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Fanduel Forwards in the Sweet Spot

by chewy 29. November 2011 09:28

In many ways, your friends define who you are.  The story is no different when it comes to scoring in the NHL.  It's no secret that who a forward plays with dramatically impacts his production.  An average winger getting a regular shift with an elite center can transform his game, at least temporarily.  The challenge is in keeping up with current line formations, as they tend to change faster than Southeast division coaches.  Even through the course of a single game, many coaches will mix and match lines.  However, if you can spot a trend, you can often cash in on a value-priced forward in the short term, while he rides the tide in and earns you a few points.  Here are a few players to target this week on, based on recent beneficial line configurations:


Jakub Voracek (PHI) - $5,700

With injuries to Jagr and van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek has earned the honors of riding shotgun in the Claude Giroux show.  Hartnell has already seen tremendous benefit on this bandwagon, and now it's Voracek's turn on the other wing.  Since teaming up here, he's been on a roll, with 11 points in his last 10 games.



Jochen Hecht (BUF)  - $6,100

Hecht went straight from the IR to the top line in Buffalo.  After sitting out the first 6 weeks of the season, he's spent the last three games running with the big dogs, setting up the likes of Vanek and Pominville in Buffalo.  So far, he has just 1 goal, but has fired 7 shots on net.  He's not a scoring machine by any means, but can squeeze out some points in this situation.



Viktor Stalberg (CHI) - $5,900

Stalberg has been a steady fixture along side Toews for the past few games, partnered with either Patrick Sharp or Marian Hossa on the other side.  That's a fine recipe for a boom.  He's got a nice little run going, with 3 points in the last 2 games, and 8 in 9 games.



Michael Ryder (DAL) - $6,200

Ryder earned the sweet spot in Dallas a few weeks back and has managed to stay put by putting the puck in the net.  Nestled between Benn and Eriksson, you're looking at three big goal scoring threats.  With two goals versus Colorado on Monday, he has five points in five games.



Adam Henrique (NJ) - $5,500

If you're looking for a cheap fill-in at center, take a chance with rookie Adam Henrique.  How can you go wrong with the likes of Kovalchuk and Parise, two of the most talented wingers in the league, running at your side?  It's just a matter of time before he enters the Calder conversation.  He has an impressive 7 points in 7 games.



Ruslan Fedotenko (NYR) - $5,000

What better place to play than on the wing with Brad Richards dishing you the puck?  And at 5k, it's tough to find value on Fanduel.  With nearly 20 minutes on the line with Richards against the Caps this weekend, Fedotenko netted a couple of goals.  Don't bank on a long-term offensive explosion here, but he's a value pick worth considering in the short term.



Colin Greening (OTT) - $4,500

You're scraping the bottom of the barrel in this price range, but to make cap on Fanduel, you often have to fill in a bargain pick.  Greening in currently riding shotgun with Spezza and Michalek on a regular shift.  He netted goals in two straight games in this configuration late last week.



Steve Sullivan (PIT) - $5,600

Since Crosby's return, Sullivan has looked like his younger self, socring 3 goals in those four games.  The odd thing is that he's getting most of his time along side Malkin and Neal.  Not too shabby no matter what line combination Bylsma cooks up.



Pascal Dupuis (PIT) - $6,400

Dupuis is enjoying the finest production of his career with the Pens this season.  He has 7 points in the past 5 games, being used in all types of situations.  He's most often paired with Crosby and Kunitz.  Bylsma mixes his lines more than just about any coach, and will do so even more now that he's got a full line up of healthy stars.  Dupuis may even see some time as the third line center. 



Alex Burrows (VAN) - $6,700

Burrows isn't as cheap as others on this list, but you have to include him in the conversation, as he is the most likely candidate to get the sweet spot along side the Sedins.  2 goals in 4 games over the past week.



Troy Brouwer (WAS) - $5,300

Now that Ovechkin is freed from the shackles of his "oppressive coach", don’t be surprised to see a sudden boom in his production.  And who may benefit most from the sudden surge?  Consider Brouwer.  He's been running with Ovie and Backstrom lately.  Unless Hunter mixes up the line combinations, you can get some points on the cheap over the next week here.





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Fantasy Hotspot - Preseason

by chewy 21. September 2009 12:26

In the fantasy hotspot, we evaluate players who are experiencing a boost in production (or potential production), due solely to the linemates that have landed with.  At least for the short term, it's worth picking up one of these guys and riding the wave that comes with being paired up with top talent, or with added power play time.  Here are a few players going into the start of the season who may have higher value now that they're surrounded by stars:


Justin Williams - Williams has had a rough couple of seasons from a series of freak injuries and trades.  He may be ready to re-establish himself as a big time goalscorer, as it looks like he's going to be paired up with Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth on the top line in L.A.  This line could surprise many and emerge as a real offensive threat.


Mikael Backlund - Now that Cammalleri is gone, someone will land the lucky spot and play the wing with Iginla and Jokinen.  Early signs in Calgary point to youngster Backlund getting a shot.  If he does, he's worth picking up for as long as he can hold top line duties.


Nik Antropov - Kovalchuk was a factor in bringing Antropov into Atlanta, and it looks like the two will start the season together, along with rising star Brian Little.  This figures to be a strong line for the Thrashers, and Antropov will be the biggest beneficiary.  He never had this level of talent beside him during his years in Toronto, so it will be interesting to see what he can do now.


Tyler Kennedy - The Penguins have a long history of seeing average wingers put up big numbers playing along side superstar forwards.  Kennedy looks to have shot at adding to that history, as he figures to start the season along side Malkin.  When Max Talbot returns from injury, Kennedy will likely slide back down to the third line, but don't be afraid to ride the wave for a couple of weeks to start the season.


Jonathan Cheechoo - Cheechoo was the odd man out the last couple of seasons in San Jose, when he lost his slot next to Big Joe.  Signs out of Ottawa seem to indicate he'll start the season with Jason Spezza, so you can probably count on a better performance from Cheechoo out of the gate.  It is yet to be seen whether or not Alfreddson will join this duo, but either way, Cheechoo should benefit.


Devin Setoguchi - Setoguchi fit this category for most of last season when he joined Joe Thornton and went on to have a career year.  You can add Dany Heatley into the mix now, meaning it's only going to get better for Setoguchi.

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