Looking Ahead: Klingberg a Potential Odd Man Out

Andrew Santillo

2022-03-04

The calendar flips to March and we're in for a crucial four-week fantasy time span. It's time to jockey for playoff position or try to climb back into the playoff picture.

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

Yegor Sharangovich, C/LW/RW, New Jersey Devils (Available in 81% of ESPN leagues, 55% Fantrax, 81% Yahoo)
– The Devils offense has been playing very well as of late which means we need to strike while the iron is hot and find some value with a lower-owned player. I think Sharangovich fits that perfectly.  

Sharangovich has 11 points in his last eight games played and just scorched the stat sheet in the month of February. In the eight games New Jersey played in February, there was only one at which Sharangovich did not record a point. He's moved around new Jersey's top six, playing at times on their second line across from Jesper Bratt but has most recently moved up to their top line paired with Jack Hughes and Dawson Mercer.

In some leagues Sharangovich is eligible at all forward positions so he can easily float around your roster to help fill it without having to decide between two players which is a big advantage to have. If he's available, trends are your friends, so I think he's worth taking a flyer on for the next week or so. 

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

Michael Bunting, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (Available in 74% of ESPN leagues, 28% Fantrax, 48% Yahoo)
– I'm actually kind of surprised Bunting's ownership is lower on a couple of the more prominent fantasy sites. I would have guessed it would higher because. A.) He plays for Toronto. B-Z.) He plays for Toronto and is on a line with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

When the Leafs took Nick Ritchie off of line one (dark days), Bunting took top LW responsibilities and began to play well right away. I'd considered him for an Immediate Fix but as time went on, I feel we need to make him a Building Block. In the last three games played Bunting has seven points and nine points in his last five. Those numbers alone are good but what makes him a Building Block moving forward is simple, he skates on the best scoring line in hockey.  

The trio of Bunting, Matthews, and Marner has 14 goals in their past ten games and seven goals in their last three, both NHL bests. Bunting isn't correlated on the power play with this line, but as a whole the Leafs have scored the most goals at all strengths in the month of February, so there's been plenty of scoring chances to go around. I don't necessarily want to call Bunting a third wheel so to speak but let's be honest, if Matthews or Marner (or both) go off in a game then odds are Bunting is going to come right along with them. Down the stretch if yo