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NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 2/24

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Eight NHL games today. Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 24th 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.

Overall Yahoo! league numbers used for any ownership percentages referenced.

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: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

File Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Start Sit
Benoit Pouliot – TB Tomas Fleischmann – FLA
(3 G, 8 pts in his last 6 games) (Getting chances, but no points in last 5)
Jonathan Huberdeau – FLA Michael Cammalleri – CGY
(5 G, 7 pts, 22 SOG last 6 games) (Had tremendous stretch, now no pts, 4 SOG in 3 gms)
Derek Dorsett – CBJ Alexander Semin – CAR
(Gives you a bit of everything. 1 G, 3 pts last 3) (Just 1 pt in last 5. Doesn’t give you much else)
Matt Beleskey – ANA Travis Zajac – NJ
(4 of his 5 pts this season in last 3 games) (Still struggling with pts in just 4 games this season)
R.J. Umberger – CBJ Alex Tanguay – CGY
(Hasn’t been worth a roster spot yet, but 4 pts in last 7) (Has 4 pts, but just 2 SOG in his last 8 games)

Defensemen

File Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

File Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Start Sit
Paul Martin – PIT Jack Johnson – CBJ
(A bit more consistent lately. 4 pts last 3 games) (Will miss today’s game. Has been placed on IR)
Johnny Oduya – CHI Travis Hamonic – NYI
(3 game point streak. Anyone on CHI a solid start) (Pts are a bonus, but big secondary #’s not there lately)
James Wisniewski – CBJ Kevin Bieksa – VAN
(4 gm pt streak and 1 point in 8 of last 9 games) (Misses tonight’s game)
Dougie Hamilton – BOS Fedor Tyutin – CBJ
(Points coming again with 4 in his last 3 games) (No points in his last 5)
Mike Weaver – FLA Jason Garrison – VAN
(Not known for pts but has 5 in his last 4. Helps elsewhere) (Hard to recommend starting him at all right now)

Goalies

File Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

File Photo: Al Bello/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
Kevin Poulin – NYI Steve Mason – CBJ
(Gets the start today. Should put up solid #’s) (Starts on the road, at Chicago. Pass)
J.S. Giguere – COL
(Tough matchup. Could be decent, but you could do better)

 

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 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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