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I had my birthday this past month and I find that as I get older it can be extra irritating to deal with people who are half your age, particularly if half your age makes them old enough to drink, vote and die in a war. Man I'm old. Gary G is 22 and the reigning champ in a 10 ESPN H2H league. The league settings are G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, and GWG to go along with W, SV, SO, GAA and SV% for goalies. He's a Pens fan who has made some really adept trades to get where he is right now. It's insane the sort of keeper options he has at his disposal.
Without further ado let's take a look at Bett(y)man.
C Sidney Crosby PIT – the best fantasy asset in the game right now. Nuff said.
C Evgeni Malkin PIT – he's actually had a bit of a down year so far but he can turn a game with his talent just as quickly as his captain can. Remember that short side backhand in game 3 against the Canes in '09? That's the sort of stuff that he can do, and will do.
C Derek Roy BUF – so let me get this straight, your C3 is projected for 70 points and is on pace for 80? Niiiiiiiiiice.
LW Daniel Sedin VAN – I still say there'll be a 50 goal season out of him one day and part of me thought it might happen this year given how big a season his brother had passing saucers last year. It's not happening this year I don't imagine but still, it'll happen one day.
LW Alexander Ovechkin WAS – if only your league counted SOG too then it'd be even more embarrassing the riches you have at your disposal. Just wait til AO shows his MVP talent on a regular basis like he has in the past.
LW Tyler Ennis BUF – he's in a bit of a slump right now after starting off the season very well. He's only gotten three points since mid November and all of those were in one game on December 3. The former Slugs are about to make a run now that Miller is healthy and this kid will need to step up and contribute like he did at the beginning of the season when he was working at a half point per game.
RW Justin Williams LA – he hasn't played more than 49 games in any of the last five seasons but before that he was a 30 goal guy. If he plays 70 games or more this season, and I say he does, then he'll return to 30 goals again.
RW Jeff Skinner CAR – he's on pace for 24 goals and 61 points this season and I'd absolutely take that out of any rook on any team. I wasn't expecting this sort of production and I actually picked several other non-touted types to be doing better than him. I think it's wonderful for your team to have a nice depth option like him.
RW Mikael Samuelsson VAN – I just don't like this guy for much production given the other options in Vancouver. I didn't think it was a good signing a couple years ago, I wasn't surprised that he didn't make the Swedish Olympic team and I'm not surprised by his relative lack of production. The one thing he does is shoot the puck when he gets enough ice time but your league doesn't count SOG so he's n