Geek of the Week – Jason Demers

Terry Campkin

2015-11-15

With John Klingberg likely unavailable in your fantasy league, there's another Stars' d-man that you can turn to.

In most leagues, finding enough quality defensemen to fill out the D slots on your roster can be one of the hardest things to do over the course of the season. Usually you can get one or two good scoring defencemen relatively easily, but by the time you get to your fourth (or even fifth and sixth) D slots, the pickings can be very slim – there just aren’t enough scoring D out there. Today I am going to talk about a potential up-and-coming rearguard playing for the Stars. No, I don’t mean the obvious fantasy darling John Klingberg … I mean perennial waiver-wire rider Jason Demers.

Jason Demers has always been a borderline fantasy player with some upside, but he has never cracked 40 points, and in fact only broken the 30-point barrier once, in 2013-14. In that season he started to get some opportunities with the Sharks and actually went through a stint in late December to March where he scored 19 points in 30 games (a 52-point season pace). That outburst started to look like a flash in the pan when Demers started the next season with only three points in 20 games and Demers was jettisoned out of San Jose for another former Geek of the Week, Brenden Dillon.

This season, Demers has started off hot with 10 points in 15 games (55-point pace), but he is still unowned in about half of all Yahoo! leagues. Let’s run a Yahoo! standard league (12 teams, 2 RW, 2 LW, 2 C, 4 D, measuring G, A, +/-, PPP, PIM, SOG) in Fantasy Hockey Geek and see where Demers stands:

Rank

Player

G

A

+/-

PIM