Fantasy Top-10: Players Who Will Turn It Around

Tom Collins

2017-12-04

It’s never too late to count on someone when it comes to fantasy hockey.

Players are known to go into extended slumps. It’s tough when it’s at the start of the fantasy hockey season, but you never know when a guy will rebound. Alex Galchenyuk had two points in his first 10 games and was stuck playing on the fourth line. Now he has 14 points in his last 18 games.

Sam Bennett is another good example. He went pointless in his first 15 games, but now has eight points in his last 11 games.

Below you’ll find 10 players who are set to rebound. Many of them present a good opportunity to buy low before they start piling up the points and wins.

 

10. Tyler Johnson

Much of Johnson’s fantasy success is dependent on his line mates. The Lightning forwards had only four goals and 11 points in the first 25 games of the season. Then he was bumped to a line with Steven Stamkos on Saturday. He responded with two goals, his first goals in 16 games. His 19:04 of ice time was the highest for him since Nov. 4. If he can stick with Stamkos, expect an uptick in his production.

 

9. Roberto Luongo

The man with the best Twitter account in hockey has had a tough start to his season with a 6-6-1 record. That doesn’t look great, but some of his other numbers look much better. He has eight quality starts in 14 games. He has a .928 SV %, seventh best in the league. He’s also third in the league for goals saved above average, which basically compares a specific goalie to the league average.

 

8. Justin Faulk

Faulk has been frustrating to own as he has seven points, and they’ve come in only five games. It looked like he was turning the corner a few weeks ago when he had four points in three games, but has been pointless in four games since. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, let’s look at the positives: He’s on pace for a career high in shots, the top option for the #1 power play unit, starting in the offensive zone on almost 60 percent of his shifts, and he’s scored at least 15 goals and 37 points for three straight years. It would be too early to get rid of him.

 

7. Cam Atkinson

Dobber darling Atkinson is on pace for his worst season since becoming a full-time NHLer five years ago. He’s missed four games and is on pace for 31 points in 78 games. This is after four straight seasons of offensive improvements. He is on pace for a career-high 241 shots and despite having zero power play points, he’s a mainstay on the squad’s top unit. Goal scorers tend to go in slumps. Once he starts scoring, looking for a long streak where he’ll get back to a 65-point pace.

 

6. Oscar Klefbom

Everything about Klefbom’s play screams that a bounce back is coming. He’s starting in the offensive zone on 54.7 per cent of his shifts. His PDO is a low 939 (1,000 is average). His corsi for perce