16 0 17 0 4 0
23 0 21 0 25 0 24 0
vs. Minnesota Wild 0 0 0 @ Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers 0
1
2
22 15 0 0 0 27 23 0
27 27 0 0 0 26 29 0
22 12 0 0 0 23 31 0
9 22 0 0 0 5 1 0
0 0 @ Anaheim Ducks @ Los Angeles Kings 0 @ San Jose Sharks 0
0
3
15 0 0 14 21 0 11 0
8 0 0 6 4 0 13 0
18 0 0 9 21 0 24 0
6 0 0 6 3 0 8 0
0 vs. Colorado Avalanche @ Washington Capitals 0 0 0 vs. Calgary Flames
2
1
17 0 19 10 0 0 0 23
13 0 24 9 0 0 0 5
18 0 17 15 0 0 0 23
13 0 25 10 0 0 0 5
vs. Dallas Stars 0 0 0 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0
2
0
28 25 0 0 0 0 31 0
23 14 0 0 0 0 31 0
18 16 0 0 0 0 20 0
26 21 0 0 0 0 31 0
0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 0 vs. New Jersey Devils 0
2
1
16 0 18 0 25 0 4 0
11 0 16 0 2 0 16 0
22 0 9 0 30 0 27 0
18 0 13 0 30 0 12 0
0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 0
1
1
19 0 29 0 9 0 0 0
13 0 11 0 14 0 0 0
5 0 7 0 2 0 0 0
16 0 18 0 13 0 0 0
0 0 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0 vs. New York Islanders 0
2
0
16 0 0 0 24 0 7 0
28 0 0 0 28 0 28 0
9 0 0 0 6 0 11 0
28 0 0 0 26 0 29 0
0 0 @ Montreal Canadiens 0 0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0
0
2
17 0 0 24 0 0 9 0
16 0 0 17 0 0 14 0
11 0 0 20 0 0 2 0
22 0 0 31 0 0 13 0
0 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 0 vs. Detroit Red Wings 0 @ Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks
2
2
16 0 13 0 19 0 11 21
15 0 19 0 23 0 1 16
19 0 22 0 25 0 12 18
24 0 26 0 28 0 22 20
vs. Los Angeles Kings 0 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0
3
0
13 12 0 0 9 0 19 0
11 2 0 0 24 0 8 0
17 21 0 0 1 0 29 0
12 3 0 0 13 0 19 0
0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 0 @ Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Boston Bruins 0
1
2
4 0 2 0 1 0 10 0
8 0 15 0 6 0 3 0
7 0 1 0 7 0 12 0
8 0 13 0 6 0 4 0
0 0 vs. New York Rangers 0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 0
2
0
23 0 0 28 0 18 0 0
20 0 0 24 0 16 0 0
12 0 0 14 0 9 0 0
12 0 0 11 0 13 0 0
0 vs. Edmonton Oilers 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 vs. Arizona Coyotes 0
3
0
23 0 16 0 29 0 25 0
15 0 11 0 11 0 22 0
14 0 31 0 7 0 5 0
9 0 1 0 18 0 9 0