Fantasy hockey picks: The top 6 to drop and watch

By Erica Commisso
NHL: Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings

If you’re looking for fantasy hockey tips for the games ahead, you have come to the right place.

Players and teams are making their final push for the post-season, putting up some real points on the scoresheet and in the physicality department.

Looking beyond the point-getters in NHL fantasy leagues, Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, and friends – filling out a fantasy roster (on the Yahoo Fantasy Leagues platform or somewhere else) with late-pickup NHL sleepers is no small task.

The league is full of unexpected heroes every night, and picking up and dropping them at opportune times can be key to a fantasy victory.

We’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of NHL fantasy players to pick up and drop every week, which will be updated for the remainder of the NHL season.

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LAST UPDATED: April 21, 6:00 PM EST

Pick: Sam Bennett, Florida Panthers

While Bennett was constantly at the mercy of trade rumors as a member of the Calgary Flames because of his inconsistent gameplay, he seems to have really found his stride with the Florida Panthers. In each of his three games with the Panthers, Bennett has found himself on the scoresheet, recording five points (three goals and two assists) in the small sampling. He’s also recorded nine shots on net, 14 hits and a +7 rating. As Florida is guaranteed to make the postseason, look for second chance Sam Bennett to continue lighting up Yahoo Fantasy Hockey platforms, among other leagues.

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Pick: Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars

The young blueliner is likely available in most Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Leagues, and could become a valuable asset as the Stars heat up and make a final push for the playoffs. On the season, Lindell has 14 points–five goals and nine assists–through 45 games, adding 17 penalty minutes and 77 shots on net. His impressive statistic, though, is his plus/minus rating, where he sits at a +12. He also adds 95 hits and 83 hits, and each of his stats will likely trend upwards as his club enters a battle that will last until the end of the season. And, since the Stars had to delay the start to their season, they have games in hand over many clubs, Lindell will suit up more often than many other defensemen.

Pick: Jake Allen, Montreal Canadiens

While Carey Price is in concussion protocols and out for at least a week, the Habs will need Jake Allen to win games and spend a lot of time in the blue paint. On the season, Allen has a respectable 2.52 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, which has made him a relatively stable fantasy hockey pickup for one game or two game service. But, with Price’s injury, Allen could be a more stable addition in most lineups, which makes him one of the most added players in Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Leagues this week.

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Drop: Joel Farabee, Philadelphia Flyers

It’s all but solidified, at this point, that the Flyers will not be making it into the postseason, which means that Farabee’s run is limited. And, despite a strong, point-per-game start to the season, Farabee’s production has cooled off of late, posting just one assist in his last five games, and one goal and three assists in his last ten games. The Flyers have not played since April 18, and have a bunch of contests in a short time frame, with back-to-back contests against the New York Rangers. The club is already struggling, and adding fatigue into the mix may not be a good solution.

Related: If you’re a fan of the Wild, check out #MNWild rumors, rankings, and news here.

Drop: Josh Manson, Anaheim Ducks

Manson has been a staple in the Ducks’ lineup, because of his veteran presence and physicality on the blue line. Sadly, though, his leadership doesn’t translate to fantasy hockey points. On the season, he has just one goal and five assists through 21 games (he spent a bulk of the season injured), and has a -4 plus/minus rating. Adding 26 penalty minutes and only 17 shots on net, Manson’s 59 hits and 30 blocks are not enough to keep him rostered in any Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Leagues. And, Anaheim only has one game coming up on April 24, which certainly detracts from his desirability even more.

Drop: Joonas Korpisalo, Columbus Blue Jackets

In short, expectations were higher for Korpisalo and his club. Wins are hard to come by for the netminder, as his team is decimated by injury and he’s been struggling to stay consistent on the season. But, fantasy hockey pays no mind to mitigating factors, and Korpisalo’s stock continues to drop in Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Leagues. Through 32 games this season, the Finnish netminder has a 3.27 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. And, Columbus has two contests against the Tampa Bay Lightning coming up, which could get really ugly really quickly.

Related: If you’re a fan of the Kings, check out #LAKings rumors, rankings, and news here.