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by chewy 6. January 2012 08:45

With NFL action winding down, many fantasy addicts will be turning to the NHL.  Read on to get a jump on some trends before setting your rosters this weekend.


Who's Hot


Alex Ovechkin (WAS)

#8 is finally shaking off the cobwebs and putting the puck in the net.  He has 6 goals in the last 5 games and a total of 11 points on a recent 7 game scoring streak.  It's safe to make him a regular once more on your Fanduel lineup.  He's still lingering just under 8k, but that won't last long.


Blake Wheeler (WPG)

Despite being separated from sniper Evander Kane on the top line, Wheeler continues to produce for the Jets.  He has 9 points in his last 7 games and remains a bargain on Fanduel.


John Tavares (NYI)

The Islanders are showing signs of life in early January, thanks in large part to the performance of J.T.  His last three games have featured multiple points, giving him 7 points in the past week.  He's proven himself to be one of the streakiest players in the league, so climb on board while the going's good.


Steve Downie (TB)

One way or another, Downie is generating fantasy points.  After posting 7 points in 3 games, he was held scoreless on Sunday; however, he managed to put up 20, yes 20, penalty minutes that night.  Playing sidekick to St. Louis and Stamkos is a recipe for fantasy success.


Eric Staal (CAR)

Signs of life from the Captain in Carolina.  After a six game scoreless streak, he showed up with a three point game against Toronto and followed that up with 2 points versus the Lightning.  He's an attractive center option who remains undervalued on Fanduel.


Dion Phaneuf (D-TOR)

Phaneuf continues to make his case for the Norris Trophy this season, and he's been a fantasy workhorse lately.  The Toronto defenseman has 5 points in his last 3 games, and 8 in his last 7.  He's also piling up the shots on goal, averaging 5+ a game over the past two weeks.


Tomas Vokoun (G-WAS)

First he was forgotten, now he's unstoppable.  After a 5-game stint on the bench, Vokoun has responded in fine fashion, going 4-0 with a 1.25 GAA over that stretch.  He's officially out of Hunter's doghouse.


Evgeni Nabokov (G-NYI)

If you were bold enough to take a chance on the low-priced Nabokov this past week, you probably cashed in.  He's gone 3-0 with a 1.62 GAA over this past week.





Who's Cold


Danny Briere (PHI)

While the top line in Philly is pulling its weight, Briere has been MIA.  He hasn't scored a point since Dec. 19th and has just 1 in the last nine games.


Milan Michalek (OTT)

Michalek once led the league in goals this season, then came the five game concussion hiatus.  Since that time, he just hasn't been the same player.  He has just a single assist and no goals in the last five games.  He didn't even register a shot against Tampa last night.


Derek Stepan (NYR)

After a fantastic run in December, things have slowed down considerably for Stepan.  He just registered an assist last night to break a four game scoreless streak.


Corey Perry (ANA)

Nothing outside of Selanne is working in Anaheim this season.  Even last year's MVP has hit the wall.  He has just 1 point in his last 5 games.


Brent Burns (D-SJ)

The last six games have netted zero points and a -3 rating for Burns on the Sharks defense.


Mikka Kiprusoff (G-CGY)

Kiprusoff hasn't won a game in his last 4 appearances and is averaging 3+ goals against over that stretch.  The Flames are back on the downward spiral.



Who's Hurt


  • Brad Marchand (BOS) - missed the romp in Calgary last night with the flu
  • Rene Bourque (CGY) - not hurt, but won't be playing for 5 games, thanks to the ruling from Shanahan
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) - will miss a month with a shoulder injury
  • Slava Voynov (D-LA) - missed last night's game with an upper body injury
  • Shea Weber (D-NAS) - returned last night from concussion issues
  • Jaromir Jagr (PHI) - will miss a couple weeks with the ole' groin injury
  • Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) - questionable for Saturday (head)



Value Picks of the Week


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


Evgeni Nabokov (G-NYI) - $5,600

(see above)


Erik Karlsson (D-OTT) - $6,600

I rarely endorse a defenseman in this price range, but Karlsson is in another universe right now for Ottawa.  At least one of those Ottawa All-Star berths were merited.


Nazem Kadri (C-TOR) - $4,300

Since finding his way back from the minors, Kadri has done his fair share with limited playing time.  If he can earn a few more minutes on one of the top lines, we might see some serious production from the young center.


Jiri Hudler (LW-DET) - $5,300

Hudler is heating up with 3 goals in the past two games.  You'll be hard pressed to find better value on the wing than Hudler at this salary right now.


Michael Ryder (RW-DAL) - $6,200

Ryder just can't get any respect from the salary setters at Fanduel this season.  Despite sitting at 17 goals for the year, he remains value-priced.  He has 12 points in the last 10 games.


P.A. Parenteau (RW-NYI) - $5,900

He's bouncing around between lines on the Island, but continues to produce.  He's registered 8 points in the last 7 games.




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