Looking Ahead: A Blue Jacket and Blue Provide Immediate Help

Andrew Santillo

2022-04-15

Playoffs are upon us my fantasy hockey friends! This is the best time of the season and what we've all worked for up to this point. If you're in a round one battle, we're going to help make some moves to help you advance on. Got they bye week? Sit back for now and I'll make sure to set you up for success next week. Didn't make the cut and are in your league's consolation bracket? Well…I mean, some leagues use that to determine next season's draft order. Think of this as a chance to draft Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid next season. Let's dive in!  

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

Jack Roslovic, C/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (Rostered in 48% of ESPN leagues, 30% Fantrax, 6% Yahoo)
– The Columbus Blue Jackets may just be the most .500 club that we have in the league right now, but there's things to like here in the immediate future. The Jackets have just what we're looking for in a close matchup, they'll play twice more this week and have a top line that's in a good spot to help grab you some points.

Last week I highlighted Blues C/RW Robert Thomas and in the event he's still available, 10/10 would still recommend but if not, Jack Roslovic presents a fantastic lower-rostered value. In his past five games played he has five goals and one assist and is playing on a very high-event Columbus first line with Gustav Nyquist and Patrik Laine. They're high event because of the defense (or lack thereof) but this is fantasy, we don't care about the defense we just need the offense, and lately Roslovic on the Jackets top line has been playing great.

What's also appealing here is that Columbus will play twice more this week with matchups versus Los Angeles and Anaheim, both on the road. Sure, the LA matchup might be a bit tough as Roslovic and the Columbus top line will either see the Los Angeles first or second line which are good both defensively, but I think there's still opportunity here as this is an LA club that has given up an average of 3.9 goals a game in their last ten games while going 4-5-1 in that span. As for the matchup versus Anaheim, I don't think the Sonny MilanoIsac LundestromZach Aston-Reese line is anything I'd be worried about going into.

Roslovic isn't correlated with his wingers on the Jackets top power-play unit, but this is a grouping that does split time and move pieces of their power play around, so it wouldn't surprise me if he found himself on the top unit. If playing on the man advantage is something that worries you, I get it because every player addition now has to be under a microscope, so to ease that they will be going up against two clubs in LA and Anaheim who have been on the lower end of time on ice shorthanded the past month. If trends are our friends, Roslovic might just be the lightning in a bottle offense