Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/06/2010

01/07/2010
Dallas Stars v New York Rangers

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.

Not too busy of a night with six games and 12 teams in action.  Complete tie between the offense and defense as six teams scored two or less and six three or more.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 6, 2009:

THIRD STAR:  James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  van Riemsdyk played a large role in the Flyers 6-2 route of the Leafs.  In under 14 minutes of ice time, the 20-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on another. In addition, the former 2nd overall pick fired three shots on goal while finishing the game a modest plus-two.  Even though his scoring pace slowed down from a point-per-game clip at the quarter mark, this top prospect should finish with respectable numbers and eventually break out.

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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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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 11/29/2009

11/30/2009
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins.

Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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)

THIRD STAR: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – The Ducks all-time leading scorer was among the League’s hottest players this week.  The 39-year-old scored three goals and added two assists in four games, with four of those points coming on the powerplay.  Selanne added two penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal while maintaining an even plus/minus.  On the season, the right wing now has 14 goals in 25 games.

SECOND STAR: Brad Richards, Dallas Stars (0-1-0) – Still flying well below the radar, the 29-year-old is once again an elite playmaker.  This past week was no different as the center scored one goal and assisted on five more.  Although he finished the week a minus one, his five powerplay points and 17 shots were enough to put him in this spot.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/26/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

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