Fantasy Fortnight - Who's Hot - Jan 13th, 2011

Today we'll take a look back at the last two weeks (that's a fortnight) and see who is hot and who is not. We're not just looking for who's hot or cold but who is playing above or below what we were expecting.

We divided things up into two posts. Apparently you readers don't have long attention spans or something.  Click here for Who's Cold.

Statistics are up to Jan 12th, 2011

FORWARDS

Tuomo Ruutu : 6 gms with 3+7=10
It's not often one of the hottest guys out there is owned in only a third of leagues (as Ruutu is in Yahoo! leagues). His career high is 54 points and he's never played anywhere near the .81 ppg pace he's currently on, so he might be playing a bit over his head.  He's definitely worth an add though... ride the hot streak as long as you can.

Danny Briere : 6 gms with 5+5=10
I just traded Briere in a league so this is a bit of a tribute for what he's done for my team... he's having a hell of a fantasy season.  He's on pace for 74 points, +38, 119 PIM's and 273 shots. Why did I trade him?

Patrice Bergeron : 7 gms with 6+4=10
He's the best center the Bruins currently have and he's been hot lately with 17 points in his last 13 games. His totals have climbed every year since his concussion in 2008 and he should give you at least a 60 point pace the rest of the way.

Drew Stafford : 5 gms with 4+3=7
He was only so-so to start the year (eight points in 14 games) then was injured for 20 games but has been on fire since his return ( 9+2=12 in 12 games).  He's always found a way to disappoint in the past, but maybe he's finally putting all his talent together this season.

Patrik Elias : 6 gms with 2+4=6
Many are thinking Elias is having an off year but if you take out his rough start (five points in 12 games) his numbers look pretty solid (.86 ppg) and are right in line with this career PPG (.85). I'm expecting Elias to play at a 70 point pace the rest of the way.

Others playing well of late: Daniel Sedin, Nikolai Kulemin, Clarke MacArthur, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, Brenden Morrow, Ryan Smyth, Sergei Kostitsyn,Ryan Kesler, Bobby Ryan, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Scott Hartnell,
Shane Doan, David Backes, Teemu Selanne, Mike Ribeiro, Stephen Weiss, Erik Cole, Jarret Stoll, Kris Versteeg, Tim Jackman, Colby Armstrong, Darren Helm, Alexander Steen, Blake Comeau and Jason Pominville.

DEFENSE

Shea Weber : 6 gms with 2+8=10
Over the last two weeks only three players have picked up 10 points in six or less games. Shea Weber is one and the other two (Briere and Ruutu) are forwards. That's how well he's been playing lately. He's now on pace for 48 points but when you take out a terrible six points in 20 game stretch his numbers are insane (19 points in 22 games).

Lubomir Visnovsky : 6 gms with 3+5=8
He wasn't getting a lot of hype before the season and Cam and I couldn't understand why, so we picked him on the cheap for a team we share. We've gotten more than we could have ever hoped as Lubes is on pace for 64 points. He had some 60-70 point seasons with the Kings back in '05-06 and '06-07 so this isn't totally out of left field. He currently is 5th in d-man scoring in the league.

Kevin Bieksa : 7 gms with 3+4=7
After his 2006-07 season (12+30=42, 134 PIM's and 203 shots) I became a big fan of Bieksa's fantasy prospects. He had only seven points in his first 32 games but has a whopping nine points in his last nine games.  I'm hopeful he can keep it up.

James Wisniewski : 7 gms with 2+5=7
The Wiz's trade to Montreal won't do much for his numbers except bump up his ugly plus-minus... which was really the only thing that was keeping him from fantasy star status. Seven points in his first seven games with the Habs is a great start.

Brian Rafalski : 6 gms with 3+3=6
Rafalski has the second best ppg of any d-man in the league (only Lidstrom is higher). He's not receiving as much pub as Lidstrom, Byfuglien, Enstrom and others but he's definitely getting it done. Even though he missed 11 games he's still on pace for a career high 65 points.

Others playing well of late: Tobias Enstrom, Alex Goligoski, Kris Letang, Ryan Suter, Tomas Kaberle, Andrew MacDonald and Jack Johnson.

ROOKIES

Matt D`Agostini : 6 gms with 2+6=8
Technically not a rookie but we'll put him here anyway.  He's never really shown a consistent scoring touch in the AHL or junior but he's showing some nice chemistry playing with David Backes on the top unit. He's making a strong case to hold onto his scoring line job once STL gets healthy.

Colin Wilson : 6 gms with 1+4=5
He was a former 7th overall pick and at 21 years old he may be realizing his potential this year. He's playing on the second line with Legwand and Svatos (blah) but he's getting 1st PP unit minutes (yeah).  Expect a strong finish to the season.

Tyler Seguin : 7 gms with 2+3=5
If you were expecting Seguin to breakout you've been disappointed (on pace for just 32 points) but there have been some signs of life lately (five points in last six). The more experience he gets the better he's going to be so expect his second half to be better than his first.

Other hot rookies: Jeff Skinner, Cam Fowler and Michael Santorelli

GOALIES

Jonas Hiller : 6 gms with 5 wins, 1.50 gaa and 0.954 sv%
Hand up if you expected Hiller to be leading the league in wins are the half way point. Put your hand down, you liar! He has three shutouts in his last nine games and has been one of the best fantasy tenders in the first half.

Dwayne Roloson : 5 gms with 4 wins, 1.97 gaa and 0.941 sv%
If you were lucky enough to scoop Rollie off your waiver wire you really enjoyed three out of his first four games for the Bolts. Three wins and only one goal allowed but he got smoked for five goals in 23 minutes in the other game.  It looks like good things for Roloson the rest of the way.

Pekka Rinne : 5 gms with 5 wins, 1.00 gaa and 0.967 sv%
He started all but one game since his return from injury nine games ago so those holding out hope Anders Lindback might steal a few starts might want to rethink that strategy. In the eight games he played he's allowed only one or two goals all but one (four goals to Dallas). That's the kind of consistency you want in a fantasy netminder.

Corey Crawford : 6 gms with 4 wins, 1.66 gaa and 0.932 sv%
He's started 14 of the last 17 games and the three he missed were due to an illness... so it's pretty obvious who's #1 in Chicago. Guys like Crawford, who probably started the season on your wire, are the reason we tell you not to use early picks on goalies.

Roberto Luongo : 4 gms with 3 wins, 1.44 gaa and 0.960 sv%
Expect big things from the big fella the second half of the season. The Canucks are looking unstoppable and Lou will be their man in the playoffs so look for him to get a lot of action in the second half.

Other hot goalies: James Reimer, Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist and Cory Schneider

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