Keeper Watch: HABitual Post-Hype Sleepers

Atlanta Thrashers v New York Islanders

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. We will also focus on young players once considered top prospects. 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.

Not many rookies on this list, as the rookie boom seems to have slowed in recent weeks.  Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper.

LW: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens –  The controversial winger, usually referred to as AK 46, returned to form in the last couple weeks.  A former 10th overall pick, the older Kostitsyn now has 14 points over his last 12 games for a team that desperately needs scoring.  One can only expect this scoring to continue as this player has the polish and the pedigree not to mention will receive large minutes in lieu of the injury to Brian Gionta.

Prognosis:  Grab him and stream him while this trend keeps up.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/22/2009

Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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)

THIRD STAR: Slava Kozlov (0-0-1), Atlanta Thrashers -The veteran winger contributed in a big way for his team Sunday afternoon.  Scoring a goal and an assist his breakout kept the Thrashers in the game.  He added 3 shots and finished the evening a plus two.  Tough call between Kozlov and teammate Tobias Enstrom, but the Russian edged him out by one shot and an extra plus.  Coming off a 76-point season he only has 10 points in his first 20 games, making him an ideal buy-low candidate.

SECOND STAR: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-0) -Who would have thought I would mention Foster twice in one week!  Playing primarily with Vincent Lecavalier, the journeyman defenseman made the brief switch to forward and it paid dividends.  He finished the game with a goal and an assist, contributing a powerplay point, four shots on goal and a plus one.  Congratulations Kurtis, you’re a NHLHS celebrity.

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