Geek of the Week: The Time May Be Now To Go After Brent Burns
It was only a few weeks ago that Brent Burns, star defenseman for the San Jose Sharks, was the talk of the town. After just coming off a season where he recorded 29 goals, 76 points, and captured the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, many expected Burns to follow that up with another excellent season. However, even though it’s earlier, that has not been the case so far, as Burns as actually had a pretty dreadful start. But with this terrible start may present a great opportunity to those who missed out on the chance to draft Burns. Obviously Burns’ value is still very high, but his owners may be starting to get a little impatient. Burns’ value might never be lower during the year than it is right now so if you’d ever want to acquire him, now might be the time.
Even though he’s had a bad start, Brent Burns is still one of the best fantasy defensemen in the league, if not arguably the best. Before the start of this year, Burns had posted two 70+ point seasons in a row, something only one other defensemen (Erik Karlsson) has done. And for the past two years in a row Burns has led all defensemen in goals, scoring 12 more goals than second-place Erik Karlsson’s 17 goals last season. According to our Fantasy Hockey Geek tool, Brent Burns was actually the most valuable skater in the 2016-17 fantasy hockey season, even beating out the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid (using an average 12-team H2H Yahoo league measuring G, A, PPP, SOG, Hits, W, SV%, GAA, and SO in our rankings).