Top 10 Underhyped Players

Tom Collins

2021-04-05

After last week's column on the top 10 overhyped players under the age of 25, a reader on Twitter suggested a column on underhyped players.

That made me think about what players are the most underhyped. Fantasy general managers tend to yearn for younger players over veterans. It's the shiny new toy syndrome. So logically, those younger players wouldn't be underhyped. Instead, it would be older players, usually those over the age of 30.

Look at points-only leagues. You would have been more successful last year with Ryan Suter and Keith Yandle than Adam Fox and Rasmus Dahlin. Zach Parise was just as successful as Dominik Kubalik. Despite the perceptions that one was awful and the other was excellent, Carey Price finished with more wins, saves and shutouts than Carter Hart (although in all fairness, Price also started 18 more games).

Below are 10 players over the age of 30 who are underhyped. These are not necessarily the best players over the age of 30. That would be a simple list, with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Alexander Ovechkin, but none of those players are underhyped.

10. Mark Giordano

The Flames defenseman was overhyped a couple of years ago after he posted a 74-point season, higher than his previous two seasons combined. Now that he has come back to his regular 35-40-point pace and has lost his plum power-play spot, he's become slightly underhyped. While I would still stay away from him in points-only leagues, he has value in fantasy leagues with peripherals. Giordano is one of only two players with at least 70 blocked shots and 85 shots so far this season. Of those with at least 70 blocked shots, Giordano leads in goals and is second in power-play points.

9. Anders Lee

Lee has been underhyped since John Tavares has left town, but Lee has continued to provide value in multi-cat leagues. Even though he doesn't pace for 60-point seasons, he does score around 26 goals a season. This year, he averaged three shots per game before he went down with a right knee injury. He's also good for about 100 hits a season. Throw in the fact that he will finish as a positive in plus/minus, and he's a vital piece of a fantasy championship squad.

8. Tomas Tatar

Last week, I mentioned how difficult it would be for Nick Suzuki, or any Montreal player, to put up 70 points as the team prefers to roll four lines. Max Domi is the only Hab to do it in the last 10 years, but Tatar was on pace to hit that number a year ago when he had 61 points in 68 games before the season was halted due to the pan