Fantasy Schedule Week 18: Who Will You Gamble On?

Week 18 is the first week after the All-Star weekend and even though it starts on Tuesday most teams still play three or four games.

Some tough decisions need to be made this week.  First the Washington Capitals play four games this week which means Alexander Ovechkin will play two games this week once his suspension is over.  So do you dress Ovechkin or not?  The way he is playing would indicate yeah you dress him as he could score more in two games then another player in three or four games.  The last time Ovechkin returned from a suspension he scored points in back-to-back games.

Another tough decision will come if you have a goaltender from the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Capitals as both teams play two sets of back-to-backs.  Will the games be split or will one goalie play more.  Marc-Andre Fleury would have a better shot at playing three or four games compared to Michal Neuvirth or Tomas Vokoun.

Some tough decisions to be made, hope your gambles pay off.  Here are the games to be played in week 18:

 

GP

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

ANAHEIM

3

@PHO

DAL

CBJ

BOSTON

4

OTT

CAR

PIT

@WAS

BUFFALO

3

@MON

NYR

@NYI

CALGARY

2

DET

CHI

CAROLINA

3

NYI

@BOS

LA

CHICAGO

3

@VAN

@EDM

@CGY

COLORADO

3

@EDM

MIN

VAN

COLUMBUS

3

@SJ

@LA

@ANA

DALLAS

3

@ANA

@SJ

MIN

DETROIT

3

@CGY

@VAN

@EDM

EDMONTON

3

COL

CHI

DET

FLORIDA

3

WAS

WPG

@TB

LOS ANGELES

3

CBJ

@STL

@CAR

MINNESOTA

3

NAS

@COL

@DAL

MONTREAL

4

BUF

@NJ

WAS

WPG

NASHVILLE

3

@MIN

@PHI

STL

NEW JERSEY

4

NYR

MON

@PHI

PIT

NY ISLANDERS

3

@CAR

@OTT

BUF

NY RANGERS

3

@NJ

@BUF

PHI

OTTAWA

3

@BOS

NYI

TOR

PHILADELPHIA

4

WPG

NAS

NJ

@NYR

PHOENIX

2

ANA

SJ

PITTSBURGH

4

TOR

@TOR

@BOS

@NJ

SAN JOSE

3

CBJ

DAL

@PHO

ST. LOUIS

2

LA

@NAS

TAMPA BAY

3

WAS

WPG

FLA

TORONTO

3

@PIT

PIT

@OTT

VANCOUVER

3

CHI

DET

@COL

WASHINGTON

4

@TB

@FLA

@MON

BOS

WINNIPEG

4

@PHI

@TB

@FLA

@MON

When it comes to dressing your players for the upcoming week – especially your goalies – it is important to know which team is on a long road trip and which team is enjoying an extended period at home.

Listed below are the teams that play at least three home/away games this week or play all their games at home or on the road (home/road records up to January 27, 2012):

HOME: Boston (16-7-2), Calgary (13-7-2), Edmonton (12-8-3), Montreal (9-9-7), New Jersey (12-9-2), Philadelphia (11-7-3), Phoenix (10-9-4) and Tampa Bay (13-7-1)

AWAY: Chicago (10-9-2), Columbus (5-17-3), Detroit (13-14-0), Pittsburgh (14-10-2), Washington (8-13-2) and Winnipeg (7-14-4)

If you participate in any type of head-to-head hockey pool, you are likely dressing a lineup for each scoring period, which usually ends on Sunday.

As the week comes to an end, and you find yourself in a close battle for those wins, you want as many players as possible playing for you.

Here are the teams that play on Sunday (February 5, 2012):

SUNDAY: Boston, Montreal, New Jersey, New York R, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and Winnipeg

When you are deciding which goalie to dress you need to look at the NHL schedule to see if your goalie’s team will play in a back-to-back game that week.

Most coaches will not dress the same goalie in back-to-back games, so that is something to consider when you are thinking about which goalie to dress.

Here are the teams that play in back-to-back games this week:

BACK-TO-BACK: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, New York I, New York R, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (twice), St. Louis, Toronto, Washington (twice) and Winnipeg

Knowing which team is on a hot streak or cold streak will help in making your lineup decisions.

For example you definitely want to dress a goalie from teams that are on a hot streak. Here are the top five and bottom five teams over their last 10 games up to January 27, 2012:

TOP FIVE: Nashville (9-1-0), Anaheim (8-1-1), Detroit (8-2-0), St. Louis (7-1-2) and New York R (7-3-0)

BOTTOM FIVE: Buffalo (2-7-1), Edmonton (2-6-2), Winnipeg (3-6-1), Columbus (3-6-1) and Minnesota (3-6-1)

Fantasy hockey is all about offense and what better place to generate offense then the power play.  Here are the top five power plays up to January 27, 2012:

Vancouver Canucks: 23.0 percent
Nashville Predators: 22.5 percent
Edmonton Oilers: 21.3 percent
Philadelphia Flyers: 20.4 percent
Toronto Maple Leafs: 19.6 percent

For more fantasy hockey analysis, check out FantasyHockeyCoach.com.

 

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