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Bargains and Disappointments

By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The fantasy year is nearly over, so let's look at some of this year's best bargains and worst disappointments.

Bargains

Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver - Preseason Rank 86, Current 4

Sedin had put together four solid seasons before entering the 2009-10 season, but nothing jumped off the page to tell you he was going to have this great a season. He leads Alex Ovechkin by four points 106-102, which should tell you how good a year Sedin is having. He's posted career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus, shot-handed goals and shots on goal. Sedin isn't slowing down either, with 10 points in the last five games. Not bad for a seventh-round draft day selection.

Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay - Preseason Rank 89, Current 9

Stamkos is seventh in points with 46 goals and 42 assist in 78 games. In just his second season in the league, Stamkos will finish the season more than doubling his rookie season statistics. He has a stunning 38 power play points. He's certainly validated his No.1 overall selection in the 2008 NHL draft and will be a top-10 fantasy pick in 2010-11.

Brad Richards, C, Dallas - Preseason Rank 207, Current 14

Richards was an afterthought in most fantasy leagues, going somewhere around the 18th round. How smart do you now look if you drafted him and got a top-10 performance out of the 30-year-old. He's performing like he did from 2003-06 when he helped lead the Tampa Bay Lightning deep into the playoffs four times including one Stanley Cup championship.

Disappointments

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim - Preseason Rank 6, Current 53

It's hard to score from the training room and Getzlaf has missed more games this season than in the last three years combined. He remains day-to-day with a bad left ankle and could finish the season with less than 75 points after cracking the 90-point mark in 2008-09.

Dion Phaneuf, D, Toronto - Preseason Rank 18, Current 120

Phaneuf will finish the season well off last year's 47-point performance which was already a dip from his stellar 60-point 2007-08 campaign. It now appears that the 2007-08 season was a "career year" and we shouldn't expect that level of production.

Marc Savard, C, Boston - Preseason Rank 26, Current 361

Savard first suffered a right knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for three weeks and then a concussion in early March. Concussions are the most protected injury in sports these days and it now appears to have been a season- ending injury. If that's the case, he'll finish with just 33 points, down from 88 points last season.

04/05 15:11:34 ET


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