February 15, 2013 | 11:47am ET
Winning through injuries
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
You know what the great thing about
playing daily fantasy on DraftKings is?
Injuries don't cripple your season! Take the injury to Erik
Karlsson. His loss is just the latest of a frustratingly-high
list of stars that have been lost for significant time already
you're exasperated by injuries, or simply want to try out
something new and fun (where you could win a lot of money), we
highly recommend daily fantasy on DraftKings.
Because you can choose a new team every time you wish to play,
we've listed some healthy players to keep an eye on when
you're drafting. Here are a few to watch (games mentioned Feb.
The Superstar: Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago
Kane's been incredible the entire season, and has two
interesting games this week. Chicago hosts Vancouver on
Tuesday night, and then San Jose visits the United Center for
a second straight Friday night. Then, on Sunday, the Hawks
host a Blue Jackets team they always perform well against.
The Big Score: James van Riemsdyk, LW, Toronto
Of Toronto's four games this week, three are against teams
that are in the bottom-third of the league in team goals
against average (Florida, Buffalo and Tampa), and the fourth
-- Ottawa -- just lost their best defenseman for the season.
JVR is off to a great start this season, and will likely have
a few opportunities to add to his numbers this week.
The Sleeper: Chris Stewart, RW, St. Louis
In his last three games, Stewart has two goals and three
assists and has a nice schedule coming up this week (vs. San
Jose, @ Colorado and vs. Columbus). He's been effective on
special teams as well; he has three points with a man
advantage in the last three contests.
The Darkhorse: Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver
Kesler was medically cleared to play on Thursday and will get
a chance to jump right into the mix this week with road games
at Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Detroit. With the Canucks
losing Manny Malhotra for the remainder of the season, they'll
need Kesler to produce. He might be a great buy-low candidate.
The Superstar: Brian Campbell, Florida
With Karlsson done for the year in Ottawa, goal-scoring
defensemen are suddenly a more valuable commodity. Campbell's
Panthers begin the week hosting the Leafs before travelling to
the Flyers and Penguins on Thursday and Friday, respectively,
before hosing the Bruins on Sunday.
The Big Score: Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis
We already discussed the Blues' upcoming schedule, but
Shattenkirk's production is no longer hiding behind the more
publicized Alex Pietrangelo. Shattenkirk's 12 assists lead all
defensemen, and his schedule could afford him more
opportunities to help others find the back of the net.
The Sleeper: Lubomir Visnovsky, New York Islanders
Yes, the same Visnovsky that didn't want anything to do with
the Isles is now a guy you should quickly consider in fantasy
this week. He has three assists in his last two games and has
already been credited with 10 shots in three games.
The Darkhorse: Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary
Bouwmeester has fallen out of favor with many fantasy owners
over the last couple years, but he's been an interesting
defenseman to watch early this year. He's been credited with
at least one shot on net in 10 of 11 games so far, and the
Flames will try to capture some momentum from their seven-goal
performance against the Stars in a week that features games at
Phoenix (Monday) and them home for Los Angeles (Wednesday),
Minnesota (Saturday) and another round with the Coyotes
The Big Money: Pekka Rinne, Nashville
Three shutouts in his last four games. Do we need to say more?
The Sleeper: Ray Emery, Chicago
Corey Crawford has been superb early this season for Chicago,
but Emery has quietly stayed undefeated and could see a start
or two in the coming week (he'll start on Friday, Feb. 15
against San Jose).
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Bamford is a Columnist for The
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