2023-24 NHL Season: Red Wings’ Players To Target In Fantasy Hockey
We tried to do a fantasy hockey mailbag but it’s pretty safe to say that failed miserably. James Herrick is the only one that sent a question in so I’ll dedicate an entire post to his question. Today we’re going to review players on the Red Wings and how you should treat each of them in fantasy hockey heading into the 2023-24 NHL Season.
We also had our fantasy hockey draft yesterday at the site and James Herrick got plenty of Red Wings on his team. That post will be coming soon.
Players To Target In Detroit:
- Mo Seider (Rank 45 on ESPN)
Last year Mo Seider suffered a predictable sophomore slump. This year with more talent on the roster heading into year three, I think Seider explodes. I’m always wary spending an early pick on a defensemen but I have no problem with this draft cost. I’m slightly nervous about Shayne Gostisbehere but there is no doubt that Seider is the dude in this room.
Seider, 22, had 50 points as a rookie compared to 42 last year. Detroit has wisely learned that playing with Ben Chiarot is doing him a major disservice. Now his partner is Jake Walman Seider played much better after that switch was made. I think 60-70 points is pretty realistic here.
- Alex DeBrincat (62)
Sign me up for the DeBrincat bounceback. I’ve talked about this already in a longer form post. I expect him to regain that 40 goal per season stroke now that he’s back to being the focal sniper of an offense. Dylan Larkin is a quality center too.
- Lucas Raymond (248)
We talked about how Seider had a sophomore slump. The same applied to Raymond except for the part where his draft price dropped dramatically. Last time I checked he’s still skating first line minutes in Detroit. The points dropped from 57 to 45 in his two years in the league. I’d expect that number to be in the 60’s this year. If that happens, he’s a steal at this price.
Players To Avoid In Detroit:
- Jake Walman (118)
This ranking is stupid high and makes no sense. You can’t rank a defenseman this high that gets zero PP time and was below 20 minutes of ice time last year. Walman had 18 points last year and that was a career high. This is just another dead brain ranking by Sean Allen that you should avoid.
- Ben Chiarot (181)
Ben Chiarot stinks. We’ve been over this 100 times. The guy can’t play a lick. He had 19 points last year which is pretty in line with his career average. Provides you nothing other than the hope that he blocks enough shots.
- Michael Rasmussen (245)
This is a hard pass for me. 245 is basically free but I don’t see any upside here. I’d prefer Andrew Copp, David Perron, or JT Compher who are all around this free area range. 29 points last year isn’t doing any damage in fantasy. Still a young player that racks up some hits but I don’t see how he produces enough points to help you this year.
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