Is your bracket busted already? Yep, same here. No control over that situation but what we can do is help win a matchup this week in fantasy hockey. Whether you're up by a bunch, down a little, the team with somehow five players on IR, or you haven't checked your team since February, there's I think a lot to like upcoming here. Let's dive in!
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Anders Lee, LW, New York Islanders (Available in 66% of ESPN leagues, 54% Fantrax, 42% Yahoo) – Earlier this season I had Anders Lee as an Anchor and I think there were two overarching reasons why. One being the possibility that he wasn't 100% healthy from the injury he sustained last season, and the other being that the Isles have gone through anywhere from one to four COVID outbreaks this season. Now though Lee might just be a player to use here in the short term.
Around two weeks ago the Isles shuffled up their lines putting Mathew Barzal on the third line and brought Brock Nelson up to the top line to center Lee and Anthony Beauvillier, and so far they have been a productive line with Lee getting plenty of exposure. Currently Lee is on a five-game point streak with nine points in that timeframe.
This is strike while the iron is hot move to make, and I think for rosters that have an open roster spot Lee makes sense. The Isles send out their top line out against bottom six at home and with the Isles having three of their next five games at home that's good news for Lee. If you have an available roster spot this could be an advantageous addition to make.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Arizona Coyotes (Available in 53% of ESPN leagues, 79% Fantrax, 45% Yahoo) – In fantasy injuries are tough, but we take advantage of them finding the next man up. With Jakob Chychrun set to miss 2-4 weeks with an ankle injury Gostisbehere could be a great pivot moving forward.
With Chychrun out the Yotes are going to play Gostisbehere big minutes down the stretch with his average ice time in the last four games going up to 23:38 from his season average of 21:59. He’ll also get top power-play time which can only add to his fantasy value.
I get it, it's hard to have your mouse over a player from Arizona and pull the trigger, but there has been some good offense out of the desert lately. This is a club that has the most goals for in the month of March and for Gostisbehere that's meant seven points in the last six games. Do I think this offense keeps up? Most likely not, but for a spark down the stretch I think this could be a great option.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Dougie Hamilton, D, New Jersey Devils (Owned in 97% of ESPN leagues, 96% of