The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/27/12 at 01:02 AM ET
Two weeks is all that is left in the fantasy season. So if you’re reading this, you’re still competing in your fantasy league to some degree. Perhaps you are competing in your league finals, or perhaps you are in the head-to-head matchup in which the loser finishes dead last. No, I’m not in that position, but as of yesterday I know for sure that I won’t win every league that I’m competing in. But I do have first place locked up in one roto league and am still competing for first in two other head-to-head leagues.
In the spirit of trying to pull out every last stop, this Pick Six strictly lists notable players that I’ve added or dropped over the past few days. At this stage I’m paying some attention to matchups and recent performance, but a solid argument can be made for just about any player if the add is only for only a game or two.
David Perron, RW, STL – add/start
I am seriously surprised that Perron is only owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues, given the Blues’ level of success this season. His point-per-game total (37 points in 51 games) is impressive, as is his plus/minus (+20). In fact, Perron could have been the Blues’ leading scorer if not for his concussion problems. As it stands, Perron is tied for fifth in scoring on a team that could win the President’s Trophy.
Travis Hamonic, D, NYI – add/start
Do you have a defensive slot that sits empty night after night? Hamonic won’t let it go to waste with contributions all around. Hamonic has six points over his last seven games, while his 71 penalty minutes sits third on the Islanders. The 21-year-old already averages over 22 minutes of icetime per game, so you won’t have to worry about the lack of icetime that seems to plague young players.
Kimmo Timonen, D, PHI – add/start
Timonen is employed in the majority of leagues, but I wondered why he was still available in one league given his recent production. Over the past month, Timonen has been remarkably consistent, scoring ten points (2g-8a) over his last 14 games. The assist machine is only two helpers shy of 40 assists on the season, a total that he would reach for the first time in three seasons.
Mikael Samuelsson, RW, FLA – add/start
Samuelsson appeared to be headed toward milk carton territory upon his trade to Florida, but he recorded a four-game point streak earlier this month. He is especially worth targeting if you need power-play goals, given that 7 of his 11 goals and 12 of his 26 points this season have been of the power-play variety.
Devan Dubnyk, G, EDM – add/start
Over the past few years, the Oilers haven’t exactly been known for their goaltending, so Dubnyk’s recent accomplishments have perhaps gone unnoticed. Dubnyk has won five of his last six games while holding a 1.82 GAA and a .940 SV% this month. Just because he doesn’t play meaningful games doesn’t mean that he can’t help your fantasy squad.
Taylor Hall, LW, EDM – drop
Hall (concussion) hasn’t started skating, so his chances of playing even one game this season appear slight. With such a small window of opportunity to win your fantasy league, you are probably wasting roster space in keeping Hall. Too bad, since he scored goals in each of his previous four full games prior to his concussion.
While we’re on the subject of left wingers with concussions, it’s probably also time to drop Daniel Sedin, as his owner in the Kukla’s Korner league had recently done (hello again Steven Ives).
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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.