Fantasy Hockey Top-10: Sell-High Players

Tom Collins

2017-12-18

Probably the toughest thing to do in fantasy hockey is to sell high.

It sounds simple in practise, but fantasy general managers get attached to players performing at their peak. After all, that means they are putting fantasy points up for you, so why trade them at that stage?

However, if you don’t sell high, then you’re selling low. Erik Karlsson is a perfect example. When he came back from injury and had 17 points in 11 games, very few poolies were considering trading him. Then Karlsson went pointless in 10 games, and all of a sudden, he is being dealt for considerably less than what the GM could have gotten three weeks prior.

Below are 10 players that are at their sell-high peaks. Just as a heads up, I’m not advocating you need to trade these guys. It’s that their values will never be higher and this could be the best time to maximize your return. If you can’t get a fair return, hold on to them until you do.

 

10. Dustin Brown

Brown was drafted in just three per cent of Yahoo leagues but is now owned in 81 per cent of them. There are plenty of reasons to believe his bounce-back season will begin to falter, but as long as he’s playing 20 minutes a night with Anze Kopitar, there’s no way to be sure. This is the best time to sell high in one-year leagues as his value can’t go any higher but it can definitely drop. If you own him in a keeper league, do you trust him enough to use a keeper spot on him for next year?

 

9. Kristopher Letang

It may be strange to think about selling high on Letang considering almost every stat suggests he is a buy-low candidate. He has a low PDO, five on five team shooting percentage and personal shooting percentage while having positive offensive zone starts and corsi for percentage. His 0.71 points per game is his second-lowest of the past seven seasons. The main reason to consider him a sell high is the simple fact that he is healthy. Trade him before he misses 10 to 40 games with some sort of injury. If you can turn his healthy (so far) season into someone who is pretty much guaranteed to play all 82 games, you have to at least consider it.

 

8. Kyle Turris

Turris has been on another level since being dealt to Nashville. In 17 games as a Pred, he has 17 points, eight PIM, nine power-play points, 23 shots and is a plus-7. However, he is only averaging 16:34 a game. At this stage, you have to ask yourself what is more likely: That Turris can finish with 70-plus points while pacing 0.93 points per game, or the fact he’s only reached 60 points once in his seven-year career and has never paced more than 0.78 points per game? Go with the latter.

 

7. Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist is a sure bet for his 12th-straight season with at least 30 wins (minus the lockout 2012-13 season). He picked up his 16th win on Saturday night against the Bruins, and has won eight of his last 11 games. However, he turns 36 in March and is on pace for 71 games played. That’s a lot of games for an older goalie. Expect his starts to get dialed back as th