Lining Up: New Roles for Niederreiter and Bratt; Low-Owned Yahoo Options

Ryan Sheppard


This week, we are looking at a half-dozen wingers at various ownership levels across Yahoo! and what they can do for your fantasy teams. We will be looking at some of the elite top lines in the league, including areas like Edmonton and Carolina. We will also be looking for up-and-coming top lines like those in Seattle or New Jersey.

Jesper Bratt (43%) – I know there are small leagues out there, but there is no reason for Jesper Bratt to be owned in less than 50 % of leagues in Yahoo. He is tied for 48th in points overall and provides plenty of shots as well. The power play production isn't great (only two power play points), but he's also +7 on a team that is -12 in goal differential. He is on the top power play unit; it's just a brutal power play. The New Jersey Devils sit 31st in power play production, converting on just 13.1% of their opportunities. If this power play can pick it up a bit, then there is insane upside for Bratt here. He has been doing all of his damage at even strength and everybody knows the boost a power play can give to a player's overall point totals. For now, you can count on Bratt as a great even strength producer with solid shot generation. If the power play ever turns things around, Bratt should be sitting at about 75% ownership.

Yanni Gourde (30%) – He missed the start of the season, but Yanni Gourde has been solid on the expansion Seattle Kraken. He has put up 16 points in 21 games and averaging 18:57 of ice time per game which is far and away the most for his career. He is not getting the power play time I would hope, as his power play ice time per game sits him firmly on the second unit. Gourde has been on a bit of a heater lately though with 8 points in his last 8 games and I do love the line he's playing on. With Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz as his wingers, this is certainly a line that should be able to do some damage. The one issue I see is that they will consistently face the other team's top lines and defense pairs which will give them trouble.

Kaapo Kakko (15%) – Kaapo Kakko went pointless for the first 10 games of the season. Now, he's put up eight points in his last nine games and has been looking great.