Looking Ahead: Week 5

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PatriceBergeron USAToday


The ‘Looking Ahead’ series helps you get the edge when setting your fantasy lineups.


A tough decision can be made easier with these charts showing you the best five and worst five schedules for upcoming seven-day periods. Some of you used them last year but for the benefit of new readers here is a refresher. The number next to the team indicates the ‘multiplier’ to use on a player’s point-per-game pace to give you an idea how many points to expect for that week.


Conference Bias


The East seems to be pulling away in the "Best Bets" department, almost a clean sweep, sporting a 32-3 advantage this week.  The West takes the "Steer Clear" category again, 25-10.


Philadelphia, Yeah Them Again

Take two.  The Flyers are slowly improving.  I can see their full turnaround happening before the end of the month.  They are 2-1 in their last three with nine goals scored.  Not the greatest, but could be a lot worse (see San Jose section below).  Their brutal road trip continues on Friday against the surprising (but it shouldn't be a surprise) New Jersey Devils.


To be honest, it's pretty apparent why the Flyers aren't playing well: their leading point getter is Jakub Voracek, second is a tie between Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and Kimmo Timonen.  Finally, we have Claude Giroux at fifth.  Scott Hartnell is hurt.  Giroux needs to find a way to take that passion he had during the playoffs where Laviolette verbally felated him after announcing that he would start the game and then he proceeded to knock down Crosby and score a goal.  The great news is that Hartnell could skate Saturday and be back within the next week.


While their schedule doesn't