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. All players discussed are selected based on their upcoming schedule. Stats in this article updated through November 15th
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Denis Malgin, RW, Florida (Available in 100 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Playing on the top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau is a great spot to be in, and the young forward paid off in his second game on that line, scoring once on two shots. His TOI will need to pick up for him to be viable, but he did score 4G-10A in 13 games in the AHL before Evgenii Dadonov went down with injury so he should be able to take advantage for the next little while.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Reilly Smith, LW, Vegas Golden Knights (Available in 71 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Because both William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault are owned in 64% of leagues, they can’t be listed here, but their linemate is somehow owned a full 35 percent less and should be added immediately. Smith is averaging 18:06 per game, is Yahoo’s 131st-best non-goalie, and has put up 6-13-19 in 23 games. Since his second year, his shooting percentage has settled between 9-14%, so his current 13.3% isn’t something out of the ordinary, and he also adds 0.4BLKs/1HIT per game for leagues with peripherals.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Patrick Maroon, LW, Edmonton (Owned in 52 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Maroon was a revelation for the Oilers last season, hitting a career-best 27G-42PT season on a cheap contract, playing beside McDavid. Unfortunately for Maroon owners, getting relegated to the Oilers’ second line will destroy his value; half of Maroon’s points this season have McDavid attached, and he’s only put up four points in eight games without McDavid. With the Oilers having a soft schedule, points-only leagues should leave Maroon off to the side.
The Anchors (They’ll do nothing but disappoint even over the long haul)
Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit (Owned in 67 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – This