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Hold On Jack -- Fantasy Preseason is Almost Upon Us

by chewy 21. August 2014 08:07

We're just a couple weeks out from Labor Day, which marks the unofficial start to fantasy hockey pre-season.  We've been hard at work making our preperations for delivering all the fantasy info you need to dominate your draft.  Here's a rough idea of what you should expect over the coming weeks:

Offseason Recap

Quick hit through the fantasy hockey-relevant headlines you missed while vacuuming your pool this summer.

Power Rankings

To get yourself grounded, it helps to get your mind around which teams will do well this season, and which teams have entererd (or lingered in) the dreaded "rebuild mode".  This is particularly critical when it comes to choosing goalies.

Goalie Rankings

Speaking of goalies, our official goalie rankings will available in about a week.

Defense Rankings

We traditionally follow that up rather quickly with our Defense picks.

Offense Rankings

Do I need an explanation?

Fantasy Breakdown

Armed with our final draftlist, you'll be prepared to configure your own (for free) right here.  We'll follow that up with focused articles on: Breakout Players, Rebound candidates, Sleepers, Gambles, Busts and other clever ways of putting a label on someone who makes more money than you. 

 

To quote the immortal Phil Bourque -- "Buckle up, Baby!"

Waiver Wire - Week 18

by chewy 4. February 2014 05:41

Just a couple games left before we break for Sochi.  Here are a handful of potential free agents to consider before shutting down until March.

 

OFFENSE

 

Gustav Nyquist (DET)

While Detroit has struggled to find their way through key injuries, Nyquist has stepped it up.  He has 8 goals in his last 8 games, along with 4 assists during that stretch.  His ice time has steadily climbed, as he has become the go-to guy for the Wings.

 

Antoine Vermette (PHO)

It's tough to get too excited about Vermette.  In 9 NHL seasons, he has rarely emerged as a viable fantasy option.  However, it's tough to ignore what's going on this season in Phoenix.  Vermette has topped 20 goals already, and has contributed 8 tallies in the last 9 games.

 

Mikael Backlund (CGY)

The Flames have been rolling for the past couple of weeks, thanks in large part to the offensive contributions of Backlund.  He has now registered 2 points in each of the last 4 games for Calgary.

 

Tyler Johnson (TB)

With Stamkos threatening a return soon, we may see a diminished role for the Tampa rookie, but he has emerged as a serious talent over the past month.  Johnson has 17 points in his last 19 contests.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Tyson Barrie (COL)

It has been tough trying to find value at the defensive position at this point in the season, but Barrie's 5 game point streak is worth notice..

 

Dougie Hamilton (BOS)

Hamilton has struggled with various injuries in his sophomore season, but is looking good right now.  He has goals in two straight games and is being counted on in key situations for the Bruins.

 

 

Waiver Wire - Week 16

by chewy 21. January 2014 06:42

We've got just a couple weeks of fantasy action to go before falling into the Olympic slumber.  Don't miss your opportunity to upgrade your roster and prepare your team for the final push before playoff season creeps up.

 

While the wire is typically highlighting lesser known talent, this week there are a number of fantasy veterans who had falled off in recent years or months.  Some of these veterans have turned up the heat in recent weeks:

 

OFFENSE

 

Ryan Clowe (NJ)

The PIMs have dried up a bit, but he's seemed to regain his old scoring touch.  9 points over his last 7 games for the Devils.

 

David Legwand and Mike Fisher (NAS)

The Predators have come back from the dead offensively in January, and the two centers have been leading the cause. Over the past 4 games, Legwand has piled up 7 points, along with a healthy plus-minus and PIM contribution.    Fisher has been even better, with 14 points in 13 games.

 

Brad Richards (NYR)

Another back from the dead?  8 points in 7 games has the up and down veteran back on the upswing.

 

Scott Hartnell (PHI)

Over the last month, Hartnell has been producing at over a point-per-game.  Teaming up with Schenn and Simmonds, the 2nd line in Philly has been on fire.

 

Nazem Kadri (TOR)

Kadri and the Leafs have awoken in the past week.  He has 5 points in his last 3 games. 

