Looking Ahead: March 12 – 24 with Killorn, Zuccarello, Laine, and more

Adam Daly-Frey

2021-03-12

All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week, and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their upcoming schedule.

Note: With COVID news coming out of the blue, this article could be stale by Friday evening. It's important as always to pay attention to twitter and the site (especially the Ramblings) to keep abreast of all fantasy-relevant changes. The schedule portion of this article will continue as always, but be prepared to react quickly if games get postponed. All stats updated through Wednesday, Mar. 11th

 The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Alex Killorn, W, Tampa Bay Lightning (Available in 67 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Last season, Killorn put up a strong 26G-23A line in 68 games playing mostly third-line minutes on a deep Tampa Bay roster, but 13 of those 49 points came on the power play – an advantage of playing on a top unit that includes Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. Killorn gets to keep that role this season, but now gets the added bonus of playing his 5v5 minutes with Stamkos.

On the year, Killorn has picked up 6G-9A so far on 11.1 percent shooting, and is playing 18:39 per game – a minute and a half more than his career average and 40 seconds more than last year when he hit his career-highs. With his strong performance to date combined with the Lightning's fantastic schedule (see below), Killorn is a great replacement for any injuries or lightly-scheduled players.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Mats Zuccarello, W, Minnesota Wild (Available in 64 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Injuries meant a delayed start to the year for Zuccarello this season, and expectations were very low after a 37-point performance last year – his firs