Looking Ahead: Wilson a Great Immediate Pickup

Adam Daly-Frey


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 updated through Wednesday, November 15

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Tom Wilson, W, Washington Capitals (Available in 58 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It never feels good recommending a player like Tom Wilson, but after getting his suspension reduced to only 14 games and scoring in his first game back, Wilson is a great short-term pickup – especially in leagues that count peripherals like hits and PIM. Playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will always help point production and Wilson managed 14G-21A while spending the bulk of his time there last year, but he also added 123 SOG, 51 blocks, 250(!) hits and 187 PIM. He’s a short term pickup because he’ll no doubt get suspended again before the year is out, but for now grab him if he’s still available.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Louis Domingue, G, Tampa Bay Lightning (Available in 70 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With the fractured foot injury to Andrei Vasilevskiy, Louis Domingue will be Tampa Bay’s starter for the foreseeable future, and should be owned across all leagues. His 5v5 save percentage is a little ugly at 0.883, but Domingue faces an average shot distance off 37.8 ft (per NaturalStatTrick) – Tampa Bay’s stout defensively and Domingue should be able to pile up wins if nothing else, as he’s shown with three wins in five starts so far.

Honourable mention: Brandon Montour

The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)