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Week 8 - Free Agents and Trade Targets

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Step 1) Pick up these guys. Step 2) Win your pool

Love him or hate him, he can help your squad
Love him or hate him, he can help your squad

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.


Scott Hartnell Phi - LW : 39% owned with 4+2=6
His ownership numbers continue to rise but with his current hot streak (6 points in 7 games) the window is closing.  He's still playing on the top line with Giroux, he's still getting a ton of PP time and he's still getting some PIM's

(owned in >60% of Yahoo! leagues)

Evgeni Malkin Pit - C,RW : 100% owned with 4+22=26
Looks like Geno is really heating up... eight points in last four.

David Backes StL - C,RW : 91% owned with 10+12=22
If he can keep this point-a-game pace and continue with his normal PIMy goodness he's going to have a monster of a fantasy season.

Ryan Kesler Van - C,RW : 88% owned with 10+7=17
5th in the league in shots and playing with the Sedins.  He's on pace for "only" 56 points but I think the best is yet to come.

Cody Franson
Tor - D : 84% owned with 0+12=12
Only two players are owned in 80% of leagues and have over 70 hits... Franson and Lucic.

Bryan Little Wpg - C,RW : 82% owned with 12+11=23
Bryan Little is 16th in the league in scoring and is on pace for 75 points, which would smash his career high of 51 points.  He's currently centering Ladd and Wheeler on the top line.

James Wisniewski Cls - D : 75% owned with 2+14=16
9th in d-man scoring.  I'm guessing many don't realize he is doing as well as he is.

Mikko Koivu Min - C : 68% owned with 5+16=21
He's been hot the last while... to the tune of 13 points in his last nine games.  He's got some solid linemates (Parise and Pominville) so he should have some higher ownership numbers.

Max Pacioretty Mon - LW : 68% owned with 7+2=9
Looks like Max-Pac is finally waking up... five goals in his last three games.  Guessing he's over his hamstring injury.

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

Brandon Saad Chi - LW : 50% owned with 7+8=15
Looks like he's settled into a line with Toews and Sharp.  Good spot to be in.  He also is hot right now with seven points in his last seven games.

Radim Vrbata Pho - RW : 49% owned with 6+12=18
Come on people let's get this guy over 50%... he's earned it.

David Perron Edm - LW : 45% owned with 8+10=18
He has nine points in his last seven games and doing a lot of his damage on the PP.  Unfortunately he's currently playing with Ryan Smyth & Boyd Gordon at even strength. 

Mikhail Grabovski Was - C : 43% owned with 7+12=19
The 65 points he is on pace for, would be a career high.  Just keeps producing.

Scott Hartnell Phi - LW : 39% owned with 4+2=6
See "Pick Up of the Week" above

Martin Hanzal Pho - C : 37% owned with 7+12=19
He was the "Pick Up of the Week" last week continues to be a good add.

Steve Downie Phi - LW,RW : 36% owned with 1+12=13
He has seven points (all assists) in the six games since he returned from injury.  Only 2 PIM's, but you know he's capable of a PIM bomb at any moment.

Dustin Penner Anh - LW : 31% owned with 6+11=17
Remember he's playing with Getzlaf and Perry.  He's also tied for the league lead in plus-minus and he has five points in his last six. 

Clarke MacArthur Ott - LW : 28% owned with 6+11=17
He continues to be under appreciated.  Couldn't you have used his five points last week?

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

Stephen Weiss Det - C : 25% owned with 2+1=3
His paltry three points means he'll come cheap and in his first game back from injury on Saturday he was lining up with Datsyuk. 

Matt Read Phi - RW : 22% owned with 8+3=11
Looks like Read, Downie and Couturier have found some chemistry.  Six points in last three for Reader.

Derek Roy StL - C : 18% owned with 6+8=14
Six points in last six games but it will be very tough for him to get quality minutes with all the talent in STL.

Hampus Lindholm Anh - D : 9% owned with 2+5=7
3rd in the league with his plus-12, not too bad for a rookie.  He's playing over 20 minutes a game and getting some PP opportunities as well.

Valeri Nichushkin Dal - RW : 8% owned with 2+6=8
Six of his eight points have come in November... oh and he's also been playing with Benn and Sequin.

Justin Braun
SJ - D : 7% owned with 2+5=7
The surprise leader in plus-minus currently.  Playing a ton and getting PP time as well. 

Cody Eakin Dal - C : 3% owned with 5+7=12
Nobody has a many points as he does with as little ownership.  He's a solid second liner so I'm not sure why people are scared.

Scottie Upshall Fla - RW : 2% owned with 4+7=11
Playing with Brad Boyes & Aleksander Barkov on the 2nd line in FLA.  He's also been hot recently with six points in his last six games.  At this pace he'll break his career best 34 points before the Olympics.

Tom Gilbert Fla - D : 2% owned with 1+7=8
He's currently on pace for 27 points.  Remember he's had some big 30-40 point seasons in the past so this isn't totally out of the blue.

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

Brendan Smith Det - D : 1% owned with 0+1=1
With Danny DeKeyser (who is also a good add when he returns) out with an injury Smith has an excellent opportunity to step up.  He's getting decent minutes but doesn't have anything to show for it yet.

Richard Panik TB - RW : 0% owned with 1+9=10
His TOI and PPTOI have been rising as the season has progressed.  Hard to believe that nobody wants to own a guy producing like this.

Casey Cizikas NYI - C : 0% owned with 3+3=6
This hits are why you're picking him up but the production is a nice bonus.  He has a point in each of his last five games.