My leagues are in the thick of playoff season and at this point all of yours are likely there as well. For the last few weeks I have been trying to outline some players who seemed like they were well poised to help you get to the playoffs or in your first week. Part of the calculus for selecting those players was that they had some potential to provide value beyond the week ahead as not everyone had started their playoffs yet. At this point all of that is out the window. It is do or die for most teams so we have to make some decisions we might not normally make. To that end we are going to take a bit more of a cut throat take on players who you can drop, and some players you might want to think about adding.
First we are going to take a peek at a couple of scheduling notes as it will help us find some streamers later.
Only one western team doesn’t play Saturday
Three western teams don’t play Thursday
Eight western teams don’t play Tuesday
No western team plays a Friday/Sunday Split
Basically that means the streaming options I am going to be looking at are the ones that are most likely going to play in games that you can actually start them. There are a number of teams that play four times, but if your schedule is full on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday that player won’t help much.
For a larger picture of the Week Ahead check out Adam’s article from late last week.
Good (Likely to get you three games):
Vancouver is set up to provide the most potential games with three games outside of Sunday. Unfortunately Vancouver has not been a gold mine of fantasy value recently.
Low owned players who might be available in your league include; Josh Leivo, Alex Biega, Troy Stecher, Tyler Motte, and Tanner Pearson. Of the group Alex Biega is the most interesting to me. Points don’t come very often for Biega (but let’s be honest they aren’t coming particularly quickly for anyone in Vancouver at the moment), but he does hit and shoot so if your league counts hits he is worth a look.
If by some chance Alex Edler, or Bo Horvat have been dropped in your league by desperate playoff teams it is definitely time to snap them up.
Anaheim is also set to provide some value this week. They don’t play until Wednesday so adding a Monday game could so could bump that slot up to three games. While there is actually some more value here than in Vancouver of late, the pickings are also slim. Corey Perry, Daniel Spro