It’s fantasy hockey finals time and the trade deadline has come and passed you by, so it’s time to find some fantasy hockey sleepers. Here are five players owned in less than 30% of Yahoo leagues who can help your team:
Bryan Little (26%): There are few players out there who are scoring points as regularly as Little has been for the Winnipeg Jets. Nine points in five games is no joke. The line of Little-Ladd-Wheeler has been their best all season, and you won’t be able to find the other two in free agency. Good luck nabbing him now.
Zach Bogosian (19%): When fantasy hockey lovers look at Winnipeg’s defense, they typically look at Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom. But Bogosian has been heating up, scoring two points in each of his last three games. It’s all hands on deck for the Jets as they try to sneak in the playoffs.
Derick Brassard (18%): Not a stranger here on my sleepers list, Brassard has a decent streak going with five points in five games. He also has the cushiest of matchups: the Rangers play the Panthers, Hurricanes, and Devils in the final week of the season.
Alex Galchenyuk (15%): Usually, I like to suggest players that see a bit more ice time than Galchenyuk’s been seeing, but he has four goals in his last five games, and now has 24 points in 44 games with Montreal. It’s scary to think how much he could produce in a top-six role. Gamble on his talent, not his ice time.
Mats Zuccarello (1%): Zuccarello was brought back to the Rangers organization in a desperate attempt to add some scoring depth to the team. He has four points in his last three games. And remember that schedule: three non-playoff teams (NJ has the slimmest of chances at this moment) in the most critical week. Sounds good to me.
Last Week’s Picks:
Jussi Jokinen was quiet for two games, then responded with a goal and two assists against the Bruins yesterday afternoon. Josh Bailey also had a good Saturday, tallying a goal and an assist in a big win over the Winnipeg Jets. Gregory Campbell has shrunk back to fantasy irrelevance now that the Bruins are getting healthier, but it was good while it lasted. Alex Chiasson has been out since April 16 with an “upper body injury.” Mikael Backlund shot a whole lot as expected, but only tallied an assist. But fear not – Backlund surprisingly contributed 17 PIM against Anaheim. It’s better to be lucky than good, I hear.