Fantasy Hockey 2011 - Pick Ups of the Week

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Jared Cowen #2 during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on December 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jared Cowen - Ottawa Senators

Get this, in his last 5 games played Jared Cowen is averaging around 28 minutes per game. Certainly if that didn't catch your interest maybe a 4 point output versus Pittsburgh will? He was never an offensive force until his last season of juniors when it all seemed to click. Don't make the same mistake I did and drop him in a keeper league and lose him for good. He's a great option for all league formats.

Mathieu Garon - Tampa Bay Lightning

Look, I'll be the first to say it. His numbers are average and he's inconsistent at best. But he's played 7 of Tampa's last 8 games, therefore he's the current starter. Tampa Bay is a pretty good team, under performing at the moment. They could inevitably bring in a goalie at some point to help them get to the playoffs. With that said, you can do a lot worse than Garon. If you're in need of points in goal - he's a solid option.

Christopher Higgins - Vancouver Canucks

He's revitalized his career in Vancouver and the Canucks have given him ample opportunity putting him in a situation to score points. He's enjoyed playing with the likes of Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. 7 points in his last 5 games, get him now while he's riding this streak.

Dan Cleary - Detroit Red Wings

If you're looking for a depth forward, you can do a lot worse than Dan Cleary. He's officially on a hot streak, 8 points in 7 games highlighted by a 3 assist output last game versus Los Angeles. He's been known to go on streaks like this, but in the end of the day you know you're going to get around the usual 40 points.

Petr Sykora - New Jersey Devils

After a slow start, the veteran Sykora is starting to hit his stride playing alongside veterans Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus. He's done well with relatively limited ice-time. Like Dan Cleary, expect to see 40 points, but I like Petr Sykora's upside better because of additional powerplay time.

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