Evgeni Malkin has a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. The injury was suffered Friday night after crashing into the boards on a Tyler Myers hit. This leaves a huge hole at forward on every fantasy roster who owns Evgeni Malkin, so the question is- what’s next?
Analysis: This season ending injury isn’t one to be taken lightly as Malkin is a top five to seven fantasy forward. You may want to consider turning to Tampa Bay winger Teddy Purcell. Purcell has recorded 4 goals, 5 assists, 13 SOG and is plus 5 in his last five games. Obviously he cannot sustain this pace but I don’t see him falling off the fantasy hockey planet either. New Jersey winger Brian Rolston has tallied 5 goals, 8 assists, 28 SOG and is a plus 7 in his last 11 contests. Finally, San Jose winger Devin Setoguchi has been on fire his last five games with 4 goals, 3 assists and 22 SOG.
Projection: If you’re in need in the goal department I would put my faith in Devin Sotoguchi to supply a goal at least every third game. From an assists and especially a plus/minus perspective I would pick up Brian Rolston, the Devils are 7-1-2 in thier last ten games. The wildcard here is Teddy Purcell. Tampa’s offense is scary and Purcell should continue to benefit from the attention Stamkos and St. Louis demand. Purcell is fully capable of averaging almost a point per game from here on out.
The Cavs may have dropped their twenty-third straight game Friday night, but that hasn’t stopped Ramon Sessions from putting up monster numbers. Sessions tallied 20 points, 11 assists with a steal and a block last night against the Grizzlies.
Analysis: Ramon Sessions has quietly put up top 20 fantasy point guard numbers over the last two weeks and don’t expect his play to fall off much if he continues play over thirty minutes a game, which he has in ten of his last twelve games. In this current five game span Sessions is averaging 9 assists, 15.6 ppg, 47% from the field and 88% from the line. The bottom line is Ramon Sessions is getting tons of minutes, he’s not turning the ball over and he’s one hungry dude. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, Sessions has been a streaky fantasy player the past few years with the Wolves and the Bucks.
Projection: Expect 7-9 apg, 13-15 ppg with 80 percent from the line and 45 percent from the field if Sessions continues to get over thirty minutes a game. His steals are down this year but expect .80 spg the rest of the season with room for improvement.
Andris Biedrins tallied double digit rebounds with at least a block and a steal for his third straight game against the Bucks Thursday night.
Analysis: Biedrins is available in about sixty percent of fantasy leagues nationwide and now is the time to pick him up. Biedrins is averaging 10.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1 steal and 61% from the field on 21 shots over his last three games. In deeper leagues he has become more than roster depth or a spot start, he has become a four category stud who won’t hurt you in free throw percentage because he never gets to the line. With big name centers like Emeka Okafor, Marcus Camby and Joakim Noah out it’s time to pick him up before it’s too late.
Projection: Expect double digit boards, 1-2 blocks, 50% from the field and just under a steal per game the rest of the way.