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November 21, 2017, 1:00 am

Rest-of-season fantasy hockey rankings

Sean Allen reviews participants who can help in phantasy with one-class production and provides his latest top-250 rest-of-the-season rankings for phantasy hockey conferences.

Rest-of-season fantasy hockey rankings
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A class specializer isn't for everyone. You are always amended off, in a broad sense, to rich person a participant on your squad that has a higher phantasy numerical quantity and contributes in aggregate categories.

That said, location is a topographic component on rosters, particularly during short, deliberate stretches, for a participant who lone truly contributes in one key class. The key to rostering so overmuch a participant is devising certain you do so without pain yourself elsewhere.

How that works is ad hoc to your conference settings. In time period conferences, it could average delivery the specializer in when his squad has a four-crippled hebdomad on tap and one of your periphery participants is lone musical performance twice. In rotisserie conferences with crippled limits it mightiness average stashing the specializer on your seat for when one of your participants is day-to-day. In head-to-head formats it could average sounding at your time period opponent's strengths and weaknesses and ad hocally targeting them with a specializer in those categories. But it doesn't rich person to be that overmuch work. It can merely be glancing at the roto categories and sighted where you could addition a component or two with a boost, or it could be a substance of trailing which class you frequently lose by a slim margin.

You also rich person to take careful note where a specializer mightiness hurt your other categories. Collateral damage is inevitable with most class-ad hoc participants because they'd be no-brainer phantasy acquisitions if they were okay across all categories. How to use these participants is definitely ad hoc to your conference.

With that in mind, here are a few available class specializers for your phantasy squads.

Plus/minus

Adrian Kempe, RW, Los Angeles Kings (rostered in 28.7 percent of ESPN conferences)

Tied for 13th in the NHL with 13 components at five-on-five hockey this season, Kempe, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson rich person proven to be a quality trio in the absence of Jeff Carter. The line has accounted for 10 goals at even strength while allowing lone two, explaining Kempe's plus-12 this season. Whether or not they stick together after Carter returns later this season (possibly early 2018) is a bridge to cross when we get location.

Anton Stralman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning (21.9 percent)

With the advantage of being on the ice for about 40 percent of Steven Stamkos' and Nikita Kucherov's total ice time at even strength this season, Stralman paces the NHL with a plus-16 (matched lone by Auston Matthews). He's musical performance a reduced role with the continued emergence of Mikhail Sergachev on the power play, so he takes a hit in power-play components, but Stralman isn't truly phantasy dead weight in any class.

Brian Gibbons, C, New Jersey Devils (12.4 percent)

The Devils' fourth line is getting some great matchups to do some offensive damage so far this season. Playing with rookie Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen, Gibbons has managed too score nine goals and sits at plus-12. His current line has scored five goals together and lone allowed one aadditionst. They will play minimal ice time and will be streaky at best, but Gibbons could provide a healthy little boost on the right hebdomad.

Penalty minutes

Derek Dorsett, RW, Vancouver Canucks (22.6 percent)

Try to ignore the seven goals this season, as they are definitely out of character for the rough-and-tumble Dorsett. He leads the conference in PIM and is on pace for more than 300 minutes by the end of the season. While he's more likely to finish with fewer than 200, he's a good candidate to lead the NHL in the class and help boost your phantasy squad along the way. Aaddition, just don't count on contributions in other categories, as his pace for goals has zero chance of sustainability with a 26.9 shooting percentage this season compared to a nine-year career shooting percentage of 7.3.

Antoine Roussel, LW, Dallas Stars (10.3 percent)

Roussel has a knack for finding himself on a scoring line for short bursts, as he did on Saturday aadditionst the Edmonton Oilers. Five of his six components, in fact, rich person come in two crippleds this season. However, he's usually busy racking up time in the sin bin. He's finished with more than 100 PIM in each of the past four seasons, including last season when he missed 22 crippleds. Roussel comes with the added bonus of coming close to 30 components every season, thanks to his occasional ice time with Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin (or both).

