Daily Fantasy NHL 3/13/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 13, 2014
With seven matchups on the NHL schedule tonight, it should be a pretty active evening on the fantasy hockey scene. With that in mind, it’s time once again to take a closer look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who are making waves on the waiver wire radar. These guys are still going at a premium price, so you’ve got to act quickly if you want to get in on the action before the major crowds.
Lee Stempniak, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Stempniak doesn’t play again until Saturday, but since he’s one of the hottest names on the wire right now, we’ll check him out anyway. He got the enviable position of being alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby in his last appearance, resulting in a goal and an assist against the Capitals.
That’s three scores and three helpers in the last two games for Stempniak, and if the Pens keep their lineup set like that there will be plenty more where that came from. He’s in Philly Saturday.
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Tommy Wingels, C/LW, San Jose Sharks: Wingels has been pretty hot over the last few games, and the run has increased his fantasy popularity quite a bit. In his last three appearances, he’s racked up two assists, three goals and a plus-5 rating.
Overall, Wingels is having a pretty nice season: He has 15 scores, 21 helpers and a plus-10 on his résumé so far, and as long as the Sharks keep winning (they’ve tallied Ws in their last three), he should continue to be effective. He’s in Columbus tonight.
Tim Thomas, G, Dallas Stars: With starter Kari Lehtonen down due to a head injury, Thomas has become the must-have net-minder out there in fantasy right now. He’s got two straight wins to his credit, recording one six-save shutout in one and allowing a pair of goals against the Blues in the other.
With Lehtonen’s status up in the air (he’s got a concussion, and you know how tricky those can be), Thomas is the guy moving forward in the short term. We’ll likely see him again tomorrow when the Flames come to town.
Ales Hemsky, RW, Ottawa Senators: There’s no one on the lower end of the fantasy scale who’s as hot as Hemsky is right now. He’s been crushing in his last two appearances, racking up three assists in each game and producing an overall plus-3 in that span.
On the season, Hemsky has nine goals and 23 helpers now, but his plus-minus is still a yucky minus-10. Now that there’s a little bit of chemistry working in that line, we could imagine quite an improvement in his numbers in the near future. We’ll have to wait until Saturday to see him, though. He’ll be in Montreal.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals: If you’re going to grab Kuznetsov, now’s the time to do it. He now has two NHL games under his belt this week, and though he hasn’t done much in the way of stats (five SOG; minus-1 rating), that will soon change.
Once Kuznetsov gets comfortable with the NHL style of play, he’ll be getting all sorts of minutes. With that will come all sorts of scoring, so get the former KHL star on your roster before tomorrow against Vancouver.
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