Lining Up: Farabee, Niederreiter, Suter, and more

Erich Lichter


Welcome to 'Lining Up' 2021.  It has been a fun week to start the season and there have been a lot of fantasy relevant line situations to discuss.  Our goal today is to sort through much of it and highlight some younger prospects as well as a few overlooked veterans.  What they all have in common is that they are getting quality opportunities on top scoring lines with better-than-average teammates.  The players below are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, and in most cases far less than that. These guys are great candidates for collecting points while partnered with top tier line mates.

We will also touch very briefly on some forward lines that have stood out for one reason or another.  Check out Dobber's Frozen Tools section for even more on line combinations, plus quite a lot more.  So whether you had a less than perfect draft, you have an itchy trigger finger, or you're looking to stash some prospects, it's time to get our shifts together:


Centering Feeds – As we all know, passing the puck is an essential skill in the NHL.  This group of players is analogous to you teeing up your fantasy team with a sweet centering feed.  It doesn't necessarily mean that your fantasy team will bury the puck, but…

OK anyway, these are players and situations that have jumped out in the past week that can help your team right now.

  • Joel Farabee PHI – LW/RW (47 percent owned) – Joel had fantasy players scrambling to pick him up after a four-point performance opening night, but instantly crashed back to Earth in games two and three. He is playing on the Flyers second line with Kevin Hayes and Claude Giroux, and is also on the second PP unit.  So despite the recent underwhelming performances, he looks like a guy you can plug in and expect some value most nights.
  • Yegor Sharangovich NJD – C (1 percent) – This one might be a bit premature, but he is playing on the Devil's top line with Kyle Palmieri and Jack Hughes. This line looks really good to start the year and Hughes in particular looks absolutely great.  Yegor picked up his first NHL goal, an OT game winner, this past Saturday.  He looks to be locked into this line for now and should provide some decent numbers as New Jersey looks better than expected.  Check out the Ramblings post from 1/18/21 for a more detailed look at this player.
  • Zach Hyman TOR – C,LW (36 percent) – Zach is currently is slotted in on the third line for Toronto with Alexander Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev. But he is on the second PP unit and has a PPP in two of his first