The best indicator that Alex Ovechkin is struggling is that he is now the best anti-fantasy pick from the “Art Ross Candidates” pool of players. Corey Perry, who long held that distinction, now has 21 points to Ovechkin’s 18. He also now has Ovechkin’s former coach. It’s unclear what impact the coaching changes in Washington and Anaheim will have on these players’ anti-fantasy value, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

The bigger impact for anti-fantasy owners right now is injuries. Three of the best anti-fantasy options are currently on the injured reserve list. Matthew Lombardi has a shoulder injury that is expected to require surgery, but is expected to push that surgery into the off-season. For now, he’s expected to return in a couple weeks, but will likely be playing through pain. Even without the injury, he only had 6 points in 19 games, 4 fewer than Ales Hemsky, the next closest player in the appropriately-named “Injury Prone Players” category, and 15 fewer than Marian Gaborik, the leading scorer in that category.

Lubomir Visnovsky broke a finger on November 11th and hasn’t played since. It looks like he still isn’t close as the Ducks twitter is reporting that Visnovsky said gripping a stick still hurts. The earliest he might return is mid-December. His 4 points easily leads the “Puck Movers” pool of players, 6 fewer than Dan Boyle and 13 fewer than Dustin Byfuglien.

Speaking of Byfuglien, his defence partner Tobias Enstrom had 6 points before breaking his collarbone. While he’s close to returning to the lineup, he’s 10 points behind Duncan Keith and 12 behind everyone else in his category, giving his anti-fantasy owners a huge advantage.

Injuries have also affected the goaltenders, since Luongo hasn’t started a game since his injury that allowed Cory Schneider to take the reins. Luongo is stuck on 7 wins, making him the best pick at this point in the season.

This has ceased to be a surprise: holidayblues is still in first place. Ryan, however, is just two points behind, followed closely by Joeducklow. Eric Staal is the best anti-fantasy player for holidayblues, who still has only 8 points this season, but Enstrom is doing a lot of heavy lifting as well. Madwag is once again in last place, with Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, Thomas Vanek, Jeff Skinner, Dustin Byfuglien…actually, he’s in last place because he has a lot of high-scoring players.

Here’s the Anti-Fantasy All-Star Team, with a total of 111 points:

  1. Alex Ovechkin – 18
  2. Ryan Getzlaf – 19
  3. Jarome Iginla – 12
  4. Eric Staal – 8
  5. Dany Heatley – 16
  6. Matthew Lombardi – 6
  7. Michael Grabner – 11
  8. Brayden Schenn – 0
  9. Cam Janssen – 0
  10. Lubomir Visnovsky – 4
  11. Tobias Enstrom – 6
  12. Douglas Murray – 3
  13. John Scott/Jason Strudwick – 0
  14. Roberto Luongo – 7
  15. Brent Johnson – 1

Current Standings


Name Week 8 Total
1 holidayblues 146
2 Ryan 148
3 Joeducklow 149
4 Donald 156
5 Frank 157
6 natevk 157
7 Elexis 159
8 James W 160
9 Benjo 161
10 Sleepy Lewis 161
11 Anna 162
12 John Fanning 162
13 mn 162
14 cwhite 163
15 Krease 163
16 Kevin Walton 164
17 Brosef Stalin 165
18 Grant Notenbomer 165
19 invisibleairwaves 165
20 Ken Johnson 165
21 Vancouverguy 165
22 mr.t 166
23 Aderam 168
24 Rebecca Scott 169
25 Shawn R 170
26 yobbei 170
27 Jeremy 171
28 Beninvictoria 172
29 BeCanucks 174
30 Courtney 174
31 Mallick 174
32 SAS 174
33 Iron Man 175
34 Jen 175
35 Geoff 176
36 Tyler 176
37 yapperface 177
38 JS Topher 178
39 Double A 179
40 gog 179
41 JDM 179
42 VernonViper 180
43 Erwin 181
44 F. N. Pig 181
45 Jonathan McCauley 181
46 Timmmy 181
47 bergberg 182
48 Kristen 182
49 Jimmy F. 183
50 Julia 183
51 zack 183
52 BonyZ 184
53 Cha Cha Cha Charmin 184
54 Eric Blacha 184
55 Josh Peters 184
56 Steve May 184
57 Leanne 185
58 Fiona 186
59 TDAS 186
60 Addy 187
61 Joy (aka alasmylove22) 187
62 taokenji 187
63 Will 187
64 JW 188
65 BrianP 189
66 Lexie 189
67 AJP 190
68 Jon 190
69 SweetMonkeyActn 191
70 cbob 192
71 Dwayne Brown 192
72 Grant 192
73 Jacob 192
74 puckhead 192
75 Steve Lockhart 192
76 David Jackson 193
77 Rituro 193
78 Ruddiger 193
79 John 194
80 Leef 194
81 Matthew L 195
82 PeeSeeGee 195
83 CollinC 196
84 iLovePITB 196
85 seedvt 196
86 Cooper 197
87 Kyle 197
88 Pat Jenkins 197
89 The Bookie 197
90 Noodle 198
91 Paul Almeida 201
92 VANSEA 201
93 dap 203
94 KC 205
95 swizzler 208
96 Raj 209
97 Emerys 212
98 Killa Cam 214
99 Daniel Wagner 215
100 Brunners 216
101 Katheryn 216
102 abenson 221
103 Graeme 222
104 By-Tor 225
105 madwag 232
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10 comments

  1. Lexie
    December 3, 2011

    Yes! I’m just rocketing up the standings!

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  2. Cha Cha Cha Charmin
    December 3, 2011

    Sigh. Still middle of the pack at 53rd.

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  3. madwag
    December 3, 2011

    if you can’t be first, then you might as well be ……

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  4. JS Topher
    December 3, 2011

    Oh man! 38! I knew picking Lu was a good idea!

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  5. By-Tor
    December 4, 2011

    Why couldn’t this have been normal fantasy? Then I’d be doing really well…

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  6. natevk
    December 4, 2011

    I’m In the TOP 10!!!! I can’t believe this!! I’m far more excited about this then I should be!

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    • natevk
      December 4, 2011

      dagnabit, I apologize for the over-eager posting… Like I said, way too excited…

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  7. natevk
    December 4, 2011

    I’m In the TOP 10!!!! I can’t believe this!! I’m far more excited about this than I should be!

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  8. yapperface
    December 4, 2011

    I think 37th is the highest i’ve been so far!

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  9. BeCanucks
    December 4, 2011

    29… first tier, not so bad…
    Thank you for the update

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