Fantasy Top-10: Stats Fantasy Owners Need

Tom Collins

2017-11-20

With most teams now at the quarter-point of their season, it’s a good time to start taking some statistics more seriously.

In the first 10 games or so, you can chalk up a lot of stuff to luck or a short hot streak. We’re now at the point where those streaks are turning into trends.

The increase in scoring has put a lot of players into position to not just hit career highs, but to obliterate them. Steven Stamkos is on pace for 144 points. He obviously won’t hit that mark, but would you bet against him getting to 100 points for the first time in his career?

Below you’ll find 10 statistics that sum up this season and the impact they may be having on your season. Just note that all numbers are before yesterday’s games, and you’re going to see a lot of Tampa’s top line in these numbers.

 

10.

12

The number of games John Carlson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson have posted a minus, worst in the NHL. That’s not a great stat for those who own those two players in weekly leagues. On the whole, Carlson is a minus-eight and OEL a minus-15. OEL has put up horrific plus-minus numbers in the past, but the Coyotes were supposed to be a much better squad this year. Carlson is putting up impressive power-play numbers, but is obviously being outscored tremendously at even strength.

 

9.

Minus-60

The plus-minus pace for Martin Hanzal, easily the worst in the league. You never draft Hanzal for the plus-minus (he was a minus-17 last year and hasn’t been a plus player since 2012-13). It is troubling that he is on pace for only 14 points. You could argue Hanzal is the worst fantasy player in the league this year. As a side note, Oliver Ekman-Larsson is on pace for minus-56 and Ryan O’Reilly for minus-57. This is significant because a player hasn’t finished with a minus-50 season since Gord Dineen and Darren Rumble with the Senators in 1993-94.

 

8.

383

The projected number of shots for Max Pacioretty this season, which would lead the league. Pacioretty’s career high is 303 shots. Even though the Habs captain is struggling, he’s a streaky scorer and seems a sure bet to reach the 30-goal mark for his last five full seasons if he keeps up this shooting binge. Evander Kane is just behind and is on pace for 381 shots. Kane’s career best is 287 shots in 2011-12. It will be tough for Kane to crack 300 shots as he’ll probably miss at least 10 games with an injury.

 

7.

Zero

The number of goals for many fantasy-relevant players. While much of the focus has been on Brent Burns, let’s not leave Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien,