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:
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)
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)
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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