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 power play points and shots on goal. These players complement my earlier article on depth forwards located here.
Under the Radar Fantasy Players:
Shots on goal
Radim Vrbata has 61 shots on goal this year and 39 shots in his last seven games. He’s been dropped in many fantasy leagues after his slow start, but he is starting to heat up with five points in his last five games and is now playing on the top power play unit in Vancouver. Add him if he is available.
The Leafs center has 60 shots on goal this year, including 28 in his last seven games, but only one goal. That is an absolutely miserable shooting percentage that will increase. If he was dropped due to his lack of scoring, add him now. His numbers have to go up and his shots on goal make him worth the add alone.
Michael Frolik is a top-six forward owned in only five percent of ESPN standard leagues. He has 27 shots in his last eight games along with six points in his last four games. Frolik can be a streaky scorer and he appears to be on fire right now. Add him and enjoy the ride while you can.
Dustin Brown is definitely an under the radar addition. He has zero goals, five assists, and a minus-1 rating. This is cause for much concern and Darryl Sutter called him out on Thursday saying “he’s got to produce.” Call me an optimist, but I think Dustin Brown will respond. He has 49 shots on goal this year, most on the team by nine shots. He is playing on the power play and the penalty kill and has the backing from his coach. I like him to continue to shoot the puck on net and is a sneaky addition if you need shots on goal.
Zucker is among the most added players in ESPN fantasy leagues for good reason. His seven game point streak ended on Saturday against the Lightning and he has three goals, four assists, and 27 shots in his last eight games. If you need shots, ride his hot streak and add Zucker.
Power play points
Kyle Palmieri is on a tear! He has nine points in his last six games, including five power play points. That makes seven power play points on the year for the Devils winger, yet he is still available in 32% of ESPN standard leagues. Give him a serious look if you need in help in the power play points category.
Palmieri’s teammate Travis Zajac has also had a terrific start to his season. The centerman has 11 points on the year and four power play points in his last eight games. The new coach has done wonders for him by his own admission. With a plus-7 rating to boot, there is no reason he should be available in your fantasy league.
The Buffalo veteran appears to be picking up steam with four points and three power play points in his last six games. Gionta is rarely owned in fantasy leagues this year, but this increase in point production has coincided exactly with Evander Kane’s absence. As long as Kane is out, Gionta is worth a look for power play points.
Joffrey Lupul is now one goal away from 200 career goals and has started to pick up his production. Lupul is available in most fantasy leagues and has five points overall and three power play points in his last six games. He is currently flying under the radar and someone to watch if you need power play points.
The Florida Panthers winger is not taking many shots, but he is making the most of them. Trocheck has five goals in only 22 shots for a shot percentage of .227. He has ten points and five power play points on the year. Put him on your watch list.