F Michael Cammalleri, Los Angeles Kings
Before being listed as day-to-day with a rib injury, Cammalleri was struggling to put up points at the same blistering pace he set earlier in the season. In his last five games, the forward only scored one point, causing fantasy owners to bench him even before he was sidelined with a rib injury. Although Cammalleri has not returned to the ice, TSN reports that the forward has indeed started skating and could return very shortly. Due to his offensive struggles before his injury, Cammalleri may be had at quite below his value price.
F Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
With only two points in his last seven games, Richards stock has taken a big hit. He is currently fourth on Tampa Bay in scoring, and hasn't recorded a goal since December 13th. It might surprise many to see Richards in the buy column this week, but with his value extremely low, he might be worth taking a chance on. Tampa Bay has a wealth of talent and with Richards' ability to create chances on the power-play, he may be in for a big second half.
F Antti Miettinen, Dallas Stars
Miettinen has surprised everyone over the past month, scoring 16 points over his last 15 games. Only exceeding the 30 point plateau once in his career, Miettinen is currently on pace to set new career highs in goals, assists and points. Although Miettinen has given owners a fantasy boost, the third year forward should not be counted on to continue scoring at this pace. With Miettinen's value extremely high, it's advised to ship him out in favor of a more reliable fantasy option.
F Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings
As stated in Monday's “Scouring the Waiver Wire” column, Cleary tends to go on extended hot streaks only to cool down a week or two later, eventually falling off the fantasy radar. Evidence of this can be traced back to last December where Cleary put up fantastic numbers throughout the month, scoring 11 goals and 17 points in 15 games. After being claimed immediately in most leagues, the forward fell back down to Earth, only scoring three points in January, disappointing several fantasy owners (yours truly included). Thus, it's advised to trade Cleary while his value is still high before he falls off the fantasy radar.
F Mark Recchi, Atlanta Thrashers
Since being waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Recchi's stock has skyrocketed while playing for Atlanta. Scoring 14 points in 14 games with the Thrashers, Recchi has given Atlanta another legitimate scoring threat. Although it may seem absurd to sell Recchi, one has to keep his age in mind. At 39, Recchi no longer has the legs he used too and will undoubtedly require more rest as the season goes on. With many owners seeing a rejuvenation in Recchi, it's advised to trade the veteran for younger fantasy studs while his stock is still high.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008