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Playoff Preview for Daily Fantasy action

by chewy 10. April 2012 09:00

The regular season has come to an end, but the fantasy hockey action continues, at least for a little while, on Draftstreet.  Draftstreet moves into 2-day game mode with the playoff schedule down to 3 or 4 games a night.  Your first chance to get in on the action is Wednesday/Thursday, with 7 of the 8 series in play.    Today's playoff preview will briefly spotlight each matchup and offer the Top Target and Best Value for each of the 16 playoff squads.

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

 

NYR vs OTT

This one features the top defensive team in the East (New York) versus the third best offense in the East (Ottawa).  Despite winning the conference, the Rangers haven't been as impressive lately as they were earlier in the season.  The same can be said for the Sens.  All told, this will be a fairly even matchup with a few stars worth targeting. 

Prediction: Senators with the upset in 6.

 

Top Targets:

OTT - Erik Karlsson (D) - obvious Norris pick, Karlsson was the leading defensive scorer by 25 points.  That's the most dominating performance we've seen at this position in a generation.

NYR - Henrik Lundqvist (G) - if anyone can stop Karlsson and the Sens, it's Lundqvist.  He will be solid.

 

Best Value:

OTT - Sergei Gonchar (D) - $7.3k - with all that Karlsson has done, the veteran has flown under the radar in a respectable comeback season.  He finished with 37 points, along with a healthy 115 blocked shots.

NYR - Brad Richards (C ) - $11.6k - Richards was so far down through the first 3/4 of the season, that his tremendous fourth quarter didn't provide enough time for his salary to over inflate.  Only Malkin had more points in the final 2 months of the season.

 

 

BOS vs WAS

It came down to the very end, but the Caps snuck into the playoffs, so can we forget about the regular season and assume all is well?  Probably not, as they've drawn a round with the defending Champs who still boast an impressively deep roster of offensive talent.  This should be a short series with the B's coming out looking stronger than they do going in.

Prediction: Bruins walk in 5

 

Top Targets:

BOS: Tyler Seguin (C ) - Last spring, Seguin emerged as the playoffs drew on by scoring some highlight reel goals, despite very limited ice time.  This time around, he'll be counted on to lead the offense in the Cup defense.

WAS: Nicklas Backstrom (C ) - if Backstrom hadn't returned in time, we'd probably be discussing the Sabres in the spot.  He'll top a point a game easily.

 

Best Value:

BOS: David Krejci (C ) - $11.4k - Similar to last season, Krejci has been up and down all season long.  He was an absolute beast come playoff time last year.  Expect another fine run.

WAS: Brooks Laich (C ) - $8.2k - Laich has historically stepped up his game in the post-season, averaging more points in playoff games than regular season throughout his career.

 

 

FLA vs NJ

It's been over a decade, but Florida is finally playing spring hockey.  It won't last long, so enjoy the next week.  Don't expect much scoring in the one, so from a fantasy perspective, this isn't a series to target.  The top two stars in New Jersey should provide some thrills.

Prediction: Devils in 6 uneventful games.

 

Top Targets:

FLA: Jason Garrison (D) - Garrison was a bit of a surprise this season with his 2.46 FPPG average on the back of 16 goals (3rd best at this position in the NHL).

NJ: Ilya Kovalchuk (LW) - Kovalchuk had a season of redemption, piling up 37 goals and 83 points in total.  He finished strong with 8 points in 5 games.

 

Best Value:

FLA: Radek Dvorak (RW) - $2.7k - he's practically free

NJ: Zach Parise (LW) - $10.5k - the other superstar on left wing in New Jersey is priced well to start the series.

 

 

PIT vs PHI

This is the series that will get all the attention in round 1, and rightfully so.  It's a stinkin' shame that one of these teams will not be playing in Round 2.  The winner will likely be lifting the Cup in June.  It's tough to pick just one player to target from both of these squads.  Put the names in a hat. 

Prediction: Pens in 6.  There's no stopping Crosby-Malkin-Staal down the middle.

 

Top Targets:

PIT: Sidney Crosby (C ) - Flip a coin (a three-sided one).  Crosby, Malkin, Neal.  Can't go wrong.

PHI: Claude Giroux (C ) - In any other matchup, Giroux would be the center getting all the press.  As it stands, he'll settle for a bronze in this discussion.

 

Best Value:

PIT: Pascal Dupuis (LW) - $11.6k - Despite heading into the playoffs on a league-best 17 game scoring streak, he remains a fair value.  Continue to play him until he proves us wrong.

