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Adrian Colbert Headshot

Colbert recorded 37 tackles (34 solo) with two forced fumbles in 14 games this season.

Colbert began the year on special teams before taking over for the injured Jimmie Ward (forearm) at free safety beginning in Week 8. He only averaged 3.9 tackles per game as a starter due to Eric Reid's prowess in run support, but the converted corner displayed his physical skills with two forced fumbles over that span. The 49ers will have a big decision to make regarding Reid's contract status this offseason, but Colbert should begin the year on special teams again even if they decide to go in a different direction at strong safety given Colbert's inexperience and the club's league-high cap space.
6:39 am (EST)
Kevin Labanc Headshot

Labanc collected two assists and fired seven shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Avalanche.

They were the first points in seven games for Labanc, who had gone cold after a hot stretch in December. The 22-year-old has four goals and 18 assists through 39 games, including 11 points with the man advantage. Labanc is worth owning in deeper leagues, but he's fairly inconsistent and typically doesn't shoot much. If Thursday night is any indication, however, he could be back in the goal column very soon.
5:42 am (EST)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Headshot

Vlasic scored his sixth goal of the season and had an assist in Thursday's loss to the Avalanche.

The Sharks are slumping, but Vlasic has been productive of late, managing three goals and six points in his last eight games. The 30-year-old has notched 15 points through 43 games on the season and continues to log heavy minutes on the first defensive pairing. Vlasic isn't a significant offensive contributor, but his prominent role and world-class talent make him valuable in deeper formats.
5:36 am (EST)
Matt Nieto Headshot

Nieto scored for the second consecutive game and added a helper in Thursday's win over the Sharks.

Nieto only has nine goals in 37 games this season, but five of those goals have come in his last 10 games. The Avalanche have won eight straight and he's been a threat throughout the winning streak. Nieto doesn't play on the power play, however, and isn't a big-time offensive producer, so know what you're getting. With 17 points on the season, the 25-year-old is on track for a career season, making him worth owning in some deep leagues.
5:11 am (EST)
Blake Comeau Headshot

Comeau dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's win over the Sharks.

The Avalanche have now won eight straight games and Comeau has found a way to chip in. The second-line winger has racked up four points (one goal) in his last three games and is up to 20 points in 44 contests on the season. The lack of power-play time hurts his fantasy value, but Comeau still has value in deeper fantasy leagues due to his decent scoring ability and solid PIM totals.
5:06 am (EST)
Evgeni Malkin Headshot

Malkin scored his 21st goal of the season at even strength and had an assist on the power play in Thursday's win over the Kings.

Malkin is tearing it up right now for a Penguins team that has caught fire. The second-line center has racked up 17 points (nine goals) in his last 11 games and is terrorizing opponents with the man advantage. Malkin now has 49 points in 44 games this season, making him a must-start whenever Pittsburgh is in action.
4:44 am (EST)
Patric Hornqvist Headshot

Hornqvist potted a pair of goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's win over the Kings.

Hornqvist has been hot of late, notching three goals and five points in his last five games. He's gone through some cold stretches this season, but Hornqvist has still managed 15 goals and 29 points through 44 contests. He's racked up 14 of his points with the man advantage and remains a fixture on the first power-play unit. If you can deal with some inconsistency, Hornqvist can be a fairly valuable fantasy winger.
4:36 am (EST)
Casey DeSmith Headshot

DeSmith stopped 28 of 29 shots for his first NHL victory Thursday against the Kings.

DeSmith was making his first NHL start and he didn't disappoint. The 26-year-old stymied a struggling Los Angeles squad and helped the Penguins collect their fifth win in five games. Tristan Jarry has been great in the starting role for Pittsburgh, so once Matt Murray (personal) returns, DeSmith will likely be sent back down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. For now, the 26-year-old will be worthy of a spot start if he finds himself back in the cage.
4:28 am (EST)
Jonathan Quick Headshot

Quick turned away 28 of 31 shots in Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh.

It was the fourth straight loss for Quick, who is failing to steal games for a slumping Los Angeles squad. The veteran stills owns a .924 save percentage on the season, but he's managed just four wins in his last 12 appearances. Quick remains a top-tier fantasy goaltender, so just ride out this slump and look for him to get back on track soon.
4:07 am (EST)
Martin Jones Headshot

Jones gave up five goals on 22 shots in Thursday's loss to the Avalanche.

Jones was outdueled by a much-busier Jonathan Bernier at the other end and suffered his fifth loss in six games. The 28-year-old was great in his last start against the Kings, but he's slowly been spiraling downwards and now owns a lackluster 14-11-4 record with a .910 save percentage. There's no need to overly panic given his capabilities and prior history, but it's worth noting that since the start of December, Jones is 4-5-3 with a .892 save percentage, while 'backup' Aaron Dell is 7-0-1 with a .926 save percentage. Jones could lose some crease time in the near-future, but he remains the starter on a San Jose team sitting in a playoff spot.
4:02 am (EST)
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