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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

 

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