December 2, 2008

Fantasy Frenzy: The Cream Is Rising

I am going to be pretty brief this week and simply point out how the league scoring race seems to be "taking shape" now that players like Ovechkin, Crosby, and Getzlaf have started to work their way up the scoring ladder. This could be a trend for the next few weeks meaning this may be your last chance to buy low on some players that have gotten off to slow starts. Guys like Spezza, Rafalski, and Toews could probably still be had for the right price, and they should all be steady producers for you. There is nothing better in fantasy hockey than taking advantage of an angry/disappointed owner and swindling them in a trade. Just don't make your offer too outlandish.

Pick-Up of the Week:
  • Steve Mason (G - CLB) - Goaltending has been very volatile so far this season, and that has given a lot of young goalies a chance to show what they can do. So far Mason has impressed in Columbus and he is getting a chance to backstop this team for the time being. If your goaltending is letting you down right now you should take a long look at adding Mason. I already did in one league.
Fantasy 3 Stars of the Week:
  1. Sidney Crosby - 5 goals in two games is a real good way to land on the top of this list. Captain Cros seems to have gotten into a goal scoring mood for the holidays and fantasy owners and Penguins fans everywhere are rejoicing. Adding 3 assists and a +8 is nice too.
  2. Mikko Koivu - 4 goals and 4 assists have the Wild captain back in the good graces of his fantasy owners after he had cooled off a bit. His 12 PIM are an added boost to go along with the scoring.
  3. Evgeni Malkin - The other Penguin to notch a hat trick last week, Geno is still leading the league in scoring and is still managing to outshine Crosby on some nights. 3 goals, 5 assists, and a +7 is about all you can ask for from a single player in a week.
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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