2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

We are through the All-Star Break, and we are on the path to the Stanley Cup Playoffs! The only way we know how to start our playoff journey is with the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner.

Before we tackle another week, let's talk about the star-studded events from the past weekend. We saw a remix of the traditional NHL skills competition with Connor McDavid taking home the $1,000,000 prize! After the eight skills events, he finished with the most points beating out Cale Makar in the final event.

Sunday, we watched the NHL All-Stars compete among the four teams selected at Thursday's Player Draft. It was Team Matthews, composed of four Maple Leafs, taking home the win over Team McDavid in front of the Toronto crowd.

Players got to enjoy themselves and get to know others around the league. Now, it is time to get back to business. The second half begins now, so let's get into the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

February 5, 2024 – February 11, 2024

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Top Targets

Cole Caufield, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens (86% Rostered)

Some players enjoy the All-Star Break as it is a needed time off, but Cole Caufield likely isn't one of them. Caufield is playing some of the best hockey of his career, actively riding a career-best nine-game point streak (six goals and six assists).

A big part of Caufield's ability to find the scoresheet is in part to his counterpart/linemate Nick Suzuki. The duo has been paired together for two years now, and have been on the ice together for 52 goals dating back to last season. Suzuki also brings a four-game point streak into the break, so being able to stack the two for fantasy looks to be an effective strategy.

Brandon Hagel, LW/RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (80% Rostered)

Brandon Hagel isn't talked about in the same tier as some of his teammates, but he is surely deserving of it. On pace for his first 70-point season, Hagel is continuing to prove that he is a star.

As we get to the break, the 25-year-old sits with 16 goals and 27 assists through his first 50 games of the season. While talented on his own, it surely helps to play on a line with all-world talent like Brayden Point and the future league MVP Nikita Kucherov. The first line for Tampa is outscoring opponents 15-10 while on the ice together and also out-chancing opponents 129-87.

He may not be a player who earns many powerplay points for fantasy purposes (39 of 43 points are even-strength), but he always seems to find himself in a position to score. Isn't that what you want in a fantasy player?

Elias Lindholm, C, Vancouver Canucks (73% Rostered)

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they acquired Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames for Andrei Kuzmenko, Hunter Brzustewicz, Joni Jurmo, a 2024 first-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick. With the trade, the Canucks are hoping that Lindholm can get back to producing the way he has for the past few seasons.

Lindholm moves to Vancouver with nine goals this season and 23 assists which is far off from his usual pace. It is unsure where he'll be placed in the lineup as Elias Petterson and J.T. Miller have secured their places as the team's top two centermen. Regardless if it is on the wing or at the center, Lindholm will be in a much better position to produce while in Vancouver. If you can find this guy as a free agent in your league, he is worth the roster spot.

Injury Alerts

Adam Fantilli, C, Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that they will be without star rookie Adam Fantilli for at least eight weeks due to injury. The 19-year-old suffered a laceration to his calf after throwing a check on Seattle's Jared McCann where McCann's skate caught the back of Fantilli's leg. Thankfully, Fantilli was wearing cut-resistant socks and the injury could have been much worse.

Columbus will now be without their third-leading scorer until around the end of March, given the Jackets are still playing for something at that point in the season. If not, I wouldn't expect the team to rush Fantilli back into action with nothing to play for. We will have to wait and see how Columbus plans to fill the large void.

Jake Sanderson, D, Ottawa Senators

Leading into the All-Star Game, many teams had a bye week for an extended rest period. I'm sure the Senators wish they were one of those teams, as we saw them lose one of their top defensemen on Wednesday. Jake Sanderson did not return to Wednesday's game after playing just 4:49 against the Red Wings. The lower body injury came at a good time as the Senators will have a full week off following the All-Star Break.

The team hasn't announced the extent of Sanderson's injury yet but the 10-day layoff could be enough for the 21-year-old to get better. We'll have to keep an eye on this, as the Sens will need their top-pairing defenseman back when they return to action.

Jack Quinn, RW, Buffalo Sabres

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2023-2024 has been one to forget for Jack Quinn, who is set to experience his second long layoff of the season. Quinn originally missed 32 games to start the season after undergoing Achilles surgery back in June. The good news is that the new injury is not linked to past Achilles or knee issues for Quinn. The bad news is that they are expecting him to miss at least eight weeks of action with this new lower-body injury.

Since returning to the team mid-season, Quinn was able to jump right back into it without missing a step. He was able to record five goals and seven assists through the 17 games that he played in. We hope that Jack Quinn recovers quickly and can return to full health soon!

Team Worth Watching This Week

Colorado Avalanche

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The top of the Western Conference is set to be a dogfight through the second half of the year. Vancouver is leading the way with 71 points, and second through fifth place only separated by three points. One team that needs to get out to a strong start out of the All-Star Break is the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado will play four road games out of the break which includes an immediate back-to-back. Not only will these be difficult games, but three of the four matchups will be against teams currently in a playoff spot (Rangers, Hurricanes, Panthers).

Leading the way for the Avs is the superstar duo of Mikko Rantanen and MVP hopeful Nathan MacKinnon. It's been a rotating cast of characters on their line, but nothing has slowed the two down. They are outscoring opponents 45-33 when on the ice together and outshooting other teams 416-339. Right now, I'd be buying stock in Jonathan Drouin who is the current first-line left-wing on this line!

Other players that we should be keeping an eye on down the stretch are Logan O'Connor, Ross Colton, and Miles Wood. All have been getting increased opportunities with the Avs and have been delivering above expectations.

Week 18 Most Games (4)

Colorado Avalanche - @NYR, @NJD, @CAR, @FLA

Vancouver Canucks – @CAR, @BOS, @DET, @WSH

Washington Capitals – MTL, @FLA, @BOS, VAN

Week 18 Fewest Games (1)

Anaheim Ducks – EDM

Columbus Blue Jackets - TBL

Detroit Red Wings – VAN

Los Angeles Kings - EDM

Nashville Predators - ARI

Ottawa Senators - TOR

San Jose Sharks – (NO GAMES)

Seattle Kraken - @PHI

Week 18 Back-To-Back Tracker

Colorado Avalanche - 02/05 @NYR & 02/06 @NJD

Dallas Stars - 02/06 @BUF & 02/07 @TOR

Edmonton Oilers - 02/09 @ANA & 02/10 @LAK

Montreal Canadiens - 02/10 DAL & 02/11 STL

Pittsburgh Penguins – 02/09 @MIN & 02/10 @WPG

St. Louis Blues - 02/10 @BUF & 02/11 @MTL

Tampa Bay Lightning - 02/07 @NYR & 02/08 @NYI

Vancouver Canucks – 02/10 @DET & 02/11 @WSH

Washington Capitals – 02/10 @BOS & 02/11 VAN

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