Potential Pickups - Dec 11th, 2010

Below you'll find some players we think could be of interest to you and your fantasy team.  We'll suggest a few potential pickups for those of you in shallow leagues (40% or more owned in Yahoo leagues), medium leagues (20%-40%) and deep leagues (< 20%). We'll also offer a few suggestions on players you might want to consider demoting, dropping or dealing.

SHALLOW LEAGUES

Roman Hamrlik (40%) with 3+12=15
He's on pace for 43 points, +23 and 77 PIM's,  If he can maintain that pace it will be his best season since 2000-01.  He's been hot lately too with six points in his last five and is getting a ton of time on the PP.  Do we think he can keep it up?  No, probably not... but he's definitely a good short term add if you're looking for blueline help.

Ryan Malone (49%) with 9+13=22
I have to admit I thought Malone was done.  It looked like Steve Downie had taken his job and he was third line fodder.  Injuries to Downie and Lecavalier opened the door for Malone.  He's getting big PP minutes has been hot (13 pts in last 12 games) and when you add in his PIM's (on pace for 84) and shots (on pace for 262) he's looking like a fantasy stud.  Not sure what happens once Downie returns but it would be hard to play him on the 3rd line again when he's looking this good.

Others we recommend: P.K. Subban (65%), Chris Kunitz (53%), Logan Couture (51%), David Krejci (49%)  and Tyler Ennis (43%)

Players to drop, demote or deal: Shea Weber (93%). Dion Phaneuf (85%), Tyler Myers (83%), John Carlson (70%). Michael Del Zotto (64%), Steve Montador (58%), Steve Downie (57%), James Wisniewski (54%), Alex Frolov (53%), Zach Bogosian (53%), Nikolay Zherdev (42%)

MEDIUM LEAGUES

Kevin Shattenkirk (39%) with 4+10=14
The secret is out on Shattenkirk.  His nine game point streak is now over but he's still on pace for 57 points even though he missed the first 11 games of the year.  Wow.  This guy is available in 6 out of every 10 leagues and he's been one of the ten best dmen the last month. Only problem with Shattenkirk is he doesn't shoot a lot.

Marek Zidlicky (37%) with 3+12=15
This guy is super-underrated.  He's good for 40-something points every single year but this year it's looking like he's upped the ante as he's currently on pace for 57.  He's hot right now (7 points in last 7) but it's still not too late to jump onboard.  If his points aren't enough to convince you he'll also chip in with ~70 PIM's.  How is he only owned in 37% of leagues?

Others we recommend: Jeff Skinner (35%), Jason Pominville (28%), Ryan Suter (27%), Derick Brassard (27%), Alex Pietrangelo (22%) and Kyle Okposo (22%) (injured but could be back this month)

Players to drop, demote or deal: Nik Antropov (39%), Pavel Kubina (39%), Nikita Filatov (30%), Kevin Bieksa (26%), Alexei Ponikarovsky (25%), Devin Setoguchi (22%). Wayne Simmonds (22%) and Alex Kovalev (20%)

DEEP LEAGUES

Cam Fowler (10%) with 3+11=14
He's only 19 but still on pace for a 40 point rookie NHL season.  He's playing big minutes for the Ducks and should only get better as the year wears on.  He won't really help in +/-, PIM's or shots but will rack up the PPP.

Joffrey Lupul (9%) with 1+0=1
He's just back from his back injury and all reports point to him being healthy (always a risk though).  He's capable of playing at a 25 goal / 50 point pace... guys capable of that should be owned in more than 9% of leagues.  He shoots a lot and gets a few PIM's as well.

Others we recommend: Teddy Purcell (13%), Joe Corvo (13%), Michael Frolik (13%), Jamie Benn (12%), David Jones (11%), Derek Stepan (8%), Magnus Paajarvi (8%), Patrik Berglund (7%), Linus Omark (2%), Mattias Tedenby (2%) and Mathieu Perreault (2%)

Players to drop, demote or deal: T.J. Oshie (18%), David Perron (15%), Jamie McBain (14%) and Brendan Morrison (9%)

THE <1% SPECIAL - I'll try to find somebody of value that's owned in just 1% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

Michael Santorelli (1%) with 8+4=12
He's the second line center in FLA and has some good (Booth) and decent (Bernier) guys to play with.  He gets some PP time (fifth on the team over the last five games).  He was a point-a-game player in the AHL the last two years.  40 points would be a big success for Santorelli but he's in a good spot to succeed.

Others we considered (notice we didn't say recommend): Marcus Johansson (1%), Kris Russell (1%), Sergei Kostitsyn (1%) and Benn Ferriero (1%)

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