Fantasy Hockey Rankings, Week 11: Model that beat experts says start Eric Staal, Mason Appleton

With 10 weeks of Fantasy hockey season already gone, owners everywhere are looking to constantly improve their roster to put themselves in an advantageous position come playoff time. That means swapping players in and out of your Fantasy hockey lineups and using waivers and the trade market to add depth with upside. Those are always difficult decisions, which is why having a reliable set of Week 11 Fantasy hockey rankings at your disposal is so important. They can help you find players to plug a hole or fill a long-term need and make roster decisions much easier. And the Fantasy hockey rankings from the advanced computer model at SportsLine bring you reliability every week.

The model can help guide you as you look to stake yourself an unassailable lead in your Fantasy hockey leagues. In head-to-head matchups where there are wins and losses at stake in every category weekly, you'll need these Fantasy hockey rankings to help get maximum value out of your lineup.

Last week, the model's rankings nailed it by ranking Penguins wing Patric Hornqvist inside its top 15 at right wing. Hornqvist had previously been started in just 28 percent of CBS Sports Fantasy hockey leagues, but has already turned in three goals and an assist this week.

One player the model loves for Week 11 of the fantasy hockey season (Dec. 10-16): Wild center Eric Staal.

Staal has had a career resurgence since joining the Wild before the 2016-17 season. He's registered 161 points in 192 games after managing just 39 points in 83 games in his split season with the Hurricanes and Rangers the year prior.

This season, Staal has had another strong year, with 10 goals and 10 assists. And while he has been held without a point in his last two games, he had scored six points in the six games prior to that and with three home games on tap for next week, the model likes him as a top-12 option at center despite him being just the 27th-ranked center in Fantasy hockey this season.

 The model also likes Jets rookie right wing Mason Appleton in Week 11.

Appleton has only been up with the Jets for four games and he hasn't gotten more than 8:36 of ice time since his call-up, but Appleton has proven at every level that he has incredible scoring touch. The Green Bay native had 66 points for the Manitoba Moose last season and had 18 points in 19 games in the AHL before his promotion this year.

As Appleton gets more ice time, he's going to have serious scoring potential. That's why the model ranks him as a top-20 right wing in Week 11. And Appleton is currently owned in just two percent of CBS Sports Fantasy hockey leagues.

The model is also calling for a surprising player owned in just 57 percent of Fantasy hockey leagues to finish as a top-10 goalie in hockey this week. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You absolutely need to see it before you lock in your lineups.

So who should you sit and start this week? And where does every player stack up? Visit SportsLine right now to get Fantasy hockey rankings for every single position, and see which shocking goalie finishes top 10 this week, all from an advanced computer model.

Our Latest Stories