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Premier Goalie Rankings

by chewy 7. March 2012 08:41

If you're like me when setting your NHL lineup on Fanduel, you spend more time on choosing the right goalie than any other position.  Salary has become less and less of a decision point, as most of the goalies have converged in the same general price range.  It's tough to find a good option under $7,600.  Most starting goalies range from $7,600 to $8,900, with just three stars in the elite price range: Lundqvist, Rinne, and Thomas.  For the most part, you have to suck it up and spend some cash on this position, so you're really left with choosing the man with the best chance of a win (and possibly a shutout).  Today, I will throw price consideration out the window and straight up rank the best goalies as they're trending right now.  Note: it's still critical to check who's starting and who the goalie is playing against, as those factors can trump these rankings on any given night, but this gives you a general pecking order in terms of talent:

 

1. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

By all accounts, Lundqvist has all but wrapped up the Vezina Trophy for this season, and rightfully so.  He's been in line for such an honor for several years now, and Thomas has finally stumbled enough to open the door for Henrik's first major piece of hardware.  The Hart Trophy is well within grasp as well.  Wins are coming in a steady stream right now, with 11 in his last 14 contests.  He's now on pace for 40 wins and 10 shutouts to complement his meager 1.82 GAA and .938 save percentage.

 

 

2. Roberto Luongo (VAN)

The situation for Luongo is always fluid in Vancouver, but right now, the murmurs have quieted down to PGA putting green levels, as Luongo has elevated his game to a new level.  Over the last 19 games, he's dropped just 3 in regulation, while putting up a 2.17 GAA and .929 save percentage.  He's still deferring to Schneider about 1 out of 4 starts, but that seems to be keeping him fresh and focused when he does play.  The Canucks have climbed back atop the Western Conference standings, and it's largely due to their #1 in net.  He's a solid play on your roster.

 

 

3. Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

Fleury continues to quietly put up outstanding fantasy numbers for the Pens this season, and would get more attention were it not for the other two superstars dominating headlines in the Steel City.  His FPPG and cap hit have steadily climbed over the past couple of months.  He now sits 2nd in the NHL in total wins with 34.  His career high of 40 wins is well within range at this point.  The Pens and Fleury are hot right now, having won their last 5.  Fleury has a 1.22 GAA over that span.

 

 

4. Pekka Rinne (NAS)

Rinne is poised to break all the franchise goaltending records for Nashville this season, and he has the team looking to set a record in terms of wins and points.  He sits first in the NHL in total wins at 36 (a career best with 17 games yet to go) , which of course, is what matters most in this game.  It's been 8 games since Rinne has allowed more than 2 goals.

 

 

 

5. Jaroslav Halak (STL)

 

"True, it's been an absolute train wreck of a season so far; however, there is one key factor that makes Halak an attractive option going forward: Ken Hitchcock.  Few coaches in the league have such a legendary history of turning struggling defenses into powerhouses.  Just check his history in Dallas, Philly, and to some extent, Columbus.  He tends to have a great short-term impact on success.  Halak could be primed for a surge."  -- me, 11/7/2011

 

Ok, enough gloating, so I got this one right… since his awful 1-6 start to the year, and the coming of Hitchcock, Halak has steadily turned his game around.  He's now a significant force in the fantasy world.  Over his last seven games, he's gone 6-1 with a 1.40 GAA and .947 save percentage.  He's averaged a fine 5.3 FPPG this season.  If you throw out the first month of the year, he may be tops in the NHL in that category.

 

 

6. Mike Smith (PHO)

The past week hasn't been kind to Smith and the formerly-surging Coyotes, having surrendered losses to Columbus, Calgary and Pittsburgh; however, I'm not going to be quick to discount what Smith has accomplished, and can still accomplish, in the Phoenix crease.  Prior to those games, he racked up an amazing 11 game win streak.  That's 11 wins with no * for overtime losses, shootouts, etc.  The streak vaulted him up to 5th among all goalies in wins.  He's still a fine option for your fantasy squad.

