In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll look at widely rostered players who have underperformed in the past month (since March 1st). We've reached a point of the fantasy campaign where name-value becomes meaningless, and loyalty goes out the window. Don't be afraid to drop some of your big-name players if they've gone cold for a sustained period.
We'll also quickly run through a few players who aren't rostered in most fantasy leagues but have been productive in the past month. These players could make solid additions to your fantasy roster for this week's playoff matchup.
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Widely Rostered Underperformers
The Devils defenseman has just six points in 16 games since March 1st. In the past, Hamilton's status as a high-volume shooter gave him value even when he wasn't producing offense. Unfortunately, he hasn't been racking up as many shots during this recent stretch, averaging 2.5 per game. Don't get me wrong, that's still decent, but that shot rate ranks 21st among defenseman since the beginning of March. We're used to seeing Hamilton atop the shot total leaderboard among the league's rearguards. Since returning from jaw surgery in late February, Hamilton has been stuck on the team's second power-play unit for the most part, with Damon Severson manning the first unit. A lack of power-play opportunity obviously limits Hamilton's offensive ceiling, and it's hard to say whether his role with the man advantage will increase any time soon. It's worth mentioning that Jack Hughes is currently sidelined with an injury, and his absence opens a spot on the top unit that Hamilton could potentially fill. Despite that potential, if I'm in the middle of a crucial playoff matchup and there are other options on the waiver wire, I'd be willing to drop Hamilton in one-year leagues. That decision is reinforced by the fa