PHI: Jaromir Jagr (RW) - $10.6k - he's slowed down significantly over the course of the year, but should have little trouble getting up for this challenge.

 

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

VAN vs LA

Prior to the start of the season, I picked the Kings to represent the West in the finals.  It could still happen, but it's looking less likely.  The Canucks aren't the offensive dynamo that they once were, but were still a complete enough team to take another Presidents trophy.  Is Daniel Sedin healthy enough to lead the top line?  That may decide this one.

Prediction: Call me nuts, but LA in 7.

 

Top Targets:

VAN: Roberto Luongo (G) - When the offense shut down in the final month, Luongo stepped it up and dominated.

LA: Jonathan Quick (G) - it's a goalie competition in this series.  Quick has a great chance at the Vezina and no reason to doubt him now when the Canucks have struggled to score.

 

Best Value:

VAN: Ryan Kesler (C ) - $9.3k - His production dried up considerably in the 2nd half of this season, but it's playoff time.  Kesler will show.

LA: Jeff Carter (C ) - $7.6k - Assuming he's back to health in time, you won't find a better value than Carter in this price range.

 

 

STL vs SJ

The Blues are one of the most complete teams from top to bottom and are a defensive titan.  They allowed just 165 goals this season.  No other team was close.  Halak and Elliot combined for 15 shutouts, now the question is who will get the chance in the post-season?  Meanwhile, the Sharks have the same story as the Caps back East.  High expectations have been replaced with relief over post-season qualification.  Like the Caps, it will be short-lived.

Prediction: The Blues will squeeze the Sharks in 5 defensive battles.

 

Top Targets:

STL: Jaroslav Halak (G) - When the dust settles, expect Hitchcock to go with Halak between the pipes.  He won't disappoint.

SJ: Joe Pavelski (C ) - Last season, Pavelski was a beast in the playoffs.  He'll need to be that again if the Sharks are to have any hope of moving past the Blues.  He set a career high with 31 goals this season and will be good for a few more in round 1.

 

Best Value:

STL: Andy McDonald (C ) - $10.3k - He's produced at nearly a point a game over the last two season, but few have noticed due to the injuries. 

SJ: Dominic Moore (C ) - $4.5k - in order to make cap, you'll need a bargain bin pick or two.  Moore could not care less about the regular season.  This is his time.

 

 

PHO vs CHI

The biggest question in this series will be the health and effectiveness of Jonathan Toews.  If he's able to shake off the concussion and return to form quickly, the Hawks are a serious power.  Otherwise, the Coyotes could certainly match up well and win this one. 

Prediction: The Hawks in 7, with Toews gaining speed as it wears on.

 

Top Targets:

PHO: Mike Smith (G) - The hottest goalie to end the season was Smith.  He'll struggle to shut down the Hawks, but should give some solid games.

CHI: Jonathan Toews (C ) - If he's healthy, he may be the best player in the West.

 

Best Value:

PHO: Keith Yandle (D) - $7.6k - Yandle is one of the best options on defense in the league at any price.  This value is too good to pass up.

CHI: Marian Hossa (RW) - $11.2k - He led the Hawks in scoring, yet he's cheaper than 4 other forwards on Chicago.

 

 

NAS vs DET

Much like the East, the 4-5 matchup in the West is the series to watch in Round 1.  And like the Philly-Pittsburgh showdown, there's a good chance the winner of this epic showdown will represent the West in the finals.  The Preds are extremely deep at all positions, though they lack a superstar on offense.  The Wings will lean on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Lidstrom, as they have for years.

Prediction: Nashville in 5.

 

Top Targets:

NAS: Shea Weber (D) - 19 goals from a defenseman is worth taking notice of.  His canon on the point will cause problems for Howard.

DET: Pavel Datsyuk (LW) - all hopes for success in Detroit start with their top gun.

 

Best Value:

NAS: Mike Fisher (C ) - $9.5k - Fisher has a history of elevating his game in the post-season. 

DET: Valtteri Filppula (C ) - $7.9k - Filppula has quietly put together a solid season, yet remains a value under 8k.

 

 

And for the record, my Cup prediction:  Pittsburgh over Nashville.

 

 

 

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Weekend Fantasy Hockey Planner

by chewy 30. March 2012 08:59

With just 1 week remaining in the regular season, we're running out of opportunities to cash in on daily NHL action.  This weekend is another busy one, featuring 8 games on Friday, 12 on Saturday, and another 6 on Sunday.  Plenty of chances to win some cash.  Here's what you need to know in advance:

 

Who's Hot

 

Penguins.  If you've watched any hockey this month, I don't need to tell you.  Anything from Pittsburgh has value, so go to town.

