Welcome to our Fantasy Primer. This is a companion to our This Week In Fantasy Sports segment on Sports With The StatMan, Saturdays at 10am ET on BlogTalkRadio (www.blogtalkradio.com/The-StatMan).
In this space, we will cover the past week in fantasy sports with statistics and trends, as well as the upcoming week with injuries, hot pick-ups, schedules, and predictions. If there is anything you want to see that is not on here that will help you with your fantasy team, just let me know!
Fantasy Football (Conference Championships)
- Matt Ryan led his Falcons into their second Super Bowl with a masterful performance. Ryan scored 47 points on 27-for-38 passing for 392 yards and 4 TDs. Ryan also ran for a score (23 yards).
- Tom Brady took a back seat to Ryan in statistics, but will have a chance to beat him head-to-head in the Super Bowl. Brady advanced to his 7th Super Bowl on a 35-point performance (32-for-42, 384 yards, 3 TD).
- Each winning quarterback keyed in on one wide receiver: Julio Jones for the Falcons and Chris Hogan (Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes, NJ) for the Patriots. They both had identical stats: 9 catches on 12 targets, 180 yards, 2 TD.
Fantasy Hockey (1/21-1/27)
- Frederik Andersen TOR (33 pts, 2-0-1, 0.65 GAA, .973 Sv%, 2 ShO) led all scorers in fantasy hockey this week, with two shutouts, and two goals allowed in a shootout loss.
- Bryan Little WPG was the top scoring forward in fantasy hockey with 29.5 points (5-2–7, +1, 2 PPG, 4 GP). Little was one of two players with 5 goals (Patrick Marleau SJS).
- Among forwards, Tobias Rieder ARZ was the most unlikely player among the top five forwards, placing 3rd behind Little and Marleau (28 pts, 5-1–6). Rieder scored 23 points (3-2–5, +5). Nazem Kadri TOR was 4th (21.5 pts, 2-4–6, +4) and both Leon Draisaitl EDM (20.5 pts, 2-3–5, +4, 3 GP) and Logan Couture SJS (20.5 pts, 2-3–5, +6, 4 GP).
- Nick Leddy NYI was the fantasy defenseman over the last week and top local scorer with a 29-point week (1-5–6, +2). Dustin Byfuglien WPG (24.5 pts, 0-4–4, +4), Dmitry Orlov WSH (23.5 pts, 2-2–4, +4, 4 PIM), Adam Larsson EDM (23 pts, 0-3–3, +7, 6 PIM), and Drew Doughty LAK (23 pts, 1-4–5, +2, 4 PIM) rounded out the top five.
- Behind Andersen, we had a couple of other local goaltenders in the top five: Steve Mason PHL placed 3rd (23.6 pts, 2-0, 1.26 GAA, .961 Sv%, 1 ShO) and Henrik Lundqvist NYR was 5th (22.2 pts, 2-1, 1.33 GAA, .953 Sv%, 1 ShO).
- Wayne Simmonds PHL was our Enforcer of the Week with 25.5 Enforcer Points (3-1–4, 9 PIM).
- There are four Special Teams units in the top 10 in Power Play and Penalty Killing percentage. They are: Anaheim (8th in PP, 7th in PK), Columbus (1st in PP, 9th in PK), St. Louis (7th in PP, 8th in PK), and Toronto (3rd in PP, 3rd in PK). However, Washington is the highest-scoring Special Teams unit in the NHL at +43 points. Columbus is second (+39) and Anaheim is third (+38).