If you thought I sounded tough in the center preview when I hated the fantasy leagues that split forward into center and wing positions for rosters, just wait until I get started on the leagues that define the right wing versus the left wing.
I will try to save you (but I will inevitably fail to do so).
Let’s calm this down by talking about the qualified players both in the wing and in the middle. Does it have to be some of them? not at all. on one side of the coin, Leon Drystel And the Elias Lindholm It takes a lot of confrontations to even be considered a part-time suite. They finished first and third in the league last season in a confrontation. If this isn’t a full-time position, what is? On the other side of it, Drake Patterson It only took 43 encounters, troy terry only nine Jordan Kero only 15 and Blake Wheeler Only 21 are clearly and completely wings. I don’t know what the boundary should be, but I think Brady Tkachuk Having a confrontation in one in four shifts seems right. Therefore, depending on the time of the ice, it is likely that no one with less than 400 encounters will be in the center.
Among the top 100 players ranked according to their predictions for the next season, 16 are qualified in both the midfield and wing. In the same group, there are 11 players eligible for the right and left wing. Of those, two are eligible in all three front positions (both play with the Los Angeles Kings now and may play on the same streak).
If your league is still cracking these positions—especially if your league goes far left and right for roster sports—you’ll want to give some added value to players who give you a little flexibility out of the gate. While the game developers (on ESPN or wherever you may play) may add or subtract some position eligibility during the season, there is no knowledge of it and you should only rely on what is currently in it.
There isn’t much to consider here for strategy other than picking the best player and looking for flexibility if the league forces you to build a roster and start players from the left or right wing.
I do not come to this conclusion in vain.
Taking the top 250 strikers in fantasy points from last season, breaking them up in all of their qualifying positions and looking at the output from each position paints a picture of near perfect parity.
Average targets from center, left wing, right wing, and wing ranged from 20.7 to 21.9. There is hardly a single objective that separates average production from each center. For the record, of the top 250 strikers who scored fictional goals last season, 130 qualified as center, 144 on the left wing, 141 on the right wing and 201 on the wing.
Points range from a low of 48.2 right wing pips to a high of 51.3 positions. Even the ranges of things like teams’ special points (11.9 to 13.7), shots (164.2 to 168.2) and scores (79.9 to 85.4) are not large enough to consider any kind of strategy or special tactics for drafts.
At the end of the day, the right wing players averaged 116.1 fantasy points, the left wing averaged 119.2 points, the wingers averaged 120.2 points, and the positions averaged 123.7. It is not enough to move the needle when it comes to targeting one position over another.
However, one thing caught my eye when looking at the distribution of players as we break all the way to the left versus the right wing: the center of the left wing is heavy at the top. While the total left and right wing players in the top 250 and even the top 100 strikers (50 vs. 49) is a complete wash, when you go into the top 50 you start to get a significant difference.
Using the available statistics, 22 left wing players were eligible to be among the top 50 scorers in Fantasia in the 2021-22 season, compared to only 19 players on the right wing. When it comes to expected stats, I have 16 left wing players in the top 50, but I only have 10 right wing players. As starting in September, they began to tie the ranks around No. 120.
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Obviously, if you can snag one of the players with flexibility on the roster, that’s important for tournaments that require different forward positions. Draisaitl, GT MillerAnd the Jack Hughes And the Stephen Stamkos Wings are also eligible at the center which can exceed 200 Fantasy Points. While Matthew Tkachuk And the Chris Crieder They can do the same and are qualified on both the left and right wing.
Not one of the best underrated wings is particularly underrated, but there is one I’ll be doing a bit sooner than the current average draft position (ADP) suggests.
Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, Florida Panthers (11th overall, fourth among the wings): It doesn’t matter who Tkachuk plays with, he makes fantastic points on his own. So while there may be some concerns about him alienating his two teammates who helped build the best streak in the National Hockey League last season (72 goals), I don’t share that concern. The Panthers have an elite center lined up for Tkachuk in Alexander Barkov This alone is enough to repeat its value. His current ADP Tkachuk lags behind Mitch Marner and Miko Rantanenbut I’ll take it more than those two things.
I like middle class men
Since teams will have a lot of active strikers, whether they are right winger, left winger, winger, center or just a regular striker, the middle tier in this group is big. Basically, anyone who is not at the top level of the designated league for an active roster place can be considered an intermediate level.
There are a lot of them that stand out as potentially valuable picks, but I’ll stick with a couple of my favorites.
Tyler ToffoliLW/RW, Calgary Flames (71st overall, 33rd among the wingers): Don’t forget that we are one year away from Toffoli as we put together an elite fantasy score of 2.07 per game and finished seventh in the Rocket Richard Trophy standings. When they took over by the Flames last season, he specifically had no chance of progressing in the minutes. Now, however, he has the inside path to complete the top streak with Elias Lindholm and Jonathan Huberdeauand join them in the enhanced game of power Nazim Qadri.
Evander KingLW, Edmonton Oilers (85th overall, 39th among the wards): Based on a current ADP of 83.0, the directors of Fantasia are incredibly worried about Kane. And rightly so, because he was his worst enemy when it came to being successful in the NHL. But this looks different. He gets a clear chance to play with the best playmaker in the NHL every night. His regular season production was very good, but in the playoffs he was even better. In fact, his fantasy score of 9.66 points per 60 minutes was second only to Conor McDavid in the NHL playoffs. If Kane can stay focused and stay on the ice, he has the potential to push as an elite winger.
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Alexis LavrinierLW/RW, New York Rangers (ranked 257 overall, 108 among the wingers): A recently draft pick was chosen to play on the top line for a competitor with a 50-goal winger and 50 pivotal pass – what’s not to love here? Frankly, it would be Lavrinier’s mediocre points record. while playing with Mika Zibanjad And Kreider is a huge opportunity, he’s already got it and done nothing with it. Lavrinier spent more than 260 minutes on the same streak last season. But if he’s going to take it to the next level, that’s the season. He now has plenty of NHL experience to draw on and will turn 21 soon after the season starts. With an ADP of 217.1, Lafreniere is a free pick at the end of the drafts, but with the highest percentage and chance.
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Anthony ManthaRW, Washington Capitals (390 overall, 175 among the wingers): Completely written off due to injury derailment throughout his career, now is the perfect time for a healthy season of Mantha. Other injuries up front in the hats leave plenty of room to breathe for the wings to find a chance, and Mantha will be factored into the top six to start the campaign. It only participated in 4.5 percent of the lists as of September, so it’s being ignored for now. He has already shown that he has 30 goals in previous short cut campaigns.
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Chris Kreider, LW/RW, New York Rangers (ranked 22 overall, ranked 10 among the wings): I feel a little silly in drawing a sleeper and bust from the same line. But if you follow the logic, there is some attraction there: If Lafreniere is going to improve his production, some of the targets that Kreider used to start going his way. It’s not as if Zebani Nejad is going to start getting 100 assists in a season, so neither of them can score as they like. But even without Lafreniere in the picture, Kreider’s repeat of anything close to his 52-goal campaign wouldn’t be in the cards. His highest level in nine seasons was 28 goals. Kreider’s 26 goals last season were the most anyone has scored in the NHL since 2005-06 (Ilya Kovalchuk27) and simply will not be repeated.
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