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.
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Jack Campbell, G, Los Angeles Kings (Available in 52 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – As Jonathan Quick yet again has injured himself, it’s up to Jack Campbell to carry the load for the Kings until Quick returns, and he’s shown himself out extremely well: through three starts, he’s picked up two wins, one shutout, and only four goals allowed with a 0.966 save percentage. Taking the “Martin Jones” role, Campbell’s increased his value exponentially in the short term, but he’s also shown he’s a strong fill-in and could take more workload off Quick than expected when Quick returns.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Warren Foegele, W, Carolina Hurricanes (Available in 95 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – An extreme Calder darkhorse candidate, Warren Foegele is off to an incredible start in Raleigh: 3G-1A in four games, playing 16:05 a game alongside Jordan Staal and Justin Williams. That line has been a dominant force possession-wise, putting up a 73% CorsiFor together and scoring 3.89 goals/60. They’ve taken 75% of shots, 73% of scoring chances, and 72% of high-danger scoring chances, so expect them to stay together for a while yet.
His college and junior bonafides don’t scream goal-scorer, but in his rookie AHL season he did put up 46 points in 73 games, and in his two NHL games last season he also grabbed three points.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Oliver Bjorkstrand, W, Columbus Blue Jackets (Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – While Bjorkstrand isn’t owned much at all across Yahoo! Leagues, he’s always been a popular player in the Dobber and deeper fantasy communities. There’s no question about his talent level, with 40 points in 82 games last season as a 22-year old playing 14 minutes a game, but so much of his skill relies on line mates and special teams; getting Torts’ed to the fourth line of the Jackets is too crushing to expect any production from. He’s still a guy to keep an eye on if the Jackets’ top-six see injuries or trades.
The Anchors (They’ll do nothing but disappoint even over the long haul)