Last week, we covered how fantasy defensemen could potentially play a big role in fantasy leagues and how they are widely undervalued in many fantasy pools. This week we’ll take a gander at wingers to see who is primed for success and who’s due for a fall. Yes, I mentioned last week that defensemen could make or break a team, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can completely ignore the wingers though. You just need to recognize that the disparity between quality defensemen and waiver wire defensemen is much more noticeable than the disparity between quality wingers and waiver wire wingers.
When looking for trends I took into account three major factors 1) total ice-time given 2) power-play ice-time given and 3) shots on goal per game. Generally speaking the higher the numbers the more opportunity there is for success. Face it if you don’t play you don’t score, and if you shoot a ton, there is a higher chance of picking up points.
– Sammy Pahlsson is leading the Western Conference in faceoff wins with 196.
– Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Marian Hossa, and Devin Setoguchi each picked up six points last week.
– Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski was ranked number three and five overall in Yahoo for last week, both players had six points plus one ratings, four power-play points and 17 and 16 shots on goal respectively. Setoguchi is only 76% owned in Yahoo leagues, and Pavelski is only 39% owned, both numbers will climb after this week.
– Dustin Brown regains the lead in the Western Conference with 61 hits.
– Kyle Wellwood is shooting at an astounding 35.0%, but he only has registered 20 shots on goal, which explains his elevated stats. Once he takes more shots that %age will go down. Fabian Brunnstrom dropped down to 28.6%, his healthy scratches probably aren’t helping him. Andrew Brunette rose up to 28.6% and could be worth picking up because the Wild just don’t have very many options.
– Teemu Selanne maybe the king of power-play goals, but he’ll need to watch out for the Detroit duo of Franzen and Zetterberg or Sharks duo of Thornton and Pavelski as all four players tallied two power-play goals last week.
– Setoguchi now claims the Western Conference crown for SOG with 76, followed by Brown (74), Perry, Phaneuf and Marleau all at 71. SOG usually translates into points, so if you are looking for the latest trends look for high SOG totals.
– Sean Avery regained his PIMs crown as he’s sitting pretty as the top-dog with 66.
– Minnesota continues to be near perfect on the PK as they still are operating at 93.3%
– Detroit is blazing with a 32.4 power-play percentage, which means almost one in three opportunities they are scoring. WOW! St. Louis still remains up there with a 24.0% rating, it’ll be interesting to see how Andy McDonald’s injury will affect the power-play though and third belongs to Minnesota with a 23.9% rating, I guess they don’t need Gabby after all.