This week's Capped covers players recovering from injury, and what impact their recovery may have on your fantasy team.
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In fantasy sports, losing a player to an injury at the wrong time can cost you a championship. In some formats, the impact is mitigated, as injury replacements are more readily available. ROTO leagues specifically are usually a little easier to fill in for an injured player, while H2H leagues do offer streaming possibilities when a star player goes down. Depending on the league settings, specifically related to how add/drops work, and the number of injury slots, the impact of bumps, bruises, sprains and stitches can vary greatly. We try to avoid players who are constantly missing time due to injury, but even that can be unpredictable.
Every fantasy team hits parts of the season where they have more players injured than they have IR slots, and at that point, tough choices have to be made. Don’t put yourself behind the eight ball to start the season, and try to avoid these players that will miss significant time to kick off the season. Especially in salary cap leagues, managing your cap space can be difficult at the best of times without worrying about when players are coming off of your IR, and how you are going to temporarily fill in the production for your injured star.
Shea Weber – Montreal Canadiens
Current Cap Hit: $7,857,143 (UFA, July 2019)
The preface here is that only in certain cap leagues will Weber be valuable. Based on the construction of some leagues, defence has been devalued, and cap-space becomes too valuable to spend large sums on a rearguard. For most other leagues though, there would have been some rebound value to be found in the big Habs defenceman. On a per-game basis last season, there was almost no better fantasy rearguard. However, when you only play 26 games in one season, and you’re expected to miss at least half of the next season, it’s tough to warrant any kind of associated cost – let alone $7.86 million per season.
Shea Weber missed most of last season after nagging injuries and is projected to miss at least half of this upcoming season. That is the optimistic end of the spectrum, so don’t get too excited for a bounce back just yet. Maybe next summer you can buy low on him, but for now, coming off of a major surgery, without a summer of training, and not having laced up the skates since December 16th.
Internal Replacement: Jeff Petry
Petry costs about two-thirds of what Weber does, and in the second half of last season, he was an excellent all-around replacement. If he keeps the powerplay time from last season, to begin this campaign, then we may see the results come close to living up to his $5.5 million price tag.