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Fantasy Hockey Planner - Week 4

by chewy 14. February 2013 16:06

The landscape of fantasy hockey changes very quickly.  Just look at the San Jose.  Two weeks into the season, you couldn't go wrong with a lineup stacked with Sharks.  Since the calendar turned to February, no team has been worse.  At the same time, owners were ready to bail on the likes of Kessel, Ovechkin, and Kovalchuk.  Don't look now, but all 3 are hot.  It's critical to stay on top of the trends, which is why you're going to continue scrolling down this article...





Phil Kessel (O-TOR)

It took him 10 games before acquiring his first goal; however, it has been a sweet ride since he broke through.  7 points in his last 4 games.


Alex Ovechkin (O-WAS)

After the worst start to his career, he has shown some good signs of life lately.  He has 7 points in his last 4 games and is currently riding a 3 game goal streak.


Cam Ward (G-CAR)

It was a tough start, but the wins and quality performances have started to come around for Ward.  He has won 4 of 5 starts.


Patrick Elias (O-NJ)

8 points in his last five games, including 2 straight 3-point nights.






The fast-starting rookies are dropping off:


Nail Yakupov (O-EDM)

Following a 6 game scoring streak, Yakopov hasn't seen the scoresheet in the last 3 contests.


Cory Conacher (O-TB)

After a stunning start to the season, Conacher has hit a wall.  He's now gone 5 games without a point, heading into Thursday night.


Dougie Hamilton (D-BOS)

After a strong, much heralded start, the rookie has dried up offensively.  6 game scoreless run right now.


Brian Elliot (G-STL)

After a fast start, Elliot and the Blues have crashed and burned following the injury to Halak.  Nothing but losses and four straight games allowing 4+ goals.  He's being dropped all over the place.  May be the time to stash him on the bench, as this won't last forever.


Marian Gaborik (O-NYR)

Mr. Streaky has just 1 stinkin' point in the last 7 games.





  • Jonas Hiller (G-ANA) - lower body injury.
  • Mikka Kiprusoff (G-CGY) - sprained MCL
  • Erik Karlsson (D-OTT) - achilles.  Out indefinitely.
  • Jaroslav Halak (G-STL) - still toying with a return date.
  • James Reimer (G-TOR) - strained MCL.  Who knows when?





Jiri Tlusty (O-CAR)

Tlusty has been mixing well with the older Staal lately, compiling a nice 9 points in the last 6 games.  He is coming off back to back 2-goal performances going into Thursday night.


Mike Cammalleri (O-CGY)

I wrote this guy off years ago. Mostly from banging my head against the wall.  The Flames are starting to put up goals and Cammalleri is part of that action.  He had a 3-game vacation with a hip flexor, but sandwiched around that were 7 points in 2 games. 


Chris Stewart (O-STL)

Stewart has been a big disappointment since arriving in St. Louis; however, the streaky winger has been showing signs of life lately.  He has 2 multi-point games in the last 3 games.  Keep an eye on him.


Brayden Schenn (O-PHI)

Schenn has piled up 7 points in the last 7 games as he continues to gain ice time and a more prominent role with his new team.


Alex Steen (O-STL)

Steen continues to roll, and therefore, continues to disappear from waiver wires, but he still remains in many leagues.  He has 12 points in 13 games, including 8 points in the last 7 games.


Cody Franson (D-TOR)

Somebody just stepped it up on the Toronto blueline.  His name is Cody Franson.  Riding a 4-game point streak, he has an impressive 8 points in 10 games, yet remains unclaimed in many leagues.  He's hitting his prime now at age 25, so jump on it now.


Ben Scrivens (G-TOR)

It's unclear how long Reimer will be out, or how long until the new management team in Toronto pulls the trigger for a new man in net.  For now, it falls on Scrivens.  Toronto has been winning games, so if you're desperate for goalie starts, it's worth a look at Scrivens.


Michal Jordan (D-CAR)

No idea if this guy will be able to translate offensive success into the NHL, but it's his name is Michal Jordan, and he will be starting his career in North Carolina.  Different sport, but history shows this might be a good thing.


Fantasy Hockey Planner - Week 3

by chewy 8. February 2013 09:38

Believe it or not, after this weekend we will be 1/4 through this NHL season already.  If your league has playoffs, you may be a 1/3 through the regular season already.  In other words, if you don't like your team by now, you'd better act quick.  Fortunately, we're hear to help.  Here is this week's edition of the fantasy hockey planner:




Pittsburgh.  Kunitz.  Crosby. Malkin.  Dupuis.  Even Matt Cooke is starting to put points on the board.


