NHL Fantasy Hockey: Matt Duchene MVP, James van Riemsdyk Least Valuable Player for Week 12

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Happy Holidays, faithful Puck Daddy readers. Given the festive nature of the season, we at Dobber Hockey are happy to act like the elves on the shelves reporting to you on who has been naughty and who has been nice by way of our fantasy MVPs column.


Matt Duchene – C/LW – 99% Owned

A weaker writer would point out the Duchene provided his fantasy owners an AVALANCHE of points this week. Thank goodness I’m better than that.


Martin Jones – G – 67% Owned

This is where the whole concept of this article falls apart. Is Jones nice for rewarding his fantasy owners or is he naughty for all the lunches he’s stolen over the past week? I can’t keep it straight.

Sidney Crosby – C – 100% Owned

It’s really cute that Patrick Kane is trying to take a run at the scoring title this year and to be fair, he’s got a really good shot at it. After all, the last time Crosby played a full season Miley Cyrus was still wholesome. Still, the scoring title is Sid’s to lose because weeks when he DOESN’T score like this are the exception.

Chris Stewart – RW – 55% Owned

Stewart’s fantasy line read something like eight days of Christmas. He had eight shots a-fired, seven points in total, six goalies beaten, FIVE PLUS/MINUS, four points in one game, three face-offs taken, two penalty minutes, and a hat-trick against the Oilers!

Honourable Mentions: Tuukka Rask, Chris Kunitz, Evander Kane, Matt Niskanen, Marc-Andre Fleury, Max Pacioretty, Jaromir Jagr, Andy Greene, Scott Clemmensen, Brian Elliott, Claude Giroux, Nicklas Backstrom, Eddie Lack, Derek Roy, Mark Scheifele Semyon Varlamov, Jakub Voracek, Paul Stastny.

The Grinch (Least Valuable Player)

James van Riemsdyk – LW – 89% Owned

If there was a worse fantasy line this week I couldn’t find it. Not only did van Riemsdyk disappoint from a scoring perspective, his league-worst minus-six rating for the week actively lit fire to fantasy teams and given his ubiquitous ownership there weren’t too many leagues that went unaffected by his arson.


Braden Holtby – G – 86% Owned

Holtby the Capitals’ tender, had a very wide five-hole. And if you ever saw it, you probably scored a goal.

Justin Schultz – D – 71% Owned

Unwrapping an Oiler in fantasy this week was like discovering a lump of coal in your stocking. No one was worse than Schultz who went out of his way to be bad going minus-five with no points and as few as six shots on-goal.

Nazem Kadri – C – 74% Owned

There’s only one way to describe the week Kadri just had… SIIIIIIIILLLLLLEEEENTTT NIIIIIIIGHT!

Bah Humbug: Zach Parise, Jason Spezza, David Perron, Phil Kessel, John Tavares, Eric Staal, Nail Yakupov, Craig Anderson, Henrik Lundqvist, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Keith Yandle, Logan Couture, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Kesler.

Steve Laidlaw is an Associate Editor at DobberHockey. You can follow him on Twitter @Steve Laidlaw.

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