 

Drew Stafford (BUF)

Stafford has been a machine, totaling up 14 points in 8 games, including 4 goals in his last 3 games.  He's still averaging just 17 minutes a game.  If the line of Stafford, Ennis, and Foligno continue to light it up, they should see increased minutes over the final week of play.

 

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)

The Capitals have just 4 games remaining to overtake the Sabres and avoid a humiliating playoff miss.  Ovechkin is doing everything in his power to make that happen.  Despite a below-average season, the last couple of weeks have been solid, with 9 points in his last 6 games.  He rattled of 7 goals over a 5 game span in mid-March.

 

Danny Briere (PHI)

With so many offensive weapons in Philadelphia, playing time can be hard to come by.  Even for a $7million dollar man like Briere, who logged just 14 minutes of ice on Thursday.  Despite the limited opportunity, he added 4 assists to his season total.  That gives him 7 points in 3 games this past week.

 

Michael Ryder (DAL)

Ryder continue to be a steal for the Stars.  He popped in 5 more goals in the last 5 games, raising his season total to 35 and counting.

 

Zdeno Chara (D-BOS)

Yes, the Norris trophy is probably being etched already with the name of some youngster in Ottawa, but Chara is making a strong case for bridesmaid lately.  He has run up 9 points in his last 9 games for the Bruins.

 

Ryan Miller (G-BUF)

If the Vezina trophy were awarded on the 2nd half results alone, Miller may have been a lock for the award.  The dismal start to the season is a distant memory, as he had led the Sabres on a dramatic resurgence since the calendar turned.  His has won his last 5 starts, and has allowed just 3 goals in the last 4 games.  He has lost just 1 game in regulation since Valentine's Day.

 

 

Who's Cold

 

Ryan Kesler (VAN)

Over the last several seasons, Kesler has been one of the most complete fantasy options on offense.  The last couple of weeks have told a different story.  Zero points in his last 7 games.  And that is despite seeing about 22 minutes of ice per night.  He has just a lousy 2 PIMS over the last 9 contests as well, giving fantasy owner no reason to insert his name into a lineup these days.

 

Alex Burrows (VAN)

Like Kesler, it has been 7 games since the name "Burrows" appear in the points column for Vancouver.  At least he's managed to sit in the penalty box on a regular basis, accumulating 24 PIMS over this draught.

 

Ryan O'Reilly (COL)

O'Reilly was having himself a nice little season through the end of February.  His 50 points at that point were by far a career best.  However, over the last 15 games, he's managed a mere 5 points for the Avs.  He has just 1 goal in the last 11 games.

 

 

Patrick Marleau (SJ)

Despite playing on what should be a potent line with Thornton and Pavelski, Marleau has gone 3 straight games without a point now for San Jose.  He'll have to get it going soon if the Sharks are to squeek into the last playoff spot.

 

Logan Couture (SJ)

The other top line in San Jose hasn't fared much better, with Couture being the most disappointing piece.  2 points in 5 games and no goals in 9 for the All-Star center.

 

Olli Jokinen (CGY)

To the surprise of nobody, the crazy hot streak that Jokinen went on mid-season is now a distant memory.  He has just 1 point in the last 9 games and hasn't been a plus player once during this painful stretch.

 

 

Who's Hurt

 

  • Derek Roy (BUF) - likely to play Friday (flu)
  • Ray Emery (G-CHI) - available for action (upper body)
  • Tomas Kaberle (D-MON) - out indefinitely
  • Kimmo Timonen (D-PHI) - missed Thursday's game (upper body)
  • Radim Vrbata (PHO) - returned Thursday and scored twice
  • Kris Letang (PIT) - missed Thursday's game (lower body)
  • Daniel Sedin (VAN) - concussion

 

 

Value Picks of the Week

 

Here are some guys currently undervalued on Fanduel that you should cash in on in the short term:

 

Josh Bailey (NYI) - $4,500

Apparently, Bailey has something against Penguins.  Back to back contests against Pittsburgh netted a whopping 8 points for the low cost center.  He has a 6 game point streak going right now for the Isles.  You can't even buy a decent defenseman at this price.

 

Frans Nielsen (NYI) - $5,300

Nielsen has enjoyed similar success on the line with Bailey.  He has 4 goals and 9 points in his last 6 games for New York.

