NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 1/21

Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the January 21st NHL games.

Please note that you should always start your star players. This list is here to help you if you have two similar players and are debating on which one to start.

Different factors go into picking start / sit candidates including strength of opponent, scoring categories, history vs opponent and sometimes, gut feelings. Take that into consideration before making your final decision.

Players are listed in no particular order.

NOTE: These recommendations are posted before the first game of the day. Some changes may be made if any major changes occur to NHL lineups such as injuries, scratches, or especially, starting goalies, once new information is received. Check back often for any changes, especially for late games.


File Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

File Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Start      Sit   
 Vladimir Tarasenko – STL  Jaden Schwartz – STL
(2 goals in NHL debut) (Only 11:59 time-on-ice in game one)
 Ryan Malone – TBL  Paul Gaustad – NSH
(19 G, 27 Pts in 40 games vs NYI) (Little ice time. 1 Pt., -4 in six games vs STL)
 Drew Stafford – BUF  Valtteri Filppula – DET
(12 G, 25 Pts in 32 games vs TOR) (6 G, 17 Pts in 37 gms v CBJ)
 Dan Cleary – DET  Stephen Weiss – FLA
(16 G, 28 Pts in 50 games vs CBJ) (11 points, -10 in 30 games vs OTT)
 Jonathan Huberdeau – FLA  Sergei Kostitsyn – NSH
(1 G, 3 Pts in NHL debut) (1 G, 5 Pts in 14 games vs STL)


File Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

File Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

  Start      Sit  
 Roman Josi – NSH  Jack Johnson – CBJ
(Team high 27:30 time on ice. Paired with Shea Weber) (2 points, -21 in 18 games vs DET)
 Travis Hamonic – NYI  Ed Jovanovski – FLA
(PPG, team high 4 shots on goal in game one)
(10 points, -14 in 27 games vs OTT)
 Carlo Colaiacovo – DET  James Wisniewski – CBJ
(12 pts, most vs any opponent, in 19 games vs CBJ) (5 points, -6 in 22 games vs DET)
 Filip Kuba – FLA  Cody Franson – TOR
(3 G, 8 pts in 14 gms vs OTT. Played for Sens last 4 seasons) (Only 12:35 of ice time in game one)
 Mike Kostka – TOR  Eric Brewer – TB
(Assist in his NHL debut. Paired with Dion Phaneuf)
(Doubled career G total w/ 2 in gm 1. -6 in 14 gms vs NYI)


File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

  Start      Sit  
 Craig Anderson – OTT  Ondrej Pavelec – WPG
(7-0-1, 2.20 GAA career vs FLA) (4-5-1, 3.34 GAA career vs BOS)
 Anders Lindback – TBL  Jose Theodore – FLA
(1-0-0, 1 SO career vs NYI) (9-14-2, 3.14 GAA career vs OTT)
 Evgeni Nabokov – NYI  Ryan Miller – BUF
(Gets the start once again. Career 2.72 GAA in 8 gms vs TB) (Lost last 6 at TOR w/ 3.40 GAA. 2nd game of B2B)
 Ben Scrivens – TOR  Jonas Hiller – ANA
(Good debut with 21 saves on 22 shots. 1-0-0 vs BUF) (Career 0-3-1 with a 3.02 GAA at CAL)


Remember, use this list as a guideline if you are debating between a few players to round out your lineup. Just because a star player appears on the “sit” list doesn’t necessarily mean you should sit that player if your other options aren’t decidedly better.

If you have any questions about your fantasy lineup, don’t hesitate to ask.

Good Luck!

Carlos Figueiredo
NHL Rankings & Content Editor
Dynasty Sports Empire


About This Empire Soldier: Carlos is the NHL Rankings and Content Editor for Dynasty Sports Empire. He has been a hockey fan for as long as he can remember, and has been writing about hockey for over five years. He is the owner / writer / editor for SpeakingoftheDevils.com and has also contributed work for various other hockey websites. He has been playing fantasy sports since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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