NHL Fantasy: Three Centers You Shouldn't Sleep On
In no specific order, these are three centers that you shouldn't sleep on in fantasy leagues.
Travis Zajac - New Jersey Devils
Last season, Travis Zajac put up a very solid point total of 67 points in 82 games and I expect more from him next season. Zajac has increased his point total every year since the 07-08 season and I don't see why it would stop now.
With Zajac having at least one of Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, and possibly Ilya Kovalchuk on his line at almost all times, his point production will increase. I am not saying his point total will increase due to the fact that they will make him better, but the fact that they will free up more space for Zajac to carry the puck.
Prediction: 73-80 points
Matthew Lombardi - Nashville Predators
As you all know, Matthew Lombardi recently signed with the Nashville Predators. I know many of you are think that Lombardi is just an average fantasy player, but when you look at the Predators depth chart you notice that he is undoubtedly the team's first-line center.
Lombardi doesn't have a ton of offensive forwards to work with, but with Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and company chipping in from the blueline, Lombardi shouldn't have a problem getting points, especially on the power play.
Which center would you want on your fantasy team?
Prediction: 63-70 points
Derek Roy - Buffalo Sabres
Though Derek Roy got off to a horrific start last season, he still produced a very respectable 69 points in 80 games with the Sabres. Now that Roy has a healthy Thomas Vanek to play with, his point total should rise up.
With Derek Roy being one of the more talented players on the Sabres, he will see a lot of power-play time which will also help his point production due to the fact he will be playing with Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, and possibly Tim Connolly on the point.
I am not saying that Derek Roy will outscore Sidney Crosby, I am just saying if Derek Roy is still there in the mid to late rounds of your fantasy draft, take him.
This concludes my article on three centers you shouldn't sleep on, enjoy.
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