 

 

7. Tim Thomas (BOS)

Haters rejoice.  Is it the Facebook distraction that's devaluing Thomas in net?  I think not.  I can't say what's causing it, but you cannot deny that the one undisputed king of fantasy goaltending is no longer in that conversation.  He's lost 4 of his last 7 games, while his GAA has steadily inflated from sub 2.0 in early January to 2.28 today.  That's still a fine number, but a noticeable step back for the Thomas standard.  It doesn't help that Rask has suffered even more, so the Bruins are slow to give Thomas a break.  Expect him to correct course soon, and perhaps this is the time to finally claim him on your roster, as his salary has dipped a bit in recent weeks.

 

8. Kari Lehtonen (DAL)

It's amazing what a top notch goalie can do when he's healthy for the first time in his adult life.  Finally, the conversation surrounding the Dallas stopper is about his numbers and not his body parts.  He's pieced together a strong stretch of wins and has seen his GAA dip down below 2.3.  He's still in the lower half of crowd in salary cap, which makes him an even brighter option for consideration at $8,100.

 

 

9. Jonathan Quick (LA)

The Kings are making a late season push for the playoffs and Quick is leading that effort.  He's been solid this past week, going 2-1 with a 1.35 GAA.  He's on pace for another 30 win season and has one of the best goals against averages on the year with just 1.92.  The problem has been getting goal support from his offense.  With Jeff Carter in the lineup, the Kings have started to give him a better chance at winning each night.

 

 

10. Ryan Miller (BUF)

Back to back shutouts, followed by a win against Vancouver have chased the Miller bandwagon crew back out from the dark corners of the NHL world.  All of a sudden, it's ok to like Miller again.  I'd be careful in the long run with this pick, but while the resurgence lasts, by all means, climb aboard.

 

 

 

Honorable / Injured Mention

Both Craig Anderson (OTT) and Jimmy Howard (DET) deserve consideration, and probably should be on this list; however, it's not worth rostering a guy who won't be starting.  In the meantime, consider turning to their far less expensive backups until these guys are healthy.  For Ottawa, Robin Lehner has fared well in relief and carries a cap hit of just $5,200.  Joey MacDonald will get the action for Detroit, and he'll run you just $5,800 these days.

 

 

 

 

Value Picks

 

If you're determined to budget your crease in order to spend wildly up front, here are some palatable options that have had moderate success in the past couple of weeks:

 

Corey Crawford (CHI) - $7,500 / Ray Emery - $6,500

Crawford has been all over the map.  Following a brief surge, he tanked it with 3 straight dismal efforts.  Emery then stepped in and ripped off 3 straight wins, allowing just 1 goal in each contest.  It's nerve racking relying on Chicago for your goaltending needs, but you can squeak out some points at a discounted price if you can stomach it.

 

 

Devan Dubnyk (EDM) - $7,000

It's certainly not the safe play to go with an Edmonton goalie.  But it is one of the few value options on the table.  Dubnyk has a solid run in late February, winning 3 of 4, including a shutout of Philadelphia.

 

 

 

For more on daily fantasy hockey, check out my articles on the Fanduel Insider at http://www.fanduel.com/insider

 

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NHL Players on the Rise

by chewy 29. February 2012 07:37

The Trade Deadline passed (did anyone notice?) and the 3rd quarter is in the books; which means it's time for the stretch drive in the NHL.  At this point in the season, player salaries on Fanduel are somewhat settled, and our expectations of player values are set, based on 60+ games of production.  However, the season to date stat totals do not tell the whole story.  A number of players have made quiet pushes over the last 2 months to emerge as unheralded fantasy options, often times undervalues in terms of salary.   Looking back over the 3rd quarter of action, here are the players who have risen the most in terms of overall fantasy production:

 

OFFENSE

 

Teddy Purcell (TB)

No player has come further in the past 50 days than Teddy Purcell.  He was already heating up like crazy before Downie was dealt.  Now that he enjoys one of the best seats in the league, along side Stamkos and St. Louis, he's looking unstoppable.  The winger has 11 points in his last 5 games and 19 over his last 12.  At a cap hit of $6,200 right now, you have to play him.

 

Steve Downie (COL)

Perhaps the emergence of Purcell made the Downie deal even more palatable for Yzerman.  For his part, Downie seems to be doing just fine on the other side of the country.  Since joining the Avs last week, he's pieced together 7 points in his first four games.  And he's averaging only 15 minutes a night right now on a line with rookie Landeskog.  If he can collect a little more playing time, he'll be a must-start option at $6,400.

