Cage Match: Drew Doughty vs. Justin Faulk

Rick Roos

2016-02-24

Who is the better fantasy hockey own – Drew Doughty or Justin Faulk? Not so fast – the answer may surprise…

This week’s match – our third defensemen battle of 2016 – has high stakes, pitting Drew Doughty against Justin Faulk. Is Doughty having a sustainable offensive rebirth this season? Is the real Justin Faulk the player from his first 36 games this season (30 points), or from his next 18 (four points), or somewhere in between? Time to find out – Cage Match starts now!

 

Career Path and Contract Status/Cap Implications

Doughty, still only 26, was the second overall pick in 2008, and showed he was worthy by posting 59 points in 2009-10. But it took him 116 more games to then post his next 59 points. Whispers suggested his “real life” hockey importance might be surpassing his fantasy value, especially after only tallying another 59 points in 126 games over 2012-13 and 2013-14. But last season saw an uptick in production (46 points in 82 games), marking only the second time he bested the 40 point mark. And in 2015-16, he’s at a 52 point full season scoring pace through 58 games.

Faulk, who turns 24 next month, wasn’t nearly the hyped prospect as Doughty, going 37th overall in the 2010 draft. But after an excellent college campaign, he earned his NHL debut before turning 20, playing 66 contests and posting 22 points. Although Faulk only played 38 of 48 Hurricane games in 2012-13, he upped his scoring pace (15 points) considerably. After 32 points in 76 games in 2013-14, his production surged to 49 points last season; and for 2015-16 so far, his scoring pace is almost identical to Doughty’s.

Per Cap Friendly, Doughty’s current deal expires in 2018-19 and counts $7M against the cap per season, while Faulk is inked through 2019-20 on a deal that comes with a cap hit of $4.833M each year.

 

Ice Time

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