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 13
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Christian Dvorak, C, Arizona Coyotes (Available in 95 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It’s always tough recommending forwards from Arizona, as coach Rick Tocchet plays fairly fast and loose with ice time. Dvorak is ostensibly the number two center behind Derek Stepan, is currently averaging 15:51/game (although he’s trending up in that regard over the past ten games). That’s not a judgement on Dvorak, just that Tocchet prefers his ice time allocated evenly.
Even with his ice time muted, Dvorak has produced well when playing with Nick Schmaltz, picking up two goals and two assists with 15 shots on goal. When playing with Schmaltz at 5v5 (111 min), the pair are a plus-possession duo currently picking up 3.23 G/60 – out-performing their expected goals and with an on-ice shooting percentage of 10.00%, but Schmaltz’ creativity has seen him always have high on-ice shooting percentages due to finding seams and tap-in goals.
Dvorak isn’t a league-winner, but he’s an excellent fill-in for injured players like Roope Hintz, Marcus Johansson, and can fill at least some of the big gap left on rosters with the Sidney Crosby injury.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Ondrej Kase, W, Anaheim Ducks (Available in 93 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Regular readers of Dobber are definitely familiar with the oft-injured Ducks winger, as he’s both a Band-Aid Boy and an annual favorite. Due to the injury problems though, Kase is now