Fantasy Hockey is back and I could not be more excited. Fantasy teams have just been drafted, and owners are starting to see what type of performance their players are bringing to their team. Because it is early, it is essential not to make any panic moves. However, there are players that are worth keeping an eye on to see how they perform over the next week or two. Let’s take a look at which players to take note of.
Andre Burakovsky – SEA – LW, RW
Burakovsky is currently on Seattle’s first line and second power play unit. He has two points in his first two games and although both of those points have come from the power play. Burakovsky looks like he might be able to capitalize on playing on a line with Matty Beniers. I would recommend keeping an eye on Burakovsky and seeing if he can translate his play to 5v5.
Burakovsky is currently 34% owned on Yahoo!, so it seems like some fantasy managers have already taken notice of his value. In the past he has shown to bring some solid fantasy value as well, being at least a good streamer option during his hot streaks. He is worth exploring as an add to your team.
Calen Addison – MIN – D
Ever since he was drafted, Addison had a lot of hype around him, especially in the Twitter hockey community. This season, he has finally made the team, and the Wild are giving him a huge opportunity to succeed. Addison is worth keeping an eye on solely because he is on Minessota’s top power play unit.
When you are on a power play with Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy, it is a pretty special opportunity. I would honestly even recommend adding Addison to your team right now.
Addison is only 13% owned so you could get away with keeping him on your watchlist to see how he performs. However, once he starts getting points, his ownership percentage will skyrocket, so it is important to capitalize early.
Dillon Dube – CGY – LW, RW
Is this the year Dube finally breaks out? Based off how he looks on a line with Nazem Kadri and Andrew Mangiapane, it just might be. Even in the preseason, the line looked fantastic, and during the Flames season opener against the Colorado Avalanche, the line looked just as good. This is the best line Dube has ever played on, and Dube looks ready to capitalize on the opportunity.
Believe it or not, Dube is only 3% owned. Yes, you read that correctly, 3%. To be fair, he has only been given bottom-six minutes before this season, but that is far too low for someone who is playing with Kadri and Mangiapane. I honestly believe Dube is one of the top breakout candidates for fantasy hockey. Dube brings tremendous value, and he just might be The 1 player that managers regret not adding during the year.
It’s the best time of the year
I think I speak for everyone when I say, I am so glad both hockey and fantasy hockey is back. From setting your lineup every morning, to monitoring the waiver wire, and even looking up line combos, it truly feels great to be back. The time is now to find the diamond in the rough who will help take your team to the next level.
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