Top 100 Keeper League Goaltenders – July 2020

Dobber

2020-07-30

Here are the Top 100 goaltenders to own in your points-only keeper leagues – July edition!

Back after a four-month hiatus (because, really, there was nothing to update), I made a few tweaks based on early hunches for next season. How these playoffs unfold will result in further tweaks in the coming months, before of course free agency steps in and makes a huge splash on all the values.

Goaltenders are the most difficult to rank, because beyond the first five or six… everything can shift wildly from year to year. I would honestly say that my top criticism received over the last two years was how highly I have Connor Hellebuyck ranked. And yet he was just made a Vezina nominee for the second time in three years! After being made one for 2017-18, his ‘haters’ (for want of a better term) called him a one-year wonder, and with a weaker 2018-19 they jumped on his high rating. But here is back up there again. And why? Because he’s a naturally skilled goaltender signed to a big, long-term contract, entering his prime and he has a reputation for mental toughness.

This is the reason I have Igor Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin ranked so high. I don’t just jump on the wagon when these players enter the NHL. I follow their career from the moment they are drafted. I have an instinct for what I should be seeing in terms of numbers in whatever league they’re in, reputation from scouts around the NHL, and the progress from one year to the next. I also look at opportunity within their club – does the franchise have other options? Good ones? If not, then that certainly helps in terms of how many chances he will get and how soon he will get them. I won’t follow a goalie from when he is 18 until he starts getting NHL games at 24… and then bail on him if he struggles on and off in his second season. If I see sustained improvement for six consecutive years, shouldn’t I see sustained erosion for at least two or three before giving up on him? We are, after all, talking about goalies – where Bobrovsky can win the Vezina one year and then kill all fantasy leagues the next.

It’s tough to measure a proven, but fading veteran against an unproven rookie. Or a great 1B goalie on a mediocre team against a weak but clearly No.1 guy on a better team. All we can do is look at the projected win totals and quality starts in the coming season, and the season after that. Going to three seasons and beyond is throwing darts.

As always, use the ‘Tiers’ system when valuing goalies for drafting or trading. If you trade a Tier 2 for another Tier 2, it’s an equal trade. And when that stops being so – I’ll move a goalie up or down a Tier accordingly the next month.

Click most player names to be taken to his fantasy stats profile – custom made for you, the fantasy owner, by me (another fantasy owner).

To see the rest of the Top 100 – visit Goalie Post, where we will have starting goalies up throughout the playoffs!

Jul 20GoalieTeamRatingMar 20Tier
1Andrei VasilevskiyTBL89.310
2Connor HellebuyckWPG84.321
3Tuukka RaskBOS75.831
4Jordan BinningtonSTL74.741
5Frederik AndersenTOR72.361
6Darcy KuemperARI71.271
7Ben BishopDAL70.351
8Carter HartPHI68.7111
9Jacob MarkstromVAN67.591
10Carey PriceMON66.481
11Igor ShesterkinNYR64.0202
12Elvis MerzlikinsCBJ61.5162
13Braden HoltbyWAS61.0102
14Sergei BobrovskyFLA58.1121
15Robin LehnerVGK56.6152
16Matt MurrayPIT54.2172
17Juuse SarosNSH53.3262
18Ilya SamsonovWAS51.8251
19Mackenzie BlackwoodNJD51.5282
20John GibsonANA49.5232
21Marc-Andre FleuryVGK48.5272
22David RittichCGY48.1143
23Tristan JarryPIT47.9183
24Linus UllmarkBUF47.0213
25Mikko KoskinenEDM46.3352
26Ilya SorokinNYI46.2342
27Thatcher DemkoVAN46.1223
28Jaroslav HalakBOS44.9243
29Petr MrazekCAR44.5133
30Devan DubnykMIN44.0302
31Joonas KorpisaloCBJ43.1193
32Cal PetersenLAK42.5323
33Pavel FrancouzCOL41.7293
34Kaapo KahkonenMIN41.5404
35Semyon VarlamovNYI39.0312
36Philipp GrubauerCOL38.5363
37Cayden PrimeauMON37.3594
38Antti RaantaARI35.2393
39Collin DeliaCHI34.6514
40James ReimerCAR34.4373

UPCOMING GAMES

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STARTING GOALIES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency EDM Players
18.9% ALEX CHIASSON JUJHAR KHAIRA JAMES NEAL
17.7% JOSH ARCHIBALD CONNOR MCDAVID RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
12% ANDREAS ATHANASIOU LEON DRAISAITL KAILER YAMAMOTO

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