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The Wire Troll: Studly Habs and Surprising Sabres Edition

November 16, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Tyler Ennis is starting to rack up points for the Buffalo Sabres.
If Tyler Ennis is on your wire, grab him. (yshl.forumsactifs.com)

It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too.

Now, before we go any further, we’d just like to point out that we’re not Canadiens or Sabres fan boys. They were just that good in Week Five. With that said, here are the week’s waiver picks.

Tyler Ennis, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres (ESPN: 20.4 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Ennis has just been put on waivers in our league, and we’re not sure why. He had a spectacular Week Five, scoring two goals and five points with a plus-3 rating, five penalty minutes, two power play points, 10 shots on goal, a hit and two blocked shots. In 19 games played, the youngster has six goals, 12 points, a minus-8 rating and 40 shots on goal. Give the undersized (5′9″, 169) Ennis credit for at least trying to take on bigger players, as you can see in the video below.

Matt Moulson, LW, Buffalo Sabres (ESPN: 23.6 per cent; CBS: 48 per cent): Moulson hasn’t been a dynamic offensive presence this season, but he had a very solid week with a goal, five points, a plus-3 rating, two power play points, seven shots on goal, one face-off won, two hits and one blocked shot. We’re not suggesting you pull the trigger on this guy right away, but keep your eyes on him.

Dale Weise, RW, Montreal Canadiens (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 1 per cent): Keep your eyes on this guy, because he had a pretty solid week if we do say so ourselves. Three goals, four points, a plus-4 rating, seven penalty minutes, five shots on goal, six hits and one blocked shot tends to make for a productive week.

Zemgus Girgensons, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres (ESPN: 0.4 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Like a few of his fellow Sabres, Girgensons had a very solid week, notching three goals, four points, a plus-5 rating, one shorthanded point, nine shots on goal, 19 face-offs won, six hits and five blocked shots. A versatile player, he brings a lot to the table especially in leagues with more statistical categories.

Mike Hoffman, C/LW, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: 3.8 per cent; CBS: 15 per cent): Hoffman’s played just 14 games this season, but he’s got seven goals, eight points, a plus-8 rating and 38 shots on goal in that span. Not bad at all.

STUDS AND DUDS

“Studs and Duds” is our weekly segment about who was hot and who was not in Fantasy hockey in the previous week. As you can see, our run on the Habs and Sabres continues below.

Studs

No. 1. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens: No one had a better week of Fantasy hockey than Montreal’s No. 1 goalie Price. In three games, he collected three wins, a 1.34 goals against average, a .950 save percentage and a shutout. Yeah, not too shabby to say the least.

No. 2. Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens: Price’s teammate Pacioretty also had a pretty good week, scoring two goals and five points with a plus-4 rating, four penalty minutes, two power play points, a shorthanded point, 11 shots on goal and two hits.

No. 3. Tyler Ennis, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres: We said it earlier above, and we’ll say it again – Ennis had a great week with two goals, five points, a plus-3 rating, five penalty minutes, two power play points, 10 shots on goal, a hit and two blocked shots.

Duds

No. 1. Mike Smith, G, Arizona Coyotes: Surprise, surprise… well… not really. Smith has been absolutely abysmal this season, and a 4.60 goals against average and a .842 save percentage in two Week Five losses have only further confirmed what Fantasy GMs already know — he stinks more than last year’s leftover tuna fish sandwich.

No. 2. Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: Anderson is arguably the best available goaltender on the waiver wire (and worth picking up), but he had a rough week with just one win, a 3.57 goals against average and a .889 save percentage through three games.

No. 3. Ray Emery, G, Philadelphia Flyers: Emery played just one game, but a 6.01 goals against average and a .786 save percentage were enough to cement him as this week’s No. 3 dud.

That’s it for Week Five. We know how we did, but we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below.

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The Wire Troll: Lavoy Allen Standing Tall

November 15, 2014 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
Caldwell-Pope has been a nice surprise for the Pistons this season as the former eighth overall pick has really stepped up his game. One of the nicest surprises from this young man has been his three-point shooting. He has made 16 of his last 36 attempts from beyond the arc over the last six games. You would like to see KCP’s other numbers go up, but if you are looking for a three-point specialist, he may be your guy, even if his shooting is inconsistent. He has had games of 1-for-6, 0-for-6 and 1-for-8 from downtown, but when he gets it going, he gets it going. The bottom line is any guy averaging 36 minutes needs to be owned — especially one with this kind of upside.
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The Wire Troll: Cecil Shorts Rising

November 11, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off
The bitter unknown can be a cold desperate place. Mallett was a popular trade target at this year’s draft. Houston used its best poker face as New England finally relented just before the start of the season.
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The Wire Troll: Young ‘Canes Rising Edition

November 9, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Rask is a rookie, and he’s young, but his two goals, four points, plus-3 rating, two penalty minutes, two power play points, 15 shots on goal and 23 face-offs won made him last week’s 11th best Fantasy player. If you do decide to pick him up, don’t expect numbers like this every week, but it’s an encouraging effort by a talented player within a struggling organization. Keep your eye on Rask, but we don’t suggest you pick him up quite yet.
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The Wire Troll: Iman Shumpert Loving the Triangle

November 8, 2014 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
With the performance Fournier is delivering, he could be the sixth man even when Oladipo returns. It doesn’t look as if the Magic got worked in that trade as we initially thought.
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