2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Week eight in fantasy hockey is starting, and some players are emerging as must-own players in many leagues. Finding players on the waiver wire is essential to winning a fantasy hockey and for replacing injured players, either for the short-team or long run. Let’s take a look at which players you should be targeting on the waiver wire this week.

Jimmy Hayes | Florida Panthers | Yahoo! Ownership- 2%

Jimmy who? It’s fair to say not many fantasy owners know who Hayes is, but they are starting to find out. The 25-year-old Boston native has nine points (4G, 5A) in 12 games with a plus-5 rating and 30 shots on goal (SOG).  The second round pick in 2008 has three power play point s– one power play goal — and is averaging a respectable 13 minutes per game. He’s doing all this while playing on the third line with Jussi Jokinen and Vincent Trocheck, but expect that to change as the season goes on. The time is now to add the winger. Don’t sleep on him.

Who I’d drop for him:  Vincent Lecavalier (12%), Brad Boys (4%), Mats Zuccarello (43%) [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 22nd

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It’s a jam-packed day of hockey, with 12 games on the slate. Let’s look at how to attack it in cash games and GPPs.

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The Positions

Goalie:

Cash Games:

Pekka Rinne – $8,500 – Nashville: Rinne is one of the safest goaltenders on the board tonight, going up against the Florida Panthers at home.

Braden Holtby – $7,900 – Washington: Holtby is basically a lock for a win, but unlike Rinne, he hasn’t shown much shutout potential. Braden comes into tonight with a pedestrian .914 save percentage and a penchant for letting in a soft goal or two.

GPPs:

Reto Berra – $6,200 – Colorado Avalanche: Berra has been a sieve of late, allowing 14 total goals in his last four contests, however Carolina comes into this one with a 2.37 goals per game mark which is 5th worst in the NHL ( ironically Colorado is 4th worst ). However, the Hurricanes are scoring just 2.27 goals per game, while allowing 3.45 goals per game in road games. In fact, according to the play index from hockey-reference, the Hurricanes are just 4-12-5 in road games against Western Conference foes at least two time zones away since the start of 2011-2012 (and two of those wins were against the Winnipeg Jets).

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 20th

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Another big slate tonight in the NHL and we at The Fix  offer the most comprehensive DFS NHL reading experience on the web. For a look into the type of things you will get in this article, here is a full, free example of the types of coverage and analysis we give you for hockey. Finally,  don’t forget, if you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

Game Breakdowns:

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 18th

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Tonight there are an incredible 11 games on the slate, so let’s get right to the action by breaking things down. Don’t forget, if you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

Game Breakdowns:

St Louis Blues @ Boston Bruins

The Bruins have won five straight games at home despite their serious defensive issues since Zdeno Chara went down with a knee injury. However, things are worse now for Boston than they were before, as Brad Marchand has been ruled out for today’s game according to Nicholas Goss of NESN.com. In addition, Head Coach Claude Julien said this..

This can be potentially huge. If Krejci misses, a Blues stack is in play. For now, I love Jori Lehtera ( $6,100 ), Vladimir Tarasenko ( $7,400 ) and Jaden Schwartz ( $7,500 ). They are top plays tonight. I will not be trusting any Bruins forwards given the slew of injuries, and their general inconsistency.

Jake Allen would be a usable goaltender in this scenario, but certainly not for $8,700.

Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders

It’s unfortunate that revenge games in hockey aren’t really a thing for goaltenders, only because there’s so much sheer randomness involved when a puck is fired towards the net. Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight for the Lightning against his former team in a game that Vegas has at a 6.0 O/U. The Bolts are coming off a really big statement win on the road (5-1) against the New York Rangers last night, and whether they will be riding that emotional high in a good way or a bad way, remains to be seen.

A full Lightning stack is always in play for GPP’s, but my favorite plays in cash games are Nikita Kucherov ( $4,800 )Tyler Johnson ( $6,200 ), Ondrej Palat ( $4,800 ) and Steven Stamkos ( $7,700 ). 

