Top 10 Sell-High Players (2016)

Tom Collins

2016-12-12

The Top 10 players you should "sell high" on. These players are overvalued right now…

 

Sell high. Buy low.

It sounds so simple. But it’s always tough to trade away players when they are playing so well. We convince ourselves that this unprecedented hot streak can last for the whole year. But it usually doesn’t last. That’s why the window to sell high is so small. Look at Marian Hossa. He started the season with 17 points in 18 games. That was your best chance to deal him. Now he has just three points in his last 11 games. His value is low now and you can’t get the same return you could two weeks ago. Kevin Hayes is another good example. After starting off with 19 points in 22 games, Hayes now has one point in his last seven games.

Below you’ll find 10 players that are peaking as sell highs. I’m not advocating you have to sell them. Just that if you want to, the value of these players will never be higher. Remember, it’s sell high, not giveaway. If you’re not comfortable with dealing these players, keep them. If you’re not getting a fair return, keep them. Also, these projections are for one-year leagues. It would be tougher to get rid of some of these players in a keeper.

 

 

10. Wayne Simmonds

Simmonds is on pace for 40 goals and 74 points. Both would easily be career highs. His time on ice is up two minutes a game from last year. He’s on the second line but the top power play unit. He’s got a lot going for him. But how often do 28-year-olds have career years? His shooting percentage is higher than normal so he’s due for a regression. Just keep in mind that a sell-high for Simmonds is mostly in points leagues. In leagues that count shots, PIM and hits, his value is even higher and it could be too tough to get fair value for him.

 

9. Marcus Johansson

After a bit of a slow start to the season, Johansson has been scorching lately with eight points in seven games. He’s now on pace for 36 goals and 64 points. That would be career highs by 16 goals and 18 points. The main reason is his insane shooting percentage of 24.5 per cent. But 21 points in 27 games sounds enticing, and could be alluring to the right trade partner.

 

8. Cam Atkinson

A number of Blue Jackets could have made this list. The team is third in goals for per game and first in power play percentage, and it feels like the whole team is due for a regression. But Atkinson most of all as he’s on pace for 85 points and is 12th in the league in points. His power play time on ice and overall time on ice is only 20 seconds higher than last year. He could be this year’s breakout 70-point guy. But if you believe he will finish with 70 points exactly, that means a regression of 0.3 points per game.

 

7. Evgeni Malkin

The more games Malkin plays without an injury, the more fire you’re playing with. Malkin always starts off the season hot (30 points in 28 games this year) before slowing