Patrick Kane

Kane has been inconsistent in recent years, but he has come out on fire this season.  The hotness continues, with 6 goals and 8 points in his last 4 games.


Henrik Zetterberg

Similar story for Hank.  With 4 goals and 5 assists over his last 5 games, he's risen near the top of the scoring leaders.


Pekka Rinne (G-NAS)

After a sluggish start, Rinne is on fire.  He's won 4 straight, allowing just 3 goals during that span.



Sheldon Souray (D-ANA)

Seems like he has a new sweater every year, but one thing stays the same: he scored goals.  He's potted one in each of the last 3 games, giving him 4 on the season.  That's more goals than Kessel, Sharp, Hall, Richards, Nash, Semin, Ryan, and many other goal-scoring forwards.





In terms of goals, see Souray's file above… here are a few more disappointments:


Jordan Eberle (F-EDM)

Just one lousy assist in the last 5 games. This guy was supposed to challenge the leading scorers this year.


Mikko Koivu (F-MIN)

Those good vibes to start the season on fire with Parise have vanished.  Four straight games without a point.  -3 over that span.


Rick Nash (F-NYR)

Just one point in his last 4 games.  Ice time is starting to be reduced.


Milan Michalek (F-OTT)

After a solid start, he's registered just 1 assist in the last 5 games.  Somebody missing Spezza?


Evander Kane (F-WPG)

3 games without seeing his name on the scoresheet.  He did register 7 shots on goal last night.  Need one to go in now, Evander.


Marian Gaborik (F-NYR)

Is there a streakier human being on the planet?  After four straight games without a point, he broke through with a goal last night.  Guess it's time for another hat trick, Marian?


Shea Weber (D-NAS)

You're killing me, Shea.  1 lousy point on the season?  Please don't look where I had him ranked pre-season.




  • Cam Fowler (D-ANA) - upper body injury
  • Brad Marchand (F-BOS) - same
  • Ray Whitney (F-DAL) - lower body injury
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F-EDM) - upper body, day to day
  • Patric Hornqvist (F-NAS) - sprained knee
  • Jaroslav Halak (G-STL) - practicing, but not ready to play yet





Viktor Fasth (G-ANA)

You may have already missed the boat on this one.  Fasth isn't your typical rookie up for a cup of coffee.  He's 30 years old and has had success in Europe.  Now, he's challenging Hiller for the job in Anaheim.  4-0 so far in his NHL career with a GAA under 1.


Colin Wilson (F-NAS)

The Preds are quietly making their move, and 3rd year winger Colin Wilson is leading the charge.  He has 6 points over the last 3 games.


Martin Hanzal (F-PHO)

Seems to be recovered from some early season injury woes, and is running the show in Phoenix.  4 goals and 1 assist over the last 4 games for the Coyotes.


Andy Greene (D-NJ)

Before last week, it was foolish to suggest the name Andy Greene on a fantasy hockey website.  However, 2 goals and 4 assists later, he deserves a nod.


Jiri Hudler (F-CGY)

The Flames are a team worth looking at in fantasy circles.  They've played just 8 games, meaning you can take advantage of those extra games going forward.  Hudler is on to consider.  7 point in 5 games this season.

Week 2 Fantasy Hockey Planner

by chewy 1. February 2013 15:50

We're two whole weeks into the 2013 fantasy hockey season, which means it's time to revive the weekly fantasy hockey planner.  As in seasons of old, each Friday you should plan to spend your lunch break catching up on the latest news, trends, and fantasy advice right here.  Whether traditional season-long fantasy games is your thing, or if you've gotten hooked on daily leagues, I'll try and give you an edge over your competition. 



Really, it's still pointless to talk about who's hot.  Just look at the point standings.  It's all Sharks, Hawks, and Bolts.  Come back next week for a more relevant conversation on this topic.




Got to stay on top of those injuries.  Here's the latest with big-time fantasy impact:

  • Jason Spezza (F-OTT) - out indefinitely
  • Justin Faulk (D-CAR) - recovered and should be back in action soon
  • Gabriel Landeskog (F-COL) - day-to-day
  • Steve Downie (F-COL) - out for the season.  Time to drop.
  • Scott Hartnell (F-PHI) - broken foot.  Not good.
  • Joffrey Lupul (F-TOR) - broken arm.  Not good.




