2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Stock Watch

by Kyle Vaughan
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Stock Watch

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Stock Watch.

Below I'll take a look at some players who are doing various things. And I'll tell you why I think those things have made said players more or less valuable.

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All statistics from DobberHockey unless otherwise stated. Wednesday's games are not included as part of the analysis below.

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Stock Watch

Stock Up

Noah Cates, C, Philadelphia Flyers (2% rostered)

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At this juncture of the season it's important to maximize your waiver adds in terms of production and games played. Finding a hot player from the waiver wire who plays a ton of games could very well push your team over that championship edge.

Noah Cates is a great candidate. His Flyers play seven more times in the next week and a half and he's on a heater. In his last four games, Cates has six points. He is centering Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett on Philadelphia's top line and also has a steady spot on the top powerplay unit. Cates has played over 19 minutes in four of his last six games.

The aforementioned Tippett is another good streaming candidate. His ownership is higher than Cates, so he may be harder to obtain, but he's produced six points over his last five games. Tippett is also on the top powerplay unit.

Target productive Philly forwards in your final few weeks if you are in need of solid streamers as you wrap up your season.

Matias Maccelli, LW, Arizona Coyotes (6% rostered)

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The Arizona Coyotes only play five games over the next two weeks, so their schedule isn't as enticing as the Flyers. But Matias Maccelli's recent production makes him a viable streamer over the remainder of the season.

Over his last 13 games, Maccelli has 13 points. He is playing on the second line and second powerplay unit, which isn't ideal. But only two of those thirteen points have come on the powerplay. The other 11 have come at even strength. That's impressive. Maccelli is finding ways to produce away from the man-advantage.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Coyotes find a way to get Maccelli more burn on the powerplay as their season winds down. They seem committed to getting him more ice time as his playing time has increased steadily over the last two weeks. If that bleeds into the powerplay, watch out. Maccelli could exceed the point-per-game mark to finish off the season.

Mike Matheson, D, Montreal Canadiens (50% rostered)

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Opportunity is knocking right now for Mike Matheson.  He's playing nearly 70 percent of Montreal's time on the man-advantage. He is also getting an absurd amount of ice time at all strengths. Matheson has played more than 25 minutes in four of his last five games, including 29:05 on March 27 against Buffalo.

Matheson heard opportunity's knock, opened the door, and, welcomed her in with a warm embrace. In the last two weeks, his nine points rank second amongst defensemen, trailing only Cale Makar.

Matheson has also been pummelling goalies with shots lately. Over his last eight games, he has fired an insane 28 shots on net. He also blocks, hits, and logs penalty minutes at serviceable rates. And yet, Matheson is only owned in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Stop what you are doing and go see if he is available. If he is, scoop him up now and ride him the rest of the season.

Stock Down

Rasmus Sandin, D, Washington Capitals (35% rostered)

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Right before knocking on Mike Matheson's door, opportunity said farewell to Rasmus Sandin and flipped him off.

After being acquired by the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline Sandin was given the keys to the first unit powerplay. He rewarded the Capitals with 12 points over his first nine games.

But the only reason the top unit quarterback spot was available, was due to a scary injury to Washington's established 1A, John Carlson. Carlson suffered a concussion, fractured skull, and severed temporal artery when a 90-mile-an-hour slapshot hit him in the head early in the season.

Thankfully Carlson was able to recover and he returned to action last week. For Sandin, however, that means relinquishing the top unit role to the incumbent Carlson and seeing a decrease in playing time.

Sandin played over 23 minutes a night in all but two of his nine games with the Caps. He nearly hit the 30 minute mark in two of those games. In the two games since Calrson's return, Sandin has played less than twenty minutes.

His powerplay time has decreased as well. In Washington's last game, Sandin only saw 20 seconds of time on the man-advantage. This reduced playing time significantly impacts Sandin's value. It will likely remain down for the remainder of the season.

Anton Lundell, C, Florida Panthers (20% rostered)

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Before the 2022-23 fantasy hockey season started FantasyPros had Anton Lundell ranked at number 158 in their pre-draft rankings. He was ahead of guys like Vincent Trochek, Mikhail Sergachev, and Adrian Kempe. At the time the ranking made sense. Lundell was coming off an excellent rookie season where he logged 44 points in 65 games while playing around 15 minutes a night.

But things have not gone as planned in Florida. After being swept in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning last year, the Panthers made significant changes to their on and off-ice personnel. Expectations were high coming into this season, but with just a handful of games left, the Panthers are currently fighting for the last wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. As of the writing of this article, they have lost four games in a row and stand on the outside looking in.

As with every Panther outside of Matthew Tkachuk, Anton Lundell is having a disappointing season. He has 28 points in 65 games. He is centering the second line and is currently not on the first or second powerplay unit. Lundell has played less than 14 minutes in the last three games.

His point production has completely dried up. Lundell has zero points in his last 12 games. Somehow he is still owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues. If you own him, drop him. There are plenty of serviceable options on the waiver wire that will provide better production than Lundell. He is young and talented and will no doubt have better years ahead. But he is not worth rostering right now.

 


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