December 23, 2008

Fantasy Frenzy: All I Want For Christmas...

It is a slow week in the NHL this week thanks to Christmas so I thought this would be a good time to take a step back and run down a few players you should consider adding to your Christmas list before you send it off to Sandy Claws.

  • Ryan Whitney (D - PIT) - Whitney is slated to make his season debut against the Lightning tonight. If he is still available in your league grab him right now. I guarantee you he is better than at least one of the d-men currently on your roster. And for the people like me who have had him stashed since draft day... your patience is about to pay off.
  • Matt D'Agostini (RW -MON) - He is probably a reach in a shallow league, but 8 points in 11 games on a team like Montreal should be enough to at least put him on your radar for the time being.
  • Todd White (C - ATL) - He won't do you any favors in the +/- department (he plays for the Thrashers after all), but White has been filling the net lately with 14 points (7g-7a) in his last 14 games. Somebody has to score for Atlanta, right?
  • Bobby Ryan (RW - ANA) - It has been a turbulent season so far for Ryan in Anaheim, but with Teemu Selanne out for at least a month he should get some quality minutes going forward. He has posted 8 points in his last 7 games for the Ducks and should only continue to improve on those numbers.
  • R.J. Umberger (C - CLB) - Umberger has not had the kind of debut season in Columbus that many anticipated, but with Derrick Brassard now out for the season Umberger will be looked to to help the offense. He could start to pick up his game and start to net the kind of numbers he seemed to save for games against the Penguins during his Flyer days.
  • Drew Stafford (RW - BUF) - Stafford has been put on Derek Roy's line for the Sabres and responded with 9 points (5g-4a) in his last 9 games. He is a solid play for as long as he is riding shotgun with Roy. This could also be a good time to buy low on Jason Pominville if you are so inclined.
  • David Krejci (C - BOS) - Okay, he's not really available in your league. I just wanted to say I told you so. Blake Wheeler could be a nice pick up though as he (and pretty much everyone else for the Bruins that is not concussion prone) is red hot right now.
No 3 Stars this week. Be sure to stop by next Tuesday when I will unleash the All-08 Fantasy Team on you. Also feel free to add to the above list in the comments section. We can all use that extra edge in our fantasy ventures.

Chris Yarbrough is the GFH Fantasy Guru for the 2008-09 season. You can read more from Chris on his own blog, Taking One for the Team.

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Whale4ever said...

Nice list. And I was able to grab Krejci late last week...and Sundin too! Gotta stay on it.

Have a great Christmas, Sean! The very best of New Years as well!

Frank said...

Amazingly I was able to get Ryan Whitney off waivers. Someone dropped him after the draft and I guess forgot about him.

I'm hoping I can do the same with Brodeur in February.


Happy Hawlidays Sean.