Looking Ahead: February 14-26

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. Happy Valentine's Day, lovers.


Stats updated through Wednesday, February 12th


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


Kailer Yamamoto, W, Edmonton Oilers (Available in 77 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Although he's not one of the "big names" out of Edmonton, Yamamoto has been having a tremendous season since finally getting the call-up this year: 7G-7A in 15 games played, and although he's shooting an unsustainably-high 28 percent, Yamamoto is getting top minutes alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl at 5v5. That was a plum assignment in the first place, but with the recent injury to Connor McDavid, Yamamoto has also moved up to the top power play for the Oilers –