Seven Lucky Changes to Alter Your Fantasy Fate

Ryan Ma




We're turning the final corner of the fantasy season and depending on your league settings you could be heading down a few different paths. Let's look at those who are gunning for a money spot in Roto leagues, or those entering the playoffs in H2H leagues. If you are in a tight league where every little stat matters, making the smart adds/drops could determine whether you are the league champion or just another one of the 10 or 12 disappointed losers.


Who's Hot

Mikael Samuelsson
– Has Samuelsson hit the jackpot or what? Last week he found himself spending 79.7 percent of his ice-time alongside both of the Sedin twins. In eight contests since the Olympic break, he's amassed 13 points, a plus seven rating, eight PIMs, and a whopping 47 SOG while averaging 16:47 per contest. What's also astounding is that in the last four contests, the Swede is averaging 18:52 per contest, 4:38 of which is with the man advantage, with the Sedins. At 73 percent Yahoo! owned, Samuelsson probably isn't that widely available, but if you can get your hands on his services, he's bound to make a positive impact on your fantasy squad.   

Lee Stempniak – If you haven't caught the Stempy hype yet, you better hop on board fairly soon. The newly acquired Coyote has seven points in five contests despite averaging just 13:19 per contest for the desert dogs. The trio of Vernon Fiddler, Taylor Pyatt and Stempy have accounted for nine of the 18 points that the Coyotes have put up in the last three contests. Phoenix is in a great position to make the post-season this year, so expect them to lean heavily on the trio for the final stretch of this season. At nine percent Yahoo! owned he should be fairly easy to acquire as a roster upgrade.      

Jakub Voracek – Voracek has been red-hot of late as he has 14 points in the last 12 contests. In the last 10 contests, he has spent 29.7 percent of his overall ice-time alongside Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger, which does show that he has a decent set of line mates to play with. The amazing thing is that he's averaging just 16:24 per contest, which doesn't really justify his current production rate. If he can gain Claude Noel's trust and garner even more ice-time, I'd expect his production to skyrocket even more.