Six Stopgap Options For Your Fantasy League

Chris Liggio

2017-12-08

 

Currently in one of my leagues my infirmary consists of Jeff Carter, Bo Horvat, Ryan Getzlaf, David Perron, Cam Talbot, and Mika Zibanejad. It is fair to say the injury bug is bending me over and having its way with me. If you find yourself in this predicament you’re more than likely looking for interim help as your assets lick their wounds. In shallower eight- or 10-team leagues finding a fill in is usually no problem but as you enter into the 12-team and beyond stratosphere finding satisfactory fill-ins gets a little harder. To assist my fellow brethren in injury hell let’s take a look at some players that may be available in your league to help you through these trying times.

 

Esa Lindell

 

Though he’ll never be heralded like his partner in crime John Klingberg, if you’re hurting on the blue line Lindell could serve as a solid fill-in for the time being. He certainly won’t blow the roof off offensively, but he will provide you with a safe play that generally sports a solid plus minus, healthy average time on ice, and excellent shot totals for defense. Currently on pace for 200 shots, 80-plus hits and 100-plus blocks by season’s end, Lindell is providing well rounded production. At 23 years of age he has seemingly caught on fast at the game’s highest level and allows Klingberg to play the offensive style that suits him best while he provides the defensive coverage. Lindell’s PDO and five-on-five shooting percentage are almost exactly the same figures from last season only speaking ever more to his consistency.

 

With his CF% rising above 52 and receiving almost two minutes of power play time per game Lindell is making for a solid play in fantasy circles. He certainly will not produce at an elite level but there is nothing wrong with rostering a 30-point defender who does not hurt you in any statistical category.

 

Erik Haula

 

Coming into 2017-18 Haula’s two prior seasons saw him post goal totals of 14 in 76 games played and 15 in 72 games played respectively. Most may be unaware that he is currently on pace for a 31-goal, 58-point season. Now that’s something to write home about and more than you could ever ask of an injury fill-in if you’re in the hole. As added bonus for those of you in leagues that count faceoffs Haula has already tacked on 161 draws to his solid depth scoring for fantasy owners. Currently being deployed with James Neal at even strength and centering the top powerplay unit, Haula is yet another sneaky play these days in the fantasy world. The deployment also bodes well for continued production throughout the year as the Golden Knights have surprised us all being in con