NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 2/26

Nine NHL games today. Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 26th 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.


File Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

File Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Start Sit
Michael Ryder  – DAL Zack Kassian  – VAN
(Has 9 pts in his last 6 gms, 3 assists last night) (Just 2 pts, 10 SOG in his last 10 games)
Troy Brouwer  – WAS Tomas Fleischmann  – FLA
(7 points in his last 6 games) (Chances there, but just 1 pt in his last 6)
Blake Wheeler  – WPG Steve Sullivan  – PHX
(5 points, 9 SOG last 3 games) (All 7 pts this season have come in 3 games)
Matt Cooke  – PIT Jussi Jokinen  – CAR
(Has 4 pts in his last 3. Solid in other categories) (Barely worth owning right now, let alone starting)
Matthew Lombardi  – PHX Marian Gaborik  – NYR
(2 pts, including PPG, 6 SOG in 2 gms since return) (Sit of you have better options. 3 pts in last 12 games)


File Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

File Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Start Sit
Mike Weaver  – FLA James Wisniewski – CBJ
(Has 5 pts in his last 5. Also gives you big hits/bk shot #’s) (Has a broken foot. Out for a while)
Paul Martin  – PIT Ryan McDonagh – NYR
(Points still coming with 8 in his last 6) (Likely misses the game tonight. Monitor his status)
Jay Bouwmeester  – CGY Joe Corvo  – CAR
(Better lately. 2 pts, 7 SOG last 2 games) (Has slowed down again after a nice run. 0 pts last 4)
Eric Brewer  – TB Brian Campbell  – FLA
(On another pts run. Will give you #’s elsewhere)  (Just 2 points in his last 9. Hits/bk shots also fallen off)
Zach Bogosian  – WPG Fedor Tyutin  – CBJ
(2 pts, and an impressive 17 SOG in 6 gms since return) (0 points in his last 6 games)


File Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

File Photo: Grant Halverson/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
Mathieu Garon – TB Jose Theodore – FLA
(Starts and makes for a decent fantasy start if you need it) (Hard to recommend starting any time. Tough matchup)
Evgeni Nabokov  – NYI
(Has been ok, but has a tough matchup tonight)


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


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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