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Fantasy Update

Fantasy Update

Tips for second half of preliminary round

Published 10.05.2017 14:31 GMT+2 | Author Callum Ng
Fantasy Update
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We’ve included the Round 3 Dream Team, which has some interesting surprises.

By now you either have your favourites, with tweaks here or there, or your strategy isn’t working and it’s time to blow-up your squad.


Here are some players to consider heading into Preliminary Round 4.

Tip: Did you notice that the points value of each player rises and falls based on performance? Buy low and sell high.

On Fire 

Canada’s Nate MacKinnon has five goals and two assists in his past two games. He is also a +5. The Canadians will see the plucky French this round, but should be good for a healthy amount of offence.

Warming Up 

Frenchman Stephane da Costa has four goals in only two games, he’s a +2, has a GWG, and has taken 10 shots on goal. Plus, the French are riding the wave of two straight wins, but as we mentioned they’ll collide with the Canadians in this round.

Ice Cold

The Slovenes are down near the bottom of Group B and goaltender Gasper Kroselj has taken the brunt of that. His 83.3 save percentage is worst among goalies who have started all three of their team’s games.

The Match-ups


This one has blow-out potential. The Americans are finding some traction and the Italians have looked overwhelmed late in games. The USA’s Clayton Keller has continued his scoring punch, and things are starting to go Johnny Gaudreau’s way.


The Swiss are in a battle for the runner-up spot (behind Canada) in Group B. Look for a bounce-back effort after a Tuesday loss to France. Swiss forward Vincent Praplan has been a consistent points generator.


These are two teams desperate for a win. Slovak Michel Miklik remains a force, and for the host country you could choose Dennis Seidenberg for some defenceman points.


Finland needs this game to remain in the hunt in Group B. Reliable choices would be Sebastian Aho or Mikko Rantanen for the blue and white.


Denmark got their due with a shootout win over the Slovaks on Tuesday, but they could get slammed by the rested Russians in this round. Take your pick of Russian forwards, but do so wisely, some of them will cost you top-shelf prices right now.


Norway’s Patrick Thoresen is tied for fifth in scoring with six points. He also has one GWG, is +4 and has taken 13 shots. This is a game where he could shine again.


This is an interesting one. It’s the first battle for Group A leader’s Team Latvia against a top nation. Sweden, meanwhile, has run into Russia and the USA already, losing both. A goalie choice might be a good bet with a high-payout so either Viktor Fasth for Sweden or Elvis Merzlikins for Latvia.


Will the Canadians hammer the co-host? Or, with two-straight wins, can the French show resilience? Jeff Skinner is a top Fantasy forward for the red and white. Interestingly, French defenceman Yohann Auvitu has turned in great Fantasy numbers.

The Dream Team after 3 rounds is…

Goalie - Elvis Merzlikins (Latvia) - 29.70 pts
Defenceman - Tyson Barrie (Canada) - 46.00 pts (BEST PLAYER)
Defenceman - Yohann Auvitu (France) - 26.30 pts
Forward - Artemi Panarin (Russia) - 41.70 pts
Forward - Nate MacKinnon (Canada) - 37.30 pts
Forward - Jeff Skinner (Canada) - 35.70 pts


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