Every Monday we will reveal our fantasy players for the past week, as well as our players to watch out for in the upcoming week for various types of pools and leagues
Fantasy hockey leagues are buzzing these days. In Yahoo! Head-to-Head leagues, teams are clinching playoff spots and trade deadlines are coming up. Fantasy GM's are paying closer attention to detail as we dive into the final full month of regular season fantasy hockey. Don't be afraid to make some moves to shake your team up, there's no reward for finishing 2nd in your playoff pool.
Fantasy Players Of The Week By Position
C - Vincent Lecavalier (TAM)
Vinny is starting to look like the Vinny of old with 7 goals and 5 assists in his last 9 games. Lecavalier had a big week with 2 goals and 4 assists - thanks in part to a 5 point game against the Coyotes. Lecavalier got in on the powerplay action as well, netting 4 points with the extra man. Hopefully he can keep this scoring burst going.
LW - Milan Lucic (BOS)
Lucic returned home to Vancouver this weekend and didn't disappoint the people in the fans who were there to see him. He had 3 points that game, including the game winner, and finished the week with 3 goals and 3 assists. Throw in the fact he was a +6 with one fight, and you're looking at a fantasy performance that resembles one of Lucic's bosses - Hoss Hall of Famer Cam Neely.
RW - Phil Kessel (TOR)
Believe it or not, Phil Kessel was the top ranked fantasy hockey player in Yahoo! leagues the past week. Posting 4 goals and 4 assists, Kessel had the most points out of all players this week through Toronto's 4 games. As we tell our friends, we take full credit for Phil Kessel's recent scoring outbreak.
D - Travis Hamonic (NYI)
Easily becoming one of the top fantasy D-men in Yahoo! thanks to his PIMs, Hamonic is also an offensive threat. With 4 points this week, Hamonic now has 11 points and 62 PIMs in his last 14 games. For a defenceman, Hamonic is worth a pick up.
D - John-Michael Liles (COL)
Throughout a great deal of trade speculation, Liles has performed like he was at the beginning of the season. With 5 points this week, 3 via powerplay, Liles appears to be gelling with recent addition and American brethren, Erik Johnson. Liles remains a good pick in most leagues for a D-man, and probably even more so if he's traded to a playoff-destined team.
G - Corey Crawford
Crawford went 3-0 this week, posting a shutout as well. While his numbers were not as sparkling as other tenders this week, they were still top fantasy performer worthy. Honourable mention to Henrik Lundqvist and Johan Hedberg who posted 2-1 records, but had solid numbers to back up the loss.
Players to Watch This Week
In the West, take either Sedin. If you have to pick a star to double the points, go with Daniel. He has a 5 point lead over Henrik and the Canucks have 4 games this week against CBJ, NSH, LA, and ANA. In the East, we're tempted to take Stamkos, but Ovechkin has the easier schedule playing NYI, STL, and FLA - going to hope he can pop some goals on non-playoff teams.
Going to go with Nicklas Lidstrom in the West again. He has been a great fantasy D-man this year with 49 points in 62 games. The Wings play LA, ANA, SJ, and PHX this week and we expect Lidstrom to remain on his scoring pace. In the East, Kris Letang is your best bet for a stud D-man with 3 games. He's playing major minutes and getting more powerplay time than he knows what to do with it - he's good for a few points.
In the West, going with Miikka Kiprusoff who we hope plays all 4 games this week. Kipper got a shutout for us last night for our CBC pool and we hope he can keep that going this week. In the East, Ryan Miller and the Sabres are making a playoff run and have some pivotal games this week against NYR, CAR, PHI, and MIN that we think Miller will show his leadership in.
Some interesting stats from this week:
- Pekka Rinne got his only win this week in Columbus, extending the longest current winning streak in an NHL city (debatable) to 16 wins for the Preds in Columbus.
- Henrik Zetterberg was a -6 this week, Brett Lebda was a +5.
- Ovechkin led the league in shots with 18, but only had 1 goal, dropping his shooting percentage to .081% - the lowest in his career.