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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).




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.






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.





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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