Finding Fantasy Value: Matt Murray may heat up soon

Watch as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray stretches out the left pad and robs Sven Andrighetto of the Colorado Avalanche.

This week’s Finding Fantasy Value is goaltending heavy, mainly due to injuries and the recent run of success of a few backup goalies. However, you’ll also find a few scoring options that could also help you over the short term. As always, whether you add any of these players should depend on your league settings (points only versus multi-category), other available players, and team needs.

Matt Murray, G

Trading for an elite starter could be the best way to improve your goaltending, but it will also be the most costly way. The price on Murray should be lower than it was before the season, but it could rise again soon. Murray is back from his leave of absence following his father’s death, and the Penguins have played better over the past month.

Fantasy owners who used a high pick on Murray probably expected better than his 2.90 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. So that buy-low opportunity may not last long, as Murray stopped 40 shots in earning a win on Tuesday.

Darcy Kuemper, G

While Jonathan Quick is expected back from injury on Thursday, Kuemper has established himself as one of the league’s better backups. Kuemper has allowed three or fewer goals in nine of his past 10 games and just two goals over his past three games combined. Tuesday’s start against Dallas resulted in a 28-save shutout, so the Kings will be benching a hot goalie should Quick start on Thursday. But at least it’s good to know that you could turn to Kuemper when he is making a spot start.

To find out when those starts will be, you’ll want to bookmark Goalie Post.

Anton Forsberg, G

Forsberg seems to have grabbed the starting job from Jeff Glass, posting back-to-back wins while stopping 65 of 67 shots over that span. Corey Crawford is not expected back from injury for a while, so in the meantime the Hawks’ goaltending job will belong to Forsberg if he can impress.

Should Forsberg be named the starter on Thursday, he would be facing one of the league’s bottom-third offences in the Canucks. Again, you’ll want to check Goalie Post for the latest updates.

Adam Henrique, C

Although the returns of both Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler have hurt Henrique’s fantasy value, moving to Anaheim has helped overall. Since being traded to the Ducks from New Jersey, Henrique has recorded 17 points in 26 games. This point total is aided by a six-game point streak in which he has six goals and two assists. Although Henrique is down on the third line, he is receiving first-unit power-play time, which is always a plus.

Jordan Staal, C

Staal is in a great spot at least in the short term, centring the Hurricanes’ top line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. That is a line that could perform some major damage in the near future, as the Hurricanes play all of their next seven games at home, with the first four of those games happening over the next six days. If Staal doesn’t happen to be available, you could also consider teammate Elias Lindholm, who is owned in just 12 per cent of Yahoo leagues.

J.T. Compher, C/LW/RW

Nathan MacKinnon has provided his owners with a ton of value considering his 139 ADP on Yahoo, so hopefully he isn’t out for very long. But should he be sidelined more than a few games, Compher could benefit from an increase in ice time. After MacKinnon left Tuesday’s game, Compher totalled over 20 minutes of icetime while receiving first-unit power-play time.

With the goal he scored on Tuesday, Compher now has a three-game point streak. He’s also a versatile player, as he fits into all three forward positions in Yahoo leagues.

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