Is David Backes finally waking up for fantasy hockey owners?

Is David Backes finally waking up for fantasy hockey owners?


[THEME MUSIC] GREG WYSHYNSKI: Hey, everyone. I’m Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, Puck Daddy Blog. And here are this week’s Yahoo Fantasy Hockey awards and superlatives. The “Faulk Yeah” Award goes to Justin Faulk, defenseman of the Carolina Hurricanes, with three goals and three assists and a weak best four points on the power play. The “Even the Best Can Be the Worst Sometimes” Award goes to the otherwise dominant Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, who failed to collect the point. It was a minus four in the last week. He was the number 13 ranked player before the season. He was number 1,749 last week. The “Wakey, Wakey” Award goes to David Backes of the Louis Blues, who is heating up with points in five straight games, including three goals in his last four games. Plus, as Backes does, he collected seven penalty minutes, too. The Completely Pointless Award goes to Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who had no points, a terrible minus five, and only two shots on goal. For the 22% of Yahoo leagues that own him, we’d make a his-stats-were-bankrupt joke here. But we’re not monsters. The “Not All-That-Boring” Award goes to boring Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames, who has been the number two player in average offense over the last two weeks in fantasy, including eight points in his last five games. Most impressive. Less impressive, the fantasy hockey Least Valuable Player of the Week, Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes, who gave up four goals on eight shots against the Dallas Stars on December 8, and then didn’t appear in the King’s next two games that, by some incredible bit of coincidence, we’re sure, were both wins. Finally, your fantasy MVP of the Week is Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, who won three games in the last week and posted back-to-back shutouts against Vancouver and Winnipeg, stopping 91 of 92 shots. Congrats “Crow” owners, you probably won your head-to-head goalie matchup. I’m Greg Wyshynski, and this has been the Yahoo Fantasy Hockey awards and superlatives of the week. Thanks for watching.

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