 

Gabriel Landeskog (COL)

The just-mentioned Landeskog has made a late-season push for Calder consideration.  He's been piling up the goals lately with 7 in his last 19 games.  He's currently riding a 6 game point streak and has 6 points in his last 3.

 

Sam Gagner (EDM)

No need to dwell very long what Gagner has done this month.  A lot of it happened in one historic night.  He's cooled off slightly in the past week, but over the 3rd quarter, he collected more points than he did in the first half.

 

Sergei Kostitsyn (NAS)

Sergei has played at about a point-a-game pace over the last quarter for the Preds.  The only problem with that is he's very shy on goals and heavy on assists.  The Preds brought his big brother into town this week, so we'll see what effect that has on these numbers.  For now, he's a steal at just $5,600 on Fanduel.

 

Mike Fisher (NAS)

Fisher's rise has coincided with that of Kostitsyn, as the two have been paired together for most of the 3rd quarter.  He's provided plenty of goals in the past couple months and remains a cheap option at center.

 

Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

Simmonds continue to share time with a couple of other wingers in the sweet spot along side Giroux and Hartnell.  More often than not, he's gotten that assignment lately.  It's resulted in a surge in fantasy production over the last couple of months.  He's on pace for his first 30 goal season.

 

 

Andrew Ladd (WPG)

The captain of the surging Jets has started to turn his lackluster season around over the third quarter of play.  He's been part of the recent goal outburst in Winnepeg, piling up 9 points in 5 games.

 

Eric Staal (CAR)

Staal was widely criticized over the first half of the season for being MIA.  He's showed up in a big way since the calendar turned to 2012.  He has 34 points in the last 25 games, making him one of the top center options in the league, at a reasonable price of $7,200.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Ryan Whitney (EDM)

Whitney missed the first half of the season, so anything would constitute improvement.  He's been an adequate option on defense since returning and his salary remains a bargain.  He's put up 3 points in the last 4 games and is valued at $4,600.

 

Andrew MacDonald (NYI)

There must be something about late-winter that just sits well with MacDonald.  Last season around this time, he went on a crazy scoring outburst.  He's shown signs of repeating that pattern with 3 points over his last 3 games. Half of his points on the year have come in the last 10 games.

 

Alex Goligoski (DAL)

Goligoski got off to a slow start, deferring to Souray this past fall to carry the puck.  He's made a go at it in the 3rd quarter, climbing up to respectable numbers, while keeping his salary in a reasonable range.

 

Brent Burns (SJ)

Burns has started to make his presence known for the Sharks in the 3rd quarter.  Since the start of January, he has 18 points in 24 games.

 

 

GOALIES

 

Jonas Hiller (ANA)

Hiller has been playing at a Vezina level over the last quarter, carrying his Ducks from the bottom of the NHL standings, to reasonable expectations for a playoff berth.  The team that was ready to deal anything not named Perry in December, suddenly disconnecting the phones at the deadline.  Hiller is the biggest reason for that turn around.  He's a solid play on Fanduel every night.

 

Martin Brodeur (NJ)

Apparently, Marty isn't ready to be known as that Future Hall of Famer who used to be good.  He's still good.  Very good, as his recent play can attest.  Brodeur has risen into the top 10 for goalie options right now, despite dropping the last three games.  His GAA over the last month has hovered around 2.00.

 

Mike Smith (PHO)

Smith was having a pretty good season at the half way mark, but it's taken it to another level in the past quarter.  He's now won 11 straight games and have the Coyotes in the best position they've been in since leaving Winnepeg.  We may actually see this franchise win a playoff series if he can keep this play up.

 

 

 

For more on daily fantasy hockey, check out my articles on the Fanduel Insider at http://www.fanduel.com/insider

 

If you want to try daily fantasy hockey on Fanduel, use this link:

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Teams to Target for Daily Fantasy Hockey on Draftstreet

by chewy 10. November 2011 08:06
 

If you're going to win in daily fantasy hockey on Draftstreet, you need to look for any advantage you can grab when setting your lineup.  One aspect that tends to be overlooked is targeting teams.  This works in both directions:  rostering players on hot teams and players who are facing a weak opposition.  This week, I'll break down the latest trends on both sides of the equation, and highlight a handful of players to keep an eye on there.

