Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 11/29/2011
Eberle, Gagner & Paajarvi highlight this week’s forecast
With just the one game left in November coming up this Wednesday night against the Wild, the race for this month's winners is red hot!
In the 'total points' category, Slippery Pic heads into the final game in the lead with 1250 points. He has competition nipping at his heels though as Spreebase is currently in second with 1249 points followed by a couple other players who have topped 1230 points.
In the 'average points' category, Tuff is leading with an average of 105.75. Crazyscaffolder is next in line with an average of 101.43 followed by Bod with 101 average points.
The races are tight and should make for an exciting finish. Good luck to all players as we get ready up for the coming week in fantasy hockey.
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
The Oilers played four games since the last fantasy report, coming away with two wins and two losses in those games. The Oilers record as it stands now is 12-10-2, good for third in the Northwest division.
The Oilers started the week strong with a 6-2 win over Nashville last Tuesday night. They followed that up by breaking a 17-game winless streak in Minnesota, beating the Wild 5-2.
The air has cooled for the Oilers since though. After a third period letdown in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado, the Oilers returned home last night and dropped a 2-1 decision to Nashville.
On a positive note, the Oilers did see more secondary scoring during the past week, a good sign for the coaching staff. Players such as Ryan Jones, Sam Gagner and Eric Belanger were able to chip in offensively, something the team must continue to see.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
The Oilers are currently in the midst of a six-game homestand and will play the second game tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild. The Oilers will be looking to snap this two-game skid and get back into the race for the Northwest division.
Still operating with a few key injuries, the Oilers will need to get a full team effort if they hope to get back to winning on a consistent basis. Following tomorrow's game against Minnesota, the Oilers will welcome Columbus to town on Friday night then resume the Battle of Alberta on HNIC Saturday.
No more than one hour following the completion of Wednesday's game vs. Minnesota, the newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take effect. At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
JORDAN EBERLE ($1M > $3M)
Jordan Eberle is certainly turning into the star everyone hoped he would be this season. Eberle is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with 24 points in 24 games. He has been consistent game in and game out for the Oilers, making him one of the best fantasy options they have.
Eberle is the team's leading point producer over the past fantasy week. He has picked up six points (3G, 3A) in the last four games including the lone goal in last night's loss to the Predators.
Heading into these next few games Eberle should be considered as close to a "sure thing" as the Oilers have right now. He is a top option for fantasy players no matter what the price tag may be.
SAM GAGNER ($2M > $3M)
The Oilers started to see some secondary scoring during the past week, and Sam Gagner was one of the guys providing it. Sam started to show what he's capable of and that's good news for Oilers fans.
It's been a slow start to the season for Gagner who is generally a larger factor in the offence for this team. With four points in the last four games though, Gagner is hoping that his struggles might be behind him.
If the Oilers are going to continue to compete for the division, it's going to be because guys like Gagner are consistently chipping in.
MAGNUS PAAJARVI ($2M > $1M)
Magnus continues to struggle greatly this season. With only 1 assist and a -3 rating in 20 games, Paajarvi has obviously lost a great deal of confidence.
This being said, there is no doubting Magnus Paajarvi's talent. With some increased ice-time in the past couple of games, we might begin to see better things from Magnus in the week ahead. With Hall out of the lineup, Paajarvi has been given a chance to play on a top line. If there was ever a time to break out of this slump, it's now.
A drop in salary should provide fantasy players with a chance to pick Paajarvi with a little less worry. This week may just be the time to buy on Magnus.
Taylor Hall: 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Cam Barker: 3 months with an ankle injury.
Corey Potter: 2 weeks with an ankle injury.
Author: Travis Knee | edmontonoilers.com