For the Islanders, obviously Kyle Okposo ( $5,600 ) is an incredibly strong play for his price, and pairing him with John Tavares ( $6,700 ) is always a great GPP idea. One sneaky guy though that I think I’d prefer to get exposure to for the Islanders is Josh BaileyHe is now skating with the two aforementioned players, and as a result he has a point in five of his last six games. He’s just $4,100 and gives you the cheapest cash game exposure to this trio. I also love Nick Leddy ( $3,800 ) as a value defenseman

My favorite two GPP ideas are full Islander stacks, and full Lightning stacks, or even combine them. These types of lineups always have the most upside in high over/under games. Don’t sleep on a line stack of Anders LeeRyan Strome - Brock NelsonThese three players are quite talented, and will draw the most inexperienced line for Tampa Bay. The only drawback with such a stack, is that all three are centers.

Nashville Predators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

My second favorite mini stack of the day is by far Filip Forsberg ( $7,400 ) and James Neal ( $7,000 ). These two electric forwards have been absolutely on fire, and now they get to face the defensive dumpster fire that is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Forsberg has 12 point in 8 road games. He had his 13 points in seven games streak snapped last time out against the Winnipeg Jets. Look for him to get back on track in a big way tonight. The Leafs just allowed six goals to the Sabres. Let that sink in.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens

This game sports the best value play of the day Blake Comeau ( $2,900 ) at winger. The former Blue Jacket has been elevated to the first line with Sidney Crosby ( $8,800 ). Another solid value play is Nick Spaling ( $2,700 ) who is center eligible, but will be on the wing with Evgeni Malkin ( $7,100 ). Swedish winger Patric Hornqvist ( $7,000 ) is another solid  play, but is behind wingers Forsberg, Neal, Schwartz, Alex Ovechkin and Tarasenko in my opinion. This game could be fairly high scoring, so it’s not smart to totally ignore it in GPPs (even Montreal players), but they aren’t cash plays.

San Jose Sharks @ Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres have been absolutely horrifying against opposing #2 lines this season, which makes Logan Couture ( $6,200 ) and Patrick Marleau ( $5,900 ) my favorite mini stack of the day. Marc Edouard Vlasic is just $3,100 and makes for a very nice value defenseman in your cash games. Troy Grosenick ( $6,200 ) put up a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes, and he gets the call again tonight for the Sharks against a Sabres team coming off a six goal outburst against the Leafs. Nonetheless, it’s safe to say the Sabres are in line for one of their patented putrid offensive performances after a game like that. Grosenick is my top goalie tonight for value.

All Sharks are in play for GPPs, and a stack is advised.

Rankings:

Cash Game Value Plays ( under $3,500)

Centers:

  1. T.J. Oshie – $3,400 
  2. Nick Spaling – $2,700

Wingers:

  1. Blake Comeau – $2,900
  2. Patrick Maroon – $3,000 (skating with Getzlaf and Perry

Defense:

  1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic – $3,100
  2. Connor Murphy – $2,900

Goalies:

  1. Troy Grosenick – $6,200

Top Cash Game Combos

  1. Logan Couture / Patrick Marleau
  2. Filip Forsberg / James Neal
  3. Tyler Seguin / Jamie Benn
  4. Nicklas Backstrom / Alex Ovechkin
  5. Jori Lehtera / Vladimir Tarasenko / Jaden Schwartz
  6. Tyler Johnson / Ondrej Palat / Nikita Kucherov
  7. Steven Stamkos
  8. Kyle Okposo / John Tavares / Josh Bailey
  9. Joe Pavelski / Joe Thornton
  10. Ryan Getzlaf / Corey Perry

Top Expensive Defense:

  1. Brent Burns – $6,300
  2. Shea Weber – $5,900
  3. P.K. Subban – $5,600
  4. Mike Green – $5,000
  5. John Carlson – $5,400
  6. Johnny Boychuk – $5,400

Mid Priced: 

  1. Nick Leddy – $3,800
  2. Anton Stralman- $3,700
  3. Justin Braun – $3,800

2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Week seven in fantasy hockey is starting, and some players are emerging as must-own players in many leagues. Finding players on the waiver wire is essential to winning a fantasy hockey, and for replacing injured players, either for the short-team or long run. Let’s take a look at which players you should be targeting on the waiver wire this week.

Alex Galchenyuk | Montreal Canadiens | Yahoo! Ownership- 44%

 Galchenyuk being owned in only 44% of Yahoo! leagues is a crime.  The 20-year-old Milwaukee native has 13 points (5G, 8A) in 19 games, with a plus-2 rating and 44 shots on goal (SOG). The third overall pick in 2012 is expected to breakout this season in Montreal, and although it hasn’t happened yet, the kid has way too much talent for that not to happen. He may not have any powerplay points, but the Canadiens have been terrible on the powerplay, and with addition of Sergi Gonchar, expect Galchenyuk to start putting up even more points on Montreal’s second powerplay unit.

