Capped: Deeper keeper options for Bubble Keeper Week

Alexander MacLean

2020-11-12

Bubble Keeper week is back for another July November edition this year. Most poolies don't have their eyes on fantasy hockey because both the draft and free agent frenzy are already a month in the rearview mirror, while the start of the season is still a ways away. Luckily for us writers, there are still some of you crazy enough to be seeking something new in the middle of the second offseason of 2020. In the spirit of keeping things interesting, we are now right in the middle of analyzing as many possible bubble keepers as we can manage, and the first half of the week has been an excellent run of articles from the DobberHockey staff. Hopefully some of you can find something useful in this article as well.

For this week's Capped, since the typical top-150 keepers list wouldn't necessarily be as accurate in our leagues, we are looking at a few players outside of that list, but these are also players that are just outside of the top 200 on my Cap League Rankings list for the next iteration that will be posted in two weeks.

 

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The one with the new team:

Devon Toews (D) – New York Islanders

Cap Hit: $4,100,000

Devon Toews is a late bloomer coming off of his sophomore season at the age of 26. His developmental curve looks solid to this point, and is reliable all over the ice. An excellent add for Colorado and signed to a fair contract that shows he is expected to contribute as a top-four piece. However, on Colorado the defence core is so stacked that there isn't a lot of room for Toews to shine. The offensive minutes will be soaked up by Cale Makar, Samuel Girard, Ryan Graves, and possibly Connor Timmins or Bowen Byram if they make the team. It will likely fall to Toews, and Ian Cole to form the shutdown pair.

As a fantasy asset, the move to Colorado will change a few things for Toews. First, is that he will likely take over most of the minutes skated by Nikita Zadorov. This means similar quality of competition, but more defensive zone starts, less power-play time, and more time with the penalty kill. As a result, we could see Toews top a hit per game for the first time in his career, while he will pace for over 100 blocks. However, his offensive stats will slow down from last year.

Personally, I'm going to be treating him as a 30-point, assist-heavy defenceman that won't see much, if any, powerplay time. This is under the assumption that Cale Makar and Ryan Graves remain as the effective top pair that they were last season. For a contrasting opinion, Dobber has Toews penciled in on the top line with