Brandon Saad and Richard Clune are cost-effective guys to target in capped keeper leagues.
A popular team-building philosophy in capped keeper leagues is to combine star players who are usually expensive with cheap effective depth options to help keep the roster under the league's cap ceiling. The stars are easy to identify. We know who they are and most of them have a proven track record of high-level production. It is the cap bargains that are more difficult to find. To make matters worse, it is not uncommon for cheap players who are effective in one scoring format to not be worth owning in another league. Some additional research is required to figure out which players will help your team the most in your environment.
This week we continue look at a series of players who are good inexpensive investments in keeper leagues in both points-only and multi-category formats. Factors used to select the players include long-term upside and an ability and opportunity to produce immediately along with a multi-year contract with cap hit that is well below the league's average. These players may or may not be easy to acquire in your league, but there is tremendous value in owning them.
Note: Since we are profiling players who should be effective immediately, these players also apply as solid options in one-year leagues.
Brandon Saad (CHI)
Two summers ago, many had pegged Brandon Saad as a first-round choice. However, when draft day arrived he would be left waiting until the 43rd selection to hear his name called by the Chicago Blackhawks. This may have been the only setback so far in his young career, as his on-ice play since that day has certainly placed him among the best in his draft class.
In 2011-12, Saad took a big step forward offensively with 76 points in just 44 games with Saginaw of the OHL. Last year he made the jump to the AHL and had a strong showing with 20 points in 31 games before making the jump to Chicago after the lockout. There, he notched 27 poin