We are a month into the season and most teams have settled on a starting goalie or an appropriate time share. It is time to take a look at the top 20 fantasy goalies right now in the NHL. You can compare this ranking with my preseason rankings located here. This ranking reflects current performance and IS NOT a projection ranking. So, DO NOT trade Ben Bishop for Cam Ward after reading this article. I have warned you. Moving on, here are the best performing fantasy goalies of the last two-three weeks:
Top Fantasy Goalies
#1-5: Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, Carey Price
Jonathan Quick’s six game win streak finally ended Monday against the Blackhawks. During the streak, Quick stopped 168 out of 176 shots and beat the Wild, Jets, and Predators. The Kings have rebounded from their rough start and Quick’s solid play is a big reason why. Marc-Andre Fleury has led the Penguins to a four game winning streak, stopping 92 of his last 94 shots. He is arguably the Penguins’ best player right now and is playing at an all-star caliber level. Corey Crawford may be playing his best hockey of his career. The goalie for the defending champions has won five of his last six with a .938 save percentage and 1.79 goals allowed average. Those are outstanding numbers, especially for a goalie in the ultra-competitive Central Division. Braden Holtby also has a goals allowed average below 2.00 at 1.90 per game and a save percentage of .924 on the season. Holtby is playing for one of the best teams in hockey in Washington and looks to benefit in wins. I have kept Carey Price here despite his current residence on injured reserve because of his statistics before he went down with a lower body injury. The defending Vezina trophy winner had seven wins to begin the year and looked like the best goalie in the NHL. Carey Price will likely return November 11th and remains the best of the fantasy goalies.
#6-10: Henrik Lundqvist, Jake Allen, Jaroslav Halak, Cam Ward, Cory Schneider
King Henrik is off to setting career high marks in both save percentage at .943 and goals allowed per game at 1.87. Playing for the Rangers allows Lundqvist to pick up valuable wins and is among the best fantasy goalies. As of this week, Jake Allen is surprisingly one of the most valuable fantasy goaltenders in the NHL. He has drastically outplayed Brian Elliott in St. Louis and is 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals against average and .963 save percentage in his last three starts. Those wins came against stiff competition in Tampa Bay, Anaheim, and Minnesota as well. If Allen holds onto his starting role, he could be an elite fantasy goaltender this year. Jaroslav Halak has not had a ton of opportunities with only five starts on the year, but he has made the most of them. Halak has a .932 save percentage and a 1.78 goals against average as well as three wins in five starts. Cam Ward finished October very strong, stopping 113 out of 119 shots faced. The Carolina Hurricanes have struggled as expected to begin the year, but Ward is a strong second or third fantasy goalie this year. Cory Schneider does not have a capable back up in New Jersey and will start nearly every game. He has made eight straight starts posting a 6-1-1 record along with a 2.06 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He remains one of the better fantasy goalies this year.
#11-15: Antti Niemi, Devan Dubnyk, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Miller
Antti Niemi won Dallas’ goaltending battle and has started the last seven games for the Stars. While Niemi’s save percentage of .908 is holding him back from elite status, he is picking up wins with five in his last seven games. This same analysis could be applied to Devan Dubnyk as well. Dubnyk is starting nearly every game for the Minnesota Wild and has seven wins already on the season. However, a mediocre .898 save percentage holds him back from elite status. Tuukka Rask has bounced back from a rough start to win three of his last four starts and has allowed only one goal in his last two starts. The Bruins defense has played much better in front of him lately and if that continues Rask will continue to climb fantasy rankings. Pekka Rinne has been his usual reliable self for Nashville, piling up six wins, a .925 save percentage, and goals against average below 2.00. Playing in the Central Division will be tough this year with six of the seven teams having winning records, but Rinne is still an elite goaltender. The Vancouver Canucks are unexpectedly in first place in the Pacific Division and Ryan Miller is doing his part with a 2.06 goals against average and .927 save percentage.
#16-20: Mike Condon, Petr Mrazek, Frederik Andersen, Ben Bishop, Linus Ullmark
Mike Condon has filled in fabulously for the Canadiens, stopping 102 of 108 shots faced and winning all four games he has started. Start him confidently as long as Price is out. Petr Mrazek continues to split playing time with Jimmy Howard in Detroit, but has maintained a very nice .921 save percentage in six starts. Frederik Andersen has played fantastic despite the Ducks’ record and has an outstanding .935 save percentage through nine starts. This save against Minnesota’s Matt Dumba is a candidate for save of the year. Ben Bishop has played better than the Lightning’s record. In Bishop’s last three starts, he has allowed only five goals while the Tampa Bay offense has only scored two. Bishop has the statistics for a great fantasy goalie, but he is not picking up wins as easily as expected to begin the year. Linus Ullmark has been very effective for the Buffalo Sabres since he was called up after Robin Lehner’s injury. The Swedish rookie has stopped 56 of his last 58 shots and won his last two games allowing only one goal in each. Expect Dan Bylsma to ride the hot hand over Chad Johnson.