Capped: Early-season reactions in fantasy hockey cap leagues

Alexander MacLean

2019-10-10

 

A week into the season and we have some surprises – both positive and negative – as well as some early season line changes and injury news. With all of this, it is easy to overreact, and hamstring your chances of bouncing back from a bad start. Like with driving on ice, sometimes you have to steer into the skid to be able to actually get some traction and get back on the right path.

 

Who’s Hot:

Travis Konecny (PHI) – Cap hit $5,500,000

It may not be evident due to the lower games played total, but Travis Konecny putting up two goals in the season opener is a good sign for his season to come. Last season saw a solid 49 points, with a consistent 10+ per quarter. This was done with an average of just over 15 minutes per game, while in Konecny’s first game this year was almost 17 minutes of ice time. He’s on pace for 250 points, but we’ll assume he at least surpasses 20% of that, to set a career high in points (over 50).

 

Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – $5,350,000

We all knew that Zibanejad couldn’t keep up his four-point-per-game pace from his first two games, however it shows the ability that him and the Rangers have to put the puck in the net this season. This team will have their fair share of minuses, however, Zibanejad is set to post a career high for points, and shouldn’t be sold high, especially considering his amazingly team friendly contract. By extension of playing with Zibanejad, and newcomer Artemi Panarin, players such as Jacob Trouba and Pavel Buchnevich also move from question mark territory, towards providing fair value for their contracts.

 

Anthony Mantha (DET) – $3,300,000

If you didn’t get in during the offseason, this one’s on you for not keeping up with DobberHockey over the summer. We’ve spilled enough ink on him over the last few months. He’s for real.

 

Erik Haul