Eastern Edge: Bubble Keeper Week with Tatar and DeBrusk

Brennan Des

2019-07-23

 

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It's Bubble Keeper Week! This week, we’ll take a look at a few players in the Eastern Conference who haven’t quite done enough to be considered ‘keepers’ in your fantasy league but are certainly in the conversation. I’ll make an argument for keeping Jake DeBrusk and Tomas Tatar – advice which will vary based on your league format. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza and shoot me a message if you have any questions or concerns. Before we begin, I must recommend you read this week’s article in a nice bubble bath, it helps get you in the mood for Bubble Keeper Week!

 

Jake DeBrusk

The 22-year-old forward scored 27 goals in 68 games last year and probably would have broken the 30-goal barrier had he remained healthy throughout the campaign. He put up 26 points in the final 35 games of the regular season – a pace which translates to 60 points over 82 games. To make a long story short, DeBrusk is a really good player who’s trending in the right direction but isn’t quite getting the recognition he deserves.

When you think about which players on the Bruins’ roster can be classified as ‘keepers’, the team’s top line comes to mind first – Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak – a trio that is widely considered the best in the league. From there, Tuukka Rask is a pretty solid option in net, with Torey Krug and maybe Charlie McAvoy rounding out the list.  At this point, Jake DeBrusk hasn’t done enough to be considered a keeper, but I strongly believe that’s going to change in the next few years.

Bear with me for a second as we analyze the mindset of different managers in fantasy hockey leagues. There’s the noob that doesn’t invest much time in the