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Oct. 14 – 20

Great Options

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks

Schedule: Mon at BOS, Wed vs. BUF, Fri vs. CAR, Sun vs. CGY

Gibson was one of the few bright spots in Anaheim last year, but he’s finally getting some help this year. The 26-year-old has won three of his first four games and he’s given up more than one goal just once this season (he allowed two to Pittsburgh).

Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights

Schedule: Tue vs. NSH, Thu vs. OTT, Sat at PIT

The 34-year-old is off to an okay start at 2-1-0, but he’s given up two goals or fewer in three of his four appearances. He’ll get solid matchups against Ottawa and his former team, Pittsburgh, next week. He’s a strong fantasy play.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

Schedule: Tue at MTL, Thu at BOS, Sat vs. COL

The Lightning’s three games next week won’t be a cake walk, but they finally appear to be back on track after a win over Toronto on Thursday. Vasilevskiy will be in the “great” category for most of the year regardless of how difficult the schedule is.

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets

Schedule: Tue vs. ARZ, Thu vs. NYI, Sun vs. EDM

The Jets have some issues on defense, but they’ve gotten some solid performances from their starting netminder. After giving up five goals in a loss to the Rangers on opening night, Hellebuyck has turned 75 of 78 shots in back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Minnesota. All three of Winnipeg’s games will be played at home next week.

Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues

Schedule: Mon at NYI, Thu vs. VAN, Sat vs. MTL

After turning the league upside down last year, Binnington has come out of the gate strong, again, in 2019-20. The 26-year-old is off to a 2-0-1 start and he owns a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage. He’s a solid fantasy play right now.

Good Options

Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche

Schedule: Mon at WSH, Wed at PIT, Fri at FLA, Sat at TB

Grubauer is off to a solid 3-0-0 start with the Avs, but next week will be a challenge for him. The Avs are. Going to kick-start a six-game road trip against some pretty good teams. As difficult as that will be, the Avs will be fine because they’re actually really good. Look for Grubauer to make three starts next week.

Carter Hart – Philadelphia Flyers

Schedule: Tue at CGY, Wed at EDM, Sat vs. DAL

Hart currently owns a perfect 2-0-0 record and he’s given up just three goals in those two outings. He also made what might arguably be the save of the year off of New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall. Hart’s fantasy upside is limited by the fact that he’ll probably only play two games next week.

Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins

Schedule: Tue vs. ANA, Thu vs. TB, Sat at TOR

Rask has a 2-0-0 record heading into the weekend, but three tough games will limit his fantasy upside to a certain point. You can still trust him as a starting netminder in all fantasy formats.

Bad Options

Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild

Schedule: Mon at OTT, Tue at TOR, Thu @ MTL

The Wild are about to embark on an Eastern Canadian road trip. Sure, all three of their opponents have struggled at times this year, but Minnesota isn’t very good either. It’s going to be a long year for Dubnyk.

Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers

Schedule: Thu at NJ, Fri at WSH, Sun vs. VAN

Lundqvist won his first game of the season, but the veteran will have to get used to a reduced workload in 2019-20. The fact that the Rangers will play three games in four nights won’t help his fantasy stock. Games against New Jersey and Vancouver are very winnable, but the fact that they have to play so much is a short period of time could affect the end result in a negative way.

Semyon Varlamov- New York Islanders

Schedule: Mon vs. STL, Thu at WPG, Sat at CBJ

It’s been a tough start to the year for Varlamov, as he’s dropped his first two games as an Islander. It looks like going from Robin Lehner to Varlamov was a downgrade for New York. We’ll see if the Russian netminder can get this season on the rails quickly.