 

 

Brian Rolston (BOS) - $5,200

A few yawns were released when the Bruins acquired the veteran at the trade deadline from New York.  After all, he had just 8 points at the time and was toiling on the 4th line for one of the worst teams in the league.  Lately, Rolston is looking like his younger self and is getting some attention in Boston.  He has amassed 12 points over the last 8 games for the Bruins.

 

 

Benoit Pouliot (BOS) - $5,300

Some of that underdog magic has rubbed off on Pouliot as well in Beantown.  Since returning from injury on March 15, Pouliot has put together a run of 9 points in 8 games.

 

Nikita Nikitin (D-COB) - $4,400

The Jackets don't get much love in fantasy circles, so we have to point it out when it's due.  The sophomore defenseman is quietly putting up points for Columbus lately.  He has 6 points in his last 6 games.

 

 

 

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TOP 10 NHL Lines

by chewy 29. March 2012 07:29

With under two weeks to go in the regular season, playoff hopeful teams will be looking to solidify their lines heading into the post season.  The time for experimenting is winding down.  With that in mind, here are my picks for the top 10 lines to target as the season comes to a close.

 

1) Malkin / Neal / Kunitz

There can be little doubt in the league at this point as to which line is the most dominant in the sport.  With 2 of the top 4 goal scorers in the league on one line, including the league's leading scorer and soon to be MVP, there's no case against it.  Kunitz has 9 points in the last 9 games, proving he's not just along for the ride.

 

2) Foligno / Ennis / Stafford

The Sabres are in the midst of an historic run to make to the playoffs.  And it's not the traditional players like Vanek, Pominville, and Roy getting it done for Buffalo.  The new "top line" in Buffalo features some lesser known, but up and coming offensive wizards.  Rookie Marcus Foligno has 6 goals and 4 assists in 10 games this season.  Ennis has had multiple points in 5 of the last 8 games.  Stafford completes the trifecta with 14 points in 8 games, including 4 goals in his last 3 games.

 

3) Crosby / Cooke / Dupuis / Kennedy

OK, so forget the line above about experiment time being over.  With Crosby, you can break the mold.  Coach Bylsma will put him out with whomever he pleases, whenever he pleases.  He's been working magic with Cooke, Dupuis, and Kennedy on regular intervals.  Your safe going with any combination of the above on any given night featuring the Pens.

 

4) Tavares / Moulson / Parenteau

If there was any doubt before, it should be gone at this point.  Tavares is a star.  He's set a career high in goals and points this season, and could easily top 80 points when it's done.  He's not alone on this line either.  Moulson continues to set the bar higher in terms of goal production, with his 3rd straight 30 goal performance.  With 4 tallies in his last 4 games, he's on pace for a new high of 36.  Meanwhile, Parenteau continues to provide the Isles with excellent value for their meager investment.   True, the team continues to struggle for points in the standings, but this line is money for fantasy production.

 

 

5) Eberle / Nugent-Hopkins / Jones

Taylor Hall won't be skating for the Oilers until October, but the team still boasts a fine top line of young guns.  Eberle has topped 30 goals and 70 points, leading the charge.  Along side, he has  the rookie stud Nugent-Hopkins back to his early season form, with 4 points in the last 4 games.   Ryan Jones patrols the other wing.  He's coming off a 3-point performance against Columbus and has 3 goals in 4 games.

 

 

6) Stamkos / St. Louis / Purcell

The money line in Tampa continues to roll with Stamkos running away with the Rocket Richard race.  He's making a go at 60 goals and 100 points with the help of St. Louis and Purcell.  Marty has put together another point-a-game season and has 6 points in his last 3 contests.  The third wheel in the equation (Purcell) has 27 points in 20 games since joining the cast.

 

 

7) Richards / Gaborik / Hagelin

This is shaping up to be more of a duo than a line, as Hagelin hasn't been contributing so much offensively, but Richards and Gaborik have worked some magic since being united on the top line.  Richards is popping at a point a game pace over the last month.  Gaborik is quickly closing in on 40 goals.  His career high of 42 is not out of reach if this chemistry persists.

 

 

 

8) Hornqvist / Legwand / Radulov

The return of Radulov has been decent, giving the Preds a formidable top line.  The Prodigal Son has been matched up with Legwand and Hornqvist, who has put up 6 points in the last 6 games.

