Fantasy Stars of the Week

Bruce Bennett

The biggest and brightest from the past week in fantasy hockey.

3rd Star, from the Dallas Stars, numero 91, Tyler Seguin. Can't ignore five goals and two assists in a week. Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk scored four each, but with zero assists. Seguin was also plus-4 and fired 12 shots, but came up empty in the PIM, hits and blocks categories, which just doesn't quite fly for first or second star over here at FHS corporate headquarters.

2nd Star, from the St. Louis Blues, numero 42, David Backes. Crazy multicat week for Backes, with two goals, three assists, plus-2, six PIM, nine SOG and 15 hits in four games. He's on pace for 35+52=87, plus-39, 155 PIM, 164 SOG, 26 PPP, 259 hits and 56 blocked shots. The peripherals are expected, but he also looks poised to eclipse his career high of 62 points.

1st Star, from the Los Angeles Kings, numero 54, Ben Scrivens. Jonathan Quick owners watched in horror as Quick went down with a LBI in the overtime period of Tuesday's game vs. Buffalo. Those in weekly leagues were stuck (but hopefully grabbed Scrivens ASAP). Those who were able to claim and dress Scrivens immediately were rewarded with three straight wins, including two shutouts. Scrivens will continue to be a solid play as long as Quick is sidelined. Honorable mention to Josh Harding, who snagged his third win of the week after we went to press.

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Rookie Star of the Week: Brandon Pirri. Leftwinglock.com tells us that Pirri lined up with Patrick Kane for 13.78% of Chicago's shifts this week. Pirri took full advantage with a goal in each of his three games to go along with an assist, two PIM, six SOG and three hits.

Breakout Star of the Week: John Carlson. Carlson has been a defensive standout since he hit the league (blocked shot totals of 160, 153 and a pro-rated 210 in the last three seasons), and while his offensive abilities were never in question, his point totals have been modest (37,32, pro-rated 38) with Mike Green being the main man on PP1. With Green going down this week, Carlson finished with 2+2=4, eight shots and ten blocks, and played 6:43 and 4:34 on the powerplay in the two games Green missed. Get on it!

Breakdown of the Week: What the hell, let's go with Sergei Gonchar, who was probably dropped long ago in your leagues. Gonch did get an assist in three games this week, but that was only his third point of the year. Safe to say he broke down some time ago, but after 27 points in 45 games last year, we were all hoping for one last gasp.

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