November 18, 2008

Fantasy Frenzy: Barely Legal Edition

As previously promised I am going to do a rundown of some of this season's high profile rookies and what they have brought to the fantasy table so far. So without further delay:
  • Steven Stamkos (2G-2A-8PIM-(-8)) - I will spare you the "Seen Stamkos" puns here and skip straight to the obvious... Stamkos has been a big disappointment thus far. It seemed like Barry Melrose was keeping Stamkos on the bench as some weird attempt to gain credibility with his players. Whatever the case things can only get better for the top overall pick under new Head Coach Rick Tocchet. Still, I would not rush out to pick up the kid if I were you.
  • Kyle Turris (1G-4A-2PIM-(-4)) -Big things are expected of Turris, but his development has been very slow thus far. There is no way he should be on your fantasy team unless he is your son. It is that simple.
  • Blake Wheeler (6G-2A-10PIM-+4) -Wheeler has shown signs of promise in his debut with the Bruins, but he is lacking consistency big time. Like most of the guys on this list Wheeler just doesn't get enough minutes to be relevant in fantasy circles right now.
  • Drew Doughty (2G-4A-14PIM-+6) - The opposite of Wheeler, Stamkos, and the like Drew Doughty is playing big minutes for the Kings and playing well. Doughty should only continue to improve as the season wears on and he could make a good third or fourth defender in some leagues.
  • Luke Schenn (0G-2A-22PIM-(-6)) -This bud is playing a lot, but unless you are desperate for PIMs there is no reason to consider adding him.
  • Kris Versteeg (5G-10A-8PIM-+9) -Now we are getting somewhere. Versteeg has stepped right into the Chicago lineup and been lights out. I don't know that I could come up with a case for why you should not find a place for Versteeg on your roster. I guarantee you someone out there has a roster spot to fill due to injury (ahem, Andy McDonald owners...) and will get a pleasant surprise in Versteeg.
  • Fabian Brunnstrom (6G-1A-0PIM-(-8)) -Brunnstrom burst onto the NHL scene with a hat trick in his first game. Unfortunately, like most Dallas players, he has done little since. He is worth keeping an eye on, but not worth a roster spot at this time.
  • Kyle Okposo (2G-3A-4PIM-(-6)) -Okposo is one of the cornerstones of the Islanders rebuilding project, but he has a long way to go before he fills the same role on fantasy teams. To be honest, I can't think of anyone on the Islanders I would want on my fantasy team right now.
  • Derick Brassard (8G-9A-6PIM-+9) - Probably the biggest fantasy prize on this list, Brassard has been great so far in Columbus. Much like Versteeg, Brassard would be a nice addition to just about any fantasy roster.
Not exactly a list of hot commodities is it? I'll be straight with you here... I almost never carry rookies on my teams. Only twice have I ever drafted rookies and their names were Crosby and Malkin. Alex Ovechkin was strong in his rookie campaign as well, but these players are the exception and not the rule. Generally speaking you are better off going with veteran players over rookies. That way you at least have an idea of what to expect from them.

Pick-Up of the Week:
  • David Perron (LW - STL) - The second year winger for the Blues has picked up his game of late with 2 goals, 6 assists, and 8 PIM in his last 7 games. With Andy McDonald now out with a broken leg the Blues may start looking to Perron to aid the offensive cause.
Fantasy 3 Stars of the Week:
  1. Alexander Ovechkin - The Caps cranked up the offense this week after putting the trio of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin on a line together. AO led the charge with 5 goals, 5 assists, and a +11 rating.
  2. Nicklas Backstrom - Backstrom also shook off his slow start to the season with 2 goals, 9 assists, and a +10. Backstrom also almost singlehandedly killed me in my head-to-head matchup with Leahy last week.
  3. Evgeni Malkin - Geno posted 3 goals and 5 assists on the week as the Penguins have started to quietly inch closer to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Chris Yarbrough is the GFH Fantasy Guru for the 2008-09 season. You can read more from Chris on his own blogs, Taking One for the Team and The Flower Shop.

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1 comment:

BrettB in STL said...

Leaving out Patrick Berglund?!?! If TJ Oshie didn't get hurt, he'd be the best Rookie to date. (Which isn't a surprise) Now since every top player for the Blues has been hurt, Perron and Berglund who were both benched earlier this season, are now getting more minutes, and thus are able to get more points.

Berglund did have a nice 5-game point streak snapped their last game, but he'll bounce back as his minutes have been skyrocketed as the Blues are at 84 man games due to injury, and that's not including EJ's golf cart, and Kings shoulder who are out for the year, and others who continue to be out Oshie, and McDonald.

Put it this way the Blues, are Black and Blue, but still surviving.