Fantasy NHL: Top 5 Weekly Boom and Bust Players

In our regular season start/sit advice column we use our projections to tell you when you may want to sit a highly rated player and start a lowly rated player. This is a season review of players who, when healthy, delivered boom weeks at a high rate and / or have been big busts that should have been benched. We are defining a 'boom week' as one where a player's position rank is much better than his overall average weekly rank. Mathematically, we are using 50% of his average rank. So a player with an average rank of 30 would need to be ranked Top 15 to be considered a boom week. To qualify as a bust week, it has to be one where the weekly ranking is 50% higher than the normal average. So a Top 20 player finishing 30th or worse.

Matt Murray had a weekly average goalie rank of #22 but he also had the highest rate of finishing significantly better than that. Out of 22 qualifying weeks, 10 were considered boom weeks. At the center position, Aleksander Barkov was the leader in boom rate. Nino Niederreiter 'leads' his position in bust rate. In his 25 weeks, 13 were bad, busts. There are a few players who have high boom and bust rates and appear in both lists. These are the players who you'll want to carefully manage in terms of when to best start or sit because they rarely deliver an 'average' performance. The table below shows the player with the five highest boom and bust rates. The rank is based on the player's average position rank per week and not their season total fantasy points.

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HIGHEST BOOM% GOALIESHIGHEST BUST% GOALIES
Matt Murray (#22 G, 45% 10 of 22 Weeks)Mikko Koskinen (#28 G, 36% 9 of 25 Weeks)
John Gibson (#20 G, 39% 9 of 23 Weeks)Curtis McElhinney (#31 G, 35% 8 of 23 Weeks)
Sergei Bobrovsky (#22 G, 38% 9 of 24 Weeks)Sergei Bobrovsky (#22 G, 33% 8 of 24 Weeks)
Ben Bishop (#21 G, 35% 8 of 23 Weeks)Corey Crawford (#21 G, 31% 4 of 13 Weeks)
Marc-Andre Fleury (#16 G, 33% 8 of 24 Weeks)John Gibson (#20 G, 30% 7 of 23 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% CENTERSHIGHEST BUST% CENTERS
Aleksander Barkov (#36 C, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)Logan Couture (#44 C, 44% 11 of 25 Weeks)
Sidney Crosby (#29 C, 46% 11 of 24 Weeks)Boone Jenner (#55 C, 43% 10 of 23 Weeks)
Logan Couture (#44 C, 44% 11 of 25 Weeks)Colton Sissons (#60 C, 42% 10 of 24 Weeks)
Auston Matthews (#42 C, 43% 9 of 21 Weeks)Mikael Backlund (#45 C, 40% 10 of 25 Weeks)
Evgeni Malkin (#37 C, 41% 9 of 22 Weeks)Carl Soderberg (#57 C, 40% 10 of 25 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% WINGSHIGHEST BUST% WINGS
Mikko Rantanen (#59 RW, 52% 13 of 25 Weeks)Nino Niederreiter (#98 LW, 52% 13 of 25 Weeks)
Patrick Kane (#55 RW, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)Mikael Granlund (#101 RW, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)
Alex Ovechkin (#52 LW, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)Zach Parise (#87 RW, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)
Jake Guentzel (#62 RW, 46% 11 of 24 Weeks)Andreas Johnsson (#99 LW, 48% 11 of 23 Weeks)
Alexander Radulov (#63 RW, 45% 10 of 22 Weeks)Anthony Mantha (#111 RW, 48% 10 of 21 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% DEFENDERSHIGHEST BUST% DEFENDERS
Tyson Barrie (#53 LD, 54% 13 of 24 Weeks)Travis Sanheim (#80 RD, 50% 12 of 24 Weeks)
Kris Letang (#42 RD, 52% 11 of 21 Weeks)Brent Seabrook (#85 RD, 48% 12 of 25 Weeks)
Dustin Byfuglien (#60 RD, 47% 7 of 15 Weeks)Anthony DeAngelo (#84 LD, 48% 11 of 23 Weeks)
Josh Morrissey (#66 LD, 45% 9 of 20 Weeks)Alexander Edler (#71 LD, 45% 9 of 20 Weeks)
Victor Hedman (#46 LD, 43% 10 of 23 Weeks)Erik Cernak (#77 RD, 44% 8 of 18 Weeks)