Underappreciated Cap League Options (Nov 2017)

Alexander MacLean

2017-11-30

This week's Capped covers some names who are impressing in the first quarter, as well as having a contract worth pursuing in Cap leagues.

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December is almost here, meaning that NHL teams can take a look in the mirror and actually have something meaningful to reflect on. The NHL standings never seem to change drastically past this point, so some teams are realistically already out of the running. However, in fantasy sports, that is not the case. It is a lot easier to make big changes in order to cover our weak points, making a push for a better second half of the season. Below are some names that have either propelled your competition up the standings thus far, or may be part of the solution moving forward.

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Josh Bailey (LW)  –  New York Islanders

Cap Hit – $3,300,000  with 1 year remaining

Josh Bailey has managed to not only put together an excellent start to the 2017-2018 season, but his whole 2017 calendar year has been highly productive. As of Tuesday night, Bailey had amassed 60 points in 70 games through all of 2017. That is a highly productive 70-point pace over a full season. Expect this to keep up for three reasons. First, his underlying statistics show no regression is likely, and he even may be in line for an extra goal or two as evidenced by a shooting percentage of 7.5%. Second, this is a contract year for Bailey, and he is playing with a big payday on the line next summer. Third, Bailey finally seems to have cemented himself on a line with John Tavares (and Anders Lee). See if you can buy him for this year, with owners potentially scared off by his looming UFA contract (Expect in the range of a $6 million by six-year deal).

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Colton Sissons (C)  –  Nashville Predators

Cap Hit – $625,000  with 2 years remaining

Hidden in Nashville behind what is now a deep centre core, Colton Sissons is arguably their best faceoff man. Currently he possesses the best faceoff percentage on the team at a whopping 59.8%, and second in total faceoff wins behind first-line centre Ryan Johansen. Sissons also provides a nice hit total, so in deeper leagues where these peripherals are relevant, he becomes an exceptional bargain. He may also be flying a little under the radar because he is only scoring at a 25-point pace. This is certainly a depth player, but because of his miniscule cap hit, he can be a big help to any cap-strapped team.

 

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Esa Lindell (D)  –  Dallas Stars

Cap Hit – $2,200,000  with 2 years remaining

Esa Lindell is quietly having a very good season behind stud John Klingberg. Lindell is second on the Stars in ice time, second in defenceman scoring, and second in defenceman powerplay p