Three Bounce Back Players

There is no reason to think that Ryan Whitney won't return to form this year.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - So, now that your draft is over, and your team is built, it's time to pay attention to your league's waiver wire. If, like most, you are in a 10 or 12 team league, the chances are pretty good that there is still a lot of talent floating on top of your free agent pool.

For a lot of these guys, a sub par or injury marred 2008-09 season is to blame for their lack of "ownership" to start this season.

Preseason stats don't mean anything, I know this, but that doesn't mean they are worthless. They do tell us something about the player and the situation.

Danny Briere, C/F, Flyers - Owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues - Playing in only 29 games a season ago, Briere was a huge let down for not only the Flyers, but for fantasy owners who drafted him high a season ago hoping for him to match or improve upon his 70+ point season of 2007-08. Finally healthy, it seems at least, Briere has had a very good preseason (five points in 4 games) and looks to pay back fantasy owners for a sub par '08-09 with interest this year.

Dan Ellis, G, Predators - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues - Coming into last season, Ellis looked like one of the goaltenders that was about to burst out and become a legitimate star in the league after posting 23 wins the previous year to go along with a 2.34 GAA. Ellis instead flamed out and lost his job to Pekke Rinne. Now, with a clean start, Ellis seems to be regaining his old form (he has stopped 68 of 72 shots this preseason in four appearances) and could be the starter in Nashville this season.

Ryan Whitney, D, Ducks - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues - Like most fantasy owners you are probably searching, desperately, for defensive scoring, which is what makes Whitney's lack of ownership so surprising. Sure, his 23 points and -14 plus/minus a season ago was his worst mark for both in his four-year career, but he also only played in 48 games after off season foot surgery and was traded at the deadline from Pittsburgh to Anaheim. There is also no reason to think that the 26 year old rear guard won't return to form this year and be in the 40 or 50 point range he was consistently in before last season, given his full health and increased role with the departure of Chris Pronger.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Tim Godfrey at tgodfrey@sportsnetwork.com.

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