Week 9 - Free Agents and Trade Targets


It's the weekly look at who you need to pick up to dominate your league

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.


Eric Gelinas NJ - D : 8% owned with 2+8=10
He's playing at huge 46 point pace currently and has five points in his last seven games.  He's playing over 20 minutes a game with some decent PP TOI.

(owned in >60% of Yahoo! leagues)

Henrik Zetterberg Det - C,LW : 100% owned with 11+19=30
Ranked #3 by Yahoo! currently, which is a pretty damn good return on your investment so far.

Ryan Getzlaf Anh - C : 99% owned with 13+18=31
Like Zetterberg, Getz is another superstar who might have went a little bit later than he should have on draft day.

Chris Kunitz Pit - LW : 97% owned with 14+13=27
I still don't get how this guy isn't owned in 100% of leagues.  He's a top 10 fantasy forward.

Logan Couture SJ - C,LW : 95% owned with 9+18=27
Quietly playing over a point-a-game... he's never done that for a whole season before.

Brent Burns SJ - RW,D : 87% owned with 8+6=14
I'm assuming 13% of Yahoo! leagues don't realize he can play on the D.  How many point-a-game d-men are out there?

Max Pacioretty Mon - LW : 72% owned with 9+3=12
Three big games in his last six give him 7+1-8 in that span.  I think it's time to get on board people, especially if your league counts more than just points.

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

Radim Vrbata Pho - RW : 54% owned with 8+14=22
Still unappreciated.  He makes an excellent last forward, particularly if your league count shots. 

Dustin Penner Anh - LW : 50% owned with 9+12=21
If you picked him up like we told you to a few weeks ago you enjoyed a nice 5+3=8 over his last six games.  Who knows how long this ride will last but enjoy it while you can.

Steve Downie Phi - LW,RW : 43% owned with 1+13=14
Playing with Sean Couturier & Matt Read, which isn't too bad.  Gotta love this PIM/Pts potential.  He's currently playing a a 52 point & 234 PIM pace.

Martin Hanzal Pho - C : 41% owned with 8+14=22
His breakout season continues... eight points in his last six games.  Should be owned in all leagues that count hits.

Mikhail Grabovski
Was - C : 41% owned with 8+14=22
Not many guys are on pace for 67 points (like Grabbo is) and are owned in only 41% of leagues.

Scott Hartnell Phi - LW : 40% owned with 5+3=8
Our "Pick Up of the Week" from last week is still a good target for the majority of leagues out there.  He's got 50 point and 100 PIM potential.

Clarke MacArthur Ott - LW : 39% owned with 7+12=19
He's on Ottawa's top line to stay and it's looking like a 60-65 point season is in the cards.

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

Andrew Shaw Chi - C : 19% owned with 8+8=16
Five points in last five and tons of hits...we'd like him more if he was on L1 or 2.

Ryan Johansen Cls - C,RW : 19% owned with 10+9=19
Ir looks like his breakout season (he's on pace for 58) is happening... it's about time.  He's only two points off his career high.

Nino Niederreiter Min - RW : 14% owned with 5+10=15
Another high pick who looks to be finally living up to his potential.  Not as many points as Johansen but more hits.

Chris Kreider NYR - C,LW : 14% owned with 6+10=16
His hat trick yesterday might have many rushing to the wire... hopefully you can beat them there.  He's now playing at a 66 point pace.

David Legwand Nsh - C : 14% owned with 5+15=20
I'm not a big fan but 20 points is 20 points.  Somebody has to score when Nashville loses 3-2, why not Legwand?

Gustav Nyquist Det - C,RW : 13% owned with 4+1=5
Looks like Gustav has arrived for good.  He has five points in his last five games and is playing on L1 with Zetterberg and Franzen.  Not a bad gig.

Eric Gelinas NJ - D : 8% owned with 2+8=10
See "Pick Up of the Week" above

R.J. Umberger Cls - LW : 4% owned with 6+8=14
Only four points off last year's totals in 21 less games.  Even more attractive if you are in a hits/blocks league.

Sean Couturier Phi - C : 3% owned with 3+7=10
Six points in his last seven games for the center of the hot 3rd line in Philly.

Matt Cullen Nsh - C : 3% owned with 5+8=13
Out producing most of the other guys you find this readily available.

Scottie Upshall Fla - RW : 3% owned with 6+8=14
This guy is very hot (nine points in last nine games) and more leagues should be riding the hot hand here.  He's playing on a scoring line and could get traded to a better situation at any moment.  Seems like a lot of upside here.

Tyler Johnson
TB - C : 2% owned with 6+7=13
Producing a good clip currently but if Tampa juggles the lines he could easily find himself on the 2nd line. 

Rich Peverley Dal - C : 2% owned with 5+7=12
We liked him a lot more when he was on the 1st line but he's still a sneaky good source for points on L3.

Nick Foligno Cls - LW : 2% owned with 6+7=13
Playing on the 2nd line and getting tons of hits... that has to be helpful to more than just 2% of leagues.

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

David Booth Van - LW : 1% owned with 3+3=6
He's in the lineup and has three points in his last two games... so he's actually playing and scoring.  Two things he hasn't done a lot of lately.  He was healthy scratched for a few games so he's no sure thing but he might be worth a flyer.

Richard Panik TB - RW : 0% owned with 1+9=10
Currently playing with Ondrej Palat & Tyler Johnson on the third line.  Not often you'll find a third line where all three make decent adds.

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