It’s that time again.
After a week of exciting NHL action, a handful of players are trying to make a name for themselves in this league, resulting in fantasy relevance. The aforementioned players are seeing their value rise day by day and are worth a look in your fantasy leagues.
Viktor Fasth, Anaheim Ducks: Raise your hand if you knew who this guy was to start the season. If you raised your hand, you’re probably lying. Four games into his NHL career and Fasth has only allowed four goals, resulting in four victories. He also has a ridiculous save percentage of .962. Fasth continues to make a case that he should be the starting goaltender for the Ducks and fantasy owners who lack goalie depth should most certainly pick him up.
Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils: After a very solid 2009-10 campaign in which he recorded 37 points, Greene has regressed tremendously ever since, only posting 39 points the past two seasons combined. But now, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer is providing an opportunity for Greene. DeBeor has appeared to put Greene on the team’s number one power play unit, boosting his fantasy value immensely. Greene is riding a four-game point streak while logging over 20 minutes of ice time per contest.
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers: The 29-year old is often overlooked due to the group of younger talent around him, but his talent is impressive. Hemsky has a terrific set of hands and great speed. He is also playing on a line with young stud Nail Yakupov and red hot Sam Gagner (at least one point in every game). Currently, he is one pace for upwards to 30 points in this shortened season, which makes him worth a look for your fantasy roster.
Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers: If only he could play against the Florida Panthers every night. Read tallied his first career hat trick the first time he played Florida this season and then scored once on Thursday night against them. He has all of the tools to be an elite goal scorer in the league. Good speed, terrific shot and he sees the ice well. With the injury bug that seems to always haunt the Flyers locker room, Read is a must own as he could see first line minutes at any time. And oh by the way, Read, not captain Claude Giroux, is leading the team in points.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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