With this being the end of the line for some fantasy teams (including one of my own), I’ll focus my attention on teams that either play two games or zero games over the weekend for Saturday’s Pick Six.
Teams that play both Saturday and Sunday: Anaheim, Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay
Jhonas Enroth, G, BUF – start
Ryan Miller was absent from Sabres’ practice on Friday, just two days after he did not suit up for Wednesday’s game (TSN). There is speculation that he has suffered a concussion as a result of the Dion Phaneuf slapshot that hit him during Tuesday’s game, but the Sabres have refused to comment any further. The Sabres play against both Washington on Saturday and Carolina on Sunday, so Enroth should start at least one of those games. Since the Swords seem to have almost no faith in Patrick Lalime, there is a chance that Enroth could start both games. By the way, Enroth pitched a 23-save shutout against the Rangers on Wednesday, so he is a more than adequate option right now.
Jason Pominville, RW, BUF – start
Pominville won’t reach the 60-point mark for the fifth consecutive season, but he has been producing at about his normal pace for the month (11 points and a +5 in 16 games). If Pominville isn’t available in your league, you could look into adding one of his teammates, such as Tyler Ennis, Tim Connolly, Nathan Gerbe, or Andrej Sekera.
Cory Stillman, LW, CAR – start
Since being reacquired by the Hurricanes, Stillman has quietly put up 13 points (4g-9a) in 16 games. He also has two multipoint games in his past three games. The 37-year-old winger may not be your most appealing option on the waiver wire, but he is a player that could be very useful this weekend, especially in deeper leagues.
Erik Cole, LW, CAR – start
I probably shouldn’t mention Stillman without mentioning Cole as well. Cole has been an underrated comeback option this season, reaching 20 goals for the first time in four seasons. The Canes play the Islanders and Sabres over the weekend, so he could score you at least one goal while adding a few shots on goal. Cole also has points in five of his last six games.
Cam Fowler, D, ANA – start
If you need some quick points from your defense this weekend and plus/minus doesn’t matter, then why not add the 19-year-old defenseman? In his rookie season, Fowler has accumulated 37 points (9g-28a), although his (-24) will push his fantasy value down. On any other team, Fowler would probably be eased into the lineup and would play about ten minutes per game. However, the Ducks don’t have a whole lot of defensive depth, meaning that Fowler has averaged 22 minutes per game as a rookie.
Steve Ott, C, DAL – start
Need to play catchup in the penalty minutes category while not sacrificing too many points? Ott is your guy, as his 183 PIM ranks him third in the league in that category. A total of 30 points (11g-19a) this season is also reasonable, so I wonder why he isn’t owned in more leagues. So tell me again why the Stars sign Sean Avery when they already had Ott?
Teams that play neither Saturday nor Sunday: Phoenix
That’s a pretty simple sit/drop recommendation. In one H2H league, I need to seriously make up some ground and only have the weekend to do so. Since the league commissioner decided not to schedule the final week of the season, I’ll be dropping Shane Doan from my roster for a player that will play two days. You’ll also have to act accordingly with Coyotes fantasy mainstays such as Keith Yandle and Ilya Bryzgalov.
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