Stralman scored a pair of goals and added an assist with a plus-4 rating in a wild, 6-5, victory against the Avalanche on Saturday night.
It was a huge night for Stralman. The blue liner did all his work at even strength, improving his league-best plus-minus to plus-28. He doubled his goal output too. Stralman now has four goals and 11 points in 32 games this season. That's far from elite even for a defenseman, but those numbers are respectable enough to carry Stralman on any fantasy roster, especially because of his strong plus-minus. Plus, he might just be heating up in the scoring categories - Stralman has two goals and five points in the last four games.
Hunt carried 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown Saturday against the Chargers. He also caught seven of nine targets for 51 yards in the 30-13 win.
Hunt gashed the San Diego defense repeatedly, posting an average of 6.5 yards per carry while posting his second-highest rushing total of the season. He also set a new season high in receptions, recording a three-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter before adding a five-yard rushing score in the fourth. Hunt's production hit an obvious lull toward the middle of the campaign, but he's now topped 130 scrimmage yards in back-to-back games and has three touchdowns in that span to snap a nine-game drought. With an elite combination of usage and ability, the rookie will look to keep it rolling next week against a beatable Dolphins run defense.
Bernier yielded six goals on 31 shots in a 6-5 loss against the Lightning on Saturday.
All the warm feelings from Bernier's 39 save performance at Pittsburgh on Monday are gone. The Avalanche tried their best to bail out their backup netminder, who gave up four goals in the opening 14 minutes, but Colorado's furious third-period comeback fell short. Bernier is an average backup on a bad team, and his overall numbers reflect that. He is 5-7-1 with a .893 save percentage and 3.30 GAA.
Stafford completed 25 of 33 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 20-10 victory over the Bears. He also lost a fumble while rushing once for minus-1 yard.
Stafford appears to be operating at full health, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Stafford didn't tape up his bruised throwing hand Saturday and won't need to moving forward. Even with this recent injury, Stafford currently boasts an 80.2 percent completion rate over his past three games. He was passing at a 62.5 percent clip in the 11 games prior. While he only completed two of 10 passes that traveled over 10 yards Saturday, Stafford excelled in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field and finished with an 86.9 completion rate on passes that traveled 10 yards or under. For those who think this increased efficiency is unlikely to persist through the season's final two games, consider this: in Week 16, he'll be playing against a Bengals team that could be without both of its regulars at cornerback and possibly its entire linebacking corps. Then, in Week 17, Stafford hosts a Packers secondary that recently lost its top draft pick, cornerback Kevin King (shoulder), to injured reserve, and could be without their other starter at the position, Davon House (shoulder), as well. Even with those two healthy for most of the season, Green Bay still ranks 29th in quarterback-rating allowed (98.2).
Price made 35 saves for Montreal in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Senators. He allowed two goals.
It was his 10th consecutive start since returning from a lower-body injury. Price got no help from his teammates and in fact, the second goal he allowed happened after Bobby Ryan stripped the puck from a sloppy Jonathan Drouin just inside the Habs' blue line. Price is 1-3-1 in his last five starts, so a bounceback is coming.
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