Top 10 Biggest Fantasy Disappointments of 2020-21

Tom Collins

2021-05-17

Now that the regular season is mostly over, it's time for fantasy general managers to take stock of the season and ask themselves: "Where did I go wrong?"

In one-year pools, it most likely fell apart at the draft before the season even began. For those in keeper pools, maybe you overpaid for a few players in a trade or two. Maybe you stubbornly held on to players for too long that weren't performing. Regardless of the reason, most of you are licking your wounds and waiting for next year.

Below are 10 players that frustrated fantasy owners this season. Injuries will not be the main factor for a disappointing season, so don't expect to see names such as Robin Lehner, Evgeni Malkin and Jack Eichel on this list.

10. Tony DeAngelo

This may seem like a cop-out, but DeAngelo's year deserves a mention. DeAngelo was taken as a top-20 defenseman in most drafts before the season began. In one of my one-year Yahoo leagues, DeAngelo was selected in the eighth round and was the 17th defenseman off the board. In another one, he was drafted in the seventh round, the 18th defenseman taken. It's reasonable to see why he was selected so high, considering last year he was running the Rangers' top power-play unit and finished with 15 goals, 53 points and 19 power-play points in 68 games. This year, he had one point in six games before he was kicked off the team. Since he finished with a minus-six in those six games, you could argue you would have been better off taking a player who spent the season in the KHL over DeAngelo.

9. Ryan Johansen

Johansen might be someone you need to stay away from next season as well. Last season, he put up an 82-game pace of 43 points. This year, that dropped to 38. That's two seasons in a row where he's been fantasy awful. His ice time is 2:30 per game less than what it was two seasons ago. His power-play production has dropped from 16 two years ago to nine to seven this year. He's taking only 1.4 shots per game. He's not a big hitter, doesn't get PIM or finish with a positive plus/minus. Stay away.

8. Kailer Yamamoto

Even though he played limited games last year, Yamamoto was one of the biggest surprises. He had 26 points in 27 games. A lot of that had to do with his chemistry with Leon Draisaitl, as Draisaitl played with Yamamoto on 94 per cent of Yamamoto's five-on-five shifts. This season, Yamamoto had 21 points in 52 games even though Draisaitl was still on the ice for 77 per cent of Yamamoto's five-on-five shifts. Sure, that's a drop, but it's still a lot of minutes with an elite player with little production to show for it.

7. Dylan Strome

Initially, it appeared as if Strome would be the top centre for the Blackhawks. After all, Jonathan Toews was out for an indeterminate amount of time with an undisclosed injury, and Kirby Dach was out due to a broken wrist. At the start of the season, Strome avera