 

Hot Teams

 

Dallas Stars

Easily the most shocking stat of the year to this point has the Dallas Stars sitting on top of the NHL standings.  I personally picked Dallas to miss the playoffs this season.  The team is on a roll, and more importantly to daily fantasy players, the Stars are racking up the goals.  They've potted 5 or more in the past 3 games.  In fact, you have to go back to Oct. 22nd to find a game where they registered less than 3 goals.  The loss of Brad Richards hasn't hindered this offense one bit, as they're getting plenty of punch of front from their top line of Benn, Erikkson and Ryder.  Add in the triumphant return of Souray, and you've got a team worth looking at (at least for now).

 

Jamie Benn (LW) - $15k

Benn's value has steadily risen to the point where he may be too expensive to consider; however, he has earned every bit of it so far.  I expect him to keep up this pace all year long.  No fluke here.

 

Loui Eriksson (RW) - $13.4k

I was high on Eriksson all last season, when he was generally undervalued on Draftstreet.  8 goals in 14 games has him on the radar this time around.  Still, he's providing decent return for his salary at this point.  Look for the goals to keep rolling in.

 

Michael Ryder (RW) - $10k

Ryder is red hot right now, enjoying his time with Benn and Eriksson.  He's gone through hot stretches in the past with some of his former squads.  He's also shown long periods of indifference.  For the time being, you can cash in on his low cap hit, but keep an eye on his playing time and who he's playing with.  If he gets shifted back to the 2nd line, he's not worth a look.

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Despite going with 1/3 of their star centers on any given night, the Pens have registered 3 or more goals in the last 8 games.  It seems we're on the verge of a Crosby return, which should have ripple effects throughout the Penguin lineup.  Tyler Kennedy may also be back in uniform soon.   With Staal also on the mend, we could be seeing the big 3 suited up together for the first time in years.  While that may mean less production from Staal, it's good news for the wingers in Pittsburgh.

 

James Neal (LW) - $11.9k

Despite racking up 9 goals in 15 games playing with a mismatch of centers thus far, Neal remains dramatically undervalued on Draftstreet.  With a steady helping of Malkin and/or Crosby in the middle, don't expect this deal to last long.  He'll be pushing $14k by Thanksgiving.

 

Tyler Kennedy

Assuming Kennedy is back to full health, he's another who stands to benefit greatly from a full Penguins lineup.  He's the most trigger happy guy in Pittsburgh and is capable of putting those shots behind the goalie on a regular basis.

 

Sidney Crosby (C ) - ???

No telling where his cap hit will land when he shows up for selection on Draftstreet.  Whatever it is, he'll be worth the price.

 

 

Washington Capitals

No huge surprise that the Caps are near the top of the league in goal scoring this season.  It seems that some of the stars who seemed to fall asleep last season have woken up, and it goes far beyond the obvious Ovechkin.  There is the notable exception of Alex Semin, who has emerged as the most enigmatic player in the league.  (Don't expect him to finish the season in D.C.). 

 

Nicklas Backstrom (C )

Backstrom is back in the form that saw him top 100 points just 2 season ago.  He has 9 points in his last 5 games and is challenging for the league lead in scoring.  Use him whenever possible at this point.

 

Mike Green (D) - $11.1k

Green's health is certainly a concern, so keep a close eye on those injury reports.  And his cap hit is a bit much for a defenseman, but if you find yourself with some wiggle room on defense, he seems to be back to giving full value.  In his prime, Green provides offense like a forward.  He has almost a point a game so far, and is back on pace for double digits in goals this time around.

 

John Carlson (D)

If you're looking for a more reasonably priced alternative to Mike Green on defense, give strong consideration to Carlson.  He started the season out slowly, but has found his form with points in 3 straight games.

 

 

 

Opponents to Target

 

Prey on the weak.  It's a solid strategy if you plan to win on Draftstreet.  There are certain teams that consistently provide a feeding ground for fantasy forwards.  Here are a few to target against.  Watch who they're playing and full your lineup with the opposition.  For Thursday's action, I will highlight a name or two to consider for the feast.