Who I’d drop for him: Brad Richards (48%), Jonathan Drouin (59%), Jarome Iginla (78%)

Zemgus Girgensons | Buffalo Sabres | Yahoo! Ownership- 4%

 Some fantasy owner’s may not believe it, but there is finally a Buffalo Sabre worth adding from the waiver wire. The 20 year-old has ten points (6A, 4A) in 19 games with a plus-3 rating and 40 (SOG). Expectations shouldn’t be high for any Buffalo player right now, but Girgensons is definitely the safest player to add from the bunch. The 14th overall pick in 2012 is skating on the top line with Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis, and although Buffalo may not score very many goals this year, he’s definitely worth adding in deeper leagues and could provide very good fantasy value.

Who I’d drop for him: Brandon Dubinsky (60%), Alexander Semin (46%), Jonathan Huberdeau (33%)

Mike Hoffman | Ottawa Senators | Yahoo! Ownership- 6%

 Hoffman is slowly becoming a name fantasy owners are going to see quite a bit. The 24-year-old has eight points (7G, 1A) in 14 games, along with a plus-8 rating and 38 SOG. Of those seven goals, two of them are game winning goals (GWG). It might be limited success, but for fantasy owners who are starting to see injuries pile up, Hoffman is a great short-term fix to that problem. If he continues to score goals and play well, the Kitchener Ontario native will find himself moving up the depth charts and provide very good fantasy value to owners who took the flyer on him early.

Who I’d drop for him: Chris Stewart (9%), Justin Abdelkader (32%), Ales Hemsky (25%)

Boone Jenner | Columbus Blue Jackets | Yahoo! Ownership- 8%

 Jenner is a bit of a risky pick up, but could be a player who helps fantasy owners stay alive while they wait for star players to come back from injuries. The 21-year old has put up five assists in six games, with a munis-1 rating and 15 SOG. Those numbers aren’t going to attract many to add him, but Jenner is coming back from a broken hand to start the season, and is playing on the teams second line with Scott Hartnell and Cam Atkinson. The Blue Jackets are so beat up with injuries, the 37thoverall pick in 2011 will have lots of time to show management he can produce at a high level in the NHL and that he should play on the teams first two lines. It’s a long shot for now, but it just might be worth it.

Who I’d drop for him: Cody Hodgson (10%), Craig Smith (18%), Steve Downie (28%)

Players to Watch:

It’s still early in the season, but these players should be on the rise/decline in the next few weeks

Trending Up:

 Aaron Ekblad | Florida Panthers | Yahoo! Ownership- 29%

 David Desharnais | Montreal Canadiens | 14%

 Tyler Ennis | Buffalo Sabres | 7%

 Trending Down:

 Nail Yakupov | Edmonton Oilers | 40%

 Alex Goligoski | Dallas Stars | 68%

 Christian Ehrhoff  | Pittsburgh Penguins | 75%

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 13th

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It’s a big night in the NHL with nine games going on, let’s get right to the action. Don’t forget, if you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

First off, I’d like to apologize to anyone who used Alex Stalock on Tuesday night. He was a late scratch and had officially been confirmed, but sustained an injury between morning skate and game time. It was not announced until after lineup lock. Hopefully you used the Blues and Predators players I suggested, and that any losses you may have had were minimal.

Okay, now on to the games.

Buffalo @ Minnesota:

The Wild come into this game as heavy favorites (-355). It goes without saying that Darcy Kuemper ( $7,000 ) is an across the board goaltender play. A well above average goalie at home against a terrible offensive team at a bargain price is really an amazing gift for us tonight when we create our lineups.

There is an interesting storyline for this game, in that Thomas Vanek ( $4,800 ) gets to square off against his former team. Vanek played with the Sabres for nine years, posting 497 points in 598 games. However, he has developed a reputation for being lazy and unmotivated at times — resulting in this development……

This is quite interesting, as not many people will be aware of this, and likely have a lot of exposure to Vanek. Furthermore, Jason Zucker ( $2,900 ) has been moved to the top power-play line as well.

