Fantasy hockey is underway, I recently just had my first draft of the season and have my second one at the end of the week. For my fantasy fanatics, I am here to help you decide which Flyer you should draft on your team.
Claude Giroux- Giroux is currently ranked in the top 10 players in fantasy sitting at rank 8. Giroux started off slow but got red hot after a few games in the season. Giroux will remain a top fantasy player and is a sure bet to repeat his success or reach new heights. Giroux finished with 86 points, 37 points on the power play, 223 shots on goal, and 931 faceoff wins. Giroux would be a good pick in any league. Giroux comes off the board first or second round depending on how big your league is.
Wayne Simmonds- Simmonds was the best all around Flyer in fantasy last year. He finished with 60 points, had 106 penalty minutes, 206 shots, 132 hits, and 24 points on the power play. Getting Simmonds on your league will help you in numerous categories. Simmonds is ranked 44th in fantasy.
Brayden Schenn- Like Simmonds Schenn helps contribute in numerous categories. Schenn amassed 41 points, 9 power play points, 178 shots on goal, 296 faceoff wins, and 200 hits. Schenn signed a 2-year bridge deal with Flyers this offseason. Look for Schenn to produce more offensively while still maintaining hits, shots, and faceoff wins. Schenn is currently ranked 147th in fantasy.
Jakub Voracek- Voracek is added in leagues to create more scoring and points depth. Voracek finished with 62 points, 23 points on the power play, and 235 shots on goal. Voracek is ranked 62th in fantasy. Being a first line mate with Giroux also makes Voracek a worthy pick.
Mark Streit- With Kimmo Timonen out, Streit is a good look to have a better fantasy season. He was starting to catch fire towards the end of the season. Streit accumulated 44 points, 15 power play points, and 108 blocks. Streit is ranked 151th in fantasy.
Steve Mason- Mason was a fantasy goalie stud last year. Mason managed 33 wins, 4 shutouts, and 2.50 GAA. With his new found confidence and with him solidified as the starting goalie for the Flyers, Mason should remain a top goalie this year. Mason is ranked 55th in fantasy.
Zac Rinaldo- Rinaldo is an enforcer who won’t contribute offensively but will raise your penalty minutes and hits category. If you feel you have enough scoring depth and have your other categories set, Rinaldo would be a nice addition in the last round of the draft. Rinaldo finished with 153 penalty minutes and 231 hits. Rinaldo is not owned in many leagues making it easy to pick him.
I just got into fantasy hockey last year. If you have not tried it, I would recommend it to any hockey fan. Get out there and join a league.