 

 

Columbus Bluejackets

53 goals against.  Only Ottawa has allowed more goals this season.  There's no end in sight to the misery on display in central Ohio and you should take full advantage.  The Hawks get their chance to pick at the carnage tonight, and coming off a frustrating blanking in St. Louis, you can bet they'll be motivated to run it up.  Any of the big four are worth targeting this evening (Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Toews).   The Jackets are equally pathetic on offense, so Corey Crawford is also worth a look in net for tonight.

 

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

You can bet that if the Lightning are in the building, the goal judge (if such a thing still exists) will be busy on both ends of the rink.  They have plenty of weapons to score, but they do so at the expense of defense.  Goaltending in Tampa is among the worst in the league, regardless of what you may remember from last spring's playoff run.   The Lightning aren't active tonight, so you'll have to wait for Saturday to feed on this mess.   They'll face the Blues, who will be motivated to impress new coach Hitchcock.  Target Chris Stewart in that game.

 

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Despite having one of the most talented goalies in the game, the Canes just aren't getting the job done on defense this season.  Instead of solidifying the back end this summer, they went out and added the aging power play specialist Tomas Kaberle to replace Corvo.  The results have been predictably unimpressive, with Kaberle producing just 3 assists to go with a -5 rating (which actually looks stellar when compared to the -16 that captain Eric Staal is currently plagued with).   Carolina is also off this evening, but look ahead to Saturday when they host the Penguins in what should be an ugly result on the scoresheet.

 

 

Winnepeg Jets

Hey, at least they have a team, right?  Things have actually started to turn around a bit on defense, after a horrific start to the season.  Since the 9-8 "victory" over the Flyers a couple weeks back, they've flirted with being mediocre on defense.  However, this is still a team you can hope to profit against on a nightly basis.  They host the Panthers tonight, who have been surging recently.  Look to add Tomas Fleischmann and possibly Stephen Weiss or Kris Versteeg to your lineup this evening.

 

 

Toronto Mapleleafs

Since Reimer went down to injury, the numbers have taken a turn for the ugly in Toronto.  Gustavsson just isn't getting the job done.  The Leafs have surrendered 12 goals over the last two games.  They face St. Louis tonight.  Again, I'm looking at Chris Stewart, who just snapped a goal-less draught, to have a big game.

 

 

Tonight's Lineup on Draftstreet

 

I'm taking my own advice on a handful of these picks.  Goalie selection is between Halak, Backstrom, and Crawford.  The first two are coming off shutouts on Tuesday night.  Crawford gets to face a weak Columbus offense.  All three should get a win this evening.  Halak is by far the cheapest option.

 

Position

Player

Salary

Notes

Goalie

Jaroslav Halak

$16k

Coming off a shutout -- Hitchcock always bring out the best in a goalie.  Enjoy the rebound.

Center

Alex Burmistrov

$7.9k

Young pup is starting to see his salary climb.  Play him before he's too pricey.

Center

Mark Letestu

$3.2k

The new guy in town will be looking to make a good impression in his debut.

Left Wing

Tomas Fleishmann

$11.8k

(see above)

Left Wing

Daniel Sedin

$14.9k

Tough to argue with Sedin on any given night.  Coming off a 3-point performance.

Right Wing

Patrick Kane

$13.6k

(see above)

Right Wing

Chris Stewart

$8.7k

(see above)

Defense

Mark Streit

$6.7k

Streit remains underpriced for a stud defenseman.

Defense

Jake Gardiner

$4.7k

Price is right for the young Leaf.  I'll be happy with 2 fantasy points under $5k.

Flex

John Tavares

$11.8k

8 goals so far on the season.  He'll be facing Giguere tonight.

 

 

 

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Friday Fanduel Fantasy Planner

by chewy 4. November 2011 08:35
 

Saturday means a full slate of contests for the NHL.  11 games to be exact.  Which means plenty of large contests to choose from on Fanduel.  To get you ready for the action, here is your Fantasy Hockey Planner.

