Sunday, March 16, 2014

Late Season Fantasy Hockey Saviours

Who is this guy? He could be your fantasy hockey saviour.
The NHL season is winding down and that means fantasy hockey GMs are desperately looking to grab as many points as they can to try and win their pools. In the past few years I've seen 1st to 4th separated by 4.5 points in rotisserie pools and have even been knocked out of the playoffs in a head-to-head pool by a single powerplay point. Losing by that small of a margin sucks so make sure to give your waiver wire a looksie to find the potential difference maker for your team going forward.

Here are 5 players that you should pick up for your fantasy hockey stretch run:

Anders Lee, New York Islanders
Lee has been on fire since being called up from Bridgeport of the AHL following the Olympic break. In 9 games, the 23-year-old centreman has 6 goals and 10 points. Getting time on the Isles top line with Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, Lee is also a +5 and has 27 shots on goal. The only downsize is that he is listed at the centre position in most fantasy leagues which is usually a pretty deep fantasy position. Lee is only owned in 5% of Yahoo! leagues so get on it and pick him up.

Tyson BarrieColorado Avalanche
Not everyday you can find a defenceman who is averaging 0.58 points a game and pick him up for nothing as a free agent. Currently owned in just 35% of Yahoo! leagues, Barrie has really had a great second half of the season putting up 21 points in the new year to boost his season total to 9 goals and 29 points in 50 games played. In other categories he's worth a look as well with a +14 rating, 75 shots on goal, 8 powerplay points and 3 game winning goals. Throw in the fact that Barrie has 10 points in the last 11 games and you should probably grab this kid before someone else does.

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild
In the last 30 days, Kuemper is ranked 2nd in goalie stats just behind Jonathan Quick, yet he is owned in just 49% of Yahoo! leagues. Goalie starts and the chance of a shutout or two can help down the stretch run and Kuemper's 2.19 GAA and .924 save percentage should have already alerted you to his play. Grab him now and leapfrog a few teams in the standings.

Ales HemskyOttawa Senators
Hemsky has 7 points in the last 4 games and looks to be pretty happy that he is no longer the scapegoat in Edmonton. He has been getting lots of playing time on the top line with Jason Spezza and has been one of the hotter players in the last 14 days. While you shouldn't expect a good +/- or PIMs from the right winger, he should be good for some powerplay points down the stretch. There is a good chance Hemsky is still available in your league as he is currently owned in only 24% of Yahoo! leagues.

Ondrej PalatTampa Bay Lightning
Palat has had a great year so far and might have flown under the radar in your league and should still be available as he's owned in just 22% of Yahoo! leagues. He has 7 points in the last 4 games and is getting plenty of ice time playing +17 minutes a night on Tampa's strong second line with Ryan Callahan and Val Filppula. Who knows, the left winger could even find himself feeding Steven Stamkos if he's struggling to score down the stretch.



  2. I drafted Tyson Barrie.
    He's been great for me

    1. I also Drafted him but dropped him when coach Roy was benched him. I regret that.


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