Welcome to week two of fantasy hockey’s 5 studs and 5 duds of the week. We're starting to see some results on our investments going into the 2nd week of the season. Most teams have already played 6 or 7 games and we're getting a good look at which players will help lead us to victory in our fantasy league.
This week’s five hot players feature a couple of players who scored hat-tricks, a player who bounced back from what he called “one of the worst game of his life,” a sleeper goalie who is catching some serious heat and finally the line of the week, which features 3 players who are currently apart of the best line in hockey. As for the duds of the week, some similar faces are back to haunt fantasy owners, with 2 unlikely faces who were first round picks in some fantasy hockey pools. Let us now begin with one of the hottest players of week two, starting off with a player who bounced back from what he called “one of the worst games of his entire career.
10 Stud: Henrik Zetterberg (1G, 4A, +3)
Henrik Zetterberg endured one of the most up and down weeks of his career, as fantasy owners were let down by Zetterberg to begin the week against the Bruins, with Zetterberg ending the night at -1. The next game Z salvaged his poor performance with a spectacular game against the Leafs, picking up 4 assists on the night. The very next night, against the Leafs on a back to back, Zetterberg registered the only goal of the game with only 10 seconds left in overtime, a massive game winner for fantasy owners. Zetterberg is catching some serious heat with Gus Nyquist and Johan Franzen, so be sure to use Zetterberg as a starter for week 3.
9 Dud: Milan Lucic (0G, 2A, EVEN)
Patience may be growing thin with fantasy owners of Milan Lucic, as once again Lucic had another tough week and failed to find the score sheet. In four games this week, Lucic managed only 2 assists, his only points of the season. Two assists certainly won’t cut it, butlook for a much better week out of the winger . However, if he doesn't turn it around soon, you may need to look for other options.
8 Stud: Frederik Andersen (4W, 0L, 1.25 GAA)
Many fantasy hockey team owners looked for John Gibson to be their sleeper of the draft, but Frederik Andersen has emerged in Anaheim as the undisputed number one goalie with the team, posting a perfect 4 and 0 record in week 2. Andersen ended the week on a tremendous high picking up a shutout, the first of his career. Andersen may somehow still be a free agent in some fantasy hockey leagues, so if he is available in your league, pick him up before it’s too late.
7 Dud: Nathan MacKinnon: 0G, 3A, -1
For a player that went as high as a first round pick in some pools, Nathan MacKinnon has been a bit of a disappointment so far this season. MacKinnon has still failed to register a goal on the year and has only picked up a single power play point. Despite his rough start, Nathan has been moved up to the Avalanches’ top line, so don’t give up on the kid just yet. Fantasy owners should continue to expect big things from MacKinnon in week 3, starting with a game against the lowly Panthers on Tuesday.
6 Stud: Steven Stamkos (5 G, 1A, +2)
In true sniping form, Stamkos showed why he is so valuable to fantasy hockey owners by scoring 5 goals, in 3 games, with one being a game winner. Stamkos furthered his success this week with fantasy owners by cashing in with 2 power play goals along with a power play assist, a typical week for the red hot sniper. If you were lucky enough to have drafted Stamkos, you expected weeks like this.
5 Dud: Marian Hossa (0G, 0A, -1)
Despite being without a regulation loss to start the season, a pair of Blackhawks’ had a tough second week, as both Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane failed to score a point this week. Hossa has struggled to start the season, uncharacteristically picking up only one point thus far. Chicago players have proven to be gems for fantasy hockey teams in the past, so don’t give up on the big Hos, he is too good to go MIA for yet another week. With a packed 4 game week coming up, look for Hossa to rebound from a tough start to the season.
4 Stud: “That 70’s Line” Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter & Tyler Toffoli (9G, 8A, +20)
What a week for “That 70’s Line,” a line which is currently the best in the NHL. In just 4 games, the line of Pearson, Cater and Toffoli collected 17 points along with a tidy plus 20 rating. This line is flaming at the moment for the LA Kings, showing up every single night, as the youngsters, Pearson and Toffoli, are hungry to impress this season and they definitely have they so far. If you can somehow get your hands on Toffoli or Pearson, do so now, or you’ll be regretting your decision not to for the rest of the season.
3 Dud: Nail Yakupov (0G, 0A. -6)
If you took a chance on Nail this season, I feel for you, Yakupov is back to his old ways, picking no points on the week, along with a minus 6 rating. After a stellar first week, Nail is back on track to match his horrible minus 33 rating of last season. If Nail is still on your team, I praise you for your courage. Look for fantasy team owners to drop Yakupov very shortly if production does not pick up quickly.
2 Stud: Tyler Seguin (4G, 4A, +6)
After a tough first week picking up no points, Seguin rebounded nicely in week 2, picking up 8 points in just 3 games. To go along with the 8 points, Seguin had fantasy owners drooling, picking up 2 GWGs along with 3 power play points. After an awful first week, Seguin rebounded with the performance of the week. Seguin should no doubt continue to be a started every night for any fantasy hockey team.
1 Dud: Tuukka Rask (1W, 1L, 3.5 GAA)
Fantasy owners who selected Rask expected a lot of starts, a lot of wins and a low goals against average. Unfortunately in week 2, this was not the case. Rask only started 2 out of the 4 Bruins’s games, picking up a crushing loss to the Habs where he let in 5 before being yanked. Uncharacteristically for Rask, the Bruin goaltender allowed 7 goals on just 43 shots this past week, making for a pretty bad save percentage. Not having started a game since Thursday and with a much more relaxed schedule compared to the previous week, look for Rask to improve on his tough numbers in week 3. Keep your faith in Tuukka.