Most likely, if you haven't jumped on board with these quick starters, it's too late.  But if you're in a sleepy league, here are some monster surprises to start this unconventional season:


  • Andrei "The Zombie" Markov (D-MON) - how many times can this guy come back from the dead?  After three straight injury-riddled seasons, most of us had given up caring.  Many (count me in) assumed he would never be a fantasy factor again.  Yet, here he is, #1 on the charts among defensemen in points and goals.  How long until he's back on the IR?  Doesn't matter.  If it's not too late, claim him now.
  • Vladamir Teresenko (F-STL) - I'll admit.  Never heard of him before last week.  Guess I didn't catch enough of those KHL games during the Dark Ages (aka lockout months).  Through 7 NHL games, he has 5 goals and 9 points, playing alongside Andy McDonald and Alex Steen.  Trust me, you're probably too late for this bandwagon.
  • Cory Conacher (F-TB) - Another rookie bursting out to a fantastic start.  He's partially part of the rising tide in Tampa Bay (ranked #1 in goals scored so far).  And he's doing it without the help of Stamkos and St. Louis.  Good news or bad?  In other words, should we trust the Captain LeCavalier can keep it rolling enough to make Conacher a long-term play?  Worth taking a flier on if he's still free.
  • David Clarkson (F-NJ) - The loss of Parise hasn't hurt the fortunes of Mr. Clarkson.  And if your league favors well-round stat producers (beyond goals and assists), Clarkson is gold.  In addition to healthy point totals, he has strong numbers in hits, PIMs and shots.
  • Sam Gagner (F-EDM) - While the focus has shifted to the younger guns in Edmonton, Gagner is still a young gun himself.  Despite being at just 23 years old, many have pushed him to back burner with the arrival of all the other 1st round forwards to crash the Oilers bench.  Don't forget, this guy had a couple of crazy games about this time last year. 




If you missed the first round of waiver claims, here are a few more recent risers that haven't hit the top 40 in scoring yet:


  • Wade "The Other Zombie" Redden (D-STL) - so, this is Redden's first official trip back from the grave.  Now that the Rangers have opened the tomb and allowed him to stumble West into a fine Blues defense, he's back to being fantasy relevant.  2 goals in first 3 games is a nice start, but apparently, the undead are not immune to the flu.  He'll be sitting this weekend, but it's worth stashing him on your bench for when the sniffles go away.
  • Matt Frattin (F-TOR) - after just 4 games with limited ice time in Toronto, Frattin has piled up a nice 4 goals and 2 assists.  Should his ice time increase, he could be a player worth seizing in the weeks to come.
  • John Mitchell (F-COL) - With O'Reilly still out of the picture, Mitchell has recently seized the opportunity in Colorado.  He just registered a 3-point effort against Calgary, giving him 4 goals in 7 games.
  • Frans Nielsen (F-NYI) - The Islanders just keep scoring.  While the top line may be gone in your league, it's a safe bet that Nielsen, and his 7 points in 7 games are still available.




If you're playing in a deep league, or just want to stay ahead of the curve, here are a few off-the-radar players to keep an eye on for the next few days:


  • Alex Galchenyuk (F-MON) - Currently logging 3rd line minutes, but making the most of it for Montreal.  The 18 year old rookie has 5 points in his first 6 NHL games.
  • Zach Boychuck (F-PIT) - The first round draft pick of Carolina couldn't stick with the Canes, but struck potential gold this week when he was claimed off waivers by the Penguins.  Word is, he'll get an audition next to guys named Malkin and Neal.  Tasty.
  • Mika Zibanejad (F-OTT) - Just claim him for the name.  Somebody will have to pick up those minutes left behind by Spezza's injury.  2 points in 2 games so far.  Let's see what he does with top tier wingers and more than 10 minutes of playing time a night.




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Fantasy Hockey Planner - 2/25

by chewy 25. February 2012 07:38


Who's Hot


Who's the hottest team in the NHL right now in terms of fantasy production?  Look no further than the Winnepeg Jets.  That's right, the Jets have been piling on the goals in the last few weeks, getting production from their top three lines.  Here are the men leading the charge up north:


  • Blake Wheeler - Wheeler has amassed a whopping 10 point in his last 4 games.  He's still a cheap RW option at just $6,400.
  • Evander Kane - the sophomore winger has been a new man since returning from concussion problems in early February.  He has 8 points in his last 5 games, including 4 goals.  He's averaging 5+ shots per night.  He's elevating the play (and fantasy value) of his linemates, Burmistrov and Wellwood.
  • Bryan Little - Little is riding a four-game point streak, during which he's registered 4 goals and 3 assists.  He and Wheeler have even been able to awaken the play of captain Andrew Ladd, who now has 5 points in the last 2 games.
  • Dustin Byfuglien (D) - The big man on defense may be the most potent offensive weapon on the team.  13 points in 8 games and goals in the last two contests. 


