Top 10 “sell high” players

Tom Collins

2014-06-02

PatrickSharp

 

Here are 10 players who you should “sell high” on in your fantasy hockey league

 

Fantasy hockey is more than just grabbing the best players and hoping for the best. You need to be able to recognize the start of hot/cold streaks, and take maximum advantage of that.

A big part of this strategy is knowing when to sell high. Whether it is due to a career season, or a lot of undeserved hype, selling high can net you a great return that can lead to even more championships.

So with that in mind, here are the top 10 sell high candidates.

 

10. Dustin Byfuglien

Buff isn't a sell-high because of anything he may be doing, but rather due to the coach's decision to move him from defence to forward to start next year. As a defenceman, he's one of the best ones to own. He's hit 50-points in three of the last four seasons, and the one season he didn't was the lockout year, when he was on pace for 53 over a full 82 game schedule. He's notched 20 goals twice in that time, and he also gets a lot of shots. But as a forward, he's not as effective. Last year, he had 22 points in 32 games once the Jets moved him to forward, a 56-point pace. But last year, there were just nine dmen who had at least 50 points, but 83 forwards who reached that mark. A 50-point defenceman is much more rare. Maybe you can find someone in your league who hasn't heard the news that he has been switched to forward next season and get a good premium for him.

 

9. Martin St. Louis

With the Rangers going to the Stanley Cup finals, many are overlooking St. Louis' disappointing fantasy season. The truth is, he's not the same player he was in Tampa. Since 2006-07, St. Louis was about a point per game with the Lightning. In every playoff run, he was also around a point-per-game. But since going to the Rangers, he hasn't come close to this pace. In the regular season, he had just eight points in 19 games, and in the playoffs, he has 13 in 20. Sure, you can point to a smaller sample size, but he's played almost half a season in New York, and his points per game sits at just  0.54.

 

8. Jeff Carter

Carter hasn't had more than 50 points in a season since 2010-11 (to be fair, he was on pace for 56 points in the lockout shortened season), and has only cracked 70 points once, so it's surprising to see him among the league leaders in most offensive categories these playoffs. He has a point-per-game, is second in points with 22, second in goals with nine, second in assists with 13, first in power play goals with four and third in power play points with seven. There are always fantasy owners who overvalue playoff performances, so here's your chance to get maximum value for a 40-to-50 point guy.