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Fantasy Hockey Gauntlet - Week Sixteen: John Klingberg, Jordan Staal, and Devan Dubnyk

Troy Langefeld runs the fantasy hockey gauntlet for week sixteen of the NHL season!

Klingberg fights for a puck - and your fantasy squad - Photo Credit
Klingberg fights for a puck - and your fantasy squad - Photo Credit
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My apologies for this article coming out a day late, hopefully you were able to survive your Monday! If you missed out on the early entries into my weekly series, you can find it all right here: Fake Teams Fantasy Hockey.

A quick recap of my recommendations prior to the All Star break: they were terrible. Devan Dubnyk played great, posting three wins with good peripheral numbers. Petr Mrazek earned three wins as well, but did not play so well. I still think Mrazek will be fine to own until Jimmy Howard returns though. Other than that, Mike Fisher played well, scoring three goals but even that wasn't a difference maker in all likelihood. Colin Wilson was alright with a couple points, but over a week and a half, I expected better. Mikael Backlund and Alex Tanguay were alright, but Justin Williams, Jonathan Huberdeau, Michael Frolik, Mark Scheifele, and Zach Bogosian were all duds. Brutal, I apologize for that. Hopefully you only added Dubnyk out of the group.

In the snake draft league - This was Made in Kariya - A big win against the first place team moved me up into second place and a playoff bye. I trail first place by only two points now and its time for me to set my sights on taking over first place. I've got to say that after a so-so start, my team is really starting to shine as we enter the stretch run. The auction draft league - Don't Toews me bro! - A big win allowed my to keep pace with the team in first and increase my lead over everyone else. I'm in second, trailing the leader by five points and very much in a enviable position. Overall I went 5-1-0 last week and I'm now 53-27-9 in head to head matchups on the year. My matchup winning percentage is 0.646 for the year among all leagues versus my category (points) winning percentage of 0.577. Perhaps more importantly is that I find myself above 0.500 and in a playoff position in all six leagues that I play in (fourth is my lowest seed currently).

Week Sixteen (February 2-8):

4 Game Week: Anaheim, Buffalo, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Nashville, New York IslandersNew York Rangers, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington, Winnipeg
2 Game Week: Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia
All other teams at 3 games

Waiver Pickups:

Cedric Paquette - C - TB (4% owned) and Jonathan Drouin - LW - TB (41%): I'd be remiss not to bring up his five goals in the last three games, but he's a very risky addition right now. His value is based purely off of five even strength goals on the third line and it's tough to see that continuing. If desperate you may make the add, but I'd probably look elsewhere. Drouin is also playing on the third line and his four assists make one wonder if he is finally going to break out this year? I'd consider him very risky as well due to the circumstances, but keep a close eye on him.

Contributes in goals, plus/minus (Paquette) and assists, plus/minus (Drouin)
Can hurt you in everything else

John Klingberg - D - DAL (30%): Klingberg has been reunited with Alex Goligoski on the top defensive pairing and has also moved back onto the top powerplay unit. The result? Three goals, six points, and four powerplay points in the last two weeks. He's your priority defense add right now.

Contributes in goals, assists, powerplay points, shots
Can hurt you in nothing

Patrick Maroon - LW - ANH (16%): Who doesn't want the other winger on the Ryan Getzlaf/Corey Perry line? Maroon has potted three goals on this line in the last two weeks and as long as he stays on the line, he's a quality addition.

Contributes in goals, penalty minutes
Can hurt you in nothing

Sean Monahan - C - CGY (37%): Monahan was recently told by his coaches to shoot more (something young players don't usually need to be told) and he's been listening. He's top 25 in the league in shots over the last couple weeks and that has parlayed into more goals. He's doing the little things right right now.

Contributes in goals, shots
Can hurt you in penalty minutes

Reilly Smith - RW - BOS (17%): Smith has been placed on the top line (debatable) with David Krejci and Milan Lucic leading to a number of assists in the last couple weeks. I think it's a good fit for him on that line, but one has to be wary of the lack of shots that he takes. If the other two aren't scoring, Smith isn't doing anything.

Contributes in assists, plus/minus
Can hurt you in goals, penalty minutes, shots

Carl Hagelin - LW - NYR (19%): Hagelin has been lighting it up over the last couple weeks on the second line with two goals and three assists in the last five games. The important thing to me though is that he is taking a lot of shots as well which means that even if the scoring stops, he's not completely useless.

Contributes in goals, assists, plus/minus, shots
Can hurt you in penalty minutes

Jacob Trouba - D - WPG (13%): Part of the reason that Bogosian was such a bust for me is that Trouba returned from injury and stole a lot of ice time from him. He's chipped in with a few points, but the real reason I'm recommending him is due to the shots. He's top five among blueliners since his return in shots and that's going to become points. This is the cheapest he's been all year, it's a great time to pick him up.

Contributes in shots
Can hurt you in nothing

Jordan Staal - C/LW - CAR (44%): Jordan has been playing on the top line with brother Eric and they seem to be enjoying playing together. Jordan has five assists in the last four games and if they stay together, I really like him as a buy low candidate.

Contributes in assists, powerplay points
Can hurt you in goals, shots

Devan Dubnyk - G - MIN (50%): Dubnyk has come in and stabilized the goaltending situation in Minnesota which is easier said than done.He deserves a lot of credit and can be safely relied on as a number three goalie for the rest of the year. Add now as he's playing like a high end number two currently. I think he'll be the starter for the remainder of the year unless he really blows up.

Hopefully there is enough here to help you through the week, but if not, here is a preview towards next week.

Week Seventeen (February 9-15) Preview:

4 Game Week: Arizona, Chicago, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, San Jose, Vancouver
2 Game Week: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Colorado, Detroit
All other teams at 3 games

My NHL Schedule:

The NHL Schedule has not been revised for anything since last week but can be found here: 2014-15 NHL Schedule . Don't forget to change the time zone to your appropriate time zone. The one thing I ask of you is that you do not take my schedule and use it for your own personal gains. Please do not sell it, you can direct people here to find it, but do not sell it.

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