Fantasy Six Pack: The Not-So-Usual Suspects
Welcome to this week’s edition of Fantasy Six Pack. In Week 15 we take a look at each position and suggest five players you might want add to your team. We then pick a sixth player that we don’t see paying poolies immediate dividends but we expect will be helpful down the road. We hope you find these articles useful and gain a competitive advantage over your opponents. Feel free to discuss omissions and critique our selections in the comments section. We love discussion here at PuckPuckGoose.com.
Derick Brassard, Center, Columbus Blue Jackets
I know, I know. Why am I telling you to grab a player who spend most of the season as a healthy scratch? Well, Brassard is playing on the top line in place of Jeff Carter who is out with a separated shoulder. He’s also played like a man looking to raise his trade value to get out of CBJ. Brassard has 4 points in his last 5 games and 3 of those points while playing on the top line. Brassard is a former sixth overall pick and has increased his point total every year he’s been in the league. Despite his disappointing season, he has the skills and pedigree to produce offensively, he was just being misused under Scott Arniel. Brassard will produce consistently while Carter is out but you’ll have to sacrifice plus/minus.
Honourable Mentions: Cody Hodgson (VAN), Dave Bolland (CHI) and Sean Couturier (PHI)
Viktor Stalberg, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks
After going pointless in 6 games and being a combined -9, Stalberg exploded for 6 points (5-1-6) in his last 4 games. He’s a streaky scorer so ride him while he’s hot.
Honourable Mentions: Jiri Tlusty (CAR), Sergei Kostisyn (NAS) and Niklas Hagman (ANA)
Troy Brouwer, Right Wing, Washington Capitals
Brouwer has 14 goals on the season and scored 8 of them in the last month and a half. He’s on pace to set offensive career highs. He also hits people a lot. 22 hits in his last 3 games a lot.
Honourable Mentions: Kyle Okposo (NYI), Michael Grabner (NYI) and Jimmy Hayes (CHI)
Andrew MacDonald, Defense, New York Islanders
MacDonald is a one trick pony, all he does is block shots. If you need someone to one your team who blocks a lot and I mean a lot of shots, he’s your man. MacDonald is NOT a point producer.
Honourable Mentions: Justin Faulk (CAR), Ryan Ellis (NAS) and Carl Gunnarsson (TOR)
Jonas Gustavsson, Goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs
James Reimer who? Gustavsson’s taken over the Maple Leaf goal and is refusing to give it back. He’s played extremely well winning 4 of the last 6 games but he’s allowed 3 goals in 4 of those 6 games. The Maple Leafs are fighting for a playoff spot and if Gustavsson keeps winning, he’ll keep starting games. He’s a safe bet to start every Leaf game until he gets absolutely blown out in a game.
Honourable Mentions: Evgeni Nabakov (NYI), Jonathan Bernier (LAK) and Jhonas Enroth (BUF)
Andy McDonald, Center/Left Wing, St. Louis Blues
McDonald still has a concussion but he has been steadily progressing. He’s been skating with the team and participating in practice. He’s a bit injury prone but when he’s healthy he is arguably one of St. Louis’ best players when he’s healthy. I think he still at least two and a half weeks away from returning but he might be back sooner who knows. The Blues are playing extremely well under Ken Hitchcock and having McDonald back will only make the team better. If you have an open IR slot, absolutely pick him up and stash him away until later in the season.
Honourable Mentions: Tyler Ennis (BUF), Martin Havlat (SJS) and James van Riemsdyk (PHI)