Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 10/25/2011
Eberle, Potter & Whitney highlight this week’s forecast
The Oilers found themselves locked into low-scoring games throughout this past week, meaning that offensive numbers were at a premium for fantasy players. The Oil did continue to see contributions from the kid line of Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins, as well as the veteran line of Smyth, Horcoff and Jones.
With the Oilers embarking on a tough stretch that will see them play four games in six nights, the team will need to start seeing some increased production from other parts of the lineup if they hope to improve their record. What this means for fantasy players is a chance to buy low on certain players with the hopes of big rewards.
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TONIGHT AT 11:00 PM
No more than one hour following the completion of tonight's game vs. Vancouver, the newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take effect.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
JORDAN EBERLE ($3M > $4M)
With all the buzz about the emergence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the return of Ryan Smyth, Jordan Eberle has quietly gone about being the Oilers fantasy points leader so far this season.
Eberle has consistently played at a high level and in doing so is tied with Taylor Hall for second on the team with five points on the year. A closer look shows that he is also tied with Hall for most shots (20) on the team, while also chipping in with eight hits and three blocked shots. Eberle is getting it done in all aspects of the game and it shows in his 94 total fantasy points.
Until now Eberle has been a steal carrying a price tag of $3 million. This week’s increase in salary will adjust that slightly, but Eberle still remains a “bang for your buck” option.
COREY POTTER ($1M > $2M)
What a pleasant surprise Corey Potter has been for the Edmonton Oilers. Since drawing into the lineup, Potter has been able to put up three points in five games to lead the way among blueliners. Potter has shown an ability to compete at both ends of the ice and suddenly has his name in fantasy discussions.
Potter’s strong play saw him average over 20 minutes of ice-time per game during this past week. He has also seen his share of powerplay time and is tied with Tom Gilbert for most shots(11) by an Oilers defenseman.
Even with the slight jump in salary, Potter is still a very affordable fantasy option. Given his recent production, Potter might just be worth a look in some of the upcoming games.
RYAN WHITNEY ($4M > $2M)
Ryan has now been back in the lineup for three games after missing the first few with an injury. It is taking him some time to fully find his stride and thus the drop in salary this week.
Whitney has failed to put up any points since his return and his overall stat line is looking a little bare. That being said, Whitney is a very talented defenseman with a proven ability to put up points. He could very easily find his game at any time, meaning his $2 million price tag could represent a steal for fantasy owners.
Just as it is in the world of stocks, fantasy hockey can come down to the ability to buy low and sell high. Whitney just might be this week’s “hot” stock.