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Early Fantasy Hockey Surprises

Knowledgeable fantasy hockey fans know that each fantasy ecosystem comes with a host of unique features. Player point predictions and rankings are based on assumptions which are sometimes shared between platforms. More often they are proprietary. Knowing the approach taken in your fantasy league is key. It can mean the difference between fantasy glory or the deep shame of being mocked for knowing less than you said you did. Ouch.

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Early Fantasy Hockey Surprises for CBS Sports

CBS Fantasy Hockey has emerged in recent years has a contender to ESPN and Yahoo. CBS offers fully customizable leagues, complete access to advanced stat reports, and simulated results. Users can rely on and live projections, weekly rankings, and a detailed history of player performance, and the ability to create detailed reports. Here are some early surprises for CBS Fantasy Hockey team managers.

Preseason Projections and Fantasy Performance to Date

Top 5 Projected Centers in preseason

  1. Sidney Crosby | PIT
  2. Evgeni Malkin | PIT
  3. Connor McDavid | EDM
  4. Tyler Seguin| DAL
  5. Auston Matthews | TOR

No big surprises at center. Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs have gotten off to a strong start. Matthews seems to be avoiding the sophomore slump so far this season.

Top 5 CBS Fantasy Centers to date

  1. Auston Matthews | TOR
  2. Tyler Seguin | DAL
  3. Anze Kopitar | LA
  4. Steven Stamkos | TB
  5. Sidney Crosby | PIT

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Top 5 Projected Wingers in preseason

  1. Nikita Kucherov | TB
  2. Alex Ovechkin | WAS
  3. Brad Marchand | BOS
  4. David Pastrnak| BOS
  5. Patrick Kane | CHI

Evander Kane and Dustin Brown are early surprises this season on the wing.

Top 5 CBS Fantasy Wingers to date

  1. Nikita Kucherov RW | TB
  2. Alex Ovechkin LW | WAS
  3. Evander Kane LW | BUF
  4. Jaden Schwartz LW | STL
  5. Dustin Brown RW | LA

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Top 5 Projected Defenseman in preseason

  1. Erik Karlsson | OTT
  2. Brent Burns | SJ
  3. Kris Letang | PIT
  4. Roman Josi | NSH
  5. Dustin Byfuglien | WPG

Pietrangelo and Gostisbehere are early surprises on the blueline so far this season. As if Montreal Canadiens fans needed any more bad news, their former bluechip prospect is tearing it up. He may still be available as free agent pick up in your league.

Top 5 Fantasy Defenseman to Date

  1. Alex Pietrangelo D | STL
  2. Drew Doughty D | LA
  3. Mike Green D | DET
  4. Shayne Gostisbehere D | PHI
  5. Mikhail Sergachev D | TB

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Top 5 Projected Goaltenders

  1. Matt Murray G | PIT
  2. Braden Holtby G | WAS
  3. Devan Dubnyk G | MIN
  4. Corey Crawford G | CHI
  5. Frederik Andersen G |TOR

Some significant surprises on this list. Smith? Andersen? Some free agency pickups might make sense here.

Top 5 Fantasy Goaltenders to Date

  1. Andrei Vasilevskiy G | TB
  2. Jonathan Quick G | LA
  3. Corey Crawford G | CHI
  4. Frederik Andersen G | TOR
  5. Mike Smith G | CGY

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Fantasy hockey is just one more way to enjoy hockey, track your favorite teams and players, and share your passion with your buddies. The CBS Sports App is available on Google Play and itunes provides news, scores, videos, and access to a user-friendly and customizable fantasy platform.

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