Welcome to another week of 'Lining Up'. Over the past few days, we've learned that the Canes' Storm Surge is definitely for real, that if you want to beat the Islanders in regulation you better pack a lunch, and most of all, that if you bother Ovi too much he is going to give you a swift stick to the man zone.
Let's review quickly what we are doing here. The forwards below have lower rostered rates (40 percent or less in Yahoo leagues) and therefore are hopefully available on your waiver wire. We hope to highlight situations where these players are skating on lines with quality teammates and/or on power play units. This week our fourth line features some good options for those banger leagues out there.
As we pass the halfway point of the fantasy season, you really want to make sure that you are set up for the stretch run, with the best athletes possible in your stable. With that in mind let's turn to this week's possibilities.
LU's Top Line – There's nothing like the majesty of a well built and trained thoroughbred that can speed you all around the track and land you in the winner circle at the end of the race. Unfortunately, sometimes our fantasy teams turn into plodding donkeys halfway through the race. Take a look at these guys to help you get back up to a gallop:
- Rickard Rakell ANA – LW,RW (40 percent) – Rakell is another player that is really piling up the stats right now. He has 12 points (5G,7A) in his last six games, as well as 22 SOG, two PPP, and 10 hits. Rakell is worth picking up just to see where this thing goes. A few words of caution though – while the Ducks offense has been a bit better lately (14th in scoring over the past two weeks), overall they have still had a hard time getting shots (22nd) and scoring chances (22nd) during that time. Also, it looks like the coaching staff might be moving Trevor Zegras off of Rakell's line, so that could affect recent chemistry. Rakell is on the top power play unit for Anaheim, but again they have struggled as a group (28th in the league). All of that said, Rakell is killing it right now, and is worth a stream to find out how much is left here. The Ducks have W/F/Sat games this week, one against L.A. and then two against San Jose.
- Martin Necas CAR – C,RW (40 percent) – Necas has quietly been putting together quite a year for himself and for Carolina. He has 18 points in 21 games played, including seven points (2G,5A) in his last four. Necas averages about two SOG per game, about a hit per game, and a little less than a block per game. He will also throw in the random PPP as well. Though you would like to see those peripheral stats be higher, Necas is someone that can chip in a bit in other areas while mainly helping you in the points categories. He skates mainly on the Canes second line with Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter, one of the more productive lines in the NHL this season. He is also on Carolina's second power play unit. All in all, Neca