2018-2019 Fantasy Sports Rankings, Projections & News

Fantasy hockey midseason awards for 2018-19

NHL.com identifies the most valuable dream players at each position and greatest surprises at the midway point of the 2018-19 season (statistics going into Jan. 4, 2019). For more dream coverage, go toNHL.com/ Dream.

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NOTE: These choices are based entirely on dream performance to date and consider everyday dream production and season-long standing.Center MVP Nathan


COL( 22.1 FanDuel points per game) The best duo in the NHL at the

halfway mark is MacKinnon and extreme right Mikko Rantanen; they have at least a point on 48 team objectives, without a doubt the most in the League. MacKinnon and Rantanen each rank among the top five in NHL scoring and have made left wing Gabriel Landeskog a big take based on preseason dream rank. MacKinnon leads the NHL in shots on goal( 186) through 41 video games and is producing points at an even higher rate (1.46 )than his breakout season of 2017-18( 1.31 ). Video: COL@TBL: MacKinnon goes five-hole on Domingue Most significant center surprise Elias Pettersson, VAN (15.8 FanDuel points per video game )The Vancouver Canucks rookie is the

clear Calder Prize favorite at the midway point of the season. In spite of missing time at an early stage with a concussion,

Petterssonis oneof 15 gamers with at least 20 goals

and 20 assists at the midseason mark. Pettersson, who has actually played often with important ideal wing Brock Boeser when each has been healthy, is on rate to have the greatest points-per-game average( 1.11) amongst rookies since Alex Ovechkin (1.31) and Sidney Crosby( 1.26) in 2005-06. Left wing MVP Johnny Gaudreau, CGY( 19.5 FanDuel points per game) The Calgary Flames left wing has 15 more points( 61) than Ovechkin( 46) and was achievable two rounds later average in preseason drafts. Gaudreau and linemates Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm areeach much better than a point per video game, andGaudreau leadsall left wings and ranks

5th total in points per game(1.45). The Flames are leading the Pacific Division at the midway point

, and Gaudreau is having his best season yet under brand-new coach Bill Peters.Biggest LW surprise Jeff Skinner, BUF( 16.3 FanDuel points per game) Acquired by the Buffalo Sabres on Aug. 2, Skinner ranks 2nd inobjectives (28) behind Ovechkin( 30) at the midway point. Skinner has actually formed among the most productive lines in the NHL with center Jack Eichel and right wing Sam Reinhart and scored a point per video game through 41 games. Skinner’s plus-17 is on track to be the best performance in the classification by a Sabres skater since 2006-07, and his bounce-back season has Buffalo in Stanley Cup Playoffcontention.Video: FLA@BUF: Skinner wires shotpast Luongo while falling Extreme right MVP

Nikita Kucherov, TBL( 20.8 FanDuel points per game) The Tampa Bay Lightning forward has been arguably the most important dream player regardless of being playing far from elite center Steven Stamkos for much of the very first half. Kucherov leads the NHL in points( 69), assists( 49), power-play points (26 )and multipoint games( 21) through 41 video games and has made his even-strength unit with center Brayden Point and wing Tyler Johnson among the League’s most potent.Biggest RW surprise Elias Lindholm, CGY (15.8 FanDuel points per video game) The Flames right wing has been among the 10 most valuable dream players in season-long leagues at the midway

point after being prepared typically outside the leading 150 general. Lindholm,

whose previous

NHL profession in points was 45 in 72 video games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17,

has currently gone beyond that total with 48 points in 42 video games with his brand-new group on a line with Gaudreau and Monahan. Lindholm is likewise on rate for his best plus/minus( plus-25; leads all NHL forwards) and has actually connected hisprevious high in PPP( 16 ). Defenseman MVP Morgan Rielly, TOR (16.8 FanDuel points per game )He is connected for the defenseman scoring lead( 44 points) with Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks despite playing 2 less video games as of Jan. 4. Rielly also has a better plus/minus (plus-24; fourth in NHL) and more objectives( 13) than Burns( plus-4; seven goals) and was prepared outside the leading 100 in a lot of dream leagues. Rielly has actually taken advantage of

exposure to elite forwards Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Mitchell

Marner on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ very first power play and is amongst the leading 10 defensemen in PPP( 14; T-8th ). Video: NYR@TOR: Rielly beats Georgiev with sweet wrister Most significant D-man surprise Thomas Chabot, OTT( 16.3 FanDuel points per game) The Ottawa Senators defenseman has been one of the biggest dream surprises with 38 points (10 objectives, 28 assists )in 38 video games at the midway point after low expectations surrounded his group following the trade of elite defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. Chabot has offered Ottawa’s leading forwards Mark Stone and Matt Duchenewith scoring assistance in all circumstances and shattered his novice point

overall (25 points in 63 games) from last season.Goalie MVP Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK( 19.2 FanDuel points per video game )Despite a slow start for Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights, he leads the NHL in wins( 23 )and shutouts (six). He’s had the heaviest work of any goalie in terms of video games and starts( 37) and went 15-2-3 with a. 919 save percentage and three nothings in the 20 video games leading up to the midway point. Fleury has actually navigated Vegas‘ ups anddowns, includingseveral top-six forward injuries and the 20-game suspension of top defenseman Nate Schmidt, and is on speed to challenge for Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record( 48 in 2006-07). Most significant goalie


Robin Lehner, NYI( 19.6 FanDuel points per game)

The New York Islanders goalie leads the NHL( minimum 15 games) with a 2.13 goals-against average and.929 save portion through his very first 20 video games. New coach Barry Trotz has actually had a profound influence on the goalie tandem of Lehner and Thomas Greiss; New York is tied with the Anaheim Ducks for first in groupsave percentage(.917) at the midway point after allowing the most goalsin the NHL last season (293). Video: NYI@STL: Lehner makes lunging stop on Tarasenko Subscribe now to NHL Dream on Ice, a twice-per-week fantasy hockey podcast with Pete Jensen andRob Reese.%


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