Four weeks into the fantasy season and people are either ecstatic, comfortable, or not happy with their fantasy hockey progress. It is a game of luck after all, but you have to be smart in how you put your time into it. If you make an attempt but your team is just bad, it just happens. If you don’t try, then no success will ever occur. There is time to dig yourselves out a hole if your fantasy team is slumping.
Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders: Mathew Barzal recorded five assists in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. Whenever a player has a big game like that, fantasy owners usually run to the computer and pick him up. He is owned in 56% of Fantrax Leagues. Barzal has scored three goals and recorded 10 assists in 14 games so far this season. He has 54.4 fantasy points so far this season. Barzal is stepping up for the Islanders and providing depth for them.
Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils: For as talented of a player Adam Henrique is, he is only owned in 53% of Fantrax Leagues. In 13 games this season, he has scored three goals and recorded five assists. His plus/minus is -3. Henrique is capable of scoring 20-30 goals this season and also recording 20-30 assists. New Jersey has a high powered offense this season and they will get scoring from a bunch of sources. Henrique has 59.75 fantasy points so far this season.
Oscar Lindberg, Vegas Golden Knights: With the goaltending situation going on in Vegas right now, it seems like the Golden Knights are under immense pressure to score at least four, five, or six goals just to win a game. Lindberg is very underrated. He is only owned in 14% of Fantrax Leagues. In 13 games this season, Lindberg has scored five goals and his plus/minus is 4. Lindberg has 37.4 fantasy points so far this season.
Derek Grant, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are always off to a slow start every year. Once they have 10 games under their belt, then the Ducks are able to take off. That is what has happened with Derek Grant so far in the 2017-2018 season. He is more of a third or fourth liner but Grant has been productive. Grant has scored three goals and recorded five assists in 14 games so far this season. His plus/minus is 2. Grant is owned in 4% of Fantrax Leagues and he has 44.7 fantasy points so far this season.
Charles Hudon, Montreal Canadiens: It seems as if Hudon has elevated the Canadiens play as of late despite the slow start to the season. He is a rookie and is owned in 28% of Fantrax Leagues. Hudon has scored two goals and recorded three assists in 14 games so far this season. His plus/minus is -4. Hudon has 36.3 fantasy points so far this season.
Yanni Gourde, Tampa Bay Lightning: It is amazing what the inspiration of Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov has done for this team so far in the 2017-2018 season. Gourde is a rookie and he has been another offensive weapon for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gourde has scored four goals and recorded five assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 7. Gourde is owned in 24% of Fantrax Leagues. Gourde is the Jonathan Drouin of last season. Gourde has 40.35 fantasy points so far this season.
Colin Miller, Vegas Golden Knights: It seems like every week a different Vegas defenseman is stepping up his game. Miller is owned in 48% of Fantrax Leagues. In 13 games this season, Miller has scored two goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus is -3/. Miller has 37.75 fantasy points so far this season.
Tim Heed, San Jose Sharks: It looks like there is another possible Brent Burns in the making. In 11 games, he has scored two goals and recorded five assists. His plus/minus is 2. It is very important to get production out of Heed because other than Burns, they aren’t getting much else from their defenseman. Heed is owned in 37% of Fantrax Leagues. Heed has 29.7 fantasy points so far this season.
Samuel Girard, Colorado Avalanche: Girard was traded from the Nashville Predators to the Colorado Avalanche in part of a three team trade that sent Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators. Girard will get plenty of ice time with the Avalanche and he will have a chance to improve his game. In five games with Nashville, Girard has scored one goal and recorded two assists. His plus/minus is -3. He is owned in 30% of Fantrax Leagues. Girard has 10.95 fantasy points so far this season.
Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils: Kinkaid is played often in a back-to-back situation. I had this guy on my list a couple of weeks ago, but here we are again. John Hynes has trust in him to get the job done. Kinkaid is owned in 24% of Fantrax Leagues. His record is 3-1-1 this season with a 2.88 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Kinkaid had 13.2 fantasy points so far this season.
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins: Antti Niemi and Casey DeSmith failed as the possible candidate for the backup goaltending job in Pittsburgh to Matt Murray. In just one start, Tristan Jarry has probably already claimed that status for good. He made 32 saves in an 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames, but Jarry was steady and both goals he gave up was because of defensive breakdowns. Jarry is owned in 24% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 5.4 fantasy points so far this season. Pittsburgh has 14 more back-to-backs this season and Jarry will be a good player to have on your roster.
Charlie Lindgren, Montreal Canadiens: Lindgren got a start in between the pipes for the Canadiens because of a recent injury to Carey Price. Lindgren seized the moment against the Chicago Blackhawks and he had 38 saves and a shutout. It is unknown how long Price will be out for, but Lindgren seems to be a better goaltending option than Al Montoya. Lindgren is owned in 13% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 30.6 fantasy points so far this season. It could be very possible that even when Price comebacks, Lindgren could steal the back up job from Montoya.