NHL Power Rankings: Top 5 Fantasy Players of the Week

Mark HillierContributor IIOctober 30, 2011

Will Claude Giroux win the Art Ross Trophy?
Will Claude Giroux win the Art Ross Trophy?Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers had a busy week in NHL action with four games in six days. They split the decisions with two wins and two losses, but more importantly for all you hockey poolies out there, the team combined for a total of 16 goals.

Not surprisingly, four out of the five players on this week's list wear the black and orange. Three of them play on the same line.

Here are this week's top 5 NHL fantasy players:

5. Martin Hanzal

The Stats: In four games played, Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal put up three goals and three assists with one game-winner, six penalty minutes, was a plus-four and was credited with nine hits and five blocked shots.

The Advice: This former first-round pick of the Coyotes is underrated and has gone under the radar so far playing in the desert. Listed at 6'5" and 220 pounds, Hanzal is a force to be reckoned with. So far this season he is looking like he is ready to make the next step to becoming a premier second line centerman. Poolies are starting to catch on, but chances are he's still available in your league. If you need some help down the middle, now would be the time to grab him.

4. Kimmo Timonen

The Stats: In four games Timonen set up seven goals, two of them on the power play, and finished the week with a league high plus-eight.

The Advice: Timonen is a fixture on the Philadelphia Flyers' power play. He's still available in many fantasy leagues, so if you need some help on the blue line, he would be a solid pick-up for the entire season.

3. Claude Giroux

The Stats: Giroux managed seven points (two goals, five assists), with two power-play points, one short-handed point, six hits and four blocked shots in four games played.

The Advice: Claude Giroux is the engine that drives the Philadelphia Flyers. Not overly big in size, Giroux is a playmaker who can score and isn't afraid to muck and grind. Right now he is doing it all for the Flyers, and he makes the other players around him better. If you have him, keep him. If you don't, you should be thinking about what players you have to offer in a trade. Giroux is a definite Art Ross Trophy candidate, now and for the future.

2. Jaromir Jagr

The Stats: Jagr scored five goals and added two assists for the Flyers in their four games this week.

The Advice: Anyone who doubted if Jagr still had it before the season started doesn't doubt it anymore. Whether the soon-to-be 40-year-old can keep up the pace all season long is still up for debate, but my money says he can. Incredibly, Jagr is still available in about one out of 10 leagues. If your league is one of those, then please tell me, where do I sign up?

1. Scott Hartnell

The Stats: Scott Hartnell was promoted to the top line, and he rewarded the Flyers and his fantasy owners with an absolutely monster fantasy week of four goals and five assists. He also scored a game-winning goal, was a plus-five and had seven hits.

The Advice: As long as he sticks on the top line in Philly, Hartnell will be fantasy hockey gold. He is also a card-carrying member of that rare breed of NHL player that puts up points and PIMs. There is a small chance he is still available in your league. If he is, go get him right now!

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