The biggest and brightest from the past week in Fantasy Land, as voted by FHS writers.
Three Stars of the Week:
3rd Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 93, Johan Franzen... there were a number of players with 6 points on the week but you have to give a slight edge to the Mule with 2 PPG, 2 GWG and a +5. Are we finally seeing Franzen's playoff prowess translate to the regular season? FHS Votes: 2 firsts, 1 third.
2nd Star, from the Los Angeles Kings, numero 8, Drew Doughty... 2+3=5 with 3 PPP and his owners are breathing a sigh of relief as he hasn't done a lot this season. Amazing that in his 4th NHL season, the dude is still only 21 years old. FHS Votes: 3 seconds, 1 third.
1st Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 35, Jimmy Howard... 3 games, 3 wins and a shutout. A 1.33 GAA and .948 SV% don't hurt either. After a couple of small hiccups and a six game losing streak, the Red Wings juggernaut appears to have righted itself with four straight convincing wins. Howard's knock last year was a lack of decent peripherals, but so far this year he is answering those criticisms nicely. FHS Votes: 2 firsts, 1 second, 1 third.
Honorable mention: Tyler Seguin, BOS (3 GP, 4+2=6, +4, 9 SOG)Rookie Star of the Week: Craig Smith, NAS. As the Adam Henriques and Matt Reads of the world begin to cool off, Craig Smith just keeps rolling. 3+1=4 in three games last week with15 SOG. Now on pace for 70 points. How is it that he is currently only owned in 24% of Yahoo! Leagues?. Go get him!
HM: Drew Doughty, LA (as detailed above. Finally!)
Breakdown of the Week: Zach Parise, NJD. Holy crap. What's going on here? 3 games, 0 points, 0 PIM and minus 5. This looks especially bad when he averaged 25 minutes per game in those three games. It's officially panic time.
Free Agent Star of the Week (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! Leagues): Valtteri Filppula (28% owned). Filppula has always had the talent, but playing 3rd wheel on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and a red-hot Franzen is paying some nice dividends. 1+4=5 and +5 on the week.
HM: Artem Anisimov (6% owned, 0+4=4, +4), Craig Smith (as mentioned above, only 24% owned).
Check out our past Fantasy Stars of the Week here.