Position eligibility changes are in. The bulk of them landed in the Oct. 20-26 range. From the 'Players' page, you can click 'Status Changes' and then 'Position Eligiblity' to view the latest updates. The impact for fantasy owners is twofold. First, you may find that a position weakness on your roster can now be addressed by a guy you already own. Second, a free agent that was previously worthless to you because of position depth may have some appeal. Take some time to reevaluate your roster with these updates in mind.
We're not done, by the way. As was mentioned here last week, Yahoo! is working on putting a system in place that works long-term – so we'll try to keep on top of additional changes in the future. In the meantime, here's a quick fantasy update, and, as always, keep the Big Board hate mail coming:
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Things to do Monday: Check out the Stars-Sharks game at 8pm ET. You've got Mike Modano making a run at Phil Housley's all-time points record for an American and Jeremy Roenick's ongoing pursuit of 500 goals. Fantasy relevance there is minimal, but beneath the headlines you'll have the NHL debut of Sharks winger Devin Setoguchi. He was recalled Sunday along with forward Lukas Kaspar. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Setoguchi practiced with Torrey Mitchell and Patrick Rissmiller. Kaspar lined up with Patrick Marleau and Steve Bernier. Lineup-wise that gives Kaspar the edge, but Setoguchi, San Jose's leading scorer in the preseason, could see time on the power play.
For the record, Jonathan Cheechoo is again off the Joe Thornton line. It looks like he'll hit the ice with Marcel Goc and Joe Pavelski as linemates. Roenick will team with Milan Michalek on the Sharks' top line.
Forget what I said about: Brett Sterling. He got some time with Atlanta's top two lines, but Sterling was a healthy scratch Saturday. Interim coach Don Waddell is still tinkering, so keep Sterling on your radar, just not on your roster. Right wing Darren Haydar has seen time on Ilya Kovalchuk's line. His short term value soars as long as that experiment lasts.
Also it might not be time to give up on Ladislav Nagy just yet. The Skinny wrote him off last week, but Nagy is on a slightly better-than-modest run with two goals and five assists in six games. He's been known to respond favorably to motivational tactics, so it's not a huge surprise that this resurgence followed being a healthy scratch. I'd still like to see more consistent productivity from the Kings' left wing, but at a position as shallow as LW, he still merits a roster spot.
One-timers: The Tampa Tribune is reporting that Dan Boyle will return to action Monday against the Rangers. Time to get him off your IR. … According to the Detroit News, Wings goalie Dominik Hasek could "possibly" play again on Nov. 7. Start Chris Osgood with confidence until then. … Caps captain Chris Clark has two goals and two assists in his last two games and is looking like a 70-point scorer on Alexander Ovechkin's line.
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Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Det – Detroit's roster is stocked with overachievers, so it should be no surprise that Samuelsson, a seven-year veteran with his fifth team, is churning out points at nearly a point-per-game pace. He'll bring a three-game point streak into Tuesday meeting with Edmonton.
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Tobias Enstrom, D, Atl – New coach Don Waddell is throwing plenty of minutes – special teams included – his way, and so far Enstrom has responded with three points in five games. Nothing too startling there, but to date he has twice the points of preseason fantasy favorite Alexei Zhitnik.
Valtteri Filppula, C, Det – He's still not shooting enough for Detroit's liking, but the Wings' super-soph has a goal and two assists in his last two games.
Ales Hemsky, RW, Edm – Hemsky (available in 33 percent of Yahoo! leagues) has three goals and three assists in his last six games. Linemate Shawn Horcoff, who barely registers in ownership percentage, has three goals and seven points in the same span. These guys have been known to be magic together.
Joffrey Lupul, RW, Phi – Lupul replaced Mike Knuble on Daniel Briere's wing. He was clicking quite nicely with Mike Richards, but you can't help but get excited about the prospects of a Simon Gagne-Briere-Lupul line.
Mark Bell, LW, Tor – He's still about a week away from being reinstated following his alcohol-related suspension. Bell was a bust in San Jose, but could find a spot on one of Toronto's top two lines.
Mark Streit, D, Mon – This sometimes-forward (available in 85 percent of Yahoo! leagues) had a nice week with a goal and three assists in four games. All six of his points have come on the power play.
Brad Boyes, RW, Stl – Boyes recently picked up wing eligibility, an addition that transformed him from just another productive center to a tie for the lead among RW-eligible players in goals.
Brian Pothier, D, Was – Five points in five games deserves better than five percent ownership.
Jason Williams, RW, Chi – Another guy who benefits wing eligibility. Williams has points in six of seven games, four goals included.
Marian Gaborik, RW, Min – Minnesota is saying the groin injury that kept Gaborik out of action Sunday isn't serious. Yeah right.
Patrik Elias, LW, NJ – He was called out publicly by coach Brent Sutter, who has shown through words and actions that he's not a big fan of New Jersey's long-time leading scorer. Elias picked up an assist Saturday, but finished a minus-1 for the fourth straight game.
Martin Biron, G, Phi – Nothing wrong with the numbers at this point, but one has to be concerned with the workload. In his last four starts, Biron has faced 38, 44, 42 and 39 shots. Numbers like those will catch up with Biron eventually.
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Rotowire's McLarney entry bolts into the league lead. Who would have thought with Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff on the roster that it would be Jason LaBarbera leading the charge up the standings.