Looking Ahead 2015: Week 10

Mike Schmidt

2015-12-04

Why Paul Stastny makes a great pickup and more about the schedule for the upcoming week.

All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. Without further ado…

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Artem Anisimov, C/LW, Chicago (Available in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues) – This versatile forward was a 20-goal scorer just two seasons ago, and now he’s enjoying the spoils that go along with being on the top power-play unit for the Blackhawks and seeing action on the same line as Patrick Kane. That makes him a worthwhile short-term add or injury replacement for fantasy owners looking for a little bit of scoring on the cheap. He’s going to need to perform at a fairly high level to ensure he retains his enviable role in the lineup, and it is extremely unlikely he’ll continue to shoot at a .263 clip (given that his career mark is .103). However, he’s a capable offensive player surrounded by the ideal supporting cast. Grab Anisimov and worry about his true fantasy level later.

 

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Paul Stastny, C, St. Louis (Available in 66 percent of Yahoo leagues) – This veteran pivot returned from a foot injury just in time to make his way onto the same line as extremely talented Blues teammates Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen. That immediately drew the attention of fantasy of the fantasy community, and for good reason. Stastny is the kind of savvy, experienced player who can utilize his good skills and capitalize on his gifted linemates to produce high-end fantasy production. The track record is there. The situation is a best-case scenario. The 29-year-old forward should pretty much be universally owned in fantasy leagues right now.

 

The Odd Man Out (Their short-term value is cause for concern)<