With seven fantasy categories in standard leagues, it can be useful to keep a few guys on your roster for specific categories. Below are some under the radar players that may be available in your league to help you in penalty minutes and plus/minus. This is a follow-up to my previous article on under the radar players for improving shots on goal and power play points located here.
Under the Radar Fantasy Players:
Pretty much everyone on the New York Rangers has a positive rating these days as the the team won its ninth straight game on Sunday. Dan Girardi has been excellent on the blueline with a plus-10 rating this season, including plus-9 in his last seven games. Girardi also has six points in his last seven games, making him a great under the radar pick-up right now.
Jannik Hansen is having a terrific stretch with seven points in his last seven games and a plus-6 rating. He has been playing so well that he has been moved to the first power play unit with the Sedin twins. Look for him to be a big beneficiary going forward.
Artem Anisimov is still owned in only 48.8% of ESPN fantasy leagues right now despite being an all-around fantasy asset. In his last seven games, he has three goals, seven total points, a plus-5 rating, and two power play points. Even Joel Quenneville recently noted how well the top-six forward has been playing. Pick up Anisimov now before he is gone!
Playing for the Rangers has its benefits and Kevin Klein is another option if you need help in the plus/minus category. The defenseman is plus-12 on the year while clocking more than 21 minutes a game on the ice.
Larsson is a good pick-up for both plus/minus and penalty minutes. In his last six games, the New Jersey defenseman has 19 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating. Owned in only 26.8% of ESPN fantasy leagues, he is also flying under the radar.
Brouwer quietly has 12 points in 17 games this year playing for the St. Louis Blues. The former Capital also has 16 penalty minutes on the year, including 12 in his last six games. Brouwer is a good source of penalty minutes that won’t hurt you in other categories.
Jacob Trouba is piling up the penalty minutes in Winnipeg. The defenseman has 28 penalty minutes on the year, including 18 in his last six games. The Jets are the most penalized team in the NHL and Trouba is a good add if you need help in penalty minutes.
Nobody has more penalty minutes in the last 15 days than Shane Doan with 28 penalty minutes in only six games. Doan’s 38 penalty minutes on the year is fifth overall in the NHL and he shows no sign of staying out of the box.
Ryan Ellis is starting to heat up in Nashville. The Predators defenseman has four points and ten penalty minutes in his last six games. He is a worthy add if you need help in penalty minutes.
Bieksa has lived up to his reputation from Vancouver in Anaheim in at least one way, accumulating 19 penalty minutes in his last seven games. Bieksa will always be a key contributor in this category.