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Weekend Fantasy Hockey Planner

by chewy 19. November 2011 07:38


Who's Hot


Kris Versteeg (FLA)

Over the past 3 games, Versteeg has been lighting it up for the Panthers.  He has pounded in 4 goals and 3 assists over that span.  Versteeg has bounced around the league quite a bit over the past few years, but never had the opportunity for first line minutes like he has in Florida.  Do not write this off as a fluke.


Jonathan Toews (CHI)

Following a relatively slow start, the Captain has started to earn his pay.  4 goals and 2 assists in 3 games has him on pace for a 40 goal season.


Brad Marchand (BOS)

The Bruins are surging, as is sophomore Brad Marchand.  He's put home 4 goals over the past 3 games.


Brian Campbell (D-FLA)

For the past several years, Campbell's claim to fame was being the most overpriced defenseman in the NHL.  He's now challenging for the league lead in assists among all skaters.  He has 5 points over the last 3 games.  Like Versteeg, Campbell needed a chance to shine as the go-to guy.


Nick Leddy (D-CHI)

Leddy has started to steal minutes away from Seabrook and is becoming a regular fixture on the power play.  He's underpriced.  Four points in the last 3 games.



Brian Elliott (G-STL)

Elliott continues to make the case for split time in St. Louis.  After deferring to Halak for 3 games, he's extended his win streak with a shutout and a 1 goal performance.




Who's Cold


Alex Burmistrov (WPG)

After a stellar start, Burmistrov has just 1 assist over his last 6 games.  He's still throwing an average of 3 shots on net per game, so look for this funk to end soon.


Mike Ribeiro (DAL)

While the top line in Dallas is running well, Ribeiro has fallen from grace.  He has just 1 assist in the last 4 games.  All those pre-season points don't seem to matter much now.  Just 1 goal on the season makes him a hard sell.


Rick Nash (COB)

You almost feel guilty picking on Columbus, but we need to expect more from the captain.   He has just 1 goal in 9 games and hasn't showed up as a plus player since the fourth game of the year.


Alex Ovechkin (WAS)

1 point in four games isn't quite a tragedy, but when it comes at the highest possible price tag, you're not getting your money's worth at this point from #8.


Jake Gardiner (D-TOR)

Gardiner (along with most of theLeafs) has gone cold recently, being held pointless in 5 games.  He's still earning huge minutes for Toronto and has the skills to put points on the board.  When the Leafs start to turn things around, keep him in mind to balance your roster.



Corey Potter (D-EDM)

Potter was a huge value pick in October.  At this point, it's hard to justify playing him.  No points and a -5 over the past 5 games.


Keith Yandle (D-PHO)

Yandle isn't producing any where near the level that he did last season.  He has points in just 2 of the last 7 games.



Evgeni Nabokov (G-NYI)

Nothing is going right in New York right now, and Nabokov is not helping his cause if he wants out.  He has just one victory on the season and it came in his first start back in early October.  Since then, he's dropped 5 games with a GAA approaching 3.



Who's Hurt


  • Ryan Miller (G-BUF) - With the well-publicized Lucic collision, Miller's status looks bad for the near future.  Turn to Enroth and ride the wave as long as it lasts.
  • Marek Zidlicky (D-MIN) - Zidlicky left Tuesday's game with a head injury.
  • Nino Niederreiter (NYI) - Niederrieter made his season debut on Tuesday.  He'll stay on the cheap for a bit, and can provide some punch for the Isles.
  • Tyler Kennedy (PIT) - TK returned to the Penguin lineup.  Look for the happy shooter to contribute soon.
  • Mikhail Grabovski (TOR) -out two weeks with a lower body injury
  • Roberto Luongo (G-VAN) - Luongo's status is in question, as he's out with an upper body injury.  It's Schneider's turn to shine.



Value Picks of the Week


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


Tyler Seguin (BOS) - $7,500

By the end of this weekend, it's conceivable that Seguin could be leading the league in scoring.  Yet, he remains a bargain at 7.5k.   He registered 7 goals over a 4 game stretch in the past two weeks, earning NHL 1st Star honors.


Stephen Weiss (FLA) - $6,500

The rally is on in Florida, as the rebuilt Panthers roster looks to end a decade of misery.  Weiss remains the top offensive threat in Miami and is closing in on a point a game pace.  His cap hit is a bargain right now.


Kris Versteeg (FLA) - $7,800

(See above) - His salary just took a huge bump.  It may happen again soon.


Sean Avery (NYR) - $5,600

 Now that he's back collecting a big league paycheck, Avery has 2 goals in 5 games, with 12 PIMs for good measure.  One of the cheapest forwards available.


Matt Read (PHI) - $5,700

With so much talent crowding the ice in Philly, it's easy to overlook a rookie on the third line.  With 10 points in 14 games, he's an early contender for the Calder Trophy. 

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