Shots on goal

Rick Nash, LW/RW, New York Rangers (38.0 percent)

Tied for 10th in the conference with 72 shots on goal this season, Nash isn't nearly as overmuch of a phantasy dud as his representation on lone 38 percent of rosters mightiness suggest. In fact, he's on pace for 27 goals despite his shooting percentage (9.2 percent) still hanging out well below his career average (12.2 percent).

Power-play components

Mikko Rantanen, RW, Colorado Avalanche (50.8 percent)

Currently tied for fifth in the NHL with 10 power-play components, Rantanen is on pace for 73 components this season and is available in half of ESPN conferences. His plus/minus is a pitfall, but it's clear that this sophomore is growing into his top-line role with Nathan MacKinnon, both on and off the power play. He should probably be on more rosters based on his overall merits, not just as a power-play specializer.

Forwards on the move

Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (up 62 spots to No. 142)

There it is! A small tweak to the Hurricanes' top line, switching out Elias Lindholm for Teravainen, has averaget an offensive explosion for Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho and, of course, Teravainen. The trio rich person collectively accounted for 29 components in seven crippleds since coming together.

Matt Duchene, C, Ottawa Senators (down 10 spots to No. 148)

The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Duchene's life as a Senator hasn't gotten off to a rousing start. Through five crippleds, he's componentless (minus-6). The Sens rich person been toying with different combinations for him with little luck so far. Without an offensive boost soon, Duchene could find himself on the third line (which isn't as bad as most third lines, as the Senators like to spread things out -- just ask Mike Hoffman).

Mitch Marner, C/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (up 33 spots to No. 139)

Sometimes the doghouse can be a shortcut to amended things. After being relegated to the fourth line for a stretch, Marner clawed his way back to what is arguably the Leafs' second line. He was helped along the way by an injury to Auston Matthews that forced coach Mike Babcock's hand, but phantasy participants will take it. Marner was spotted on Saturday musical performance with Tyler Bozak (another recent doghouse resident) and James van Riemsdyk to the tune of two assists. It brings Marner to nine components in November, which is already three more than he had in October.

Defensemen on the move

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Arizona Coyotes (down 18 spots to No. 158)

I know I'm still moving him down the rankings here, but I do still believe that OEL can turn this thing around. When we checked in on Ekman-Larsson in this space a month ago, he was on pace for a minus-92 rating and lone 164 shots on goal. Those rich person "improved" to a pace for a minus-56 rating and 224 shots on goal, which averages Ekman-Larsson has made some marginal improvements over the past month. That is shown on the ESPN Player Rater where, instead off outside the realm of roster worthiness, Ekman-Larsson sits at 28th among defensemen over the past 30 days. He's eating up big minutes and continuing to shoot the puck. Don't give up on him yet.

Goaltenders on the move

Cam Talbot, G, Edmonton Oilers (down 27 spots to No. 106)

While others rich person defined a quality start in the NHL under different meacertains, I like to consider a "phantasy quality start" to be any crippled with two or fewer goals or three or fewer goals plus a win. By that measuring stick, Talbot has made eight phantasy quality starts in 18 chances this season, which is far below what we expect from a No. 1 phantasy goaltender.

Quick hits

Arizona's Clayton Keller was admittedly cold for three crippleds prior to being separated from Max Domi and Derek Stepan, but the separation hasn't helped heat him up. He has one component going back six crippleds and looks to be pushing through his first rookie slump. ... Nothing to get excited about after just one crippled, but Drake Caggiula got to play with Connor McDavid on Saturday as the Oilers fiddle with line combinations. The result was two goals. More than anything else, this shows a new willingness to play with McDavid's linemates, and the situation should be monitored closely for the coming hebdomad. ... For a fourth-string goaltender, Maxime Lagace has been pretty darn good for the Vegas Golden Knights. But with Malcolm Subban back to health, one has to expect the original backup will be back at the helm until Marc-Andre Fleury returns.

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