2017 Outlook: Few forwards pack the sort of multi-category fantasy punch that Simmonds provides, and he stepped it up last season, setting new career highs in goals (32), shots (229), PIM (147), hits (192) and average ice time (17:14). He also tied his career-high 60 points, set two years ago, and posted 20-plus power-play points for the third straight campaign. Simmonds isn't known for his defensive play, as he hasn't finished with a positive rating since way back in 2009-10 with the Kings, but there's practically no other fantasy stat in which he leaves owners wanting. In his five seasons with the Flyers, Simmonds has grown into one of the league's most intimidating players and most dangerous net-front presences, and at only 28 years old, he has a lot of good hockey ahead of him. He has also done a great job staying healthy, which isn't always easy when you play with the sort of physical edge that gets the Philadelphia fans out of their seats.
2017 Outlook: Giroux is coming off his worst season (67 points) since breaking out as a top-line player in 2010-11, but that's mostly because he and the Flyers struggled early on last season. The playmaking pivot notched just 13 points in his first 20 games, but went on to pick up a more typical 54 points over his final 58 contests. That should have fantasy owners feeling positive and ready to buy a little bit low on the 28-year-old, who returns for another season as the Flyers' captain and top-line center. Much of that surge coincided with the call-up of stud blueliner Shayne Gostisbehere, who took the league by storm in his rookie year and alleviated some of the pressure on Giroux to generate offensively. It also had to do with the resurgence of Jakub Voracek, who couldn't buy a goal in the early going. All of Giroux's most important supporting cast members will be back this season, and despite offseason hip and abdomen surgery, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him hop back over 70 points again while providing his usual elite power-play production.
2017 Outlook: After exploding for a career-high 81 points the previous season, Voracek took a significant step back in 2015-16. The Czech forward netted only 11 goals -- his lowest total since his rookie campaign with Columbus in 2008-09. While Voracek did manage 55 points, he wasn't playing with the same dominance and passion that we saw in the previous season. We wouldn't be too worried, however, as Voracek just turned 27 and is still in the prime of his career; he's a top-six forward who has the skill to have a bounce-back campaign. Philadelphia didn't make any huge improvements in the offseason, so don't expect a massive leap, but Voracek is sure to improve on the single power-play goal and 10 even-strength markers he netted last season. The 6-foot-2 winger is way better than what we saw during 2015-16, so look for him to come out firing.
2017 Outlook: Flyers fans knew Gostisbehere was going to be good, but no one predicted just how good he would be after getting called up in mid-November. At the time, the Flyers had won only five of their 16 games, but the addition of Ghost jumpstarted their offense, ultimately leading to a playoff berth. He set a new NHL record for rookie blueliners by putting up a ridiculous 15-game point streak as part of a 17-goal, 46-point rookie season. Now comes the hard part: the encore. Expectations are high for the 23-year-old entering the new season, but even if he sees some goal-scoring regression, Gostisbehere should have no problem hitting 50 points with a full season of NHL action. After all, he's set to enjoy tons of power-play time alongside star center Claude Giroux and net-front presence Wayne Simmonds. He did have hip and abdomen surgery in May, but that isn't expected to impact his status for this season.
2017 Outlook: The Flyers signed Schenn to a four-year, $20.5 million contract during the 2016 offseason, so they appear to have high hopes for him moving forward. The 24-year-old had a career season in 2015-16, breaking out for 26 goals and 59 points in 80 games. Consistency had always seemed to be an issue for Schenn in the past, but he found his stride last seaspn and was making an impact almost every night. The Flyers have plenty of young, up-and-coming talent but it mostly resides on the blue line, so Schenn should easily be a top-six player and a potential first-line role entering 2016-17. One of the reasons he holds so much fantasy value is his role on the lethal first power-play unit that also includes Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere. With the man advantage, Schenn recorded 11 power-play goals last season, making him a solid, above-average fantasy bet if he can stick with that supremely talented unit come October.
2017 Outlook: Couturier tied his career high in points with 39 last season, but in 19 less games (63) than he played in 2013-14. Much has been made of Couturier's two-way play and prowess on the penalty kill -- strengths that don't always translate that well in terms of fantasy production -- but he's also seen an increase in power-play time (1:58 per game in 2015-16, the most of his career), so his stock is definitely on the rise. The 23-year-old will continue to be flanked by at least one above-average winger in Brayden Schenn or Jakub Voracek as the second-line center in a fluid top six in Philly. That said, the 2011 eighth-overall pick still doesn't shoot the puck a ton (119 SOG last season), and there are some concerns following his shoulder injury that cut his season short, so there are definitely more attractive second-line fantasy commodities out there.
2017 Outlook: Steve Mason may be the starting netminder in Philadelphia, but Neuvirth is one of the better backups in the game. The 28-year-old had a fantastic regular season in 2015-16, posting an 18-8-4 record with a .924 save percentage. Neuvirth’s success continued into the postseason, where he helped the Flyers take the Capitals to six games by posting a .981 save percentage in three appearances. While Mason is a talented starting goaltender, he goes through the odd rough patch, so Neuvirth should see some quality playing time in 2016-17. The former Capital is capable of stealing games, as demonstrated by his three shutouts last season, so the Flyers likely won't hesitate to turn to him if he’s outplaying Mason. Look for the Czech netminder to play around the same amount of games he did last season, with the possibility of playing more if he catches fire or Mason struggles.