Goaltenders are easily the most important position in fantasy hockey. You can dress 10 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies, and no matter how good your forwards and defensemen are, you could still be losing your matchup week after week if your netminders are weak.
A month into this season, and we’ve already seen quite a few disappointments. Not all goalies can be studs, and those that are can struggle. The goalie position is the least consistent position in fantasy hockey, as an elite fantasy option one year can be one of the worst the following.
Of course, much of the disappointment comes from where you drafted a goalie and what you expected.
Below are 10 netminders who have been disappointing so far this season.
10. Juuse Saros
Every season, it feels as if Saros owners are ready to anoint the Preds goalie as the next big thing (or at worst, in a timeshare), and yet it never happens. This year is no exception, and it looks less likely he will be the next big thing this issue as he has struggled while Pekka Rinne has been dynamite. Saros was just one win in four games to go along with an 0.884 SV % and a 3.62 GAA. He may already be rebounding slightly, allowing only two goals in each of his last two games, but it’s tough to have Saros taking up a fantasy roster spot when he’s not getting enough starts.
9. Elvis Merzlikins
There was lots of hope that Merzlikins could be the Blue Jackets goalie of the future, and also some hope that the future would start this season. However, that hope hasn’t come close to happening. Merzlikins has played in just four games, started three and hasn’t looked good in any of those starts, allowing at least three goals in each one. Instead, the Jackets are leaning on Joonas Korpisalo, who hasn’t been that great either. It seems as if the Jackets want to rely more on the veteran they know rather than the rookie they don’t.
8. Devan Dubnyk
Dubnyk is 2-6-1 with an .883 SV % and a 3.68 GAA. When Yahoo first launched its 2019-20 fantasy hockey platform, it projected Dubnyk to finish with 44 wins. There was no way he was going to hit that mark, and the projections were late