NHL Power Rankings: Top 5 Fantasy Players of the Week

Mark HillierContributor IIOctober 23, 2011

Kessel assists Grabovski's OT winner vs. Montreal, Oct. 22
Kessel assists Grabovski's OT winner vs. Montreal, Oct. 22Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

With just over two weeks of the NHL season now in the books, we are witnessing some amazing fantasy hockey performances. In hindsight, some of them are predictable and some of them not so much.

More than any other major sport, the most predictable aspect of NHL hockey is its inherent unpredictability. For your fantasy hockey team, relying on your gut is often the best strategy.

Still, past performance remains a good indicator of future performance and knowing who's hot will only help you make solid decisions for your lineup.

Here are the Top 5 NHL fantasy players of the week:

5. Phil Kessel

The Stats: Kessel remains on the list for the second week in a row, putting up three goals, three assists and two power-play points in four games played for his Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Advice: With the exception of his predictable one-game disappearing act against his old team the Boston Bruins, Phil Kessel remains red hot and leads the NHL with 14 points. Surely he will cool down at some point, but many are now wondering if this might be the beginning of a very special season for Kessel. Selling high might be a mistake.

4. Kris Versteeg

The Stats: Versteeg managed three goals and two assists this past week, although four of them were in one game.

The Advice: Versteeg seems to have finally found a home in Florida playing on the top line for the Panthers. It's about a 50-50 chance that he's still available in your league. If he is, you should consider picking him up as he should continue to be a solid fantasy point contributor as long as he continues to get top-line minutes.

3. Jason Spezza

The Stats: Starring for the rebuilding Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza is on a three-game scoring streak of seven points with three of them on the power play.

The Advice: With his team in a painful long-term rebuild mode, Spezza is going to be relied upon more than ever to produce. In the three games before this current streak, Spezza had zero points. It's likely that he will be up and down all season long. If your league doesn't count plus/minus then Spezza should be a decent option on most nights.

2. Tomas Vokoun

The Stats: In three games played for his new team, the Washington Capitals, Tomas Vokoun had three wins with one shutout and a sparkling 1.00 goals against average to go along with a .968 save percentage.

The Advice: With backup tender and coach's pet Michal Neuvirth out temporarily with an injury, Vokoun is proving that he is indeed an elite goalie. He will be the Capitals' and your fantasy hockey team's key to success.

1. Jonathan Quick

The Stats: Three games, three shutouts, new Los Angeles Kings record. 'Nuff said.

The Advice: With Quick playing this well for the Los Angeles Kings, the preseason plan to give backup Jonathan Bernier some more starts may be on hold.

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