Looking Ahead: Terry, Buchnevich, Wheeler, the Avalanche, and More

Andrew Santillo


The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Troy Terry, RW, Anaheim Ducks (Available in 32% of ESPN leagues, 20% Fantrax, 32% Yahoo) – Searching for an immediate fix? Need to win a category in a nine-cat league? Looking for a winger in a pinch that's on an, oh let's say, a twelve-game point streak? Just add water! Or well, Troy Terry.

I'm not the first person to write about Terry here and looking at the ownership percentages, not the first one to the party, but it's hard to ignore the numbers that Terry has been putting up and just how much it could help any fantasy team in a league where he's still available. He has 16 points in his past 13 games, leads Anaheim in even strength and power-play goals, and in three of the last five games he has played over 20 minutes. This is a player who's career high in points sits at 20 (in 48 games), which likely, he will pass before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner here in the States. It's not so much the long-term outlook we're interested in here but catching the right player at the right time. If you're already a Troy Terry owner I would lean on not moving him in a trade unless you already have the depth to replace him or can get either a need in return, it may be worth riding this point streak out for as long as you can. Remember, "trends are your friends" Terry could be the player to swing a matchup in your direction.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Bowen Byram, D, Colorado Avalanche (Available in 71% of ESPN leagues, 17% Fantrax, 46% Yahoo) – There haven't been too many positives so far for the Avs thus far but if there's one bright spot it's been the play of their 24-year-old defensemen.

So far this season Bryam has been up and down the defensive lineup for Colorado while other d-men have missed time and Byram has looked great in each role that he has been asked to play. He leads all Colorado defensemen with eight points while usually not seeing much power play time at all. I think the reason to look at Bryam in a long-term role is the opportunities he may see down the road (Colorado fan close your ears here), this may just be a tough going season for the Avs. The injuries have been piling up all over this lineup and they have so fa