Zucker is an across the board play following this development. He’s safe for cash and GPP’s alike. He’s best paired with Jason Pominville ( $5,400 ) as a very nice mini stack option.

Another group of players I will have exposure to are Charlie Coyle ( $3,600 ) and Nino Niederreiter ( $3,700 ). These two are very fast and very talented and will give the Sabres absolute fits all game long. The Sabres have especially had a lot of trouble with #2 lines, so this is an elite combination for GPP’s given the price and expected output. I love both for cash games as well, but I much prefer Niederreiter since Coyle is not listed on the power-play.

Finally, Ryan Suter ( $4,300 ) is a  strong play, though I would much Jared Spurgeon had he been in the player pool — Spurgeon was just activated off injured-reserve.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* ….. Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin are both INACTIVE with an illness. Do not play them.

Winnipeg @ Carolina

Normally I’d pass over a game like this between two bad and unpredictable teams, but I have an inkling feeling about this game being a beacon of contrarian flavored goodness. The Jets will be starting Michael Hutchinson ( $6,300 ) a 24-year-old with just six appearances under his belt. Hutchinson is still a relative unknown, due to sample size, but the early verdicts look pretty darn good. Hutchinson has a career .944 save percentage and a 1.70 goals-against-average, and yes all of these starts have been with the notoriously defensively handicapped Winnipeg Jets. It’s not like these starts have been cakewalks either. “Hutch” notched his first shutout of his young career on November 2nd against the Chicago Blackhawks. His other appearances this year include a relief effort against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and an underwhelming performance against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. If Kuemper wasn’t so cheap, I’d have a lot of exposure to Hutchinson, and he’s not a bad contrarian play if you love a lineup that you can make with the saved $700.

Let’s talk about the Winnipeg offense for a bit. On Tuesday I faded the New York Rangers because “the Penguins have outscored their opponents 32-8 on their current seven game winning streak”. Well, the Hurricanes are on a winning streak of their own, having gone 5-0-1 in their past six games, with Cam Ward going 5-0-0 in his five starts. Those familiar with me and my work, know that I trust Cam Ward about as far as I can throw him — and to be clear, I cannot throw Cam Ward. The way Ward started off the season (allowing 16 goals through four games en route to a .840 save percentage) it was obvious that the 30-year-old netminder would put up a decent stretch of games to help his save percentage get back to NHL level respectability.

I’m very intrigued by the “I’m going to bet that Cam Ward has not become Henrik Lundqvist GPP idea which includes some exposure to the Winnipeg Jets. A line stack of Evander Kane ( $5,300 ), Mark Scheifele ( $4,100 ), and Blake Wheeler ( $5,900 ) is incredibly sneaky, and if they combine for 2-3 goals, it will really set you apart from the crowd because nobody will be on them. Lastly, I think defenseman Jacob Trouba ( $4,700 ) is a good inclusion to this stack since he skates with this trio on even strength and their power-play unit.

Colorado @ New York Rangers:

Rick Nash ( $7,800 ) is heating up again at just the right time, as the lowly Colorado Avalanche lumber to town following their 6-0 embarrassment by the New York Islanders just two days ago. I love a pairing of Nash and Derick Brassard ( $5,100 ) who now centers Nash and Martin St. Louis ( $5,700 ) in GPPs and cash games. Brassard is white hot, having posted 10 points in his past 10 games, including three multi-point performances — and facing the Avalanche is as good a chance as any for this line to continue its hot streak. Kevin Klein ( $3,000 ), while not supplying the power-play ice time you would like from a cheap defenseman, has been blocking shots at an incredible rate. Blocked shots count as much as shots on goal, and provide a very nice and safe floor from a cheap defenseman. The return of Dan Boyle does bump Klein down a bit on the depth chart, so in terms of safety, he’s not really there for cash games, but he’s a viable GPP option on the cheap.

San Jose @ Tampa Bay:

Antti Niemi is widely known as a talented but streaky goaltender, capable of having meltdowns. Niemi has allowed 11 total goals in his past three games, including four against the Florida Panthers. The Sharks have had issues with #2 lines all season long so a GPP line stack of Ondrej Palat ( $5,300 ), Tyler Johnson ( $6,400 ) and Nikita Kucherov ( $4,900 ) is incredibly appealing.

