The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, Buffalo Sabres (Available in 96% of ESPN leagues, 63% Fantrax, 80% Yahoo) – The goalie landscape in fantasy is difficult to navigate, there are only a few netminders in the league that get consistent starts without sharing the workload. UPL may be an option for steady starts in the crease.
Would rostering a Sabre be your first choice for a goalie in fantasy? Probably not but as far as starts may be concerned here for the time being he may be an excellent option to help fill a spot in net. He's 2-2-1 with a 1.96 goals against average in his past five games and has a larger frame in net. If you're not in a league that receives negative points for goals against it might be a hard sell for UPL, but if not the great news is Buffalo is allowing the second most shots on net in the entire league. If he stops 32 and lets a couple of pieces of vulcanized rubber go by him so be it, that's still points for you. From a DFS standpoint here he more often than not checks two boxes we love seeing, cheap and sees volume. Until Dustin Tokarski returns this may be a nice addition for the foreseeable future.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Alex Tuch, LW/RW, Buffalo Sabres (Available in 43% of ESPN leagues, 63% Fantrax, 66% Yahoo) – We can't be targeting two Sabres in one Looking Ahead can we? You bet we are! I think we should call this one, "SabresMetrics". If there's any Buffalo fans out there that would like to name their fantasy team SabresMetrics you have my blessing.
So yes, Tuch is not playing NHL games right now but guess who else isn't playing games right now? Short list here – everyone. The good news is we know that Tuch has been practicing for some time and is very close to making his Sabres debut and that's were buying in now might be extremely advantageous. I can't see a scenario outside of maybe the first game back for him we'll he won't be seeing a significant amount of ice time on a club where he'll most likely be playing top line and top power play minutes. If his time in Vegas was an outlier, we should be seeing great shot volume from him as well as hits. I think this is a spot where you could potential make a claim or add right now before other members of your league notice that Tuch has returned, this could be a potential 50-60 point boost for any fantasy team.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Claude Giroux, C/LW, Philadelphia Flyers (Owned in 88% of ESPN leagues, 94% of Fantrax, 81% Yahoo) – Odd Man out committee hasn't had their hands full as much as of late but sometimes instead of looking at players themselves, you look at the situations that they're in and how they may have changed. Claude Giroux has entered the chat.
So the good news, G