Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fulfilling your fantasy, Part 2


Part two of one person's list of fantasy-worthy players for each NHL team. Today's post features another six teams. To clarify things a little, these are players I'd consider owning but is not a complete list of fringe guys who might get hot here and there. I'm no expert, I just watch a lot of hockey and play a lot of fantasy hockey.

It's occurred to me that this would've been even better to do before the season to maybe help people out. Then again, that might've made it tougher for me to win. Plus it's less an advice guide and just a simple listing, especially since some players had their places affected by the first two months of the season.


Must-own: Craig Anderson

Should own: Paul Stastny, Chris Stewart, John-Michael Liles

Could own: Matt Duchene

PIMs guy: Cody McLeod

Comments: If I did this list in the preseason, there's no way Liles would even be on it, let alone as "should own." But he's playing that well these days. Duchene probably should be owned too, certainly in keeper leagues. He's not having a spectacular sophomore season but it's not horrid either. Milan Hejduk is growing old but could be worth owning.


Must-own: Rick Nash

Should own: This is a real tough call, but none.

Could own: Steve Mason, Mathieu Garon, Antoine Vermette, Jakub Voracek

PIMs guy: Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett

Deeper picks: Derrick Brassard, R.J. Umberger

Comments: Mason and Garon are almost "should own" players; Mason is sometimes stellar but his inconsistency and tendency to have four-, five-goal games is a problem. And Garon's status suffers because it's a goalie rotation at best for him. I'm sure they prefer Mason gets the bulk of the starts. Vermette adds even more value when factoring in his faceoff success. Jan Hejda is a guy to look to for hits and blocks; Rostislav Klesla is a very good blocker.


Must-own: Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson

Should own: James Neal, Brenden Morrow

Probably should own: Mike Ribeiro, Kari Lehtonen, Stephane Robidas

Could own: Steve Ott, Jamie Benn

Comments: I really want the Penguins to get just one of those wingers. Sheesh. Let's see. Lehtonen's hot and cold; you never know what you'll get from him. Ott is a surprisingly valuable fantasy player in everything. He sees power play time, he gets an occasional shorthanded goal, he's decent on faceoffs, he's a solid hitter and of course, he's a big PIMs producer. Ribeiro is starting to heat up with the goals. Robidas is another good all-around producer in points, blocks and hits. This is actually a pretty nice team to look to for fantasy players.


Must-own: Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen

Should own: Henrik Zetterberg

Could own: Todd Bertuzzi, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom

Grit players: Brad Stuart (hits, blocks)

Comments: Zetterberg is a little overrated as a fantasy force, if you ask me. He's very capable, don't get me wrong. But he's not an elite offensive force; only once has he had a 90-point season. He does provide excellent value with faceoffs though. Another problem is his health. He's not a huge injury risk but you can normally pencil him in to miss a handful or more of games. Also, look elsewhere if you want PIMs. This team doesn't have those.


Must-own: None

Should own: None

Probably should own: Taylor Hall, Ryan Whitney

Could own: Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner

Comments: In standard, year-to-year leagues, no Oiler should be on someone's roster. In keeper leagues, Hall, Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi are worth looks. But the Oilers are so bad, it's pretty barren for fantasy hockey consideration. Whitney is the closest in standard leagues because he's a defenseman who's putting up nearly a point per game. You'll notice no goalie made this list. There's a reason for that. I'll let you figure it out. Theo Peckham is a decent grit guy.


Must-own: None

Should own: Tomas Vokoun

Could own: David Booth

You could do worse: Stephen Weiss, Michael Frolik, Bryan McCabe, Dennis Wideman

Comments: It's possible that Florida is an even worse source of fantasy players than Edmonton. One difference is Vokoun is a very capable No. 2 goalie, mainly because the Panthers tend to give up over 30 shots a game and he gets a high save percentage. He steals games occasionally too. In the preseason, Booth and Weiss would've been "should own" but since I'm doing this list just after Thanksgiving, neither is very worthy of a spot. Florida doesn't even have someone to get PIMs. Basically, stay away from Florida unless it's Vokoun, and even then, make sure he's not your No. 1.

More teams later, probably Sunday.

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