 

 

Who's Hot

 

Teemu Selanne (ANA)

Selanne continues to defy father time.  At age 41, he remain one of the most lethal threats in the league.  He's on another hot streak right now, having registered 11 points in the last 6 games for the Ducks.  He'll cost you at $8,300, but at the moment, he's giving you your money's worth.

 

Scott Hartnell (PHI)

Since replacing JVR on the top line with Giroux and Jagr, Scott Hartnell is playing like a new man.  He has 2 goals and 4 assists in 3 games.  Honestly, there are 8 guys on the Flyers lineup who would produce at this level on a line with those two guys.  As long as Hartnell holds the sweet spot, he's worth a look.  If he loses that spot, forget about him.

 

Clarke MacArthur (TOR)

MacArthur qualifies as a value pick at the bargain price of $6k.  He's on a roll with 4 goals and 1 assist in the past 3 games.

 

Tomas Fleischmann (FLA)

Fleischmann just continues to overachieve.  Or maybe we're just setting the bar too low.  Over the past year, he's paced near a point a game for 3 different NHL teams, yet he continues to get very little press or respect in the fantasy world.  He's earning top line minutes with the Panthers now, and is red hot.  He's a deal at $6,600.

 

Radim Vrbata (PHO)

2 goals and 3 assists in the past two games, makes him worth a look in the short term.  Another value pick under $7k at the moment.  Vrbata has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, so don't write him off as a fluke on the hot list.

 

Jason Garrison (D-FLA)

Garrison entered the season as an unknown quantity on the Florida defense not known for putting up points.  He has goals in 3 straight games, giving him 5 already on the season.  He's valued at just $4,800 for now.

 

Carey Price (G-MON)

Price is 3-0 in his past 3 games with a 1.33 GAA and a .950 save percentage.  This is a major turn around from how he started the season. 

 

 

 

Who's Cold

 

Johan Franzen (DET)

One of the streakiest guys in hockey.  Following points in 4 straight, he's gone 5 now without a single point on the board.  That may just mean he's due for a 4-goal game any day now.

 

Gabriel Landeskog (COL)

Just one assists in his last 3 games.  Don't be surprised to see this kind of up and down behavior from the rookie throughout the year.

 

Jonathan Toews (CHI)

When you're paying top dollar for a forward, you expect more production than this.  He has just 1 assist in the last 4 games.

 

Lubomir Visnovsky (D-ANA)

Five games.  Zero points. 

 

Henrik Lundqvist (G-NYR)

It's been 6 games since the Rangers have gotten a win out Lundqvist.  He's sat twice in the span and has allowed 4 goals in each of his last two games.

 

 

Who's Hurt

 

Duncan Keith (D-CHI)

Keith is questionable at this point with an upper body injury.

 

Mike Fisher (NAS)

Fisher missed the early part of the season, then came out on fire, then was hurt again.  He's day to day with an upper body injury.

 

Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)

The injury woes never seem to leave the Islanders crease.  After a hot start, Nabokov fell with a lower body injury.  He's on the shelf for now.

 

Andrei Markov (D-MON)

Word is, Markov started skating again.  Stay tuned for info on his return.

 

Danny Briere (PHI)

Briere was operating at a point-a-game pace before going down with an upper body injury.  He remain day-to-day.

 

Jordan Staal (PIT)

Malkin is back, which means another star center in Pittsburgh needs to take an injury time out.  No word on a return date for Staal at this point.

 

 

 

Value Picks of the Week

 

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

 

Joffrey Lupul (TOR)

Lupul is playing at a point-a-game pace and remains a great deal at $6k. He just potted his first hat trick of the season. The hockey world has waited for the breakout of Lupul for several years now.  We may finally be seeing that.

 

Taylor Hall (EDM)

It's got to be a matter of time before he gets respect on the salary front.  Until then, take full advantage.  He's lingering at a mere $6,100.

 

Milan Michalek (OTT)

$6,200 is a good price to pay for a winger with 8 goals and 13 points in 13 games.

 

 

 

For more on daily fantasy hockey, check out my articles on the Fanduel Insider at http://www.fanduel.com/insider

 

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Daily Joust Target Picks

by chewy 2. November 2011 08:59
 

I've had a few weeks now to get settled in to hockey life on Daily Joust.  I've found that putting together a quality lineup can be quite a challenge on a nightly basis, as the salaries closely line up with true value.  You really have to dig deep and  dissect the options to come up with some value picks.  I've done just that.  Here are some of the best players to target in terms of maximum return on your dollar. 

