Sunday, November 1, 2009

Just Fantasy Hockey - Week 6 Forecaster

After a busy week 5, things slow down a little in week 6. With only a handful of teams playing a busy 4 game fantasy week, many teams play a standard 3 game schedule. It’s key for owners to maximize their line ups with teams with favourable match-ups.

4 Game Week: Atlanta, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Tampa Bay.

3 Game Week: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, NT Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington

2 Game Week: Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Ottawa

Teams to watch

Philadelphia: Tampa Bay, @Buffalo, St. Louis
The Flyers should capitalize as all three opponents rank in the bottom half of goals for. With the Flyers potent offence which ranks 4th overall, look the Flyers to have an extremely strong week.
Fantasy Spin: Play all your healthy Flyers with confidence. Gagner and Briere remain out with injuries for this week. Ray Emery should continue his strong play of late with the possibility of Boucher getting his second start of the season against the Blues.

Washington: @New Jersey, @Florida, Florida
The Caps have a tough challenge to start of the week with a match against the Devils, but they should finish off strong. AO and company are 2nd in the league in goals per game, while the Panthers are 2nd worst. The goaltending scenario seems to be getting clearer with the edge going to Theodore.
Fantasy Spin: With Ovechkin’s injury status unknown going into Monday, fantasy owners should consider him day to day and dress the super-star for the week. If he misses the game against the Devils and returns for the back to back against the Panthers, he should still have a very successful week. Look for Laich, Semin and Fleischmann to contribute while AO is out.

Phoenix: Los Angeles, @Colorado, Chicago, @Anaheim
The on ice success of the ‘Yotes this year has surprised most people, especially after all the off ice turmoil that surrounds the team. Phoenix continues to play well and there is no reason why the leagues number one defence shouldn’t continue. Phoenix currently sits 21st in scoring and will have a tough week against Colorado and Chicago who sit 2nd and 5th respectively in team GAA.
Fantasy Spin: Find better options for your Phoenix forwards, but Bryzgalov is a must start every game this week.

Atlanta: @Montreal, Columbus, @New York Islanders, St. Louis
The Thrashers, on paper, have the most favourable match-up for any team playing four games this week. The Canadiens, Blue Jackets and Islanders all sit in the bottom third in Team GAA, and with Kovalchuk out, the question is can the leagues 6th overall offence keep on clicking.
Fantasy Spin: With Kovalchuk out, the play of Rich Peverly has contributed to the Thrashers success. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec’s strong play continues to give the Thrashers a means to win night in and night out.

Nashville: @Anaheim, @ Los Angeles
The Predators offence sits dead last in total offence and the only real fantasy story going on in Nashville is between the pipes. Rinne recorded a shut-out in week 5 and looks to have taken the lead for the number one goaltending spot.
Fantasy Spin: Rinne has outplayed Ellis of late and with a light schedule may get both starts this week. Strong play from J.P. Dumont and Shea Weber are Nashville’s primary fantasy weapons right now.

Chicago: @Phoenix, @ Colorado
Jonathan Toews should not factor back into the line-up this week after he continues to suffer from concussion like symptoms. Huet has played strong of late, which provides the Black Hawks with the confidence needed to excel at their offensive style of play.
Fantasy Spin: Patrick Kane and Sharpe continue to lead the Hawks in the stat department with Barker and Keith leading the d-men in points. With the defensive systems that Phoenix and Colorado play, look for the games to be low scoring and tightly played.


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