Looking Ahead: Beau the Building Block

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 28

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

Bryan Rust, W, Pittsburgh Penguins (Available in 59 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Given the Penguins’ cushy schedule heading into December, Rust is a nice free pickup to help replace some of the recent winger injuries (Arvidsson, Mantha, Burakovsky). He may be owned in your league already, as 41% is fairly high on Yahoo considering how many leagues go inactive or limit pickups. But for those where he’s available, he should be snatched up immediately.

In a vacuum, Bryan Rust is a middling player who wouldn’t normally garner consideration for fantasy as he’s been a ~35 point/season player when accounting for games missed (0.49 career Pts/GP rate though); he also doesn’t hit much (1.5/GP), block much (0.6/GP) or take penalties (0.29PIM/GP) so his peripherals are atrocious in leagues where that matters.

This is not a vacuum though, because Rust is playing on the Penguins’ top line with Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel, and in the seven games that line has been together, Rust has put up 4G-6A with a massive 32 shots on goal – 1.42 points per game and 4.5 shots per game. His ice time in those games ranged from 18:20 to 21:44 if you don’t include the blowout win against the Leafs (16:47). In his career he had topped 20 minutes only five times previous, and now has done it four times in eight days. Hopefully he’s available, because his value is astronomical at the moment.

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

Anthony Beauvillier, W, NY Islanders (Available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – After topping out at 36 points in his sophomore year, Beauvillier took a sma