Here are the Top 100 goaltenders to own in your keeper leagues – April edition.
We're in the midst of the fun months, where I just go team-by-team and tweak without going deep into analysis. The next two months will see a lot of movement among prospects as I work through the Fantasy Prospects Report (available for pre-sale next week and out June 1!). The deep 'audit' type of analysis gets reflected in the August edition after the full work for the annual Fantasy Guide gets done.
As always, goalies within the same tier should be considered equal. At that point you would differentiate based on your team's need – immediate help, or long-term upside, or low-risk (i.e. doesn't get hurt a lot), etc.
Some goalies have a higher/lower tier and yet because it is sorted by rating it may not make sense. Goalies are such a hard animal to figure out. A fantasy-useless goalie can become a stud in a matter of a month (ahem, Jordan Binnington). A weaker goalie can be…oh I don't know, sixth… strictly due to getting tons of guaranteed starts on a winning team year after year. If you feel comfortable putting Binnington into the top tier by all means do so – I'm not quite there yet. Thatcher Demko is a Tier 3 goalie on this list because Markstrom had such a great season, is proven and is in his prime. I don't think Demko can wrestle that job away from Markstrom, or at the very least it won't happen this year – so to me he is Tier 3. You may feel different. But his rating reflects this confusion as he is rated higher than some Tier 2 guys. Alex Nedeljkovic had a great AHL campaign and is in an organization with, let's be honest, a question mark future in net. That helps his rating, but can we really put him in the Tier 3 when he is still likely a couple of years away?
It's not a perfect science by any stretch, but if you expected a perfect system then you haven't been playing fantasy hockey for very long!
Here are the Top 25, and for the rest of the Top 100 please visit GoaliePost.com – where we now post starters for playoff games.
Click any name to be taken to his kick-ass stats profile – including charts, game logs and some special stats you will only find in Frozen Tools!
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