Every Sunday, we'll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – originally 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's ‘Daily Ramblings’.
Writers: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. Anze Kopitar now has a six-game point streak with nine points over those six games. Now at the quarter pole of the season, Kopitar is on pace for 91 points, which just about matches his point total (92) from two seasons ago. Not bad for a player who was an afterthought in a lot of fantasy drafts (ADP 155 in Yahoo). (nov15)
2. ATTENTION: There’s been a Mikael Granlund sighting. That’s right, after 12 games without a point, Granlund scored his third of the year earlier this past week. He’s still getting ice time due to a player of his skill level and he played with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen. Granlund is obviously not going to blow us away with his numbers this year, but with 63 games left in the season, I can still see him getting 45 or 50 points in that span. That would give him 47-54 at season’s end. In leagues where you set your lineup daily or weekly, I think he’s a cautious buy-low. He’s getting the zone starts, and the ice time with good linemates, so he has the coach’s full backing. (nov13)
3. The Flyers’ long-term signing of Kevin Hayes at over $7 million this offseason raised some eyebrows. It hasn’t exactly panned out so far, as Hayes has just four goals and seven points in 20 games. Worse yet, Hayes does not have a single point in his last 10 games. Virtually all of his advanced stats suggest that an improvement is on the way, although he hasn’t exactly been placed in a position to succeed offensively. As it stands right now, he only seems relevant in leagues larger than the standard-sized 12-team leagues. (