Looking Ahead: Final Friday and Next Season

Andrew Santillo


We're here, it's championship week for most leagues. The timing is a little off with COVID/Olympic Breaks, but we're here and it's time to go all in and raise that trophy in your league. For some leagues that trophy is an enormous bulky thing that doesn't necessarily fit anywhere in the house and looks lopsided for some reason, but it's yours and you're proud of it. It looks more like a bowling trophy than a fantasy hockey trophy, and your fiancé isn't much of a fan of it, but it travels from place to place, and it's now displayed proudly in between the PlayStation and workout bike.

For other leagues it could very well be a trophy that can easily fit on any desk or shelf. It has the names of past winners on the sides and is crowned by a Patrick Sharp signed puck in the holder on the top because the lady at the trophy shop asked what puck you wanted to mount on the top and an autographed puck from the Sharpshooter just made sense for some reason back in 2017. Let's dive in!

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

James van Riemsdyk, CLW/RW, Philadelphia Flyers
(Rostered in 13% of ESPN leagues, 29% Fantrax, 8% Yahoo) – By the time you're reading this we won't have a weekend to work with for an extra couple games. We'll just have the Friday slate, which lucky for us, is loaded. Outside of the players that are higher rostered in leagues just looking for someone that might be able to get on the score sheet I think JvR could make some sense.

On JvR's most recent game sheet, it won't really wow you with no points in the past three games (ringing endorsement me), but I like this spot for Philly tonight. They'll welcome in a Senators team coming in off a back-to-back vs Florida and while neither club between the Sens and Flyers have anything to play for now, or really since February, I do like this second line for the Flyers and JvR's roster numbers show that he is available on most fantasy platforms.

While the numbers on the stat sheet might not be there, what has been very encouraging is the play driving ability and the shooting numbers from the wingers on this line between JvR and Travis Konecny. JvR has 30 shots on goal in the past ten games; Konecny, 33 over that same span. Philadelphia mixed up their lines a bit of late, but I thought this club had great opportunities vs Chicago on Monday and although they were blanked vs Winnipeg in Eric Comrie's first career shutout, they still outshot the Jets 35-27.

Someone once told me something that has always stayed with me in fantasy and that's, "When you have to make a move, you're in trouble". I hope that doesn't apply to the majority of you and that your championship or high-place finish is all but sealed. But if not, I think van Riemsdyk is a good option to try and get some last-minute points on the board.

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

Alex Formenton, LW, Ottawa Senators (Rostered in 1% of ESPN leagues, 26% Fantrax, 2% Yahoo)
– Since the regular season is all but over, we're looking at a Building Block player that is available on most fantasy platforms for keeper or dynasty leagues. I don't dabble too much in the stock market and what not, but I have