Top 10 Underappreciated Starts

Tom Collins



While much of the talk in the first few weeks of the fantasy season has revolved around big names, there have been plenty of players who aren’t receiving their much-deserved love.

Which is a shame, because there are plenty of leagues where there’s a lot of production being wasted on the waiver wire. There are plenty of players who are off to half-decent to excellent starts who are being overlooked.

Meanwhile, underachievers like Tyson Barrie is owned in 90% of Yahoo leagues and Joe Pavelski in 86%. Justin Faulk still has a 62% ownership, Ryan Pulock 60% and Kaapo Kakko 55%.

Below are 10 players who were available in at least 40% of Yahoo leagues as of Sunday.


10. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

I know when there is a team that everyone thinks is going to be awful, fantasy general managers tend to stay away from drafting pretty much everyone on the team, but there is still plenty of value to be mined from the bottom-feeders. There haven’t been too many standout fantasy performers in Ottawa, but going into Sunday’s game against the Sharks, Pageau was the highest fantasy-ranked Sens player in Yahoo pools (although that probably changed after Brady Tkachuk’s excellent game against San Jose). Pageau is averaging 2.4 shots per game, has six points in 11 games and is averaging just over a hit per game. He also carries extra value in leagues that count faceoff wins (103) and, surprisingly, plus-minus (plus-11 so far). The only worry is that Pageau doesn’t receive any time on the man advantage, so he won’t be getting you any power-play points.


9. Alexander Kerfoot, 34%

Kerfoot has slotted in nicely as a replacement for Nazem Kadri, as one of the newest Leafs is contributing in almost every category. Just compare the two players so far this season:

Kerfoot: Four goals, seven points, 12 PIM, 20 shots, 14 hits, two power-play points and five blocked shots.

Kadri: Five goals, seven points, 10 PIM, 25 shots, 18 hits, three power-play points and one blocked shot. </