Changing Your Fantasy Fate (Part Two)

Ryan Ma




If you are in a tight league where every little stat matters, making the smart adds/drops could determine whether you are the league champion or just another one of the nine, 11 or 13 disappointed losers. At this point of the season it's not about what your players have done for you all season long, it's all about what your player will do for you in the next four weeks that will determine your fantasy fate.


Without a doubt


Andy McDonald

With eight points in his last five contests, McDonald has really been on fire as of late. During that span he's averaging 21:45, 2:53 of which is on the PP, all while averaging 4.2 SOG per contest. If you've been following my columns all year, you'll notice that ice-time plus SOG generally equals point production. An added bonus is that he maintains dual eligibility as both a center and a left wing in Yahoo! leagues. At just 48 percent Yahoo! owned, he's a great pick up for at least the next week to help contribute during the opening round of the H2H playoffs.



Justin Williams

Williams is also another "hot" add candidate this week. He's recently been reunited with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner on the Kings' top line, which ranks second in terms of point production according to FrozenPool, as they have tallied 17 points as a unit during the last two weeks. At 78 percent Yahoo! owned, he's going to be pretty hard to acquire in many leagues, but it may be worth a shot if you can land him.



Martin Erat

If there is an award given to players for being dependably consistent, then that award surely has to belong to Erat. For the last six seasons, he has tallied right around the 49-57 point mark and he's on pace to tally right around that mark once again. The Kings' trio has ranked number two in production as a unit. Guess who ranks number one? At 16 percent Yahoo! owned, he should be widely available for those in need of RW help during the stretch run.



Joel Ward

If you're after a bit more of the peripheral stats like HITs/BS/SOG then Ward is probably the better option to own from the Preds. Much like Erat, Ward is a pretty consistent producer and should finish around his typical yearly average of 34-35 points. If the numbers do fall in line as expected, he should produce seven or eight points in the final 13 contests, which certainly makes him fairly fantasy worthy.