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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Top 10 fantasy keepers for the 2011-12 season

Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 12:45 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Eric Goodman - Staff Writer

Now that the NHL regular season has come to a close, it's time to start thinking about which fantasy players are worth keeping and which should go back in the draft pool for the 2011-12 season. Choosing the right keepers can set the tone for a very successful season and the following list should provide a basic guide toward who can help lead your fantasy club moving forward.

While there are varying criteria dictating which players are keeper eligible, the following list takes into account that anyone picked in rounds one or two of typical 2010-11 fantasy draft cannot be kept. Therefore, you won’t find likely top picks like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, the Sedin twins, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist or Nicklas Lidstrom on this list.

Final fantasy rankings: A look ahead to next season

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 2:27 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

With the 2010-11 NHL season coming to a close, it's time take to take a look ahead at where the League's top players rank among the fantasy world for next season. These rankings take into consideration how players performed this season and how we expect them to play next season. They will obviously fluctuate during the offseason with playoff performances, trades and free-agent signings leading into the 2011-12 campaign -- but for now, here's a breakdown of the top players at each position.

Fantasy Spin: Crosby inching closer to a return

Wednesday, 03.30.2011 / 12:26 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

In some good news when it comes to hockey injuries, superstar Sidney Crosby might finally be inching closer to a return to the ice.

The Penguins center, who had been regularly skating on his own of late, has officially been cleared by doctors to skate with his teammates. He will join the squad for their trip to Florida, and while he might not get in a game this week, it's very possible he suits up for the Pens next week.

Fantasy Spin: Capitals decide to rest Ovechkin

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin is one of the League's most productive, talented and physical players.

And he needs a break.

The Washington Capitals have decided to rest the Russian sniper for 7-10 days and allow him to recover from an undisclosed nagging injury with the hopes of being fully healthy come the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup in mid-April.

Watch for rested players heading into fantasy playoffs

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 3:13 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

With the NHL season dwindling down, fantasy owners need to be very aware of the potential for several players, even the superstars, getting some rest as the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs near.

For those of you in head-to-head leagues, you're at the most crucial point of the fantasy season, with maybe a week or two remaining before your own playoffs begin. For those of you in rotisserie leagues and points leagues, you only have a couple more weeks before the fantasy season ends, so now's your chance to make a bold move -- don't hesitate to take some risks.

Superstars stepping up for final fantasy stretch

Weekly Wire: March 14 - March 20

Bill Dean - Staff Writer

Teams are heading down the stretch with one thing on their minds. For a contender, it's a playoff berth. For the few teams out of the playoffs, it might be the thought of a high draft pick or a late surge that will spoil a contender's chance at a playoff appearance. Now is the time for stars to play like stars and lead their teams. Here's a look at some of the hottest players over the last month.

The Chicago Blackhawks know what is needed to succeed in the playoffs and two of their key players are leading the way. Linemates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been the two hottest players over the last month. Ranked first and second, respectively, since Feb. 8, Toews and Kane have combined for 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists), 9 points on the power play, 91 shots and a plus-12 each. They're tied for second in plus/minus and Toews has the points lead over the month's span with 22 points, compared to Kane's 20. Kane is riding a seven-game point-scoring streak while Toews had a nine-game streak from Feb. 18 to March 5. The duo, along with Patrick Sharp, is leading the surging Blackhawks at just the right time.

Fantasy Effects: 10 days after the trade deadline

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 3:10 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

A few days ago provided fantasy hockey fans with 10 under-the-radar pickups for the final stretch. Four of those players were guys that had recently been traded. Today we break things down even further by looking at any relevant fantasy player that was traded prior to the NHL's deadline on Monday, Feb. 28. It's always difficult to gauge exactly how a newcomer will perform with his new squad, but 10 days after the deadline, we should start to see some trends.

While some of the players listed below are surely owned in your fantasy league, a few of them may still be out there on waivers and are certainly worth adding as you approach your league's playoffs. Remember, sometimes it takes time for these newbies to get used to a different setting and teammates -- some patience needs to be shown from a fantasy viewpoint, and hopefully they'll reward you in the end.

Fantasy Spin: Key players return to the ice

Wednesday, 03.09.2011 / 5:34 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

The wait is over. After being sidelined the past 10 games with concussion-like symptoms, talented Dallas Stars playmaker Brad Richards is set to make his return Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames.

As the Stars get their long-awaited boost, so too can fantasy owners with their rosters. Inserted back into your lineup will be 24 goals, 39 assists, 63 points and 215 shots through just 56 games.  Although Richards has missed as much time as he has, he is still the 19th-ranked fantasy player, which only speaks to the center’s effectiveness throughout the 2010-11 campaign.

While recovery is hard to measure when it comes to concussions, durability hasn’t been an issue with the elite center. In his 10 years in the League, Richards has played in at least 80 games seven times. Moreover, during his absence, Richards’ ownership dipped from 99 to 94 percent among Yahoo! Fantasy owners.

Preparing for the stretch run in fantasy hockey

Weekly Wire: March 6 - March 13

Bill Dean - Staff Writer

The NHL trade deadline has passed and teams have made the necessary moves they feel can lead them into the playoffs -- or, if they're on the other end of the totem pole, can help them build for the future. Fantasy owners should be doing the exact same thing as they head down the home stretch. Most trade deadlines for fantasy hockey leagues are around March 10th and the playoffs should start in the next 4-6 weeks. Waiver wire transactions are crucial as you are either fighting for a playoff spot, a first-round bye or just looking to solidify your roster.

Now is the time to be searching the wire for the players that can do the little things that lead you to a league championship. Most of the significant scorers in the league worth owning should be long gone, so now is the time to shore up team needs such as penalty minutes, plus/minus and other stats that will win you some games here and there. Some leagues count hits, faceoffs and shorthanded points, so you should know what your settings are.

10 under-the-radar fantasy pickups for final stretch

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

It's never easy deciding on whether or not to drop a player from your fantasy roster, especially this late in the season, and even more so if it's a guy you grabbed on draft day and are afraid to part with because of emotional ties. We never want to give up on the players we drafted because we don't want to admit we were wrong with our expectations of that player. We're all the same and we'll always believe they could still turn their season around, despite a never-ending 60-game slump. But the simple fact remains: there are better players to be had.

The 10 players listed below are guys that will help you down the stretch in your fantasy league. From recently traded players to scrappy third-line forwards, these players may not jump out on paper to you, but they will definitely provide more value than some of your late-round draft choices from back in September or October. Most of them are flying under the radar and you may not even know who they are honestly, but regardless, they are players that should be owned in several more leagues than they are.
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