 

Brad Marchand (BOS)

Marchand was written off by many for a horrid start to this season.  His ice time and production have steadily crept back in recent weeks.  He has been scoring goals consistently, talling 9 in his last 13 games.  He is capable of being a top 20 fantasy option.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Andrej Meszaros (PHI)

It's been a few years since Meszaros was a significant fantasy factor.  With 9 points in the last 7 games, he has my attention.

 

 

GOALIES

 

Darcy Kuemper (MIN)

Trying to predict the goalie situation in Minnesota is a bit painful right now.  Backstrom has fallen out of favor.  Harding's health is a mystery.  In steps Kuemper to win 4 of 5 starts, including a shutout.  Not a long-term solution, but you may be able to ride him to the Olympic break.

 

Waiver Wire - Week 5

by chewy 5. November 2013 05:47

OFFENSE

 

Paul Stastny (COL)

A few years back, Statsny seemed poised to enter the upper echelon of fantasy forwards.  He struggled mightily over the past couple of seasons, causing many to forget about him altogether.  At age 27, coming into his prime, he seems to be creeping back up the charts.  He has 7 points in his last 7 games.  Given Colorado's emergence this season, it seems wise to collect him on your roster and hope the trend continues.

 

Kyle Turris (OTT)

Turris won't be available much longer out there.  Paired with Bobby Ryan, he has been racking up the assists this season, leading him to 14 points in 14 games thus far.

 

Derek Stepan (NYR)

Many owners gave up on Stepan after his hold out and horrendous start.  With a hat trick this weekend, perhaps he is ready to reemerge as a fantasy option.

 

DEFENSE

 

Kris Russell (CGY)

With Mark Giordano on the shelf, Russell has stepped in nicely and put up five points over the last four games.  Russell has shown streaks of relevancy before, so you shouldn't necessarily see this as a fluke.  If you're desperate for D, snag him now.

 

Radko Gudas (TB)

Depending on your league's scoring system, you may want to give serious consideration to the guy with a  funny name in Tampa.  He has been popping in points while amassing substantive amounts of penalty minutes.  A good mix coming from a position that tends be overlooked.

 

GOALIE

 

J.S. Giguere (COL)

Given the uncertainty regarding Varlamov's future legal status, it's wise to consider adding this old-timer to your squad.  He has been solid is limited action before and certainly has a history of fantasy greatness on his resume.

Waiver Wire Watch - Week 3

by chewy 21. October 2013 07:52

The pickings are getting slim on the waiver wire heading into week 3.  Still, there is some value to be found:

 

OFFENSE

 

 

Kyle Okposo (NYI)

Okposo took a long time getting there, but he has finally emerged as the go-to guy on Tavares' Right Wing. That has translated nicely into 3 goals and 5 assists, over the last 6 games.  His ice time has likewise steadily climbed to a season high of 23 minutes in his last contest.

 

David Clarkson (TOR)

Clarkson has nearly finished his 10 game sentence and is poised to make his Maple Leaf debut later this week.  For leagues that value a mix of points and PIMs, take a look at adding Clarkson to your lineup before other GMs take notice.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Jay Bouwmeester (STL)

I personally drafted Bouwmeester late in most of my drafts with the expectation that he would pick up where he left off late last season with the Blues.  He has managed to contribute 5 assists in the first 7 games, while clocking some serious ice time for St. Louis.  The last few years have been hard on him fantasy wise, but he has started to reemerge as a serious fantasy option on defense.

 

Ryan Murphy (CAR)

Rookie defensemen are tough to trust, but circumstances have given Murphy the opportunity to take the wheel in Carolina.  He has supplied a steady stream of fantasy value so far in the season.

 

 

GOALIE

 

Ben Bishop (TB)

There's a good chance that Bishop has already been claimed in your league, but it's worth a look.  He has clearly surpassed Lindback as the goalie of choice in Tampa.  Despite a rough go in his last game against Boston, his streak to start the season is the best display of goaltending the Lightning have witnessed in recent years.

 

 

 

 

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