Welcome to Week 11 of Fantasy Hockey Pickups. For those of you in head-to-head leagues, the second half of the regular season has started and you only have 10 more weeks to either make your move or prevent another team from taking your playoff spot. Recently a lot of rookies have been showing up on the score sheet and if you were able to grab them early in the year, you are definitely reaping the benefits now. Here are some suggestions that you may want to consider if you need to pick someone up.
Tomas Plekanec – C – (MON): Tomas Plekanec had 6A, 3PPP, 2PIM, 9SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 6G, 26A, and 11PPP. He currently leads the Canadiens with 33pts. He is a good option for those of you in need of assists, as he will provide consistent points on a nightly basis. He is available in 44% of Yahoo Leagues.
Kyle Okposo – RW – (NYI): Kyle Okposo had 6A, 5PPP, and 11SOG last week. Overall he has 22 pts, 14PPP, and 100SOG. Okposo is currently playing on a line with John Tavares which may not give you many goals. But he will dish off those passes to Tavares, who will certainly finish the play off and allow you to cash in on the assists. He is available in 67% of Yahoo Leagues.
Mason Raymond – LW – (VAN): Mason Raymond had 2G, 1A, 6PIM, and 2PPP last week. Overall he has 11G, 9A, 18PIM, and 11PPP. Raymond has already tied his goal scoring total from last year and will surpass his points total of 23 as well. Raymond sees a lot of time on the PP and cashes in on just about every opportunity. He is available in 75% of Yahoo Leagues.
Niclas Bergfors – RW – (NJ): Niclas Bergfors had 3G, 1A, 3PPP, 1GWG, and 13SOG last week. Overall he has 11G, 11A, 11PPP, and 3GWG. Bergfors has really picked it up and is only second in rookie goal scoring to John Tavares. Bergfors would be a solid option in any league and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. He is available in 76% of Yahoo Leagues.
Matt Stajan – C – (TOR): Matt Stajan had 3G, 3A, 1GWG, 12SOG, and was a +5 last week. Overall he has 11G, 14A , and 8PPP. After a bad start to the season, Stajan has really picked it up since being placed on a line with Phil Kessel. In the 18 games he’s played with Kessel, he’s had 18 points and is worth consideration while on this streak. He is available in 83% of Yahoo Leagues.
Chris Stewart – RW – (COL): Chris Stewart had 3G, 2A, 2PPP, 1GWG, 15SOG, and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 7G, 14A, 5PPP, 36PIM, and 3GWG. Stewart has surpassed his point total from last year and is on pace to score 40+ points this year. He is currently playing on the top line with Paul Statsny and Wojtek Wolski, which will definitely help keep up his production. He is available in 84% of Yahoo Leagues.
Andrei Kostitsyn – LW – (MON): Andrei Kostitsyn had 4G, 1A, 1PPP, 2PIM, 11SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 6G, 10A, and 14PIM. Kostitsyn has been able to score 4 goals in his last 4 games and seems to be turning around from his early season slump. Keep an eye on him and if he continues to produce at this pace, would be worth considering, especially in deeper leagues. He is available in 85% of Yahoo Leagues.
Gilbert Brule – C – (EDM): Gilbert Brule had 2G, 2A, 6PIM, and was a +5 last week. Overall he has 9G, 12A, and 2GWG. Brule has become a consistent contributor to the Oilers this season and could possibly score over 40 points this year. He is definitely worth a look and consideration, especially in deeper leagues. He is available in 93% of Yahoo Leagues.
Dan Sexton – RW – (ANH): Dan Sexton had 4G, 1A, 2PPP, 14SOG, and was a +6 last week. Sexton was a recent call up and has 5 points in his first 5 games. Keep an eye on him for the time being and if he is able to keep this up on a struggling Ducks team, he may see more ice time and be worth a pick-up. He is available in 97% of Yahoo Leagues.
Ian White – D – (TOR): Ian White had 1G, 2A, 4PIM, 1PPP, and was a +5 last week. Overall he has 5G, 12A, 29PIM, and 4PPP. He looks to be on a pace to score 40 points this season which is pretty good for a defensemen. He is worth a look in any league and should be considered if available. He is available in 52% of Yahoo Leagues.
Roman Hamrlik – D – (MON): Roman Hamrlik had 1G, 3A, 3PPP, and 2PIM last week. Overall he has 5G, 9A, and 5PPP. Hamrlik has been known to score 30 points a season, and is on pace to match that again this year. He is available in 79% of Yahoo Leagues.
Marc-Andre Bergeron – D – (MON): Marc-Andre Bergeron had 2G, 3A, 4PPP, 2PIM, and 1GWG last week. Overall he has 15PTS, 9PPP, and 3GWG. Bergeron is on a good production streak now and with 3 GWG so far this year, provides the big goals when it counts. He was injured in Satruday’s game and it is not known the extent of the injury, but if he’s ok, would be a great option to have on your blue-line. He is available in 80% of Yahoo Leagues.
Tyler Myers – D – (BUF): Tyler Myers had 2A, 1PPP, and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 3G, 14A 10PIM, 5PPP, and is a +8 in his first season. Myers has flown under the radar in most leagues and is worth a look because he has provided consistent number thus far in the year. He is available in 81% of Yahoo Leagues.
Jimmy Howard – G – (DET): Over the past month, Jimmy Howard has 6W, 2.27GAA, and a .918SV%. He has effectively taken the starting job away from Chris Osgood, who has struggled while Howard has been able to capitalize on the increased playing time. If he keeps this up, Howard would be worth a spot on your team . He is available in 55% of Yahoo Leagues.
Vesa Toskala – G – (TOR): Vesa Toskala had 3W, 2.78GAA, and a .913SV% last week. Toskala is currently on a hot streak and has won 3 out of his last 4 starts. With Jonas Gustavsson expected to still be out until late this week, there is no one to take the starts away from him. If you are in need of a goalie this week, Toskala could be a good option while riding this hot streak. He is available in 74% of Yahoo Leagues.
Marc-Andre Bergeron - D - (MTL): Facial Laceration - DTD as of 12/12. Impact: It is unclear the severity of the injury at this time. You may want to use other options until further notice.
Dan Boyle - D - (SJ): Undisclosed Injury - DTD as of 12/12. Impact: It doesn't look serious and should be ready for the next game.
Erik Cole - LW - (CAR): Upper Body - IR as of 12/10. Impact: He will be out 2-3 weeks.
Danny Cleary - RW - (DET): Shoulder - DTD as of 12/10. Impact: He looks to be out 4 weeks.
Alexander Edler - D - (VAN): Upper Body - DTD as of 12/9. Impact: Will return at the earliest the end of this week so bench him this week.
Ray Emery - G - (PHI): Abdomen - IR as of 12/8. Impact: He will be out 6 weeks.
Milan Hejduk - RW - (COL): Knee - DTD as of 12/13. Impact: Doesn't look like he'll miss any more time and should be back for this week.
Patrick Kane - RW - (CHI): Upper Body - DTD as of 12/13. Impact: Doesn't look serious and should be ready for next game.
Ryan Malone - LW - (TB): Lower Body - DTD as of 12/11. Impact: It is unclear the extent of the injury at this time, but it looks like he may not miss any time.
Steven Stamkos - C - (TB): Upper Body - DTD as of 12/11. Impact: It is unclear the extent of the injury at this time but may miss at least 1 game.
Semyon Varlamov - G - (WAS): Lower Body - IR as of 12/9. Impact: Will return at the earliest the end of this week so look elsewhere.
Good Luck with your match-ups this week!