Week 6 - Free Agents and Trade Targets

Jeff Gross

You pick up these guys, you win your pool. It's just that easy (in theory).

With Diomedes7 away I've been pegged to recommend you some free agents to target in your league.  I'll sort by ownership %'s (from Yahoo!) to make it a bit easier to find guys that might be available in your leauges.

I hope some of these recommendations help you to dominate in your league this week.

If you think I missed any good targets help your fellow FHSers out and add it in the comments.

PICK UP OF THE WEEK

Dustin Penner Anh - LW : 20% owned with 3+9=12
Dustin Penner a point a game player (12 points in 11 games)? Whaaaa? He has eight points in his last five games so expect to see him to continue to line up with Getzlaf and Perry for the foreseeable future.  It was a long time ago (2009) but Penner picked up 63 points.  If he's going to recapture that form there's not better spot for him to do it.

TRADE TARGETS  and SHALLOW LEAGUE FREE AGENTS (owned in >60% of Yahoo! leagues)

Kyle Okposo NYI - RW : 78% owned with 5+14=19
He could break last year's totals in half as many games.

Ben Bishop TB - G : 77% owned with 11 wins and 2.12 / .927
He's the #1 in TB now  and is playing light outs.  So he should therefore be owned in more than 77% of leagues

Derek Stepan NYR - C : 76% owned with 4+8=12
Nearly a point a game player last year and has points in four of last six games

Josh Harding MIN - G : 70% owned with 9 wins and 1.22 / .947
One of the top goalies so far this year and he's only owned in 70% of leagues? Does not compute.

Kyle Turris Ott - C : 68% owned with 4+14=18
16 points in 16 games, 12 points in his last nine.  That second line in Ottawa (MacArthur - Turris - Ryan) has more chemistry than a high school science class.

Jiri Hudler Cgy - LW : 63% owned with 6+13=19
He's the only guy in the top 15 scoring with <70% ownership. Not likely to keep it up, but worth a shot if you need a winger in a shallow league.

MEDIUM DEPTH LEAGUES FREE AGENTS (25-60% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Torey Krug Bos - D : 58% owned with 6+4=10
Tied for lead in d-man scoring with six goals and has four points in last five games.

Mike Cammalleri Cgy - C/LW : 48% owned with 7+3=10
Might be lost in shuffle due to injury to start the year. Not sure he'll be able to keep hot streak (eight points in last seven games) going as he's playing with Joe Colborne and Jiri Hudler.

Shane Doan Pho - LW/RW : 42% owned with 8+4=12
He doesn't seem to be getting enough respect in the leagues I'm in. 7+2=9 and 18 hits in last eight games should change that.

Ryan McDonagh NYR - D : 37% owned with 4+5=9
Seven points in last eight games and he has been seeing a healthy amount of PPTOI as well.

Alex Killorn TB - CLW : 35% owned with 4+8=12
He was our 'Pick up of the Week' last week and even though he was scoreless this week he's still a great add.

Martin Hanzal Pho - C : 29% owned with 5+9=14
His highest career total is 35 points and he's already got 14 in 16 games this season. He won't keep up this pace, but he's worth a shot especially if your league counts hits.

Robin Lehner OTT - G : 28% owned with 3 wins and 2.13 / .945
He's showing he can handle the NHL and the guy ahead of him is pretty injury prone. Worth a stash if you have an extra bench spot.

Frederik Andersen ANA - G : 25% owned with 5 wins and 1.50 / .947
He has been playing lights out for the Ducks. Only problem is the crowded crease complicates his long term value, especially once Fasth returns from injury.

SHALLOW LEAGUES FREE AGENTS (<25% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

Cam Fowler Anh - D : 21% owned with 2+7=9
I'm not a fan of Cam's but I can't ignore the 4 PPP he picked up over the last two games. On pace for a 40 point season currently.

Dustin Penner Anh - LW : 20% owned with 3+9=12
See above "Pick up of the Week"

Carl Hagelin NYR - LW : 18% owned with 4+3=7
Playing with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan has to be good for Hags... he has six points in last four games.

Derek Morris Pho - D : 16% owned with 4+6=10
He's currently injured but should be back soon and is playing at a unsustainable but still impressive 59 point pace.

Patric Hornqvist Nsh - RW : 15% owned with 4+6=10
50 point guy who should be owned in more than 12% of leagues.

Clarke MacArthur Ott - LW : 14% owned with 3+9=12
Currently playing at a 60 point pace and on a nice hot streak (seven points in six games). The 2nd line in Ottawa really looks to be clicking.

Nino Niederreiter Min - RW : 14% owned with 3+7=10
Playing with Pominville and Granlund and has five points in last five... much better than the one point in 55 games last year

Andrew Shaw Chi - C : 13% owned with 3+7=10
He's on pace for 50 points and a whopping 232 hits... not too shabby.

Chris Higgins Van - LW : 12% owned with 6+4=10
He's on pace for 273 shots currently so he'll help there and should throw in 40-50 points too boot.

Todd Bertuzzi Det - LWRW : 11% owned with 5+4=9
Five points in last five playing with Dats and Zets.  Enjoy it while you can.

Jason Chimera Was - LW : 10% owned with 5+7=12
We were expecting a 40 point pace + 150 hits. So far he's on pace for nearly 60 pts and the hits are still there.

Olli Jokinen Wpg - C : 8% owned with 3+6=9
Has been playing with Kane and Setoguchi lately. He might not even be terrible this year if that continues. Three points in last two games.

Martin Erat Was - LW/RW : 5% owned with 0+5=5
He's been playing with Ovie and Backstrom the last few games. Nothing too show for it yet but now might be a good time to get in early.

Jared Spurgeon Min - D : 5% owned with 1+5=6
Over 20 minutes per game of action plus some time on the PP. On pace for 27 points.

Tyler Toffoli LA - C/RW : 5% owned with 2+3=5
Talented rookie has played three NHL games this year... has 2+3=5 in those three games playing alongside Mike Richards.

Joel Ward Was - RW : 4% owned with 7+4=11
Leading scorer amongst players with <5% Yahoo! ownership (tied with Reilly Smith). The Chimera - Grabovski - Ward line has been surprisingly good.

Mats Zuccarello NYR - LW : 4% owned with 1+7=8
Points in five of last six, enjoying life on the top line with Stepan

Danny DeKeyser Det - D : 3% owned with 1+5=6
Not getting much in terms of PPTOI but has still put up five points in his last seven games.

Rich Peverley Dal - C : 2% owned with 3+5=8
Still playing with Benn and Sequin, not a bad spot to be in. Should be good for 40-50 if he stays on that line all year.

Andre Benoit Col - D : 2% owned with 0+7=7
We've been hyping him up for awhile and he's starting to pay some dividends (playing at a 38 point pace). He's playing well over 20 minutes a game with a whack on the PP too.

THE 1% SPECIALS (<1% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

Devante Smith-Pelly Anh - RW : 1% owned with 1+5=6
Playing about 15 min per game on the 2nd line with Perrault and Selanne.  He's got 6 points in only 9 games.  Give him a shot if you need some help on the wing in deep leagues.

Joe Colborne Cgy - C : 0% owned with 1+3=4
Playing with Hudler and Cammalleri is a pretty decent gig for Colborne. He's been playing over 18 minutes a game with some time on the PP. It's a reach but what are you expecting to find down here?


Good luck to you in Week 6.

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