Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fantasy Hockey: Don't Give Up

It's that time of the fantasy hockey season where GMs in your leagues start falling off the radar. They might be occasional roster checkers to start who are now finding themselves sitting in last place. This usually leads to them never logging in again during the season and being a waste of space in the league. Or there's the GM's who've battled so much adversity in the first two months of the season that they've simply walked away with all hopes lost. Sure losing one of Stamkos, Rinne and Quick are hurting your team, but you can plug those holes and stay afloat until they return.

Whatever you do, don't give up. After all, that's a cardinal sin in fantasy hockey for us. You screw over your league with your Scott Howson-like GMing when you do that and it could result in you not receiving a future invite. Dig through some fantasy hockey sites for advice, look for line combinations, player trends and turn your team around. It's still early in the season to stay in the hunt and if you have money riding on your pool then it's in your wallet's interest to stay competitive.

With all this said, here are 5 guys you might want to acquire to help turn your season around:

Dustin Penner

Yes, the man who injured his back eating pancakes would be a huge addition to your fantasy squad. Penner is currently playing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry so it's no surprise he's turned into a point-per-game player this season. What also makes Penner so special is he's a +17 which puts him first among forwards in the league. Throw in Penner's 29 hits and 52 SOGs and he looks like he's in in his 2009-10 form when he notched 32 goals and 63 points with the Edmonton Oilers. Land him in a trade if you can, or better yet, scoop him off waivers if he's still there.

Claude Giroux

You might be able to buy low on Giroux after his abysmal 15-game goalless drought to start the season so it's worth baiting the GM who owns him as Giroux is heating up. Since the Ray Emery assault on Braden Hotlby, the Flyers having been on a 10-4-2 tear and Giroux's got his offence going with 5 goals and 9 assists in that stretch. With 8 of those points coming on the powerplay and his shot total at 80 for the season, Giroux is certainly making a run to get back in the Sochi 2014 talks. Expect him to play with a big chip on his shoulder this month and even more so afterwards if he doesn't make the Team Canada roster.

Clarke MacArthur

The General is having a hell of a season in Ottawa and he's done so under the radar. With 8 goals and 12 assists, MacArthur's been mixing it up on the Sens top lines and has benefited from playing with guys like Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza throughout the season. With 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 games, MacArthur is a solid fit on any fantasy hockey team's left wing. Boosting his stats are a +12 rating and 22 PIMs making MacArthur an all-around fantasy stud if you can scoop him up.

Marek Mazanec

With Pekka Rinne out with an E. coli infection, the young Czech netminder has stepped in admirably for the Predators and is sporting a 5-5-1 record. The 22-year-old is also rocking an impressive 2.09 GAA, .930 SV%, and has two shutouts on the year. He's an excellent plug if your having goalie problems and should continue to stop pucks with a decent Nashville defensive system in front of him. While it's unknown how long he'll be starting games for the Preds, it might be better to bet against Pekka Rinne's hips these days.

Jason Garrison

The big Vancouver d-man has been a stud on the Canucks blueline this season and with 3 goals and 14 assists he's 5th in team points behind the usual suspects and some guy named Mike Santorelli (worth a pick-up as well). What we love about Garrison is that he has 85 shots on goal and 7 powerplay points. While that may not be great compared to other d-men in the league, it's special in that Vancouver's powerplay has underachieved at just a 14.1% success rate despite being one of the league leaders in shot attempts with the extra man advantage. Look for Garrison's powerplay point totals to increase as more of these opportunities start to open up:


  1. Marek Mazanec is saving my goalie stats right now.

  2. i picked up penner in a keeper league and he has been a pleasant surprise.

  3. Had a guy in my league give up. He's been trading away his best players for 6-packs of beer.


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