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:
Wheeler has amassed a whopping 10 point in his last 4 games. He's still a cheap RW option at just
- 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.
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)
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
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
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
Matt Niskanen (D-PIT)
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
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
David Backes (STL)
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.
- Niklas Hjalmarsson (D-CHI) -
- 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.