We are one week in to the fantasy hockey season and we have seen a lot of potential this year. A lot of goals were scored in the first week and the fantasy hockey numbers piled up this week. We had four hat tricks this week from Tyler Bertuzzi who scored four against Tampa this week. Anze Kopitar, Sam Bennett and Connor McDavid also scored a hat trick in week one as well. Now looking at the numbers from week number one here are my five fantasy hockey takeaways from week number one.
Anze Kopitar Turned Back The Clock
The 34 year old center looked like he turned back the clock in week number one. Kopitar scored four goals this week to go along with three assists as well. Los Angeles Kings look a lot better than they did last year. They have some new additions that have fit in well together so far in Viktor Arvidsson and Phillip Danault. Kopitar is looking like how he did the year he finished in the top three in the hart trophy race back in 2017-2018. He was a fantastic fantasy asset that year and if he can keep this up he will continue to be a solid fantasy asset for the remainder of the season.
Kopitar scored the most fantasy points last week and I think he will continue to be a solid asset. The numbers will dip a little bit, but he is going to be a solid player in fantasy for the remainder of the season.
Steven Stamkos Looks Dangerous Again
Stamkos might be back to his MVP level of play this season. If Stamkos stays healthy we know how great of a hockey player he is. In three games this past week he had two or more points in each game. Where Stamkos’ ADP was and what is value is now if you drafted Stamkos where you did you got an absolute steal. Stamkos when healthy is easily a first round selection and people got him in rounds 5-10. I drafted him in the fifth round this year and I love the value that I am going to get from him. Tampa Bay’s offense is always lethal and having Steven Stamkos fully healthy this year will make them that much better. Look out for Stamkos because he is going to continue to dominate in fantasy this year.
Jeff Carter And Danton Heinen Picking Up The Slack
Jeff Carter and Danton Heinen have picked up the slack for the Penguins with their two leaders Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out. Carter has four points in three games and Heinen has three goals in three games as well. People had low expectations for the Penguins this season coming into the season. The way that this team has played without Crosby and Malkin though makes me believe they are going to be a legit threat not only in the race to the Stanley Cup, but to the fantasy hockey world as well. This team so far has averaged five goals per game and guys like Jeff Carter and Danton Heinen will be reliable options moving forward. I would acquire them in all formats (Carter owned in 23 percent of leagues and Heinen is owned in 3.9 percent of leagues as well).
Sergei Bobrovsky Is Going To Be A Top Five Fantasy Goaltender
Sergei Bobrovsky has been fantastic to start off the season and with the way that Florida looks right now there is no doubt in my mind that he will finish as a top five fantasy goaltender this year. Having “new energy” after the birth of his first child has provided a good look for Bob so far in 2021. He is currently the third ranked goaltender averaging 7.7 fantasy points per game at the moment. In his first start he had 43 saves and in start number two he had 29 saves. Florida is going to win a ton of games and with Bobrovsky holding down the fort in between the pipes. Look for Bobrovsky to continue showing his worth as the season progresses.
Adam Fox Will Put Up Better Numbers This Year
Adam Fox was on a tear last season and started week one of fantasy off on the right foot. A point per game for Fox and he is ready to be a top fantasy defenseman yet again. Fox last year had five goals and 42 assists. He has already scored and I think he gets double digits in the goal column this season. He is a main part on the first powerplay unit and is a key part of this Ranger team on the blue line. Fox is going to put up near 60 points this season and he is going to end up as a finalist for the Norris Trophy yet again. Look for Fox to continue his fantastic play, but look for him to take a step forward this year in his fantasy production.
-Chris Jones (@cjoneswho1212)
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