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NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 2/16

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Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 16th 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. It can also help when deciding on whether or not to pick up a certain FA on days with a light schedule.

The list will also include key players who may miss a game due to injury or healthy scratch and/or a player who is returning from injury.

While a player may be a “sit” recommendation, he should still be put in your lineup over a player without a game. 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.

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.

Forwards

File Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

File Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Start Sit
Brayden Schenn – PHI Mike Fisher – NSH
(8 points in his last 8 games) (Has recorded a point in just 3 of 14 games)
James van Riemsdyk – TOR Chris Neil – OTT
(Getting chances. 5 points, 21 SOG last 5 games) (Okay if you need PIMs or hits, but that’s it)
Andrew Cogliano – ANA Brian Gionta – MON
(Has 4 goals in his last 3 games. Worth a spot start) (Just 3 pts in last 10. Sit if you have better options)
Brandon Dubinsky – CBJ Artem Anisimov – CBJ
(Points in 6 of his last 8 games) (Has a foot injury and will not play tonight)
Saku Koivu – ANA Clarke MacArthur – TOR
(Has points in 9 of 13 games this season) (Just 1 point, 10 SOG in his last 8 games)

Defensemen

File Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

File Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Start Sit
Lubomir Visnovsky – NYI

James Wisniewski – CBJ

(3 points, 10 SOG in 3 games) (Looks likely to miss tonight’s game)
Francois Beauchemin – ANA Oliver Ekman-Larsson – PHX
(Points in 4 of his last 6. Will help in most categories) (Just 1 point, 7 SOG in last 5 games)
Cody Franson – TOR Filip Kuba – FLA
(5 pts in his last 5. Will give you solid #’s all around) (Points aren’t there yet. Sit if you have better options)
Marek Zidlicky – NJ Derek Morris – PHX
(Just 2 pts, but 17 SOG in last 5 games) (Will miss tonight’s game)
Fedor Tyutin – CBJ John-Michael Liles – TOR
(5 points in last 6 and +/- starting to improve) (Just 1 point and 9 SOG in his last 8 games)

Goalies

File Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

File Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

NOTE: Some goalies for the later games have not been confirmed yet. Check back later as the Start / Sit for the goalies will be updated once goalies have been confirmed.

Start Sit
Ben Scrivens – TOR Peter Budaj – MON
(Faces a banged up Sens team at home. Decent start) (Gets the start today but has a tough matchup)
Johan Hedberg – NJ Semyon Varlamov – COL
(Makes for a solid spot start tonight) (Has lost 3 straight and allowed 3 goals in each)

 

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 overwhelmingly 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
@SpeakoftheDevs

 

About The Author:   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 hockey since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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