Week 4 is officially done which wraps up the first month of the season. The final week of the month was a productive one, particularly if you had Penguins on your fantasy team. The Pens outscored the opposition in week 4 by a count of 16-3 and we'll have much more on the week the Penguins had in the stud section. On the contrary, the Stars endured a pretty rough week, dropping all 3 games they played with only four goals scored in those games, so the Stars will be a big feature on the dud section this week.
A couple of honorable studs and duds that didn’t make the list this week include Tampa’s Russian winger Nikita Kucherov who enjoyed the best week of his career, as the 21 year old put up 5 points in three games. His biggest game came against the Arizona Coyotes, recording his first career hat-trick. His line mate Tyler Johnson was a stud as well, putting up 6 assists for the week, as the Lightning created some serious scoring depth in week 4. T.J. Brodie is another player who continues to shine, as he's been an absolute stud so far. This week, the Flames defensemen put up a stellar 5 points for the week, as the Flames have surprised many with their start this season and Brodie is a big reason. If he is somehow still available, get him fast. On the other side of the spectrum, Erik Karlsson had a pretty rough week for the Sens, as his plus minus took a massive hit. Karlsson was a minus 5 for the week, and the Sens captain had a particularly rough night in a 4-2 to loss against the Bruins, being on the ice for all 4 goals. Now let us check out who made the list of fantasy hockey’s 5 studs and 5 duds for week 4.
10 STUDS: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk & Justin Abdelkader (6G, 8A, +10)
9 DUD: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0G, 3A, -6)
8 STUD: Phil Kessel (2G, 4A, +6)
7 DUD: Matt Duchene (0G, 2A, -3)
6 STUD: Marc-Andre Fleury (3W, 0L, 1.00 GAA)
5 DUD: Kari Lehtonen (0W, 3L, 3.33 GAA)
4 STUDS: LINE OF THE WEEK- Chris Kunitz , Sidney Crosby & Patric Hornqvist (8G, 10A, +12)
3 DUDS: Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza & Tyler Seguin (1G, 3A, +1)
2 STUD: Vladimir Tarasenko (5G, 1A, +6)
1 DUD: John Tavares (1G, 0A, -3)
The expectations were incredibly high for Tavares coming into the season, and the captain of the Islanders was a definite first round pick in all fantasy hockey pools. Tavares started out the season at a 2 point per game pace, but unfortunately for John and his fantasy owners, the last seven games have been pretty tough with Tavares recording only 3 points along with a minus 5 rating. This week was not only tough for Tavares, but for the entire team, as they dropped all 3 games while scoring only 4 times. The Islanders are going through a little bit of a rough patch at the moment after starting the season on fire, but you should still expect Tavares to get back on track.
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