April 15, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the third period in game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena. The Flyers defeated the Penguins, 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Which Penguins should you pick for your fantasy team?

The NHL is back, which also means fantasy hockey is back for those who participate in leagues, and as a Penguins fan you might feel obligated to put some of your hometown boys on your team. Don’t worry, ESPN’s fantasy rankings have officially been released and four Penguins are in the top 15, but don’t forget to look down the list to find some extra points and help.

1. Evgeni Malkin
Of course Malkin was going to be ranked number one, he was voted league MVP and won scoring champion last season. If you have the first pick in your league’s draft, go for him. But if you don’t he won’t be around for long so go onto another top forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sidney Crosby
Thankfully there’s another top forward ranked third in ESPN’s rankings. So if Malkin is taken and Sid the Kid is still available, go for him.

12. Kris Letang
He is officially back in the country after a short (and by short we do mean two day) stint in the KHL. Letang had a Norris worthy season in the early months last year. Look for that to happen again and draft this one.

13. James Neal
So you’re in a 16 team league and you drew the shortest stick. Don’t worry, James Neal will help you. He won’t put up Crosby and Malkin like numbers, but he won’t be far behind them in points either. He’s a smart get if he builds on last season’s momentum, if he doesn’t, trade him before your league’s deadline.

And now onto the five other Penguins in ESPN’s top 300 fantasy rankings.

66. Marc-Andre Fleury
He’s not my go-to goalie for fantasy (if you want to know mine tweet me to find out, because he is not a Penguin and I don’t want other Fansided people to know to steal him from me in the draft), but that doesn’t mean Fleury can’t be your guy. Look at other goalies first, and if you decide Fleury is who you want, then draft him second or third round.

146. Chris Kunitz
If you need an extra forward for a few pick-up points in the third or fourth round, then Chris Kunitz is your guy. He’s reliable enough to get you in between 5-15 goals this season.

247. Paul Martin
A solid defenseman, look to get Letang and a different shutdown d-man before going for Paul.

256. Pascal Dupuis
Ah, it’s the last round and you still don’t have any Penguins on your team and you need a forward? Go for Dupuis (If Kunitz is taken, if Kunitz is still available go for him first). If you’re in a head-to-head league scout out the team the Penguins are playing to see if Dupuis should crack your lineup or if you should go for a different forward.

289. Tomas Vokoun
Need a back-up goalie? He’s your guy. Just be careful, Fleury is always going to be the Penguins go-to, so maybe go for backup goalie who may see more minutes.

Good luck in your league, and if you win let me know.

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