Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fantasy Hockey Pickups: Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of Fantasy Hockey Pickups. The fantasy hockey regular season will be 3/4 completed after this week. The final push will be on and now is the time to get your roster set to finish off the season and to try and secure a playoff spot. Here are some of last weeks' best performers that could be a good pickup to help out your roster.

Danny Briere - C,RW - (PHI): Danny Briere had 2G, 3A, 2PPP, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 16G, 14A, 41PIM, 10PPP, 1GWG, and 93SOG. Briere, now completely healthy, seems to be finding himself on the score sheet consistently now and is worth some consideration. He is available in 40% of Yahoo Leagues.
Tim Connolly - C - (BUF): Tim Connolly had 5A, 2PIM, 2PPP, 10SOG, and was a +4 last week. Overall he has 11G, 26A, 16PIM, 17PPP, 2SHP, 4GWG, 119SOG, and is a +9. Connolly currently has a 9 game point streak and doesn't look to be slowing down at all. As long as the Sabres are doing well, Connolly should be able to keep it up. He is available in 51% of Yahoo Leagues.
Tomas Fleischmann - LW,RW - (WAS): Tomas Fleischmann had 1G, 3A, 1PPP, and was a +3 last week. Overall has 15G, 13A, 12PPP, 2GWG, and is a +4. Since moving to center, Fleishmann has kicked it up a notch and looks to be turning up the offensive production. He is available in 60% of Yahoo Leagues.
Blake Wheeler - RW - (BOS): Blake Wheeler had 4G, 3A, 4PIM, 2PPP, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 11G, 15A, 28PIM, 6PPP, and 2GWG. Wheeler seems to be on pace to match his point total of 45PTS last year in his rookie season, but his +/- numbers have really dropped from his total of +36 last year. Keep an eye on him and if he continues to produce, he would be a nice addition to your team. He is available in 60% of Yahoo Leagues.
Patric Hornqvist - RW - (NSH): Patric Hornqvist had 4G, 1A, 6PIM, 4PPP, and 15SOG last week. Overall he has 17G, 10A, 20PIM, 6PPP, 4GWG, 138SOG, and is a +10. Hornqvist has continued his offensive production and has been able to provide fantasy owners with points in all categories. It's safe to say that Hornqvist will be an everyday contributor and should be considered, especially in deeper leagues. He is available in 71% of Yahoo Leagues.
Antoine Vermette - C - (CLS): Antoine Vermette had 3G, 3A, 2PIM, 1PPP, 1GWG, 14SOG, and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 14G, 22A, 16PIM, and 9PPP. Ever since Vermette has been paired on a line with Raffi Torres and Jakub Voracek, his production has taken off. As long as this line stays intact, Vermette should continue to impress. He is available in 80% of Yahoo Leagues.
Saku Koivu - C - (ANH): Saku Koivu had 2G, 3A, 1SHG, 1GWG, and was a +7 last week. Overall he has 10G, 18A, 22PIM, 8PPP, 3GWG, and is a +8. Koivu has continued his success after being reunited with Teemu Selanne, Koivu has been able to find success. Koivu is most likely available and should be given some consideration while on this hot streak. he is available in 84% of Yahoo Leagues.
Guillaume Latendresse - LW,RW - (MIN): Guillaume Latendresse had 3G, 1A, and 13SOG last week. Overall he has 9G, 2A, 6PIM, 1GWG, and is a +2 since joining the Wild. The change of scenery has done Latendresse good and he doesn't look to be slowing down. Keep an eye on him and if this continues, would be a good pickup. He is available in 97% of Yahoo Leagues.

Matt Carle - D - (PHI): Matt Carle had 1G, 2A, 2PPP, and was a +4 last week. Overall he has 3G, 19A, 14PIM, 9PPP, and is a +16. Carle seems to be getting out of his slump and could be a good option for a team looking for some offensive output on the blue-line. He is available in 33% of Yahoo Leagues.
Tyler Myers - D - (BUF): Tyler Myers had 3G, 1A, 2PIM, 3PPP, 1GWG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 6G, 20A, 12PIM, 9PPP, and is a +9. Myers leads all NHL rookies with 20A and will should be able to continue this production consistently for the remainder of the year. He is available in 67% of Yahoo Leagues.
Kurtis Foster - D - (TB): Kurtis Foster had 2A and 2PPP last week. Overall he has 6G, 11A, and 10PPP. Foster sees a lot of time on the PP and can be counted on to produce in those situations. He is available in 86% of Yahoo Leagues.
Derek Morris - D - (BOS): Derek Morris had 2A, 4PIM, 2PPP, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 3G, 17A, and 10PPP. Morris is a decent option on defense and will provide average numbers, he can be considered if you need a fill-in. He is available in 88% of Yahoo Leagues.

Mathieu Garon - G - (CLS): Mathieu Garon had 3W, 1.47GAA, .938SV%, and 1SO last week. Garon has won his last 3 starts and started 5 of the last 6 and has effectively become the starter for the Blue Jackets. Garon is on a hot streak right now and would be a good pickup right now. He is available in 89% of Yahoo Leagues.

Notable Injuries
Nik Antropov - C - (ATL): Lower Body - DTD as of 1/5.
Jason Arnott - C - (NSH): Upper Body - DTD as of 1/9.
Cam Barker - D - (CHI): Upper Body - DTD as of 1/5.
Patrice Bergeron - C - (BOS): Thumb - DTD as of 1/5.
Tomas Holmstrom - RW - (DET): Foot - DTD as of 1/7.
Marian Hossa - RW - (CHI): Lower Body - DTD as of 1/10.
Chris Kunitz - LW - (PIT): Abdominal Surgery - DTD as of 1/5.
Milan Michalek - LW - (OTT): Upper Body - DTD as of 1/9.
Mike Ribeiro - C - (DAL): Throat - IR as of 1/7.
Tuomo Ruutu - LW - (CAR): Upper Body - DTD as of 1/9.
Marc Savard - C - (BOS): MCL - DTD as of 1/7.

Good Luck with your match-ups this week!

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