Top 10 Keepers on the Bubble – 2020

Tom Collins

2020-11-09

Every fantasy season has highs and lows, but maybe nothing makes fantasy general managers more anxious than figuring out their keepers.

Almost all of us have been faced with the tough decision of who to drop, no matter how many players you can keep or how deep your roster.

I'm in a 12-team points-only pool where we keep 15 players of any position and two rookies. Technically speaking, one could keep 15 netminders if one chose. However, our top eight forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders count in the final standings.

I have 12 for-sure keepers (consisting of six forwards, four defensemen and two netminders), which means I can only keep three of: Jonathan Marchessault, Evgenii Dadonov, Tomas Tatar, Ryan Strome, Eric Staal, Cam Atkinson, Pavel Buchnevich, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter, Oscar Klefbom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Rinne and Klefbom are the only two I know I am dropping for sure, but it's still a tough call on who else to keep.

The only good thing about my quandary is we have a little extra wrinkle in the pool as we have an auction of dropped players. Any GM can bid on a dropped player using one of this year's draft picks. For example, if I drop Tatar, someone can bid 57th overall on him. Then someone else might bid 52nd. And so on. The winning bid gets Tatar, and I get the draft pick of the highest bid. It's a tight line to walk. Sometimes, you're better off dropping a more productive player in hopes of getting a better draft pick. There's also strategy as some GMs won't bid on players that would give their direct competition a better draft pick.

With the NHL season hopefully starting soon, there are GMs in many leagues faced with difficult keeper decisions. That's why we're having a bubble keeper week here at Dobber Hockey: To talk about players that aren't guaranteed keepers.

Below are 10 of the top bubble players and why you should consider keeping them.

10. P.K. Subban

Remember all the hype surrounding the Devils last offseason? Almost everyone overvalued all of the Devils, and as such, almost every player was a disappointment. Maybe no one as much as Subban. However, I wouldn't be so quick to drop him just yet. He still provides value in banger leagues when it comes to PIM, hits, shots and blocked shots (admittedly not as much as he used to). I'm also not ready to concede his value for points. Last year was awful, but in 2018-19 he had a 40-point pace, and in 2017-18 he had a 59-point pace. I'd give him one more season before pulling the plug.

9. Josh Bailey

In each of the last four seasons, Bailey has reached at least a 52-point pace, including a ridiculous 78 points in 2017-18. To make him even more enticing for fantasy GMs, he had 20 points in 22 games to lead the Islanders in the postseason. He has mostly lined up with