Ramblings: The Issues with Owning Yandle and DeAngelo, Markstrom Sticks It to Former Team (Jan 17)

Ian Gooding

2021-01-17

Another day, another COVID-related happening. This time, the Winnipeg Jets cancelled their Saturday practice due to an "abundance of caution." Get used to hearing that term. We will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. If the Jets play as normal next week, you'll want to stack up on them in weekly formats, as they play FIVE games. Their next game is Monday against Toronto, followed by three against Ottawa and one against Edmonton. Yet if this is something serious, that juicy five-game week could get wiped off the schedule entirely.

Later in the day, Tucker Poolman was added to the NHL's COVID list. His addition to the list doesn't mean he has tested positive, but instead means he is being kept away from the team as a precaution.

Adam Daly-Frey listed the Jets as a team to target next week in this week's Looking Ahead. Click on the link to find out who else he likes and doesn't like based on the upcoming schedule.

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Maybe it took a tweet from basketball coach Rick Pitino along with other public pressure to keep the games-played streak alive (866 games), but Keith Yandle was practicing with the Florida first-unit power play on Saturday. Joel Quenneville even didn't rule out Yandle suiting up for the Panthers for their season debut on Sunday. This demonstrates how ranking real-life defensemen and fantasy defensemen are two completely different undertakings. I have another example of this in the next section.

If you're waiting on what to do with Yandle, this could very well come down to a game-time decision. As I mentioned earlier in the week, you're better to hold onto Yandle as opposed to dropping him outright since there's still a lot that can happen early in the season. Of course, that depends on alternate options on your waiver wire. In shallower leagues, it would make sense to drop Yandle if in fact he is scratched.

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