Other Players to Look at:

Mark Giordano – $7,400 – Calgary – Defense

Tyler Seguin – $8,500 – Dallas – Center

Jeff Carter ( $5,100 ) – Tyler Toffoli ( $5,400 ) – Tanner Pearson ( $2,900 ) – Los Angeles – GPP Stack

Erik Karlsson – $6,600 – Ottawa – Defense

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 11th

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Today is an extremely exciting day in the world of hockey. Draft Kings is bringing all of us an amazing $27 entry fee $50,000 guaranteed tournament tonight on a jam packed night of games — 11 in total. So in honor of tonight’s incredible event, we at The Fix are bringing you an extra special exhaustive coverage look-in to the slate of games.

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Top Games:

 

Buffalo @ St. Louis

 

Sadly, the biggest favorite on tonight’s slate comes with an extremely high priced goaltending option in Brian ElliottThe Newmarket, Ontario native is of course fairly priced at $8,600, but there’s always a consequence to paying for goalie — especially in GPPs. Obviously, Elliott is the best play tonight but if he doesn’t get a shutout — which he very well could — it will be hard for him to meet the price expectations given his high ownership percentage. I’d say an optimal strategy is to have Elliott in at least 25% of your lineups just in case he does get that shutout.

Now obviously the real prizes from this game are the Blues skaters, in particular the white hot Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800) and Jaden Schwartz ($5,800). The two are centered by youngster Jori Lehtera ($3,100) – who is a good play as well. The trio have combined for 17 points (Tarasenko – 8, Lehtera – 5, Schwartz – 4) in their last five games. Obviously Paul Stastny ($4,600), David Backes ($4,900) and Alex Steen ($5,400) are in play as a line stack as well, despite their unceremonious combined plus/minus rating of (-7) the past two games. The Buffalo Sabres are a very special brand of terrible, so obviously these three are still solid plays (especially given their light price tags). Finally, it goes without saying that Kevin Shattenkirk ($4,700) and Alex Pietrangelo ($5,100) are in play as well, with Shattenkirk being my favorite of the two, given his penchant for joining the rush and being more aggressive than Pietrangelo.

If you are in a desperate pinch for salary relief, Barrett Jackman ($2,700) and Jay Bouwmeester ($3,400) are in play as well but only under the “anyone with a pulse, on a good team and facing the Sabres” corollary. They are absolutely not advisable selections across multiple lineups, but rather as a “darn, I don’t want to rework the rest of my lineup so I’ll just take this guy” play.

Columbus @ Washington

 

Welcome to the part of the article which reads: “doth must haveth exposure to Alex Ovechkin ($9,000). Obviously, when trying to win any big GPP, goal scorers like Ovechkin are great places to start. If he’s heavily enough owned and goes absolutely nuts, you can be in a world of trouble without him on your roster. That being said, I’m not paying up for him in many spots tonight mainly because i prefer Tarasenko at $1,200 less, but also because Ovechkin hasn’t been truly up to his old tricks. The Russian sniper has just six goals compared to eight assists and has been held off the scoreboard in six of his past 10 contests — including a game against the horrible Oilers. Granted, it was on the road — Ovechkin has 11 points in eight home games and just three points in six road games. 

Not only is this just a “Ovechkin is good at hockey, so you should use him” situation, but the Blue Jackets have lost eight straight games overall and six straight since losing top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to injury. Over that six game span, the Jackets have given up an average of 4.3 goals per game including seven goals allowed to the Lightning on November 8th. The Capitals sport the league’s second best power-play so in addition to Ovechkin, I really like Niklas Backstrom ($6,000), Troy Brouwer ($5,000), Marcus Johansson ($4,800), Mike Green ($4,800) – this makes for a good GPP power-play stack.

On the goalie side of things, some may be interested in Braden Holtby ($6,800) because of the fact that he’s likely to get a win — and that’s fine, I don’t disapprove of using him — but after a 38 save on 40 shot performance against the Blackhawks last time out, the law of averages suggests we are treated to bad Holtby tonight. After all, he does have a 17 save on 20 shot performance against the Oilers on his recent game ledger as well.

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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Week six in fantasy hockey is starting, and some players are starting to emerge as must-own players in many leagues. Finding players on the waiver wire is essential to winning a fantasy hockey league. It is a way to replace injured players, either for the short-team or long run. Let’s take a look at which players you should be targeting on the waiver wire this week.

