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Week 2 Fantasy Hockey Planner

by chewy 1. February 2013 15:50

We're two whole weeks into the 2013 fantasy hockey season, which means it's time to revive the weekly fantasy hockey planner.  As in seasons of old, each Friday you should plan to spend your lunch break catching up on the latest news, trends, and fantasy advice right here.  Whether traditional season-long fantasy games is your thing, or if you've gotten hooked on daily leagues, I'll try and give you an edge over your competition. 



Really, it's still pointless to talk about who's hot.  Just look at the point standings.  It's all Sharks, Hawks, and Bolts.  Come back next week for a more relevant conversation on this topic.




Got to stay on top of those injuries.  Here's the latest with big-time fantasy impact:

  • Jason Spezza (F-OTT) - out indefinitely
  • Justin Faulk (D-CAR) - recovered and should be back in action soon
  • Gabriel Landeskog (F-COL) - day-to-day
  • Steve Downie (F-COL) - out for the season.  Time to drop.
  • Scott Hartnell (F-PHI) - broken foot.  Not good.
  • Joffrey Lupul (F-TOR) - broken arm.  Not good.




Most likely, if you haven't jumped on board with these quick starters, it's too late.  But if you're in a sleepy league, here are some monster surprises to start this unconventional season:


  • Andrei "The Zombie" Markov (D-MON) - how many times can this guy come back from the dead?  After three straight injury-riddled seasons, most of us had given up caring.  Many (count me in) assumed he would never be a fantasy factor again.  Yet, here he is, #1 on the charts among defensemen in points and goals.  How long until he's back on the IR?  Doesn't matter.  If it's not too late, claim him now.
  • Vladamir Teresenko (F-STL) - I'll admit.  Never heard of him before last week.  Guess I didn't catch enough of those KHL games during the Dark Ages (aka lockout months).  Through 7 NHL games, he has 5 goals and 9 points, playing alongside Andy McDonald and Alex Steen.  Trust me, you're probably too late for this bandwagon.
  • Cory Conacher (F-TB) - Another rookie bursting out to a fantastic start.  He's partially part of the rising tide in Tampa Bay (ranked #1 in goals scored so far).  And he's doing it without the help of Stamkos and St. Louis.  Good news or bad?  In other words, should we trust the Captain LeCavalier can keep it rolling enough to make Conacher a long-term play?  Worth taking a flier on if he's still free.
  • David Clarkson (F-NJ) - The loss of Parise hasn't hurt the fortunes of Mr. Clarkson.  And if your league favors well-round stat producers (beyond goals and assists), Clarkson is gold.  In addition to healthy point totals, he has strong numbers in hits, PIMs and shots.
  • Sam Gagner (F-EDM) - While the focus has shifted to the younger guns in Edmonton, Gagner is still a young gun himself.  Despite being at just 23 years old, many have pushed him to back burner with the arrival of all the other 1st round forwards to crash the Oilers bench.  Don't forget, this guy had a couple of crazy games about this time last year. 




If you missed the first round of waiver claims, here are a few more recent risers that haven't hit the top 40 in scoring yet:


  • Wade "The Other Zombie" Redden (D-STL) - so, this is Redden's first official trip back from the grave.  Now that the Rangers have opened the tomb and allowed him to stumble West into a fine Blues defense, he's back to being fantasy relevant.  2 goals in first 3 games is a nice start, but apparently, the undead are not immune to the flu.  He'll be sitting this weekend, but it's worth stashing him on your bench for when the sniffles go away.
  • Matt Frattin (F-TOR) - after just 4 games with limited ice time in Toronto, Frattin has piled up a nice 4 goals and 2 assists.  Should his ice time increase, he could be a player worth seizing in the weeks to come.
  • John Mitchell (F-COL) - With O'Reilly still out of the picture, Mitchell has recently seized the opportunity in Colorado.  He just registered a 3-point effort against Calgary, giving him 4 goals in 7 games.
  • Frans Nielsen (F-NYI) - The Islanders just keep scoring.  While the top line may be gone in your league, it's a safe bet that Nielsen, and his 7 points in 7 games are still available.




If you're playing in a deep league, or just want to stay ahead of the curve, here are a few off-the-radar players to keep an eye on for the next few days:


  • Alex Galchenyuk (F-MON) - Currently logging 3rd line minutes, but making the most of it for Montreal.  The 18 year old rookie has 5 points in his first 6 NHL games.
  • Zach Boychuck (F-PIT) - The first round draft pick of Carolina couldn't stick with the Canes, but struck potential gold this week when he was claimed off waivers by the Penguins.  Word is, he'll get an audition next to guys named Malkin and Neal.  Tasty.
  • Mika Zibanejad (F-OTT) - Just claim him for the name.  Somebody will have to pick up those minutes left behind by Spezza's injury.  2 points in 2 games so far.  Let's see what he does with top tier wingers and more than 10 minutes of playing time a night.




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