Fantasy Hockey 2014-15: Sleeper Picks 1/17/15
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 17, 2015
There are an even dozen games in the NHL tonight, and that means a lot of fast and furious fantasy hockey action. Before we get those lineups cemented for this evening, let’s check out some of the sleeper options out there who are making their presences known on the waiver wire right now. Here’s a closer look at the stats so you can figure out if anyone is right for your roster.
Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk is one of the hottest goalies on the wire right now, thanks to a nice performance in his last outing. He posted a shutout on 18 saves against the Sabres in Buffalo, resulting in a suffocating 7-0 Wild win.
Dubnyk is now 10-5-2 this season and has a 2.58 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Wild are on an ugly slide right now, but he’s a nice pickup as a matchup play.
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Joni Ortio, G, Calgary Flames: Let’s stick with the guys between the pipes for a moment and visit with Ortio, who is a pretty hot low-end pickup himself. He has two straight wins to his credit, allowing just one goal on 63 combined shots. That’s good enough for a .50 GAA and a .984 save percentage.
Ortio is simply an injury replacement at this time, so when Ramo gets back in there he’ll likely be the odd man out. Still, if he’s starting he’s worth a pickup in the short term.
Trevor Daley, D, Dallas Stars: We like Daley’s upside, and you only have to look at his recent games to see why. He has three goals in his past four outings and is a nice plus-3 in that span.
Daley has 11 goals and 10 assists so far on the season, and is one of the only Dallas players showing consistent life right now. He’ll be out there at home against Washington tonight, so give him a look there.
Benoit Pouliot, LW, Edmonton Oilers: It seems like Pouliot shows up on the sleeper or waiver wire list quite a bit these past couple of seasons, and here he is again. He’s on fire right now, posting six goals in his last four games.
Pouliot has only been out there for seven games so far since returning, and his numbers are really impressive. If you’re in the market for a winger, it’s time to catch this wave.
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Palat has been showing up in this space quite a bit as well, so let’s see what he’s been up to recently. He’s coming off a two-goal effort against Edmonton, giving him a nice four-point total in his last two outings (two assists in Boston).
Don’t look now, but Palat has 36 points in 42 appearances (11 goals; 25 assists). He’s rocking a whopping plus-23 rating, and should be owned pretty much everywhere. His sleeper status is pretty much at an end.
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