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 January 24th
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Elias Lindholm, RW, Carolina Hurricanes (Available in 88 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With Sebastian Aho (…the forward…) currently injured with both a lower-body injury and a concussion, Elias Lindholm found his way to the top line of a very strong possession team that fires a ton of pucks (4th-most SOG/game). Since taking over that spot, Lindholm has put up 2G-1A with 8SOG and 9 combined HIT/BLK, with both goals coming on the power play as the net-front. Given Carolina’s strong upcoming schedule, Lindholm is an excellent fill-in that can produce.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina (Available in 33 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It’s an all-Carolina Pick ‘Em Up section this week, with the time to buy Faulk – or pick him up if he’s available given he’s still out there in THIRTY-THREE PERCENT of leagues. Faulk has fired 138 shots on net this season and has only connected for four goals, which is a career-low shooting percentage of only 2.9%. Taking out the year where he shot 3.3%, Faulk’s career average is 7.4%, which means positive regression should be coming. In points-only leagues he’ll still offer value if that regression comes, and seeing 22:24 per game and time on the first power play, it would be a shock if he didn’t find the back of the net with his current shooting rate.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Patrick Maroon, LW, Edmonton Oilers (Owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Getting dropped to the third line ahead of the All-Star Break, Maroon’s value is almost nil in leagues that don’t account for peripheral stats like HIT/PIM, with only 13G-13A on the season while playing alongside (arguably) the best player in the league. With his role unclear, lack of strong production to date, and the Oilers’ weak three-game schedule coming back, Maroon can take a backseat.
The Anchors (They’ll do nothing but disappoint even over the long haul)
Max Domi, LW, Arizona Coyotes (Owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Although owned at on