The defenseman is the most underrated fantasy stud an owner could have. This weekend the league takes Sunday off to pass out some candy. Let’s break down some of the weekend warriors who could be fantasy studs to watch out for.
Teams with two games this weekend: Ducks, Thrashers, Sabres, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Canadiens, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers and Penguins.
Defenseman To Watch
Steve Montador, Sabres. The 30-year-old d-man is on an offensive tear with five points in his last five games. The eight-year veteran tied his career high last season with 23 points and is already on pace to smash that with eight points in his first 10 games this season.
Even more importantly, he ranks near the top of the league with a +8 and has chipped in with 12 penalty minutes. With the Sabres being one of the few teams that have two games this weekend, be ready for this rising defenseman to be owned in more than 32 percent of leagues.
Michal Rozsival, Rangers. The Rangers are still missing their top offensive weapon in Marian Gaborik but Rozsival is picking up some of the scoring slack with four points in his last four games.
With the Rangers making the movement to a more young defense with the likes of Staal, Del Zotto and Girardi, many owners forget about Rozie. The 32-year-old defender leads the young kids in time on ice with 24:32 minutes per game and is still located on the top power play line shown in his three of his six points coming on the power play.
The Blue Shirts have games against the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs and grab him as when Gaborik comes back the power play will continue to blossom.
Matt Taormina, Devils. As the Devils continue their slide let’s not forget their fantasy value and Lou has done it again by finding a diamond in the rough and this time in his old stomping ground.
The undrafted free agent from Providence has been on the top line of the power play playing almost 3:30 a game on the man advantage. It has not produced points yet as the Devils have struggled to score goals but as they start to produce so will this defender. With two games out west this weekend while you are sleeping, Taormina could be producing.