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33 Dustin Byfuglien D
Height/Weight: 6-5/265 | Birthdate: 3/27/1985 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: Winnipeg Jets | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/88 | Average Draft Position: 24.34
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2/25/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Heading Back To Forward

News: Dustin Byfuglien will return to forward for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has delivered his best production this season while playing at defenseman, but injuries to Mathieu Perreault (lower body) and Blake Wheeler (undisclosed) have the Jets short on high-end talent at the wing. As a result, Byfuglien will slot in on the Jets' second line, joining Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford. How long Byfuglien remains at forward will likely be dictated by how much time Wheeler will be forced to miss due to the injury.

2/19/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Staying On Blue Line

News: Dustin Byfuglien will continue to slot in as a defenseman for Thursday's game against the Capitals, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: The Jets lost Mathieu Perreault and Drew Stafford to injuries in their previous game Monday in Edmonton, but with Stafford slated to return Thursday, coach Paul Maurice won't have to do too much tinkering with his lineup. As a result, Dustin Byfuglien will be able to remain at his preferred spot on defense, where he's been a surprisingly more productive scorer on the season. He'll stick with usual defensive partner Ben Chiarot.

2/15/2015

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets' Byfuglien Grabs Two Assists In Win

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Grabs Two Assists In Win

News: Dustin Byfuglien picked up two assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Red Wings.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has moved back to defense the last two games and has continued to excel, contributing three assists and nine shots on goal during that time. He'll of course hold more value in leagues where he's eligible on defense, but outside of shallow formats, it's probably still justifiable to roster him at forward. He's been that good while playing on the blue line this season.

2/11/2015

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets Moving Byfuglien Back To Defense

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets Moving Byfuglien Back To Defense

News: Coach Paul Maurice confirmed Wednesday that Dustin Byfuglien will move back to defense for Thursday's game against the Predators.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has jockeyed between forward and defense all season, but had seen most of his time at the former position over the last week. However, he had tallied two of his three points in Sunday's game and Tuesday's game-winning goal while playing on the blue line, where he's surprisingly noticed his most productivity this season. Over 25 games while playing on defense, Byfuglien has racked up seven goals and 22 points, compared to seven goals and 15 assists in 31 games at forward. For leagues where Byfuglien is eligible at defenseman, he should remain among the very best fantasy contributors.

2/10/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Byfuglien's OT Goal Lifts Jets To Win

News: Dustin Byfuglien scored with a minute left in overtime Tuesday to deliver a 2-1 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: That's the second straight game finding twine for Dustin Byfuglien, who'd been held scoreless for four in a row before finding his stride again. He remains one of the better defensive plays in fantasy, even when he's playing forward.

2/9/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Byfuglien Powers Jets With Three Points

News: Dustin Byfuglien scored a power-play goal, had two assists and recorded a team-high six shots on goal in Sunday's win over Colorado.
Analysis: A strong outing from Big Buff, who had been held scoreless in his last four games. Currently playing forward, the 29-year-old is a great own in almost all formats. With 101 PIM, 166 shots on goal, 13 goals, 164 hits and a plus-8 rating, there really aren't many fantasy categories Dustin Byfuglien isn't contributing in. Whatever position he plays, he'll find a way to produce, so make sure he's in your lineup every game.

2/6/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Still Practicing At Forward

News: Dustin Byfuglien again practiced at forward Friday, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien played as a forward during Tuesday's game against the Canucks, and he has practiced up front all week. With Evander Kane (shoulder) still sidelined, Byfuglien figures to again work as a forward in Friday's game against the Blackhawks.

2/5/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Practicing At Forward

News: Dustin Byfuglien continued to practice at forward Thursday while Evander Kane (undisclosed) was absent, Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien reentered the lineup at forward during Tuesday's game in Vancouver after Kane was made a surprising healthy scratch. There's speculation that Kane may be under some sort of internal suspension, so it's tough to tell at this juncture how long Byfuglien will remain at forward. The move back to defense early in December seemed to revitalize Byfuglien, who earned an All-Star nod after posting eight goals and 16 assists over January and February. Ideally, the Jets would utilize Byfuglien on their top defensive pairing to give them an elite puck-mover at the back end.

2/1/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Collects 14 PIM In Loss

News: Dustin Byfuglien picked up 14 PIM in Saturday's loss to the Stars.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien is contributing in almost every fantasy category, racking up 12 goals, 33 points, 97 PIM, 152 shots on goal, and a plus-8 rating in 51 games this season. Averaging a whopping 23:05 of ice time, Big Buff is a great fantasy play in almost all formats. Keep him rolling.

