Each week, Jordan will attempt to provide you with guidance and inside information as you pick your Hockey Night in Canada fantasy pool lineup presented by Kia, with a focus on finding "sleeper" picks to help fill the roster when cap space is low.
Stats reflect games through Oct. 19.
The fourth week starts on Saturday and this marks the second week of the ‘first half’ contest.
By now most of you are figuring out which superstars need to stay in your lineup, and which roster spots need to be replaced. For most of you this often leaves you with a few cap space points that need to buy 3 or more players.
Let’s start from the back and work our way forward with my choices for your Week 4 sleepers.
This week I want to recommend Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. I know you might react harshly to this but he is a good option if you don’t want to spend the ‘4’ player value points on an elite choice like Roberto Luongo or Carey Price.
It’s been rumoured for over a season that Quick would lose starts to back-up Jonathan Bernier but just like last season, Quick has silenced his critics. In 2010-11, he started 60 games and won 35 while posting Top 10 numbers in goals-against average and wins. So far in October he has started four out of five games and posted three wins with a 1.20 GAA and .960 save percentage.
These are elite stats at a ‘good’ price. His ‘3’ player value will get you three starts (vs. DAL, vs. NJ, @ DAL) during Week 4.
Unlike other fantasy pools, the Kia Fantasy Pool only rewards skaters for goals and assists. As such, finding "cheap" defence is essential to maximizing your weekly point total. The player value gets set once at the beginning of the season and then again at the halfway point. This allows owners to take advantage of guys who experience quick starts.
This week, one such player I am putting my support behind is Marc-Andre Bergeron of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although he has never played a full 82 games and has often battled with health issues, he has shown consistent production from the blue-line. His best season came in 2009-10 as a Montreal Canadien where he notched 34b points in 60 games.
After sitting on the sidelines until February of last season he managed eight points in 23 games with the Lightning. Already this season he has matched that total. Bergeron will set you back a measly ‘1’ player value point and should provide offensive punch as the quarterback on the Tampa Bay power play. He should play three games in Week 4 (vs. BUF, @ BUF, @ NAS).
This week I am dipping into the wealth of 2011 NHL rookies. I am endorsing Oilers newbie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Owners in traditional fantasy pools have already jumped on the bandwagon and I see no reason why you guys in the Kia Fantasy Pool shouldn’t as well!
Nugent-Hopkins has points in three of his first five contests which includes a hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks. At a player value of ‘1’ he could be a key cog in filling out your roster when cap space is dwindling. Nugent-Hopkins has been centreing the "kid" line of Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle and is giving lots to cheer about for Oiler faithful.
Edmonton plays in a league high 4 games in Week 4 (vs. NYR, vs. VAN, vs. WAS, @ COL)
That’s it for this week; remember to tune in to Hockey Night In Canada on October 22nd with live coverage on CBC beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Game Day hosted by Andi Petrillo and PJ Stock.