Saturday, November 7, 2009

Just Fantasy Hockey - Between the Pipes - Week 7

There were a couple of major moves with Hiller and Ward falling out of the top five this week. Both Ward and Hiller are on struggling teams right now which is softening their fantasy value. All three new entries to the top 20 are goalies which have strengthened their hold on the majority of future starts for their respective teams.

Let’s check out the rankings and see who made the biggest jumps and falls.

(Ranking system is based on expected performance in standard fantasy hockey league categories including Wins, Shut Outs, GAA and SV %)

Goaltender - Current Rank - Last Week Rank
H. Lundqvist - 1 - 1
R. Luongo - 2 - 2
E. Nabakov - 3 - 4
T. Thomas - 4 - 7
M. Brodeur - 5 - 8
M.A Fleury - 6 - 6
R. Miller - 7 - 10
N. Backstrom - 8 - 9
I. Bryzgalov - 9 - 12
J. Hiller - 10 - 5
C. Ward - 11 - 3
C. Anderson - 12 - 14
R. Emery - 13 - 17
N. Khabibulin -14 - 11
P. Rinne - 15 - 20
T. Vokoun - 16 - 19
C. Osgood - 17 - N/R
M. Kiprusof f - 18 - 16
C. Huet - 19 - N/R
S. Varlamov - 20 - N/R

Cam Ward - His value just keeps on slipping. Posting a awful GAA of 3.62 and .863 SV% over the last 6 starts with 0 wins he is no longer worthy of a top 5 spot. To make matters worse, Carolina’s offence ranks dead last in the NHL. Unless Ward can start to steal some wins, he will continue to fall.

Tim Thomas - Thomas’ owners are finally getting what they paid for at the beginning of the season. He seems to have “righted his ship” with posting a GAA of 1.99 and a SV% of .929 over his last 5 starts. However, he only had 2 wins over that same span, but that and extensive injuries, has contributed to the Bruins struggling offence. When Savard and Lucic return to action they will bolster the offence and it will give Thomas some much needed support.

Craig Anderson - The Avalanche seem to be hitting the wall after their hot start. Anderson last week had 2 starts with zero wins with a GAA and SV% of 3.04 and .909 respectively. He is still a good fantasy option, but he will be subject to hot and cold streaks on a young up and coming team.

Chris Osgood - Osgood is on pace to start 63 games this year, that’s a far cry from the 46 and 43 games he started over the last two years, which has limited his fantasy value. Howard’s ineffectiveness has only increased Osgood value.

Pikka Rinne - Rinne now has the firm hold of the starting job in Nashville. His time share scenario with Ellis has handcuffed Rinne’s value. Look for Rinne’s value to rise if he can show that he is up to the challenge of being a starter once again. Last week he had 2 wins in 2 starts, a shut out, a GAA of 1.01 and GAA of .961.

Tomas Vokoun - Vokoun was scorching hot last week posting 2 shut outs in two games, which came at the hands of Carolina and St. Louis, which rank 30th and 23rd respectively in total offence. Until he can prove he can play better against more potent offences, he will stay in the 15-20 range at year end.


1 comment:

  1. Brian i respect your posts, but why has quick been left off of this list? what about the monster? he has been playing huge lately.