Top 10 Overhyped 25-and-Under Players

Tom Collins

2021-03-29

By Tom Collins

One of the more difficult things for any fantasy general manager is to try to sort through the publicity and figure out which players are overhyped.

This is important as it prevents you from overpaying or overdrafting players who won't be able to meet expectations. It's also great if you already own these players as it means you can charge a premium in trades.

In a world where fantasy GMs are always looking for the next big thing, it's usually the younger players that are overhyped. A 22-year-old player many expect will to score 70 points next season will have more implied value than a 32-year-old expected to do the same thing, even though they're both expected to have the same production.

With that in mind, below are 10 players who are 25 years old or younger who are overhyped. This doesn't mean that they'll never reach their potential; it's just that they're given way more credit for that potential than they should.

10. Aaron Ekblad (written before Ekblad's terrible injury Sunday)

Ekblad is the most veteran player on this list as he's been in the league for seven years. While he's putting up points the way we always wanted him to and getting the power-play usage we always expected, it's time to admit that he may never be a top fantasy defenseman in many fantasy leagues. He's not going to be a Cale Makar, John Carlson or Quinn Hughes, putting up near point-per-game seasons. He's also not going to be like Jeff Petry, who will flirt with 50 points while also dishing out 150-plus hits and 100-plus blocked shots. He reminds me of Ryan Suter, a steady dependable defenseman who will never be a player that screams fantasy stud.

9. Anthony Beauvillier

Each season, Beauvillier is a sexy pick as a sleeper breakout candidate. I have to admit I was a passenger on the overhype train for Beauvillier after last year's postseason when he posted nine goals, 14 points and 67 shots in 22 games. While he's missed nine games this year with a lower-body injury, 11 points in 26 games is a major setback, especially considering he brings nothing else to the table to help your fantasy squad. Not only has he never put up a 50-point season, he's never been on pace for a 50-point season. Eventually, he's going to get passed over by players who can produce. Stop believing the hype each preseason and admit that he may never reach 50 points.

8. Timo Meier

There was a lot of excitement about Meier after the 2018-19 season when he had 30 goals, 66 points, 250 shots and 99 hits. Many fantasy general managers were hoping that he would be the next great power forward. However, he has regressed over the past two campaigns. His points-per-game and shots-per-game marks have dropped. He's not on the top power-play unit, his ice time is down about 1:30 from last year and he's only averaging 1.5 hits per game. Maybe this is a player that needs to reach the 400-game threshold before he shines, but there's nothing to suggest that we're going to be seeing improvements anytime soon.

7. Zach Werenski

I was in discussions last week with a fellow GM in my points-only keeper league. He has