Geek of the Week: Under-Performing Players to Move on From

Scott Royce

2021-11-14

Well folks, we're midway through November, and by now we've seen a decent sample size across the board from all teams and players. A couple weeks ago I was preaching patience and I highlighted a few players who it would be wise to give some more time. No more mister nice guy though. Eventually in the course of a fantasy season, you need to make some tough decisions and decide to cut your losses on some players.  While it's important not to have a quick trigger finger, at some point you will have to make a tough call. While it may be a little harsh, let's dive into some players it may be best to move on from going forward this season.

Kaapo Kakko (NYR) – RW

2021-22 Stats: 10 GP- 0 G. 0 A, 0 PTs, 13 Shots, 3 Hits, 2 Blocks, 14:45 ATOI

Going into the start of this season, I was very high on Kaapo Kaako. With the departure of Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues, I figured Kaako would be a prominent fixture in the New York Rangers top-six. Additionally, the Rangers seem like they are on the up-and-up with a number of strong players in their prime as well as a nice blend of youngsters, including the aforementioned Kaako. 

Unfortunately, things have not started off well this season for the young Finnish winger. He hit the IR early in the campaign with an upper-body injury which saw him miss four games. When he came back he joined a Rangers team that was already sputtering offensively and Kaako's return didn't seem to turn the tide. He is pointless through 10 games thus far and Kaako isn't going to rack you up a lot of other peripherals. If he isn't making offensive contributions, it's really hard to warrant keeping him around. I still think his future is bright, but for now it may be best to look elsewhere for your fantasy needs.

While he is slotted on the second line with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin, he still averages south of 15 minutes of ice time per game. That's not a ton and while he has been on the ice, he hasn't done enough. His shot rate is a sheepish 1.3 per game. That's a bad number for both fantasy owners as well as for his own production. The Rangers have all the talent you could ever want, they just need to get it going. The Metro division is a tough one, and most nights the Rangers are in for a close matchup.