In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll continue looking at risers and fallers across teams in the Eastern Conference. This will be the second of four parts and we'll cover Detroit, Florida and Montreal. I know I originally said this series would run over three articles, but I got a little carried away and ended up going into more detail for each team than I originally intended, so we'll need an extra week to finish up.
In case you missed last week's article, the inspiration for this series came from Wild West writer Grant Campbell, who discussed risers and fallers in the Western Conference a few weeks ago. He highlighted players with rising fantasy value ('risers') and declining fantasy value ('fallers') from each team in the West. Risers are players that you'd want to keep on your fantasy roster, while fallers are players you may want to offload in the near future. I highly recommend you give Grant's article a read here!
Risers – Anthony Mantha, Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina, Robby Fabbri
Fallers – Vladislav Namestnikov, Bobby Ryan
Mantha broke out in the second half of the 2018-2019 campaign, during which he posted 33 points in his final 38 games. He carried that momentum into the 2019-2020 season, tallying 38 points through 43 appearances – a 72-point pace! Injuries have prevented Mantha from showcasing his scoring prowess over a full 82-game season, so a portion of the fantasy hockey community hasn't yet recognized his true fantasy value. I don't think Mantha's past injuries or current play style make him more prone to future injuries, so I'm hoping he's able to stay healthy moving forward – ultimately leading to more games played, more points tallied, and rising fantasy value.
The Red Wings have a number of up-and-coming defensemen in their system, but Filip Hronek is currently their number-one option and should maintain that status for the next few years. Hronek has managed a 40-point pace through two years in the NHL. That level of production becomes all the more impressive when you consider the state of his team's offense, as Detroit averaged a league-worst 2.39 goals per game over the past two seasons. The 23-year-old defenseman saw a huge jump in responsibility betwe