Lining Up: Players who can help like Fabbri, Bratt, and Jarnkrok

Erich Lichter


Welcome to another week of 'Lining Up'.  Over the past few days, we've learned that the Penguins are quietly playing really well, that the Panthers aren't going away any time soon, and that Colorado can make you look like a beer league team on any given night, or two. Looking at you Minnesota.

OK, let's review what we are doing here.  The forwards below have lower rostered rates (40 percent or less in Yahoo leagues) and therefore are hopefully available on your waiver wire.  We hope to highlight situations where these players are skating on lines with quality teammates and/or on power play units.  And, in general, are performing very well and demanding your attention.

The fantasy playoffs are getting closer and closer, and it may be time for you to take some serious action if you are too far down the rankings in your league.  Below are players that can get in the boat with you and help you plug some leaks.  Let's take a look at the weeks' possibilities.

LU's Top Line  

  • Jesse Puljujarvi EDM – RW (17 percent) – Puljujarvi should be jumping back on your radar after being reinstalled on Edmonton's top line with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  He even got a few even-strength shifts Saturday night with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  Puljujarvi has three points (1G,2A) in his last three games, including one of those points while on the power play.  He also was a plus four, and had seven SOG and three hits during those games.  Puljujarvi has been the best of the many forwards that the Oilers have tried out with McDavid and RNH.  They very well may stay with this combo for the most of the second half of the season.  Throw in time skating with Draisaitl and on one of the league's best the power plays, and you have a player who should not be ignored.  Edmonton also has a Wednesday/Friday schedule this week if they are able to resume play after a suspended game Monday night.
  • Robby Fabbri DET – C,LW,RW (4 percent) – Fabbri is making the case lately that there is another Detroit forward you should be