Two players to help fill out your salary cap squad.
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 and 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 to 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.
Cam Atkinson (CLB)
Cam Atkinson is another player in a long line of small talented forwards who put up outstanding numbers at the lower levels. This includes 49 goals and 87 points in 89 career AHL contests. What separates him from those who failed to translate their talents to the NHL is that he already has a good track record at the highest level.
Atkinson has already played parts of two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In total, he has 16 goals and 32 points in 62 career games. This makes Atkinson a very safe player moving forward despite his lack of size. A look at his career statistics will tell more of the story: