The Snipers Corner – 60 and under: Part 4

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Justin Rosser, February 9, 2021

This article will be based off of standard fantasy scoring systems as I look at some potential flower buds ready to blossom that are less than 60% owned in Fantasy Hockey leagues. Remember, these aren’t guarantees, just potential diamonds in the rough.

Jack Roslovic Columbus C, RW: After the trade to his hometown Columbus, Ohio with Laine joining him, the two immediately took over the top line. Jumping up 18% to 22% total rostered, he is getting noticed this past week in the fantasy community. In the last 5 games Roslovic has 2 goals and 5 assists, not to mention the power play time!! 

Not only is he up to 19 minutes per game, but he looks really good on the ice, that game winning goal against Carolina was amazing. He is worth a shot to see if they can keep producing, but if they take him off the first line then I might have to move on from him, but for now, grab him and see where it takes you!

Zach Hyman Toronto C, LW: I am a fan of Hyman, but he was stuck on the third line to begin the year, the Leafs finally moved him up to the top line, getting around 20:00 minutes per game as of late. In the last 4 games Hyman has 2 goals and 2 assists with a fantastic +6 in that span. While his SOG varies night to night, he usually is pretty consistent in the hitting department, which is a perk.

Only rostered in 51% of leagues, there is half a chance he will be available to add to your roster. Toronto plays in the high scoring North, being on the top line in Toronto will give you increased chances as compared to when he started on the third line.

Alec Martinez Vegas D: A lot of people dropped Martinez when Vegas had their 3 games postponed, sitting at 35% rostered and ranked 93rd, he is extremely effective in leagues that counts blocked shots. He blocks A LOT(33) and hits(12), which makes him a great 4th D-man on your roster. Another great thing about him is he is +7 on the year and has 6 assists, so he won’t be an anchor to your team in other categories. Vegas also has 3 more games this week, so you will get roster plays while it seems like half the league is postponed.

Justin Schultz Washington D: Schultz was becoming a hot commodity before he got injured (upper body).With missing the last 4 games he still is ranked 126, but only 30% rostered because of the injury. Schultzy is now practicing with the team, scoop him up now before someone else does.  With 2 goals and 4 assists on the year, he is a +9 rating, he has always been known for his scoring capabilities and Washington seems to be putting that to use. This is a winner’s play; get a Dman who can help out with the offensive side of the game is fantastic.

**UPDATE: FEB 9 GAME POSTPONED**

NOTE: WARNING, there is a chance they don’t play him on February 9th, as the next 2 games are postponed against Buffalo. If you are willing to wait it out before you want to add him that is a smart but risky play, I personally would wait till the end of the week or early next week to try and get him on your roster. Keep him in mind and be ready to pull that trigger.

Christian Dvorak Arizona C,LW: Dvorak confuses me, he is ranked 22 overall, yet owned in only 46% of Yahoo leagues. He is on fire lately, in his last 5 games he has 6 goals and 2 assists and on the year he has 7 goals and 6 assists. He really clicks on the Coyotes power play unit, having 6 power play points with 2 game winning goals. For some reason the general public is reluctant to add Dvorak, maybe because of previous years of mediocrity? Regardless, if this is just a flash in the pan, we are 1/5 of the way through our 2021 season and he is ranked 22, that screams “take a shot on him” to me… what’s the worst that could happen? You have to drop him if he falls off, but best case scenario; he keeps lighting the lamp and proves to be a valuable commodity on your fantasy squad.

NOTE: Arizona only has one game remaining this week so maybe make the add closer to the end of the week to capitalize on games played.

Justin Rosser February 9, 2021

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