Looking Ahead: February 28 – March 11

Adam Daly-Frey

2020-02-28

 

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, February 26th

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

Sonny Milano, W, Anaheim Ducks (Available in 99 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – After getting moved from the Blue Jackets at the deadline, Sonny Milano has gone from a third-liner/healthy scratch on a stingy Columbus team to a plum top-line role in Anaheim that plays a more wide-open style, and he was rewarded immediately with two goals in his first game. While two goals/game won't be the norm for Milano, the increase in minutes – he played 14:42 his first game versus his season average of 12:38 in Columbus – as well as playing with better line mates (Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, both at even strength and the power play) means success should come easily.

Milano's previously shown a scoring touch, averaging 1.36 pts/game in the OHL and 0.69 pts/game in the AHL, but getting buried on a John Tortorella-coached team sewered his fantasy value. Milano's scoring rate in the NHL from 2017-18 to this season is 142nd overall of qualified forwards (min. 500 minutes), which doesn't sound great but is ahead of players like Anders Lee, T.J. Oshie, and Max Pacioretty.

With the Ducks' great upcoming schedule (see below, it is GREAT) and Milano being a free piece, he should be picked up immediately and will be a much better asset than the other post-deadline pieces who've been added at high rates such as Tyler Ennis and Conor Sheary.