Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NHL 2012 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers

Who are the players that you can acquire for fair value in your fantasy hockey league for the remainder of the 2011/12 season? As a disclaimer, I only compete in very deep fantasy leagues (16-20 teams), and all these players are owned in my "experts" league. These sleepers might not all help a whole lot in 10 team leagues. I'm defining "sleeper" in this case as a player available in 15% of leagues or less.

** Kyle Turris F, Ottawa - Starting to show his upside since being acquired by the Ottawa Senators. He's been going at a point per game clip thus far in January and is still available in 88% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Pick him up.

** Marcus Johansson F, Washington - 26 PTS on the season and still available in 92% of leagues. He sees a lot of ice time with Ovechkin and should be owned in substantially more leagues than he is (unless 90% of leagues are 10 teamers). Pick him up.

** Andrew Shaw F, Chicago - Certainly a must add in deep leagues, as the 20 year old rookie has 5 goals in 8 games and has been seeing a lot of ice with Toews and/or Hossa. Available in 98% of leagues. In the last week I've heard both Ray Ferraro and Bob MacKenzie speak very highly about this kid. Pick him up.

** Sean Couturier F, Philly - He should be owned in a lot more than 5% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. He's been outplaying Claude Giroux over the past few weeks and even has a 4 game point streak. Pick him up.

** Cody Hodgson F, Vancouver - Only owned in 15% of leagues, and should be owned in all but the most shallow. He's finally getting a chance in the NHL, he's healthy, and he has scored some big points for Vancouver. Pick him up.

** Justin Faulk D, Carolina - Owned in 3% of leagues (including mine), this young defenseman is putting up numbers as his team is slowly starting to climb out of the abyss.

** Saku Koivu F, Anaheim - Available in 15% of leagues, the savvy veteran has been playing well as of late, along with teammate Jason Blake (2% owned). Not exciting players to own at this stage of their careers, but if you need a steady presence in a deep league, both are worthy of consideration.

** Mike Fisher F, Nashville - Surprisingly available in 89% of leagues, and he has been playing very well over the last few weeks. Like Koivu he's not an exciting addition, but if you need a guy, he's a guy with a smokin' hot wife.

** Evgeni Nabokov G, NY Islanders - Owned in 28% of leagues, he's currently the #1 guy on the island and doing surprisingly well. Can it continue? Tough to say, but if you need a guy to get starts, he's getting starts.

** Scott Clemmensen G, Florida - Available in 89% of leagues, he's getting starts on a playoff calibre team with Theodore and Markstrom hurt. Again, if you need a guy, he's getting starts.

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