Steven Stamkos (TB)

Despite Yzerman's efforts to earn a top draft pick this spring, Stamkos stubbornly continues to pile up the points.  He has 6 goals and 5 assists over his last 4 games, making him the hottest player in the league right now, and a must-start each time he's in action.



Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

Simmonds has been seeing a regular shift with the dynamic duo of Hartnell and Giroux.  As a result, his fantasy production has excelled.  He has 8 points in his last 7 games for the Flyers.  Going back to the first week of the year, he's produced at a point a game pace.


Radim Vrbata (PHO)

If there's a goal being scored in Phoenix, it's a good bet that Vrbata's name will be called.  He already topped the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his 9-year career.  He's contributed 8 goals over the last 12 games.


Erik Karlsson (D-OTT)

It seems redundant to even mention Karlsson as being hot, as he has been all season long.  However, with 7 points in his last 2 games to stretch his scoring streak to 5 games, he deserves another mention.  It seems very unlikely that any other defenseman will catch him this season.



Corey Crawford (G-CHI)

Following a tragic month of pain in Chicago, Crawford seems to have helped to right the ship a bit in the last few games.  He's 3-1 over the last 4 with a 1.51 GAA and .950 save percentage.  Thanks to the run of bad luck, he's undervalued right now.



Martin Brodeur (G-NJ)

Brodeur has the Devils back in the hunt for a title, having gone 5-1 in his last 6 games.  Over that stretcch, he's posted a GAA under 1.5.


Eric Staal (CAR)

Staal has led a mini-resurgence in Carolina over the last several weeks.  He's riding a 7 game point streak, during which he's piled up 6 goals and 6 assists.  He's elevated the game of linemates Tlusty and Samson as well (see value picks below).




Who's Cold


Matt Niskanen (D-PIT)

Niskanen was starting to emerge as a valid fantasy play midway through the season.  Since the calendar turned to 2012 his production has dried up completely.  He has just two points in this calendar year and hasn't registered a point in 7 games.


Jonathan Quick (G-LA)

Quick has dropped four straight and 6 of 7.  The last two games have been particularly painful, especially for the standard he's set for himself.


David Backes (STL)

Following a five-game point streak, Backes has disappeared.  He has no points in five games for the Blues.


Ryan Callahan (NYR)

Callahan was on fire for a spell there, but it's slowed down considerably lately.  No points in his last two games.


Zdeno Chara (D-BOS)

Chara was making his case for the Norris Trophy, but the recent funk in Boston has hit him as well.  He's gone 10 games without a goal and has no points in 3 games.



Who's Hurt


  • Niklas Hjalmarsson (D-CHI) - returned Thursday
  • Jonathan Toews (CHI) - still out with upper body injury
  • Erik Johnson (D-COL) - questionable for Friday with back spasms
  • Pavel Datsyuk (DET) - out two weeks with knee surgery
  • Adam Larsson (D-NJ) - may return this weekend from lower back injury
  • Vinny Lecavalier (TB) - broken right hand - out indefinitely
  • Alex Ovechkin (WAS) - doubtful this weekend with lower body



Value Picks of the Week


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


Jermome Samson (CAR)

No telling if the Canes will keep Samson in the big leagues, as he closes in the magic number for using up a year of rookie eligibility.  But his time spent on the top line with Staal has been productive.  He's practically free on Fanduel right now.


Teddy Purcell (TB) - $5,900

The deal that sent Steve Downie out of town opened the door for Purcell to shine.  He's gets the seat of honor along side Stamkos and St. Louis.  Don't miss out on this bargain at $5,900.  Since the move, he has 6 points in two games.  He has been held off the scoresheet just one time in the last 9 games.

