Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/29/2009

12/30/2009
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

A pretty strong night for offenses League wide.  Aside from the goaltending clinic on the Island and the rare offensive dearth for Vancouver, every other team scored at least three goals.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) –  By all means Ryan simply dominated last night’s play.  Last year’s Calder runner-up scored two, one on the powerplay and one even strength, while assisting on one more leading the Ducks to a 4-2 victory.  The 22-year-old added three shots on net while finishing a plus two on the night.  Since uniting with Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton the results are impressive.  All three line-mates deserve a spot on your team if they are still available.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/15/2009
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators –  Perhaps the feel good story of the decade, Sullivan plays a large part in the Predators early season success.  A fixture on the top line playing alongside Martin Erat and Jason Arnott, the diminutive forward has six points in his last four  games and ten points in his last seven.  With the Predators one of the hottest teams in the league and a surprise story of the year expect the trend to continue.

Prognosis:  You need to grab this guy if you need help on the left side.  Sullivan should provide at least 60 points by the end of the year.

C: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks – Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne went down, but Koivu did not miss a beat.  In fact, the older of the Koivu brothers is one of the hottest players in the league posting five points over his last three games.  The Ducks new second line of Bobby Ryan – Koivu – Dan Sexton looks incredibly dynamic and has outproduced the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as of late.

Prognosis:  Not sure how long this trend will continue but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter player at the moment.  Stream him until he runs out of gas.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/11/2009

12/12/2009
Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Last night was full of action, with 16 teams in action and eight games.   Similar to yesterday, half of the teams scored two goals or less, making it an even split between offense and defense. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Koivu transitioned to his new linemate incredibly well.  Since rookie Dan Sexton found himself playing with the veteran and last year’s Calder Trophy candidate Bobby Ryan the line has produced for the Ducks.  Last night was no different as Koivu scored a goal assisted by Sexton and then assisted on the rookie’s tally later in the period.  In addition, the 35-year-old posted a plus two rating, sat two minutes in the box and fired a shot on goal giving him a perfect shooting percentage.  Firmly seated as the number two center in Anaheim, look for him to continue posting consistent secondary scoring in Anaheim.

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Keeper Watch: Two Russians & A Finn

12/09/2009
Colorado Avalanche v Florida Panthers

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

Their must be something in the water, because there haven’t been a lot of kids making impact this week.  With the NHL getting younger and younger it is important for us to monitor the progress of prospects as well their role as they make the team.  In previous weeks, we had to make several cuts in order to cut it down to five or six.  This week we only can think of three.  Without further adieu, here are the kids we like.

C: Artem Anisimov, New York Rangers – In the preseason this kid looked like the next Russian superstar.  Why exactly this has changed is beyond me.  Did anyone realistically think he was going to have a rookie season similar to Ilya Kovalchuk or Alexander Ovechkin? The 21-year-old is currently on pace for 37 points but I see him capable of 50 points easily.

The New York Rangers essentially have zero secondary scoring.  As coach Tortorella shuffles lines two players remain constants together: Marian Gaborik and Vaclav Prospal.  Shuffling in and out of that line is Christopher Higgins, Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery.  With Arty playing with the two, the Rangers defeated a strong Buffalo Sabres team but now Avery finds himself back on the line .

Prognosis: Arty has too much skill not to play on a first line, eventually. Check out his highlight reel moves here.

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