Depending on the roster size of your league, the idea of carrying both goalies from one team may not be a bad idea this shortened season.
We’ve already seen many teams turn to the their backups in the early going, with most of them rewarding the team with stellar performances. In fantasy, carrying both on your team in the past was just a wasted roster spot, but if you can land some of these backups on the waiver wire this week, you may just be picking up depth at the position that will potentially help you in the trade market before your league’s deadline as well.
Here are a few goalies to target this week.
Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth: (Owned in 52 percent of yahoo! Leagues / 88 percent of ESPN Leagues) The expected starter at the beginning of the season, Jonas Hiller, went down with a lower-body injury Friday vs. the Stars, but even before the injury, Fasth was earning unexpected starts. The undrafted rookie from Sweden is still a perfect 5-0-0 on the season with 1.72 GAA, good for for 3rd best in the league. With the Ducks off to a surprising start with eight wins in 11 games, owning both will allow you to wait to see how the team decides to manage the goalie situation when Hiller returns.
Jets goalie Al Montoya: (Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo! Leagues / 1 percent of ESPN Leagues) Montoya looked great in Saturday’s win against Ottawa, earning his 3rd career shutout. So far this season, he has two wins and 2.67 GAA in three games, but may start to see more playing time with Ondrej Pavelec struggling to say the least. Pavelec owns a .885 save percentage this year, his worst percentage since the 2008-09 season with the Thrashers. The former second pick in 2005 has allowed four or more goals in four his nine starts. I still wouldn’t drop Pavelec, so pick up Montoya, and ride with the Jets combo for the next while.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby: (Owned in 54 percent of Yahoo! Leagues / 41.1 percent of ESPN Leagues) Holtby, who many owners drafted expecting him to start a majority of the games this year, looked great in the 5-0 win Saturday night against the Panthers. His shaky start in January (0-2-0, 10 goal against) probably forced your hand into dropping him, but even if you own Michal Neuvirth, pick him up. Holtby was awesome in last year’s playoffs, and if last night’s shutout was any indication, he’s back!
Oilers Nikolai Khabibulin: (Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! Leagues / 2 percent of ESPN Leagues) This one is a long shot, but even after just one game back from a hip injury, Khabibulin may be a smart pickup, especially for owners of Devan Dubnyk. The combo are no strangers to sharing time between the pipes, which is a plus. Last season, Khabibulin started 40 games for the Oilers, posting a 2.65 GAA with 12 wins. Dubnyk started 42 games, posting a 2.67 GAA with 20 wins. Owning both will not only help you pick up all future Oilers wins, but it will give you depth on the trade market if Edmonton chooses to move the ‘Bulin Wall”.
Other backups you may want to target are:
Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (Owned in 13 percent of Yahoo Leagues / 6 percent of ESPN Leagues)
Stats: 3-0-0, 2.60 GAA, .920 Save%
Stole a game against the Flames last week, and may earn more starts down the road in place of starter Corey Crawford
Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason (Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo! Leagues / 2 percent of ESPN Leagues)
Stats: 1-4-0, 3.00 GAA, .900 Save%
Looks like Sergei Bobrovsky and Mason may start splitting starts, but unless you need this tandem to reach your goalie starts for the week, leave them on the bench, or the waiver wire for that matter.
Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (Owned in 46 percent of Yahoo! Leagues / 68 percent of ESPN Leagues)
Stats: 3-1-0, 2.09 GAA, .927 Save%
Marc-Andre Fleury has started eight games, while Vokoun has earned four. At least owning this combo will give you wins, as Pittsburgh is once again a strong contender in the East.
Top 5 pickups on Yahoo:
1. Andy Greene (NJ)
2. James Reimer (TOR)
3. James van Riemsdyk (TOR)
4. Alex Steen (STL)
5. Saku Koivu (ANA)
Greatest Change in percentage owned on ESPN:
1. Andy Grenne (NJ) 54.1%
2. Marc Staal (NYR) 33.3%
3. Derek Morris (PHX) 31.6%
4. Lubomir Visnovsky (NYI) 31.4%
5. Dan Hamhuis (VAN) 26.9%
If you any fantasy questions this season, let me know in the comment section, and good luck this week.