He’s available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 88 percent of ESPN leagues.
He was the third overall pick in 2004.
He is 22-year-old Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Cam Barker, and he has tallied a power-play point in three consecutive games.
In the last month, he has nine power-play points, tying him for the lead among all defensemen in that span. Montreal Canadiens D Andrei Markov and Los Angeles Kings D Kyle Quincey also have nine. But they are widely owned, while Barker is widely available.
Why is Barker so available? A few factors. He’s -6 for the season and -1 for the month. (Alas, that’s the rub with PPPs; they don’t can’t as + on your +/-.)
Also, Barker is flat-out awful in the shots category. He has 69 shots for the season. Despite his recent hot streak, he has only five shots in his last three games.
The good news is that shots and +/- are minor stats. A fantasy roster can typically afford a laggard or two in those categories. So if you’re looking for a No. 4 defensemen, try Barker. Pick him up today and you can deploy him tomorrow night. The Blackhawks host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:30 pm EDT, one of only two games on Friday the 13th. (The other is the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Kings at 10:00 pm EDT.)