Weekend Fantasy Hockey Planner - 2/18

by chewy 18. February 2012 06:28

It's an unusually busy weekend for the NHL with 7 games on Friday, 8 on Saturday, and a whopping 10 on Sunday.  With all of that action, you're sure to want to get in on a few daily contests on Fanduel.  Here are some pointers to stash in your brain as you piece together your lineups:



Who's Hot


Jason Spezza (OTT)

Spezza is suddenly the hottest player in the NHL.  Four straight games with multiple points.  He's piled up 5 goals and 7 assists in the last four games for the Senators.  Obviously, he's making his linemates (Michalek and Butler) better right now.


David Perron (STL)

It took a while for Perron to shake off the early season cobwebs, but now that he's done so, we're seeing once again what this star winger can do.  He has 7 goals in his last 6 games for the Blues.  He still comes fairly cheap at $6,800.


Max Pacioretty (MON)

Max has become a goal scoring dynamo for the Canadiens lately.  He has 6 goals in his last 6 games and 13 since the calendar turned to 2012. 


Ryan Callahan (NYR)

The captain has been leading the charge for the first place Rangers.  He has 6 goals during his current five game point streak.



Alex Pietrangelo (D-STL)

Pietrangelo is surging up the leaderboard among defensemen recently.  Coming off another 3 point night on Thursday, he has 7 points in his last 4 games.  He plays nearly half the game each night for St. Louis and is only going to get better from here.


Mike Smith (G-PHO)

Smith has vaulted the Coyotes into a playoff spot in the West with his recent outstanding play.  He's one of the most reliable plays in net right now, having won 6 straight starts, including back to back shutouts.


Jonas Hiller (G-ANA)

Hiller has gone 5-0-1 in his last 6 starts for the surging Ducks.  He's won more games than any other goalie since the start of 2012, and his GAA has plummeted over that time.




Who's Cold


David Krejci (BOS)

Krejci has been on a roller coaster this season.  He started the year in abysmal fashion before going on a strong run in late December.   He has once again disappeared.  He has no points in his last 7 games and has been a negative on the +/- in four straight contests.


Tyler Seguin (BOS)

Krejci isn't the only Bruin struggling to match his previous success.  Seguin has hit the wall in a big way, having just 2 points in his last 8 games for Boston.


Jiri Hudler (DET)

The Wings are winning, but Hudler has done little to contribute to that success on the offensive side of the game.  He finally scored on Tuesday, breaking a five game pointless run.


Stephen Weiss (FLA)

Weiss still earns top-line minutes, but has not been producing top-line points for the suddenly mediocre Panthers.  He has a mere 2 assists over the last 7 games and is a -5 in that slump.


Mikhail Grabovski (TOR)

The Leafs have had some high scoring affairs lately, but Grabovski has been absent from that success.  He has no points in the last five games and is barely registering shots in recent weeks.


Patrick Kane (CHI)

Kane's offensive woes continue, fueling speculation for a possible trade out of Chicago.  He has just 1 assist in the last four games.




Who's Hurt


  • Tuomo Ruutu (CAR) - out 3 weeks with an upper body injury
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson (D-CHI) - concussion symptoms
  • Sheldon Souray (D-DAL) - bruised foot
  • Jamie Benn (DAL) - lower body (day to day)
  • Henrik Zetterberg (DET) - lower body
  • Patric Hornqvist (NAS) - upper body
  • Jaromir Jagr (PHI) - flu
  • Danny Briere (PHI) - left Thursday's game with upper body injury
  • Douglas Murray (D-SJ) - left Thursday's game with throat injury
  • Mike Green (D-WAS) - traveling with the team (finally) - stay tuned



Value Picks of the Week


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


Alex Tanguay (CGY)

Tanguay has seen his pricetag rise a bit to $6,200 recently, as he seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch.  He has 10 points in 9 games for Calgary.


David Jones (COL)

Jones will run you just $5,100 on Fanduel this week and he's heating up for the Avs.  He has 3 goals and 4 assists in the last five games since spending one night in the press box.


Victor Hedman (D-TB)

Hedman won't participate in the pending firesale coming out of Tampa Bay over the next week.  He's been surging lately with 5 points in the last 4 games.  He'll run you just $4,500 right now.


Bobby Butler (OTT)

Butler has benefitted big time from being paired up with Spezza in recent weeks.  After sitting out 3 games in early February, he has points in four straight games, totaling 6 points.  He's bargain priced at just $4,400.


Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

Simmonds is making the most of limited playing time in Philly.  He has an impressive 7 goals in 8 games, including 2 goals on Thursday night following a puck to mouth.  He's priced at just $6,100 now.




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