2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Planner

by Tyler Mulligan

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Planner!

We do the homework, so you don't have to.

We'll be factoring in the schedule, recent trends, and roster moves to give you the edge over your fantasy foes.

There are a lot of headlines across the NHL, but the one with the most fantasy relevance is the reemergence of Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach. The 20-year-old should be on your shortlist of waiver pickups in the upcoming week as he's finally back from a broken wrist.

Dach is in a prime position to center Patrick Kane and can do damage down the stretch for your fantasy squad.

With the Fantasy Playoffs just around the corner, it's paramount to take every angle into consideration. With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Planner, we make sure you'll be ready to fight your way to hardware and more importantly, bragging rights.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Planner

Weekly Streaming MVP

Phil Kessel, RW, Arizona Coyotes (28% Rostered)

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Phil the Thrill is back with a vengeance.

The 33-year-old is showing that age is just a number. In Week 10, the veteran winger amassed five goals and two assists to go along with 10 shots and a +4 rating.

With a hattrick in Saturday's tilt with the Sharks, Kessel's point streak reaches five games. He now has 14 goals and 12 helpers on the year.

He's worth a pickup in most leagues; get him into your lineup.

Honorable Mention:

  • Andrew Copp, C/LW, Winnipeg Jets (48% Rostered)
  • Martin Necas, C/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (50% Rostered)
  • Eeli Tolvanen, LW/RW, Nashville Predators (24% Rostered)

Last Week’s MVP:

  • Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, Tampa Bay (62% Rostered)

Scheduled Stars:


  • Buffalo Sabres: 4
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 4
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 4
  • Calgary Flames: 4
  • Colorado Avalanche: 4
  • Dallas Stars: 4
  • Detroit Red Wings: 4
  • Florida Panthers: 4
  • Los Angeles Kings: 4
  • Minnesota Wild: 4
  • San Jose Sharks: 4
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: 4
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: 4
  • Vegas Golden Knights: 4
  • Washington Capitals: 4
  • Winnipeg Jets: 4


  • St. Louis Blues: 2

? Postponement Alert ?

March 30:

  • Islanders at Penguins: Rescheduled to March 27
  • Flyers at Sabres: Rescheduled to March 31
  • Senators at Canadiens: TBD

March 31:

  • Ducks at Avalanche: Rescheduled to March 16

April 1:

  • Flyers at Devils: Rescheduled to April 27

April 4:

  • Blackhawks at Predators: Rescheduled to April 19

The North Division had their first known bout with COVID-19 of the 2021 season as the Montreal Canadiens have been in protocol as a result of at least one player testing positive for the virus.

Now sidelined for over a week, the Canadiens’ schedule has gone out the window. The make-up games have yet to be scheduled, but fantasy owners with a vested interest in Canadiens players should keep an eye out for the addendum.

Teams To Target: 

New York Rangers:

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Notable Players:

  • Artemi Panarin
  • Mika Zibinijad
  • Adam Fox

Suddenly, the New York Rangers seem to be a force to be reckoned with. Mostly, it’s a product of playing against a struggling Flyers squad. Also, having Philly’s kryptonite on your top line doesn’t hurt. Mika Zibanejad can’t miss against the Flyers, scoring 13 points in his last three games against the Flyers.

Twice, the Swedish maestro has accumulated three goals and three assists versus the Flyers.

The Rangers seem on the mend after a rough start to the season, marred by injury, chemistry issues, and off-ice follies. Fantasy owners should look to their depth to try to extract value.

Pavel Buchnevich has been particularly potent on offense and his ownership has rocketed from below 40% to above 70% in Yahoo leagues. If he’s still on the wire, fantasy owners should scoop him up.

Waiver looks:

  • Jacob Trouba, D (43% Rostered)
  • Kaapo Kakko, RW (8% Rostered)

Dallas Stars:

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Notable Players

  • Joe Pavelski
  • Jamie Benn
  • Roope Hintz

Last week, I told fantasy owners to drop Roope Hintz.

Boy, was I ever wrong. 

To my defense, he has been a band-aid all season long, When I suggested dropping him, he had just been scratched for the fifth time in just ten games. In his past two games, Hintz has five points. While he’s bound to miss some action here and there, the juice might be worth the squeeze for fantasy owners.

Dallas has been going through a tough time because of an onslaught of injuries to key players but from an offensive standpoint, they’ve been putting up numbers.

There are a lot of depth players worth taking a look at.

Waiver Looks:

  • Roope Hintz, C/LW (48% Rostered)
  • Jason Robertson, LW (18% Rostered)

Teams To Avoid:

St. Louis Blues

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Notable Players:

  • Ryan O’Reilly
  • Vladimir Tarasenko
  • Jordan Binnington

The Blues have only two games in Week 11, and lately, they’ve been struggling to get the job done. 

While they should be considered a real contender for the Stanley Cup, even the best teams have slumps. The Blues have lost their last three outings and haven’t been able to get the offense going. Scoring only two goals in their last three games, the Blues aren't ideal fantasy candidates.

Next week’s schedule consists of a tough back-to-back against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche are one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

The near future isn’t bright for St. Louis players, so fantasy owners are best to steer clear.

Buffalo Sabres

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Notable Players:

  • Jack Eichel
  • Taylor Hall
  • Rasmus Dahlin

It's tough to win in the NHL.

It's also tough to lose 17 straight.

The Buffalo Sabres are the worst team in the league by a landslide and in a majority of games, they seem to be uninspired. The downward spiral is certainly evident and they'll likely be sellers at the trade deadline. Expect Taylor Hall to be traded by the deadline.

Trade Announcements

Brenden Lemieux to the Kings

The New York Rangers have sent forward Brendan Lemieux to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.

Brenden Lemieux, known for his physical brand of play and somewhat of a pest persona in the NHL will no longer call the Big Apple home. Instead, Lemieux, along with a $1,550,000 cap hit, will now be under ownership by the Kings.

This leaves the Rangers more cap room to play with ahead of the trade deadline. As New York has been on a tear lately, it should be interesting to see if they go after some of the big-name rentals to put together a playoff push. Taylor Hall of the Sabres is the first name that comes to mind in terms of attractive signings. With an already above-average offensive team, Hall could make the Rangers lethal.

Lemieux, who is rostered in only two percent of Yahoo leagues doesn’t offer much value for fantasy owners now that he’s a King.

Eric Staal to the Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centerman Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third and fifth-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Veteran and potential Hall of Famer, Staal finds himself out of the dumpster fire knowns as Buffalo.

After his quarantine, Staal may play on Montreal's top six, which would boost his fantasy upside. He's no longer the MVP candidate he was a few years ago, but the eldest Staal brother isn't packing it in anytime soon.

Fantasy managers take note, because with Tyler Toffoli sidelined, there may be room for Staal's veteran leadership in key game situations.

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