Doran Libin digs deep and finds some quality depth players that can help your fantasy squad in a pinch…
The deeper the league the greater the importance that is placed on the quality of depth that one is able to uncover. With more categories being added to many leagues there are more ways to find quality depth options. This week looks at six bottom-six forwards and five bottom-three defensemen putting up numbers that can help raise the tide of any fantasy team. The players on this list provide value by outscoring their roles, by providing peripheral value or in a few cases by doing both. In cap leagues these players will be especially valuable as they are on low cap-hit/salary contracts while providing high fantasy point per million values.
Rickard Rakell, Anaheim
On a team that is struggling mightily to score Rakell has seven points in 14 games, which may not seem impressive but he is doing that as a third line center. Part of the reason for Rakell scoring at a second line pace while receiving third line minutes is that he averages close to two minutes of power play time every game. There are reasons to think that this will continue as Rakell averages two shots per game, two scoring chances per game and one high danger chance per game. If that was not enough, as the third line center Rakell also contributes one and a half hits per game.
Steve Downie, Arizona
Downie is on this list mainly for his hits and penalty minutes. With 30 penalty minutes he is already top ten in the league and should hang around there all year. He will not necessary contribute consistent penalty minutes, which could make him hard to play on a daily basis, but those games where he goes nuts will reward the patience of those who stick with him. He has the potential to get enough penalty minutes in a game to win a weekly head-to-head PIMs category almost on his own. He will chip in with the odd point, but is unlikely to hit last year’s 28 points, as well as a hit and a half per game but in his current role his fantasy relevance is tied directly to his penalty minutes.
Cody McLeod, Colorado
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