Someone once said that if you start from zero, you have nothing to lose. Whoever said that obviously didn’t play fantasy sports.
We are all used to players having slow starts, but there is nothing more frustrating than watching a player consistently put up zeroes every game, especially in a category where you were counting on that player to contribute.
Below are 10 categories where fantasy-relevant players have been zero help to your fantasy squad. For most of the categories, I also listed honorable mentions.
To give us a baseline, except for number nine, I looked at skaters that have played a minimum of five games and goalies who have played at least four games.
10. Zero plus/minus
You usually don’t draft Taylor Hall for plus/minus, as he has only finished as a positive player in two of his 11 campaigns so far. However, in 16 games with the Bruins last season, Hall was a plus-15. It may have gone unnoticed as he was a minus-21 with the Sabres. In seven games with Boston this year, he is stuck with a zero plus/minus. Much better than we’re used to, but not as good as expected. Honorable mention: Mitchell Marner, Sean Couturier
9. Zero games played
It was a bit of a shock when the season began and it was announced that Carey Price was voluntarily entering the NHL assistance program in relation to mental health. We all knew he wasn't going to start the season, but we didn't know what the issue was. And with an issue such as this, there's no timeline of how long he may be out for. Despite this, he was still taken high in many drafts, and was on average the 15th goalie drafted in leagues on Yahoo. There's no timeline on when he may get back into NHL action.
8. Zero assists
We all know you aren’t drafting Mike Hoffman for assists, but you think he would be able to accidentally get one by now. (Looks at Habs roster). Or maybe not. Although he missed the first three games of the season, he’s now been in the lineup for seven contests and has yet to pick up a helper. He does have four goals, but his 1.7 shots per game is also disappointing. He had five straight seasons of 30 assists (and last year had an 82-game pace of 30 assists). Honorable mention: Jake Bean, Andrew Mangiapane
7. Zero PIM
A couple of years back, Timo Meier was pegged as the next great power forward of the fantasy world. He seemed like a good threat to score 30 goals, post 250 shots, lay 150 hits and rack up at least 50 minutes a year in penalty minutes. While the first three have been great this season (he’s on pace for 33 goals, 379 shots and 185 hits, but you can expect the latter two to regress as the season moves along), he currently sits with zero PIM. Some believe that PIM is a ridiculous stat to have in fantasy hockey, but plenty of leagues use it and Meier isn’t helping. Honorable mention: Patric Hornqvist, Mark Borowiecki,