NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 1/29

Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the January 29th 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.

While a player may be a “sit” recommendation, he should still be put in your lineup over a player without a game tonight. Accumulating stats takes priority over no stats at all.

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: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

File Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Start Sit
David Clarkson – NJ Nik Antropov – WPG
(Has a pt in every game. Getting shots with 17 in 4 gms) (2 pts in 5 gms this season. 0 SOG last 2 gms)
Derek Stepan – NYR Alex Kovalev – FLA
(Pts starting to come. 11 pts in 13 gms vs PHI) (0 pts, -3, 6 SOG in 4 gms since opener)
Todd Bertuzzi – DET R.J. Umberger – CBJ
(Top line minutes. 2 G, 7 SOG in 2 gms) (Just 1 pt and 7 SOG in 6 gms)
Artem Anisimov – CBJ Kyle Brodziak – MIN
(Increased TOI, 2 pts, 6 SOG last 3 gms) (0 pts, -5, 2 SOG in last 4 gms)
Damien Brunner  – DET Jason Spezza – OTT
(2 G, 3 pts, 13 SOG in last 3 gms) (Will not play tonight)


File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Start Sit
Dougie Hamilton – BOS Matt Niskanen – PIT
(Still unowned in some leagues. Shouldn’t be) (Will not play tonight)
Mike Green – WAS Ryan McDonagh – NYR
(3 pts, 2 on the PP, 5 bk shots, 6 SOG in last 2 gms) (Not doing much of anything. 0 pts, -3, 7 SOG in 5 gms)
Marc Methot – OTT Dion Phaneuf – TOR
(Paired with Karlsson. Will help in multiple categories) (-7, 3 SOG in last 2 gms)
Alex Goligoski  – DAL Jordan Leopold – BUF
(3 gm point streak. 7 SOG in those 3 gms) (Not putting up numbers in any category yet)
Luke Schenn  – PHI Trevor Daley – DAL
(Getting plenty of ice time. Helps in most categories) (Scoreless so far. -4, 2 SOG last 2 games)


File Photo: Greg Fiume/Getty Images

File Photo: Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Start Sit
Michal Neuvirth – WAS Jimmy Howard – DET
(Has looked solid. 1-0, 46 svs on 48 shts last season vs OTT) (Given up at least 2 GA in every game. .897 sv%)
Anders Lindback – TB Jose Theodore – FLA
(3-0 at home. 2-0, 2.50 GAA last 2 gms) (0-3, 3.88 GAA last 3 gms)
Ondrej Pavelec – WPG Evgeni Nabokov – NYI
(2-0-1, 1.62 GAA, 91 saves on 96 shots last 3 games) (1-0-1, but 4.43 GAA in last 2 gms. Tough matchup)
Johan Hedberg – NJ Jonas Hiller – ANA
(Starts tonight. You could do worse as far as backups go) (Tough matchup. At least 3 GA, 4.00 GAA in 3 gms)


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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