As we head into the weekend, it’s time to get your lineups locked in for the third week of the fantasy hockey challenge. Most teams have three or four games this week with only the Colorado Avalanche as an outlier with only two. If you need to hold onto three-gamers this week for value, don’t hesitate to do so, but it’s probably best to move on from your Avs.
Last week, my entry climbed up to the top 20% of all entries with a solid week 2 so far. Axis of Anarchy still leads our group after a monster week 1 performance. If you’re looking for a group to join, check out our FantasyCPR group (click here for info).
Here’s my picks for week 2 with only minimal changes to last week’s lineup (click here for week 2 lineup post):
Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators: The Sens are off to a hot start and Anderson has been excellent moving up to the #2 spot in hockey challenge behind only Antti Niemi coming into Friday’s action. Anderson doesn’t have back-to-back games and faces the Sabres, Hurricanes, and Jets all at home this week.
Jaroslav Halak-St. Louis Blues: The Blues have a similar favorable schedule with a three-home game schedule against the Predators, Red Wings, and Ducks. The Blues goalie is in the top five in challenge points coming into the weekend. He will probably take one of each back-t0-back set off for the foreseeable future, but should get all three starts with off days sprinkled throughout this week.
Zdeno Chara-Boston Bruins: Chara continues to pile up time on the ice and is part of a successful power play unit. He scored in three games in a row early this week with a three-point game in Carolina on Monday. The Bruins have three games this week, but Chara’s value is likely to rise so I’ll hold on to him.
Keith Yandle-Phoenix Coyotes: Yandle only has three games too, but is owrth holding onto averaging just under a point a game so far this season.
Andrei Markov-Montreal Canadiens: Markov is the third-ranked defenseman in hockey challenge with points in each of his last five games. Markov’s averaging 1.3 points per game as the Habs host their rival Bruins and Maple Leafs while traveling to Buffalo to take on the Sabres this week.
Victor Hedman-Tampa Bay Lightning: Hedman plays four games this week for the Lightning and has put points on the board in his last three games. He’s been a big boost to the Lightning defense and will get four games this week as the Lightning travel to take on the Flyers, Devils, Bruins, and Rangers.
Steven Stamkos-Tampa Bay Lightning: Another Lightning skater to make sure is on your roster is Stamkos who already has 11 points this year and is averaging just under 2 points per game. With four games, Stamkos is going to be heavily owned, but he’s scoring too prolifically to overlook on your roster this week. Just lock him in at the lowest price you can.
Evgeni Malkin-Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin has four games too and is averaging over a point a game. He’s scored three points in his last three games despite the Penguins overall struggles so expect a nice week as he plays four.
Zach Parise-Minnesota Wild: A mainstay of my team, Parise is averaging 1.3 points per game despite not being able to net one in his las two games. Next week the Wild only play three, but I’ll stick with Parise against the Coyotes, Canucks, and Predators.
Pavel Datsyuk-Detroit Red Wings: Datsyuk and Detroit take on the Flames, Oilers, and Kings at home this week and also go on the road to take on the Blues. Datsyuk is averaging 1.3 points per game and continues to be among the better play-makers on the Wings front line.
Martin St. Louis-Tampa Bay Lightning: If you’re going to go “all-in” on a team this week, the Lightning are the way to go. The Lightning lead the league in scoring and are in the top five in Power Play percentage. St. Louis’s creativity has benefited him so far with 12 points coming into Friday’s play averaging 2.0 points per game. Make sure this Quebec-native finds a home on your team this week.
Jordan Eberle-Edmonton Oilers: In his first seven games, Eberle has seven points. He and the Oilers play four this week–at home for Vancouver and Dallas and then finishing the week on the road for Detroit and Columbus.