Changing Your Fantasy Fate (Part Three)

Ryan Ma




We're rounding the final corner of the fantasy season and depending on your league settings you could be heading down a few different paths. Let's look at those who are gunning for a money spot in Roto leagues, or those entering the playoffs in H2H leagues. 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

Radim Vrbata

With six points in his last five contests, Vrbata is on another one of his latest hot streaks. During that span, he's not picking up a lot of overall ice-time as he's averaging just 14:04, but it's the 2:40 of PP time that really caught my attention. The 2.6 SOG per contest average is an added bonus. The Coyotes face the Blues, Blue Jackets and Sharks this week in which Vrbata has tallied seven points in nine contests this season, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a similar output from him this week.


Jamie Benn

Benn has posted blazing numbers since the trade deadline (14 points in 10 contests), which is why I'm quite shocked to see that he's still only 42 percent Yahoo! owned at the moment. I thought that the return of Brad Richards would completely cheapen Benn's fantasy value, but he's still picking up plenty of scoring opportunities (21:22 and 2:56 on the PP) in Big D. Dallas is only one of eight teams that play on Wednesday, so if you are a savvy poolie, you might want to "stream" Benn just for that extra start then drop him afterwards.


Steve Ott

Ott has suddenly found himself in a top-six role with the Stars due to the injury (concussion) to Loui Eriksson. There isn't a lot of "great news" coming out of Dallas regarding Eriksson, so you would have to think that Ott will at least maintain a temporary top-six role for the remainder of this week. He was once an OHL scoring machine when he registered 202 points in the final two campaigns with the Spitfires, so the offensive upside is possibly there but just lying dormant. Once again I might just quietly add him for the Wednesday matchup then promptly return him back to the waiver wire if he doesn't prod