 

CENTER (45k to 204k range)

 

Evgeni Malkin (PIT) - 121k

Of course, it's critical to monitor his injury status from game to game, but if you know he's in the lineup, you can't beat the price.  Malkin will delivery a point-per-game all season long and will pad your fantasy stats with plenty of shots on goal.

 

Ryan Kesler (VAN) - 130k

Kesler offers the complete package when it comes to fantasy value.   He sputtered a little, following his initial return from injury, but it looks like he's starting to find his form lately.  His salary will only go up from here.

 

Steven Stamkos (TB) - 167k

Yes, he's approaching the higher end of the salary structure, but I still view him as being undervalued at this point.  He hasn't given us everything he has to offer yet.  Once he gets clicking, this youngster can rack up the points.  Buy low.

 

Bargain Bin:

  • Cody Hodgson (VAN) - 58k -- future star for the Canucks can provide enough for a bargain price
  • Anthony Stewart (CAR) - 46k -- if you're really struggling to make cap, Stewart at least has a chance to score

 

 

LEFT WING (45k to 202k)

 

Henrik Zetterberg (DET) - 79k

It's been a tough start for the superstar in Detroit, but make no mistake, he will recover.  There's nobody even near his talent level under 80k.  I'm taking him until his stock price rebounds.

 

Alex Burrows (VAN) - 87k

Burrows is the classic underrated winger.  While things haven't gone to plan thus far in Vancouver, you can bet it's just a matter of time before they get turned around.  Include Burrows in that narrative.  He'll get close to 30 goals this season.  I like the price at 87k.

 

James Neal (PIT)  - 128k

Challenging for the league lead in goal scoring through the first month hasn't been enough to see his salary reach the elite.  Take him.  Your opponent will, I guarantee.

 

Bargain Bin:

  • David Booth (VAN) - 45k -- Booth just arrived on the scene, so give him some grace time to start clicking.  He's a former 30 goal scorer, and can be again.  No better option at the entry level price.

 

 

RIGHT WING (45k to 183k)

 

Tomas Fleischmann (FLA) - 96k

Fleischmann just continues to overachieve.  Or maybe we're just setting the bar too low.  Over the past year, he's paced near a point a game for 3 different NHL teams, yet he continues to get very little press or respect in the fantasy world.  He's earning top line minutes with the Panthers now, and is red hot.  Don't expect him to linger under 100k for long.

 

Claude Giroux (PHI) - 127k

You could price this guy at 180 and I'd still say buy.  127k is silly for the man who just may win the scoring title this season.  Think I'm nuts?  Watch him play.

 

Jeff Skinner (CAR) - 110k

Skinner has surpassed Staal as the weapon of choice in Carolina.  Few can match his speed and skill up front.  He's still flying under the radar, based his geography, but it's just a matter of time before he gets noticed.  110 is a deal.

 

No via bargain bin players on the right wing that I'd consider playing now.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Joe Corvo (BOS) - 60k

Corvo's best days are probably behind him, but at 60k, it's hard to find better value. 

 

Kevin Bieksa (VAN) - 88k

Bieksa got off to a nasty start, but has started to right the ship on the Vancouver blue line.  He registered two points against the Caps over the weekend and has shots in all but 1 game so far this year.  Just a matter of time before that cannon finds the cage.

 

James Wisniewski (COB) - 75k

I guess the suspension reigned in his IPO on daily joust.  Don't forget, he was  top 10 last season among defensemen.  Despite the missing games, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him land there again this season. 

 

Ryan Suter (NAS) - 75k

Suter will be better than the 6 game pointless streak would leave you to believe.  He has 3 assists in his last 2 games and should keep that rolling.  He plays nearly half the game for the Preds each night.

 

 

Bargain Bin:

  • Jakub Kindl (DET) - 45k -- if you're desperate...
  • Anton Babchuk (CGY) - 47k -- inconsistent, but capable of scoring goals in bunches

 

 

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