Geek of the Week: More All-Star Break Preparation

Scott Royce

2022-01-30

Well, it didn't take Evander Kane long to make an impact with the Oilers (and hopefully your fantasy team)! As mentioned in my article last week, we are quickly approaching the NHL All-Star Game weekend and subsequent break. This has a pretty big impact on fantasy hockey leagues of all formats. In roto leagues, you simply need to keep an eye out for teams that are playing a surplus of games, or conversely teams that aren't playing a ton. In head-to-head leagues there is some extra strategy since your normal one-week matchup will be lengthened to two weeks. Either way, it will pay to be extra vigilant over the next couple of weeks. This week I will provide a few more players who will see some extra ice time over the course of the next little while. 

Alex Formenton

I'm doubling down on Ottawa Senators players as this is the second straight week I am recommending a player from the nation's capital. Last week I suggested taking Tim Stutzle for your fantasy squad. If you were lucky enough to snag him already, you should be in good shape, as the Senators have had an unfortunate rash of injuries to multiple centers on their squad. Stutzle logged over 24 minutes in yesterday's game, so look for him to have plenty of opportunities to provide for you in the short-term future. I'm getting off track though, this week I'm choosing to highlight Alex Formenton.

The 22-year-old winger was a second-round draft pick of the Sens back in 2017. He's dabbled with the team a bit over the course of his short career, but this year he is finally getting a proper opportunity with the club. Though his opportunities have varied throughout the season, he is currently getting some quality deployment time. He's currently on the team's top power play unit which is a golden opportunity for him to produce for himself, and for you!  He has points in eight of his last ten contests, so it's a great time to take a chance on him.

He gets enough shots on net to be fantasy viable, but aside from his offense he won't net you a lot of other peripheral stats, so here's hoping he can get some production from being on that power play. When you add in the barrage of injuries to the Sens forward corps, as well as the fact Ottawa is the most active team in the next two weeks, there should be no shortage of opportunities for Formenton. He is rostered in just 4% of Yahoo leagues, 29% on Fantrax, and  only 1.3% on ESPN, so he should be widely av