1/20/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Will Continue To Play Defense

News: Despite the Jets now having an abundance of depth at the blue line, Dustin Byfuglien will continue to play as a defenseman, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Winnipeg has been plagued by injuries to their defensive core all season. However, with the recent returns of Jacoub Trouba and Mark Stuart from injury, the Jets' blue line club has suddenly become crowded. This won't effect Dustin Byfuglien, however, who will continue to fulfill his role as a jack-of-all-trades defender. Byfuglien has had an outstanding All-Star caliber season, registering 31 points, 83 PIM, 141 hits and 46 blocks through 47 games with the Jets this year.

1/17/2015

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Pair Of Assists For Jets' Byfuglien

Dustin Byfuglien

Pair Of Assists For Jets' Byfuglien

News: Dustin Byfuglien dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's 4-2 road victory over Chicago.
Analysis: Big Buff also grabbed a minor penalty, bringing his total in the transgressions department to 77 PIM. The Minnesota native has been ripping it up since the calendar turned to 2015, piling up 10 points in eight games, helping the Jets to 11 of a possible 16 points in the standings during that time. On top of his 30 points, Dustin Byfuglien leads the Jets in PIM and shots on goal (142), making him a hot fantasy commodity and one that should be inserted into your lineup -- either at forward, or defense, as many formats have granted him dual eligibility -- every time he laces 'em up.

1/13/2015

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets' Byfuglien Celebrates All-Star Nod

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Celebrates All-Star Nod

News: Dustin Byfuglien celebrated his All-Star selection by ripping off a pair of goals and a power-play assist in Tuesday's romp over the Panthers.
Analysis: Why'd they ever move him off the blue line? The guy is simply a stud as a defenseman, but he's not even a top-six guy as a forward. Fortunately, he's playing plenty of D now, and the results have been excellent. He has a three-game point streak, with a sparkly six points in that span, and few around the league can match his combination of points, PIM and hits.

1/12/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Named NHL All-Star

News: Dustin Byfuglien has been named an NHL All-Star, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: The announcement hardly comes as a surprise, as Dustin Byfuglien has been phenomenal both for his team and his fantasy owners this season. He has established himself as one of the more dependable and consistent fantasy options during the first half of this season, and will look to continue to post excellent numbers over the course of the second half of the season. Byfuglien has tallied 25 points, 71 PIM, 135 SOG and 133 hits thus far this year with the Jets.

1/11/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Dominates In Victory

News: Dustin Byfuglien had a strong fantasy outing Saturday, dishing out two assists, registering four shots on goal, dishing out five hits, picking up two PIM and recording a plus-2 rating in a game-high 29:51 of ice time in a win over the Kings.
Analysis: Big Buff pretty much does it all. The 29-year-old blueliner now has 16 points (six goals) in his last 18 games, making him one of the more reliable fantasy options around. Dustin Byfuglien has now collected 69 PIM this season -- eighth most in the NHL. His 132 shots on goal and 130 hits also make him a great all-around fantasy option. Use him well.

1/3/2015

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien: One-Man Wrecking Crew Over Leafs

News: Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Leafs on Saturday night. He also finished plus-4 with five SOG and three hits.
Analysis: Big Buff used his size and speed to dominate the Leafs at times on Saturday night. He knocked guys around and protected the puck like he was playing keep-away on the playground. He now has 22 points in 39 games this season and has clearly adjusted to playing back on the blue line again.

12/22/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Dominates Sunday Vs. Flyers

News: Dustin Byfuglien put together a monster fantasy outing Sunday, scoring his eighth goal of the season, dishing out five hits, blocking seven shots, and logging a game-high 26:53 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has been very productive since being moved back to defense, recording three goals and seven points in eight games. He is logging heavy minutes on the Jet's blueline and has fired 112 shots on goal -- eighth most in the NHL. He's only been held off the scoresheet four times in his last 14 games, making him a dependable and consistent fantasy option. Keep him rolling.

12/20/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Practices Day After Stick To Face

News: Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice for Saturday's practice, despite taking a stick to the face in the game against the Bruins a night earlier, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: The incident happened late in the third period of Friday's game, so it put his status in some question before he alleviated those concerns by practicing. Dustin Byfuglien has been a force for the Jets since moving back to defense, and he turned in one of his better games Friday, skating for 27:04 and notching an assist en route to claiming first-star honors.