Jake Allen | St. Louis Blues | Yahoo! Ownership -52%

There’s no player I’m more excited about this year than Jake Allen. The 24 year-old is on a three game winning streak with two shutouts and three goals against. The 2nd round pick is 4-1 this season with a 1.40 goals-against-average (GAA) and a spectacular .944 save percentage (SV%). The Blues are currently going with a rotation in net, but the Fredericton native could definitely become the starter in St. Louis by seasons end, and is definitely the goalie of the future for the Blues. He should be owned everywhere he’s available.

Who I’d drop him for: Brian Elliot (85%), Mike Smith (74%), Craig Anderson (66%)

Jori Lehtera | St. Louis Blues | Yahoo! Ownership -20%

The kid from Finland is slowly becoming a fantasy superstar. The 26 year-old has 11 points (3G, 8A) in 13 games this season with a plus-7 rating and 19 shots on goal. It’s astounding that he’s only owned in 20% of Yahoo! leagues, considering his production so far this season. His power-play points aren’t there yet — registering only one point so far — but it’s still early, and that number is bound to increase as the season progresses. Skating with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz has been a huge boon to his value. Pick him up.

Who I’d drop him for: Derek Stepan (53%),  Mikko Koivu (43%), Paul Stastny (74%)

Patrick Maroon | Anaheim Ducks | Yahoo! Ownership -6%

With the Dany Heatley experiment on the top line officially over, Maroon is set to break out. Bruce Boudreau has been trying to find a compliment for Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and Maroon is going to be that guy. The 24 year-old St. Louis native hasn’t had a tremendous start to the season –recording four assists in eight games, but if he stays healthy, could definitely put up a solid 45 plus points. He’s only owned in 6% of Yahoo! leagues, and with all the injuries to star players around the league, taking a waiver chance on Maroon could end up being a great decision in the long run.

Who I’d drop him for:  Dany Heatley (14%), Matt Moulson (39%), Ales Hemsky (27%)

Benoit Pouliot | Edmonton Oilers | Yahoo! Ownership -1%

With the injury to Taylor Hall, Edmonton is looking for someone to step up and play on that top line. Pouliot is an excellent pick up short-term for fantasy owners looking to find some scoring. The 28 year-old is off to a decent start — collecting six points (2G, 4A) in 15 games, and could see that production go up in the future. The Ontario native has been a streaky player his entire career, but his potential to score goals has never been an issue. He’s not going to wow you with his numbers, but for the next two weeks, he can provide fantasy owner’s some decent production and be a replacement till Hall gets back into the lineup. Expectations shouldn’t be high, but I’m willing to take the short-term risk on Pouliot, and so should others.

Who I’d drop him for: Mike Richards (16%), Dustin Brown (45%), Alexander Semin (49%)

Players to Watch:

It’s still early in the season, but these players should be on the rise/decline in the next few weeks

Trending up:

 

Michael Ryder | New Jersey Devils | Yahoo! Owndeship -9%

 

Jiri Tlusty | Carolina Hurricanes | 10%

 

Cody Franson | Toronto Maple Leafs | 25%

 

Trending Down:

 

Dion Phaneuf | Toronto Maple Leafs | 87%

 

Marian Gaborik | Los Angeles Kings | 83%

 

Michael Cammalleri | New Jersey Devils | 51%

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 6th

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Daily News:

Paul Stastny returns tonight for the St. Louis Blues and sadly, while he is not in the player pool, his presence should have a profound effect on the rest of the team. Stastny has been inserted onto the top power-play unit and the second offensive.

Zach Parise will be out indefinitely with a concussion and is obviously unavailable tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Thomas Vanek ( $4,700 ) has been elevated to the top line.

Now let’s get to the plays of the day:

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, November 4th

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Daily News:

Taylor Hall is going to be out for two-to-four weeks due to injury, a huge blow to the Edmonton Oilers. In his absence, Benoit Pouliot ($3,100) will play on the top line.

Valeri Nichushkin returns tonight for the Dallas Stars, and will likely be skating with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin against the Los Angeles Kings. Nichushkin, sadly, is not in the player pool, but this does lower the value of Jason Spezza ($5,700) who had been centering the two superstars.

Johnny Gaudreau ($4,500) is a game-time-decision for the Calgary Flames in their tilt against the Washington Capitals.

David Krejci ($5,300) will miss his second consecutive game for the Boston Bruins. Filling his spot on the first line will be Chris Kelly ($3,300).

Let’s get to the picks for today:

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