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Fantasy tips after two games

Fantasy tips after two games

Getting you through the upcoming week

Published 14.12.2021 15:38 GMT+2 | Author David Alter
Fantasy tips after two games
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After a couple of rounds of preliminary action, you are probably getting a good handle of what is important when you think about how you assemble your roster.

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It’s not all about goals and wins. That’s a large part of it, but keeping track of some of other statistics is crucial to putting yourself at the top of the leaderboard and the bragging rights that go with it. Here’s what you need to know before you set your lineup on Monday.

On Fire-Sebastian Dahm, G, Denmark

If you watched the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships, the goaltending performance of Sebastian Dahm of Denmark shouldn’t surprise you. He has faced a lot of rubber on against some top quality teams and as a result, he’s putting up an average of 52 points per game. Dahm will continue to put up these kind of points just as long as he continues to get the starts. Be sure to keep an eye on news and notes to make sure he’s in the lineup.

Heating Up-Auston Matthews, F, USA

Competing in his first World Championship, Auston Matthews of USA had a significant improvement. He recorded just two points in round one, but followed that up with 44 points in his second performance. As he gets more comfortable with his teammates, his role is only going to increase. Expect Matthews to light the scoring lamp some more as he showcases his skills ahead of June’s National Hockey League Draft.

Ice Cold-Artemi Panarin, F, Russia

Artemi Panarin was scoring machine in his rookie year with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League, but through two rounds, Russia’s Panarin has just one point to show for his efforts. Not helping matters was a potential injury he may have suffered in a 6-4 win over Kazakhstan. Panarin is not only ice cold, but a risky move for Round Three, especially at the 17.8 price tag.

The Matchups:

Latvia vs Russia: Go with Anton Belov of Russia. He’s a defenceman who has a booming shot from the point and he’s average 34.5 fantasy points through the first two rounds.

Belarus vs Canada: Taylor Hall is a steady choice. Belarus could struggle with Canada’s potent offence and Hall will be worth the 18.35 price tag.

Sweden vs Czech Republic: Mikael Backlund of Sweden is coming off a two-goal performance and will have tough test coming against the Czechs. But his skill on the bigger ice is undeniable. He should continue to put up points.

Finland vs USA: Patrick Laine of Finland has been tearing it up at his first Worlds. Not only is he scoring goals, he setting them up as well and firing a lot of pucks at the net. He has eight points just from shooting the puck onto the net.

Switzerland vs Denmark: If Sebastian Dahm is expected to get the net, go with Dahm again. If not, go with his backup. The Danes are letting a lot of pucks go through, which only serve to benefit the goaltender’s stats. This is where you want to pick the goalie.

Slovakia vs Germany: Tomas Jurco of Slovakia has managed to score a goal and it was game-winner. He’s set up three others while putting five on net. He is an excellent value play against the Germans at 14.6

Kazakhstan vs Norway: Vitali Kolesnik of Kazakhstan is in a similar situation to Dahm of Denmark. He’s been facing a lot of rubber which has led to him securing a lot of points with saves. If he is in goal, go with Kolesnik. Either way, you can’t go wrong with selecting whoever starts.

Hungary vs France: Picking defenceman Florian Chakiachvili of France is a good pick for a low-priced defenceman. He doesn’t have any points, but he has recorded six shots on goal. Eventually they will start to go in. His best chance will likely come against Hungary.

Fantasy Tip: When making your decisions, two major factors that will help you yield points are matchups and shots. Whether you are goalie, or a player, the points system heavily rewards shots and you can use that to your advantage. Keep these factors in mind, and you’ll see your standings improve.

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