12/9/2014

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets' Byfuglien On Hot Streak

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien On Hot Streak

News: Dustin Byfuglien assisted on the Jets' first two goals -- Mathieu Perreault's power-play marker and Blake Wheeler's even-strength tally -- in the first period of Tuesday's 5-2 win over Dallas.
Analysis: That's a five-game point streak now for Buff, and the last three games of it have come since he moved back to the blue line. All of a sudden, things are coming together for the 29-year-old.

12/6/2014

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets' Byfuglien Thrives In First Game Back On D

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Thrives In First Game Back On D

News: Dustin Byfuglien was highly productive in his move back to defense Friday against the Avalanche, finishing with a goal, five shots, four hits and a plus-2 rating over 26:24 of ice time.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien had already been playing productively of late with goals in each of his previous two games, and he didn't miss a beat in his transition from wing Friday. With Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian both slated for long absences, look for Byfuglien to remain on defense for at least a couple of weeks.

12/5/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien To Move Back To Defense

News: Coach Paul Maurice said after Thursday's practice that Dustin Byfuglien would play at defenseman until further notice, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: The Jets will be without two of their top-four defenseman in Zach Bogosian and Toby Enstrom for multiple weeks due to lower-body injuries, so Dustin Byfuglien will vacate his position on the wing to give the team some more talent on its blueline. Although it's possible that Byfuglien is already eligible at defense in certain formats after having played there for part of last season, it's worthwhile to check your league settings to see if or when he can be stashed there. Byfuglien's offensive production and ability to rack up penalty minutes brings far greater fantasy value from a defenseman roster spot than it would at forward.

12/4/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Practices At Defense Thursday

News: Dustin Byfuglien was practicing at defenseman Thursday, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: While coach Paul Maurice didn't officially announce his lineup plans for Friday's game against the Avalanche, it looks like Dustin Byfuglien could be in line for a move from forward back to the blue line after all of Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Grant Clitsome were diagnosed with multi-week injuries. Byfuglien has been useful depth forward for the Jets with five goals, 11 points and 84 shots in 26 games this season, but the move back to blue line would surely aid his fantasy value if he's able to regain eligibility there. Stay tuned for where he lines up during Friday's morning skate, as that will likely provide better insight into Maurice's plans.

11/20/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Snaps Goal-Scoring Slump

News: Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal since Oct. 20 in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Analysis: This season's been a struggle for Buff on the offensive end, but he continues to put plentiful pucks on net, and now that he's got the monkey off his back, his shots could start sneaking past opposing netminders more often.

11/17/2014

Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG Jets' Byfuglien Is Overdue

Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Is Overdue

News: Dustin Byfuglien "knows that he is due, if not overdue" to start putting the puck in the net, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: While fantasy owners who play in leagues that employ the penalty minutes category have likely enjoyed the big winger's team leading 47 minutes in the box, Dustin Byfuglien hasn't yet produced much in terms of goals and assists, tallying only four points through the team's first 19 games. However, Byfuglien leads the Jets in shots on goal with 62, plays at the point on the team's second power play unit, and averages almost 20 minutes of ice time per game (good for seventh best on the team). As such, the odds that Byfuglien will start to enjoy some form of offensive success, whether it be tickling the twine or assisting his teammates, are certainly in his favor. If Byfuglien can pair respectable offensive point production with his strong defensive game (he's currently fourth in the league in PIM and tied for eighth in hits with 58), he'll cement himself as a valuable fantasy commodity for his owners.

11/6/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Tallies Assist In Win

News: Dustin Byfuglien ripped off five shots and assisted on a first period goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Predators.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien still hasn't found the back of the net in seven straight contests, but he was able to pick up his fourth point of the season in the win. The shots have been there of late, so the goals could come eventually especially given his 5.0% shot percentage, which is the lowest of his career.

10/22/2014

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Dustin Byfuglien

Jets' Byfuglien Nabs Goal In Victory

News: Dustin Byfuglien tallied an unassisted goal in Tuesday's victory over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien has only two points (both goals) in his six games this season, but it certainly hasn't been due to a lack of effort. He's compiled 18 penalty minutes, 16 hits and a team-high 25 shots on goal, resulting in a plus-4 rating for the converted defenseman. Once the Jets get things clicking on a power-play unit that has yet to score in six games, the points could come in droves for Byfuglien, who has historically excelled with the man advantage.