Top 10 Underrated Fantasy All-Stars

Tom Collins

2019-01-21

I’ve often wondered what a fantasy all-star squad would like if voted on by the fantasy general managers.

There would be the obvious favorites (Connor McDavid, Erik Karlsson and Nikita Kucherov) plus the young upstarts (Elias Pettersson) and the grizzled veterans (Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin). Obviously, much of it would depend on league settings, but just like the actual NHL all-star game (coming up this weekend), there would be sure to be some debate over who made the team and who was left off.

Below are 10 players that have been fantasy all-stars this year, but may be a little under-appreciated in fantasy circles.

 

10. Jonathan Toews

Toews is a great on-ice talent, but he is not the greatest fantasy asset. Until this year. After Sunday’s five-point game, he now has 47 points in 50 games and is on pace for 77 points, which would be a career high. He’s also on pace for 34 goals, which would tie his career high set back in 2008-09. He’s also been gold in leagues that count faceoffs with 626 faceoff wins so far. He’s still not worth in cap leagues, but is finally showing plenty of value in other leagues.

 

9. Mike Hoffman

Every September, I have a list of 10 under-the-radar players that could hit 70 points for the first time. I listed Hoffman on this list almost every year, but gave up on him this season. Of course, this would be the career year for Hoffman, as he’s on pace for 73 points. His 23 goals are just six off his career high and his 21 power-play points are four off his career high. He’s also on pace for 262 shots, which would also be a career high. All this is to say San Jose is looking really silly for trading him away last offseason.

 

8. Sam Reinhart

There has been plenty written about Sabres' teammate Jeff Skinner, but Reinhart has been the biggest surprise coming out of Buffalo this season. Even if you are a firm believer in the fourth-season breakout theory, no one would have projected a 75-point pace. Why such a breakout season? Keep in mind that a year ago, his most frequent linemates were Ryan O’Reilly, Zemgus Girgensons and Scott Wilson. This year, his most frequent linemates are Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. That’s a massive upgrade.

 

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