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What the Fantasy Experts Got Wrong: Under-Rated Players

by chewy 26. September 2014 05:41

Part 2 of our look at where you can go wrong by drafting purely off a magazine draft list continues with our underrated players.  (Part 1 called out those over-rated players).

 

OFFENSE

 

Nathan MacKinnon (Yahoo:25 / landsharkhockey:9)

If you trust Yahoo, you're missing the boat.  MacKinnon will dominate for the next decade.

 

Anze Kopitar (THN:29 / landsharkhockey:12)

Kopitar could carry your team for long stretches.  He will be gone by round 3.

 

Jordan Eberle (NHL:58 / landsharkhockey:13)

I don't get being down on Eberle.  The Oilers will score goals in bunches, and he'll be right there in the middle of it.

 

Kyle Okposo (Yahoo:59 / landsharkhockey:24)

Last I checked, he's still riding shotgun to J.T.

 

Patric Hornqvist (Yahoo:60 / landsharkhockey:27)

Hornqvist = Neal.  Whether it's Crosby or Malkin dishing him the puck, he will finish.

 

Jonathan Druin (THN:72 / landsharkhockey:34)

Maybe THN foresaw the injury - or maybe they're missing the boat on this dynamic rookie on a fantasy heavy Tampa roster.

 

Marian Gaborik (THN:71 / landsharkhockey:37)

He's inconsistent, but a goal scoring machine who quietly reemerged in the playoffs.

 

Nail Yakupov (NHL:153 / landsharkhockey:53)

Again with the Oiler hate.  Nail will be much better this time around.

 

Ondrej Palat (Yahoo:102 / landsharkhockey:58)

No love for the Calder nominee.  Even if he doesn't improve in year 2, he's surely a top 100 pick, Yahoo.

 

Beau Bennett (THN:243 / landsharkhockey:68)

Apparently, THN hasn't seen the Penguins play with Bennett in the lineup.  A healthy stretch on Sid's wing will do wonders towards changing their minds.

 

Joffrey Lupul (THN:142 / landsharkhockey:74)

Lupul will get action with some pure goalscorers in Toronto.  Ignoring him at 142?  Your loss.

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Dustin Byfuglien (Yahoo:27 / landsharkhockey:4)

Perplexing.  Even if he really does stay anchored to the blue line, he'll pot 10+ goals. 

 

Drew Doughty (THN:38 / landsharkhockey:6)

Doughty is top 3 in pure talent and certainly top 10 in fantasy impact on defense.  This must have been a misprint, THN.

 

Brent Burns (Yahoo:31 / landsharkhockey:12)

Yes, he's "officially" moved back to defense, but even the off chance that he shifts back occasionally bumps his value way above 31.

 

Seth Jones (NHL:51 / landsharkhockey:18)

The youngster will break out this year, despite what the experts at NHL tell you.  Peter Laviolette will see to that.

 

Jacob Trouba (NHL:41 / landsharkhockey:12)

No way to sugarcoat this one.  NHL is wrong.

 

Tyson Barrie (NHL:29 / Yahoo:24 / landsharkhockey:13)

Not a horrible miss, but Barrie is running the powerplay on the team who will score the most goals this season.  Do the math and get back to me.

 

 

GOALIES

 

Corey Crawford (NHL:9 / Yahoo:9 / landsharkhockey:2)

Crawford in Chicago.  Chicago = Wins.  Find me 8 goalies better than Crawford, please.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury (Yahoo:11 / landsharkhockey:4)

This isn't the playoffs.  Fleury is a top notch regular season goalie.

 

Antti Niemi (NHL:11 / landsharkhockey:5)

No goalie gets less respect than Cup winning Niemi.  He piles up wins and nobody notices.

 

Jake Allen (Yahoo:34 / NHL:32 / landsharkhockey:12)

I guess this comes down to whether you believe in Allen or Elliot as the #1 in St. Louis.  I believe in Allen.

 

John Gibson (Yahoo:30 / landsharkhockey:22)

Somebody at Yahoo missed the playoffs last season.  I thought I had him ranked too low 22.

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