Marc-Andre Fleury, my late first-round pick, has played seven games and posted seven wins. Three of those wins took place last week, and along with a 1.30 GAA and .952 SV%, Fleury was a key factor in my fantasy team’s second week resurgence.

I was also lucky enough to get balanced scoring from my lineup, with seven skaters earning three or more points, including low-profile selections like Justin Williams, Patrice Bergeron, and Rich Peverley.

All of that powered me to an 11-2-0 victory over Brad Lee in week two, which combined with my disastrous week one score (3-10-0) got me back over the .500 mark. Here’s the breakdown:

Category: Willis – Lee

  • Goals: 11 – 14
  • Assists: 25 – 9
  • Plus/Minus: +6 – -7
  • PIM: 26 – 14
  • PPG: 4 – 5
  • PPA: 11 – 3
  • GWG: 2 – 1
  • SOG: 116 – 101
  • Wins: 5 – 3
  • GAA: 1.63 – 2.75
  • Saves: 151 – 127
  • SV%: .938 – .907
  • Shutouts: 1 – 0

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As tempting as it was to drop a player like Radim Vrbata (and I’ll probably end up doing it, but he’s still getting shots so I’m trying to be patient) I only ended up making one trade this week. I targeted the last place team in the league (Art’s Khaki Ninjas) partly because he was lacking depth up front, and partly because (like me) he was probably a little anxious over his position in the standings. I sent him Ales Hemsky and Tomas Kaberle in exchange for Marty St. Louis, and with the extra spot in my lineup I added one of the (very few) available goaltenders – Edmonton’s Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. I chose Deslauriers over other backups (Brent Johnson and Steve Valiquette) because Nikolai Khabibulin’s relatively brittle.

It was a move I needed to make; it has become apparent very early on that focusing on defencemen in the draft was a poor strategy, and St. Louis’s a better player than either of the guys I gave up. I tend to believe that in fantasy hockey – much more than in real life – the team that acquires the best player wins the deal.

Week Three Matchup

In week three I’m matched against On the Forecheck, the team run by Dirk Hoag, who writes the SBN website of the same name. Hoag’s got a very decent squad, with Evgeni Nabokov in net and Eric Staal leading the way up front. He’s also invested heavily in Nashville Predators, including Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan. While that might seem like a positive, given Nashville’s play of late, the Predators are bound to turn things around in the near future, and I just need to hope it waits another week.

In week two I would have gone 10-0-3 against Hoag’s team, who slumped after a strong first week, and I’m hopeful that trend will continue.