The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 01/17/12 at 01:53 AM ET
Before I list the six picks for Tuesday, a day in which we see 11 games on the schedule, I’d like to congratulate a great friend in fantasy hockey on the five-year anniversary of his site.
If you like websites that live, love, eat, sleep, and drink hockey (aside from Kukla’s Korner, of course), then you need to check out The Program. Chris Wassel provides healthy portions of game previews and recaps, hockey history, video clips, and of course fantasy hockey. Chris is also a podcasting legend, as he analyzes the game of hockey from many different angles – often the humorous ones. Thanks Chris for the mentions of the Pick Six in your article Fantasy Hockey ONE. Glad you enjoy reading.
Ryan Kesler, C, VAN – start
This “war of words” between Kesler and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was the major news in Canuck Nation today (Vancouver Sun); although this small time reporter believes that the whole situation has been blown out of proportion. Still, an angry Kesler is a productive Kesler, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take out his frustration on the Kings on Tuesday. After scoring 41 goals last season, Kes has found the twine just 12 times this season and has just three points in his last eight games.
David Booth, LW, VAN – add/start
Booth returned from a knee injury on Sunday and proved to be one of the better Canucks despite not earning a point. Booth had 12 points in 19 games before his injury and had found his stride with a three-point game the game before the injury. Although Alain Vigneault doesn’t correlate icetime with contract size (just ask Keith Ballard), Booth should find ample opportunity to work on the second line alongside Kesler. He is available in most Yahoo leagues.
Jay Harrison, D, CAR – add/start
The concussion to Joni Pitkanen has opened up considerable minutes for Harrison, which he is making good on. With five goals and seven points in last eight games, former Leaf has accrued 23 minutes of icetime in each of his last two games. Although he didn’t score on Sunday against Washington, you can’t criticize him for lack of effort, as he registered five shots on goal in the game.
Derick Brassard, C, CBJ – add/start
Maybe I’ll bring Allan Walsh along with me the next time I ask my boss for a raise. Brassard’s agent was kind enough to remind the masses that Brassard has nine points (4g-5a) in his last 12 games. I will beg to differ with Mr. Walsh that Brassard is a 60-70 point forward, but at least Brassard has improved his stock considerably – whether the Jackets decide to keep him or not. He’ll at least continue to see top-6 minutes with Jeff Carter on IR for a while.
Richard Bachman, G, DAL – add/start
Bachman is your waiver-wire goaltending add for Tuesday (Mike Heika), although there are probably more reasons not to start him than to start him. The Stars minus Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro face a Red Wings team that is in its usual place at or near the top of the standings. As well, the Stars will be playing their second of back-to-backs, but then again so will the Wings. Bachman was solid in his temporary stay as Stars’ starter (6-2-0), so he’s worth a flier if you are chasing wins.
Matt Niskanen, D, PIT – bench/drop
One regular reader recently asked me about keeping Niskanen. Looking at the stats, it’s difficult to justify a roster spot for him with just one assist in his last ten games. With Kris Letang medically cleared to return following a concussion (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Niskanen’s fantasy value will soon be very slight. Start looking for other options.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter.