Top 10 Players Whose Fantasy Value Dropped This Past Week

Tom Collins

2021-08-02

The last seven-to-10 days have been an exciting one for fantasy hockey general managers.

The NHL draft means GMs in keeper and dynasty leagues can start prepping for their fantasy draft. Trades and free agency will see players in new situations, and fantasy players are excited to see what Connor Garland can do in a top-six role in Vancouver, if Linus Ullmark can be a true number one in Boston and the potential for Darcy Kuemper with the Avalanche.

While most of us prefer to be optimistic, not all signings and trades can be positive. Some moves will greatly reduce fantasy value.

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Below are 10 players whose fantasy value has dropped this past week by going to a new team.

10. Martin Jones

Jones hasn't been fantasy-relevant for a few seasons, but now whatever value he had left has to be wiped out as he's moving from a team where he was a number one netminder to a backup position. Even if some statistical categories such as goals against average and save percentage improve, his potential for wins takes a significant nosedive. None of this takes into account that Philly is extremely tough on goalies. If Jones doesn't rebound at all, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him demoted to third-string or the AHL by the mid-point of the season.

9. Blake Coleman

Moving to Calgary doesn’t seem like it will impact his fantasy production, but that cap hit will bring his value down. There's a big difference between a 40-point player that hits that makes $2 million a year, and that same player making $5 million a year, just in terms of expectations. Even with the same production, fantasy general managers will treat the player as if he is overpaid and overrated, which will have a negative impact on his value. In cap leagues, that contract is going to make it tougher to roster.

8. Dougie Hamilton

This one will look better in a couple of years when the New Jersey youngsters start to flourish. However, for an immediate impact, this should hurt Hamilton's value. After back-to-back seasons of an 82-game pace of 70 and 63, his production will probably drop back to the 45–50-point plateau. Carolina wasn't known as a great scoring team, but they still have Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov, which helped tremendously with the man advantage. Hamilton won't have those offensive players in New Jersey, at least this year.

7. Frederik Andersen

Andersen needs to be behind an offensive team because his numbers aren't good enough to carry a team on his own. Without that offense, his wins will decrease at an even greater rate than what they have been the last couple of years. The Leafs have scored at least 3.29 goals per game in each of the past four seasons, but Andersen's numbers were getting worse each season. N