 

 

9) Zetterberg / Hudler / Filppula

Zetterberg continues to redeem himself from a slow start to the season.  He has 6 points in the last 2 games for the Wings.  Filppula continues to rise in the ranks for Detroit, giving them another solid 2-way offensive European presence.  Even Hudler has started to come on strong with 4 points in the last 2 contests.

 

 

10) Kopitar / Williams / Brown

Justin Williams has demonstrated a solid goal scoring ability over his 10 year injury-plagued career.  Lately, he's been adding up the assists as well, giving him 12 points in his last 12 games.  Kopitar is on pace for another 70 point season, while Dustin Brown continues to contribute in all offensive categories.

 

 

Honorable mentions:

 

Giroux / Jagr / Hartnell -- always a threat with Giroux

Pavelski / Thornton / Marleau - three top notch centers on one line

Little / Wheeler / Ladd - March magic has started to wane, but still a threat

 

 

 

 

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9 Under the Radar NHL Picks

by chewy 21. March 2012 07:18

Just a few weeks left to go in the regular season for the NHL.  By now, you've probably got a decent grasp on who the go-to guys are this season, and who you just need to avoid.  Nevertheless, there are a number of quality options on the draft board that tend to fly under the radar.  At least give consideration to a few of these guys as the season winds down.

 

Pascal Dupuis (RW-PIT) - $6,300

Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Fleury, Letang, Kunitz, Staal…Heck, even Matt Cooke is hot right now.   With so many fine choices in Black and Gold, it's easy to take a guy like Pascal Dupuis for granted.  Bylsma was cautious in the first few games of Crosby's return not to upset the balance, since everything seemed to just fine the way it was.  Now that the winning streak is over and Crosby has settled back into the lineup, don't be surprised to see a bit of line juggling in the final weeks heading into the playoffs.  It shouldn't be long before Dupuis finds himself back on Crosby's right side.  Dupuis flourished during Sid's first stint back this season and is hot once more, riding a 6 game point streak.  He has 5 goals in the last 6 games and should continue to snipe.

 

Valtteri Filppula (LW-DET) - $6,600

Much like Dupuis, Filppula's name gets lost on the Detroit roster.  As with most key pieces of the Redwing puzzle, Filppula has slowly and steadily been groomed to take over as the next great European center.   He's on a roll right now with 13 points in his last 10 games.  His current pace would net him 67 points for the season, blowing away his previous high mark of 40.  Great value at just 6.6k.

 

Alex Radulov (RW-NAS)

Radulov is expected to make his Predators re-debut on Thursday, following four years MIA in the KHL.  Radulov has been one of the top scorers in the Russian league during his tenure there, and should have no trouble assuming the role of Nashville's top offensive threat.  It remains to be seen where Fanduel will price him upon entry.

 

Andy McDonald (C-STL) - $7,400

McDonald is staggering through another injury-plagued season, which has allowed him just 21 healthy games for the Blues.  He's produced at almost a point-a-game in those contests, which would make him the leading scorer on the league's top team, had he been healthy and carried that pace all season.  He's set to return soon.  Give him a game or two to shake off the pain in his shoulder before trusting him in your lineup.

 

 

Dmitry Orlov (D-WAS) - $4,700

With so many quality rookies emerging at various parts of the season, few fantasy players have taken note of Washington's latest offensive threat on the back end.  Orlov pieced together a decent rookie campaign through the first 3 quarters of the season, but has suddenly begun to emerge as an offensive threat in the past few weeks.  He has 6 points in his last 7 games and has seen his ice time escalate.  He topped out at 24+ minutes against the Lightning last week.  Good value under 5k here.

 

 

Cam Fowler (D-ANA) - $4,500

Ah, the sophomore slump.  It's one of those overused, tiresome phrases that get tossed around when you can't explain something.  According to the official definition, Cam Fowler fits that bill.  He was absolutely money last year on Fanduel in his rookie season, loitering around 4k all year long, despite putting up 10 goals and 30 assists.  Production dried up through most of this season, dropping him from the fantasy radar… until now.  The last few weeks have been very kind to Fowler.  He put together 4 points over 3 games this past week.  He's a great fill in on D once more at a mere $4,500.

 

 

Tyler Ennis (LW-BUF) - $5,800

Ennis has a meager 24 points on the season, so he doesn't jump off the page; however, 1/2 of that can be attributed to the 30 games missed to ankle injuries.  In the past two weeks, he's been gold, racking up 8 points in 4 games for the Sabres.  He's used somewhat sparingly on a line with Stafford and Foligno, but he's making a case for more responsibility.

