Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner: April 15-21

by Daniel Dobish on April 12, 2013 @ 17:47:59 PDT

 

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New Jersey Devils

Left wing Steve Sullivan has looked rejuvenated, posting a goal and assist in three games with the Devils. While he hasn't exactly re-emerged as a must-start, those in pools of 12 or more teams looking for a No. 5 or 6 forward could be pleasantly surprised.

Must start: Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson, Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Marek Zidlicky

New York Rangers

The Rangers are starting to piece it together again after a rough patch to start March. The team is 7-3-2 in the past 12 games, and it's mainly because goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been rock solid, and he is finally getting some offensive support.

Must start: Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Ryane Clowe (PIM leagues), Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan

Ottawa Senators

The Senators looked to be fleecing the Tampa Bay Lightning when they grabbed center Cory Conacher in a deal for goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop has been outstanding in Tampa, but Conacher has just one goal and a plus-2 rating in four games. The deal still might work out in Ottawa's favor, but right now, Conacher isn't even a fantasy must-start.

Must start: Daniel Alfredsson, Craig Anderson, Sergei Gonchar, Jakob Silfverberg, Patrick Wiercioch, Mike Zibanejad

Philadelphia Flyers

It will be interesting to see who wins the two-horse race for the team scoring title. Right wing Jakub Voracek leads the club with 17 goals and 39 points, and right wing Claude Giroux has managed 12 markers with 39 points. Both have subpar plus-minus ratings to dampen their fantasy value somewhat, but they continue to be must-starts in all formats.

Must start: Ilya Bryzgalov, Claude Giroux, Nicklas Grossman (hits/blocked shots leagues), Jay Rosehill (PIM leagues), Luke Schenn (hits/blocked shots leagues), Jakub Voracek

St. Louis Blues

Right wing Chris Stewart was outstanding until March 23, and then suddenly someone flipped the off switch. He has just one goal and two points with an even rating in nine games since that date. As such, he is no longer considered a must-start in cumulative head-to-head formats, even with four upcoming games.

Must start: David Backes, Brian Elliott, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are a strange team to figure out, and that's what makes them dangerous heading into the postseason. They could be a four-game sweep victim in the first round, or they could hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. They have so much offensive firepower and talent but seem to have underperformed since the first week of the season.

Must start: Dan Boyle, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi, Joe Pavelski

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs haven't clinched a playoff spot just yet, but they are certainly hurtling toward their first postseason appearance since 2003-04. The success lately has not come without difficulty. Left wing Joffrey Lupul (concussion) is back on the shelf with a concussion, and his status for the short term looks bleak.

Must start: Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf (PIM leagues), James Reimer, James van Riemsdyk

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are getting it done again and hitting on all cylinders. Goaltender Roberto Luongo has allowed just six total goals in his past three games. The Sedin twins, left wing Daniel Sedin and center Henrik Sedin, are also firing on all cylinders as they head toward the playoffs.

Must start: Jannik Hansen, Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin

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About Daniel Dobish

Daniel is a Hot Off the Wire Analyst who joined the KFFL staff in 2010. He is a veteran of the fantasy industry dating back to 1999, with stops at CBSSports.com, The Sports Forecaster, OPENSports.com and RotoExperts.com. His work has also appeared on NFL.com and Yahoo.com. Daniel was named the 2011 Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year, 2011 Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2011 Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.


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