Capped: Team-by-team buy-and-sell – Part 8

Alexander MacLean

2021-01-07

Week Seven is done and that means Week Eight (the final week) is upon us. Let's stick to your new year's resolutions of only making good decisions for your fantasy teams. To help with that, we have the last group of players to look into buying and selling. This week we're covering Buffalo, Boston, Arizona, and Anaheim.

You can find the rest of the coverage in order here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

To reiterate for the uninitiated, this multi-week feature will cover each NHL team, analyzing one player to buy and one to sell. These recommendations will be based on their performance versus cap hit. That means in non-cap leagues, some of these suggestions may not be as relevant, but that doesn't mean the analysis isn't relevant. Generally, these players will either be riding new contracts into the season or be expected to have a large shift in value, for one reason or another. We went alphabetically last year, so this time we're going for the reverse.

 

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Buffalo Sabres

Buy: Sam Reinhart

Current Cap Hit: $5,200,000

Scouring the Buffalo Sabres' roster for buy-low candidates is typically a fool's errand, as there aren't a lot of options to consider in the first place, and then finding players who will out-perform their expectations is even tougher. Rasmus Dahlin has the potential to break out at or above the level of Cale Makar & Quinn Hughes, but his owner likely knows that and flat out won't sell him. Reinhart then becomes the best 'buy' bet, on the Sabres. He broke out to a 65-point pace right on schedule after his 200th game, but took a small step back last year to a 59-point pace as the whole Sabres team struggled. With the addition of Taylor Hall as a possible new linemate both at even strength and on the powerplay, Reinhart should track for closer to 70 points than the sub-60 pace from last year. At the moment Victor Olofsson is riding shotgun with the big boys on the top line, but don't expect that to last all season.

 

Sell: Eric Staal

Current Cap Hit: $3,250,000

Eric Staal's value in fantasy leagues has been tough to predict, especially in cap leagues. At this point in most careers, the perceived value of a 36-year-old would be close to zero. However, in Staal's case his value has actually gotten a bit of a perceived boost due to the move to Buffalo. The fact he has a long track record of name recognition as well as a manageable salary means that there is 'sel