 

 

 

Jose Theodore (G-FLA) - $7,600

If you've been following NHL hockey for less than a decade, you may not realize that the Florida Panthers are technically eligible to participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  If the Cats are to break the worst playoff drought in league history, they'll need the former Vezina Trophy winner to be at his absolute best.  He's been rock solid lately, going 4-0-1 in his last 5 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.

 

 

Jamie McGinn (LW-COL) - $5,300

Since arriving quietly on deadline day, McGinn has been a consistent offensive weapons for the Avs as they close in on a playoff spot.  In the last 8 games, he's been shut down just once, piling up 7 goals and 10 points in the process.  He has helped to revive the Paul Stastny's season in the process and may help your roster in the closing weeks.

 

 

 

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Riding Shotgun

by chewy 16. March 2012 06:54

 It's no secret that who a forward plays with dramatically impacts his production.  An average winger getting a regular shift with an elite center can transform his game, at least temporarily.  The challenge is in keeping up with current line formations, as they change constantly.  Here are a few players to target this week, based on recent beneficial line configurations.

 

Jordan Caron (BOS)

The Bruins have awakened once more.  After a dull and dreary February, March has been much kinder to the Bruins.  Many of the stars are back on track, including Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.  Jordan Caron has been fortunate enough to go along for that ride.  The rookie had a spotty start to the season, finding it hard to stick with the big club, but the last two weeks have been solid for Caron getting a regular shift on the second line.  As a result, he's produced 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 6 game scoring streak.

 

 

David Moss (CGY)

You're probably aware of sweet run of goalscoring that Glenncross has been on, and that Jokinen has had several stretches of solid production this season.  The name that may not come to mind is David Moss.  Maybe it's the fact that he has just 8 points on the season.  However, since finding the sweet spot with Glenncross and Jokinen, he's put up a respectable 3 points in 4 games.  It's a start for someone in the 8k salary range.

 

 

Jamie McGinn (COL)

McGinn's trade to the Avs in late February didn't register on the headlines at the time, but it's starting to get a little more attention now.  Over the last six games, he has amassed 7 goals and 2 assists on the 2nd line with Stastny and Jones.  Something's clicking here.

 

 

Steve Ott (DAL)

Since plucking Jamie Benn from the top line and pairing him with Steve Ott, the Stars have been rolling.  Ott's production has been bolstered by the move, generating 7 points in 9 games.  He's also a fairly steady producer in PIMs, making him an attractive value option right now.

 

 

Wojtek Wolski (FLA)

When Versteeg went down with a lower body injury, Wolski stepped up to take his spot with Fleischmann and Weiss on top line.  That relationship has netted 4 points in 3 games for the winger.  Until Versteeg returns, you can benefit from some increased production.  His cap hit on Draftstreet is just 7k.

 

Dwight King (LA)

Dwight King certainly isn't a household name (yet) in fantasy circles.  The rookie has just 9 points on the season.  Since being fitted on the Philly-defect line (Carter & Richards), he's shown a knack for point production.  He has a three game point streak going right now for the Kings.  Cap hit is a bargain at 8k.

 

 

Carl Hagelin (NYR)

Hagelin is another rookie defaulting into a productive situation.  Torts recently brought Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik together to spur offensive production.  Hagelin gets to ride shotgun with these high-priced veterans.  So far, so good, as he's produced 3 points in the last 2 games.

 

Colin Greening (OTT)

Greening is nestled nicely beside the two Senator snipers: Spezza and Michalek.  With these guys clicking as they are right now, he's getting plenty of residual points.  Add him to the pile of rookies poised for increase production down the stretch.

 

Tyler Kennedy & Matt Cooke (PIT)

We'll see tonight what transpires when Crosby returns to action.  At least in the short term, you can hope for a boost in the production of his initial linemates: Kennedy and Cooke.  Both have been of little value to this point in fantasy circles, but both are very capable goal scorers, particularly with the best player in the world dishing it up.  Take advantage immediately, before the lines start to jumble in Pittsburgh.

 

 

Patrik Berglund (STL)

The Blues have a plethora of above-average scoring options, but no superstars.  Perron and MacDonald have quite effective lately, and they're bringing Berglund along for the ride.  He has a 4-game point streak rolling right now while centering this line.

 

 

Teddy Purcell (TB)

Purcell went from irrelevant to fantasy stud the moment he replaced Downie on the Stamkos / St. Louis line in Tampa.  He has generated 20 points in the last 11 games.

 

 

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