NHL Power Rankings: Top 5 Fantasy Players of the Week

Mark HillierContributor IIOctober 17, 2011

Kari Lehtonen: 4 Wins in 4 Games
Kari Lehtonen: 4 Wins in 4 GamesRonald Martinez/Getty Images

All season long I will be power ranking the Top 5 NHL fantasy players of the week.

Come back every Monday to find out who's hot, who's for real and what you should do about it for your fantasy hockey team.

Here are the Top 5 fantasy players of the week:

5. Kari Lehtonen

The Stats: In four straight starts to begin the season, Kari Lehtonen has given the Dallas Stars a surprisingly hot start of four wins, posting an incredible 1.48 goals against average and a .955 save percentage.

The Advice: Don't expect Lehtonen and the Stars to continue this kind of performance indefinitely, but if the underrated Lehtonen is available in your league you could do much worse for a second or third option between the pipes.

4. Phil Kessel

The Stats: In just three games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phil Kessel scored five goals (two game winners), added three assists and was a plus-7.

The Advice: Kessel is white hot right now. While he is known as a streaky goal scorer, there is something different about Kessels' game to start this season. He appears to be in the zone. The difference this time is that it's not just one zone, it's all three! He's likely already on someone's roster in your league, if it's your team enjoy the ride.

3. Shane Doan

The Stats: In four games played, Shane Doan has three goals, four assists, four power-play points and nine hits for the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Advice: At 35 years old, Shane Doan is off to the hottest start of his career. He may not be a great option in a keeper league, but if he's available you might want to consider picking him up. If you already have him you might want to consider selling high.

2. John Tavares

The Stats: In his first two games of the season, Tavares had zero points for his New York Islanders. In his next two games he managed four points in each game with five goals and three assists.

The Advice: It looks as though John Tavares has arrived as the star he was expected to be as a No. 1 overall draft pick. If you got him, hold on to him. The Islanders are a young and skilled team, and Tavares is their undisputed leader who makes the players around him better.

1. Daniel Sedin

The Stats: In five games with the Vancouver Canucks, this half of the Sedin twins has potted two goals, five assists, with four power-play points and four penalty minutes.

The Advice: The highest ranked fantasy player before the season, Daniel Sedin is most definitely not available in your fantasy league. If you were lucky to draft high enough to snag him, you can expect him to be a consistent point machine all year.

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