Craig Anderson: Your last resort if you own Kiprusoff or certain Blackhawks personnel (Anderson, Vokoun, Kiprusoff, Huet, Khabibulin)

Florida Panthers goalie Craig Anderson is a backup, but if you need help in goalkeeper categories, he may be your only hope.

Florida Panthers goalie Craig Anderson is a backup, but if you need help in your goalie categories, he may be your only hope.

Fantasy owners, I feel your pain.

You have fewer than 10 games left, and you need help in net.

Your current goalies are not getting it done, either because they play for the Chicago Blackhawks (27 goals allowed in their last seven games) or because they can’t get it up for regular-season foreplay (see Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, who has allowed 31 goals in his last nine games).

To whom can you turn?

The Genius recommends Florida Panthers goalie Craig Anderson (13-6-5, .925, 2.72, three shutouts), fresh off last night’s 40-save effort in an impressive 4-2 road win at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Yes, Anderson is the backup to Tomas Vokoun (23-22-6, .925, 2.49, six shutouts). But here’s what we know about this situation:

(1) Vokoun is 0-2-1 this week, lowlighted by the Panthers’ 5-3 road loss at the Buffalo Sabres, in which Vokoun stopped 40 out of 44 shots (the Sabres added an empty netter).

(2) Anderson has played superbly in stretches this season. In seven games in November, when he was subbing for the slumping Vokoun, he posted a 3-0-3 mark with a 1.44 GAA, .959 save percentage and two shutouts.

I’m not saying Anderson is going to take over the job. I am saying that if you pick him up — and he is available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 92 percent of ESPN leagues — he will likely add one or two wins (and perhaps even a shutout) to your goalie stats.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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