It’s that time of the week again where you’re either thinking, “wow, my team sucks” or “another week, another win”. I genuinely hope you’re all saying the second one but for the sake of the others, I am here to lend a hand.
I’ve got players on this list that are going to help you in all league formats including weekly, daily and dynasty.
This week’s list is going to include plenty of players who are returning from injury along with a defenseman who’s having a surprising year.
Here we go!
Bryan Little – Winnipeg Jets
ESPN Owned Percentage: 36.1%
In his return to the Jets lineup this past week, Little started out in excellent form recorded four points in as many games. The Jets forward can be dangerous and is also an extremely consistent player. To prove his consistency, over the past three seasons Little has averaged around 0.74 points per game. Little will slide right back into the Jets top six and the powerplay, so, go get him before his stats gets better and his ownership goes up.
Sam Reinhart – Buffalo Sabres
ESPN Owned Percentage: 26.9%
Since the return of former second overall pick Jack Eichel, the Buffalo formed has found some great form. Reinhart produced one goal and three assists last week now putting him at just over a point every other game player. Now that Reinhart is playing alongside both Kane and Eichel, it’s safe to say that his points tally will be rising. Reinhart is a top six forward with plenty of talent, if himself and his linemates can stay healthy he can be a solid player for your team.
Marian Gaborik – LA Kings
ESPN Owned Percentage: 11.2%
Gaborik seems to have become a forgotten man after suffering a broken foot back at the World Cup. The Slovakian has now made his return to the Kings lineup along with picking up his first couple of points this season. The 34-year-old has played four games, since his return, registering a grand total of 14 shots which is nice if you get points for shots. Gaborik is the third forward on this list to be playing top six minutes and on the powerplay. After last night’s game, Gaborik was on the first line for the Kings alongside their captain, Anze Kopitar, but for right now he is on the second powerplay unit. If you’re debating whether or not to pick up Gaborik just remember he is a former seven time 30 goal score, he definitely knows how to find the net.
Charlie Coyle – Minnesota Wild
ESPN Owned Percentage: 44.3%
Now this guy is somebody I have wanted to add to this list for many weeks now. You may be thinking, “but Liam, Coyle on had a goal and an assist this week,” and you’d be right to say that. This was exactly a highlight week for him but he’s going really under the radar for how good of a season he is having. Coyle, so far, has nine goals and 8 assists in 24 games along with being a contributor on the powerplay with three points. The Wild forward is playing alongside two veteran players in Zach Parise and Eric Staal who are both offensively gifted. Right now, Charlie Coyle is on pace for 56 points which would be a career year for him and honestly we shouldn’t be shocked if he surpasses that.
Ian Cole – Pittsburgh Penguins
ESPN Owned Percentage: 4.2%
Cole may be a bit of a wildcard but so far this season he’s being playing decently offensively. The Pens defenseman is only three points shy of last season’s total, 12, which was also his career high. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that Cole is going to be some fantasy stud but you should be riding this hot streak he’s on. As of right now, Cole is playing on Pittsburgh’s third pairing and is not playing on the powerplay. However, if Cole can keep this up I am sure it won’t be long before he gets an opportunity on the powerplay.
Troy Stecher – Vancouver Canucks
ESPN Owned Percentage: 1.9%
His numbers may not be jumping out of the page right now but with the injury, to Edler, we could see this improve. Stecher is going to have step up whilst Edler is out which means he’ll be getting more playing time. Stecher is actually third in points for Vancouver Canucks which may seem surprising since he only has five points. He has already found his way onto the Canucks powerplay, even though they are ranked 26th in the league it’s nice to see that he is getting top minutes. I don’t think Stecher will blow everybody away this season but since he has already registered 48 shots so he is clearly getting the opportunities.
Chad Johnson – Calgary Flames
ESPN Owned Percentage: 48.7%
Coming into the season, Chad Johnson was supposed to be the backup to off-season signing Brian Elliott. If you have been keeping track of the Flames this season you will know that is slowly changing. Johnson registered his third shutout of the season last Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in comparison Elliott has 0. Johnson has a significantly better goal against with 2.11, Elliott has a 3.31. If you have Elliott you need to drop him then pick up Johnson, he has been the much better netminder this season and I believe he will continue this form.