Top 10 Bubble Keepers in Deep Points-Only Leagues

Tom Collins

2022-08-15

Figuring out which bubble players to drop and which ones to keep will lead to the most challenging decisions a fantasy general manager will have in the offseason.

There are just too many unanswered questions. “Will the player be used on the top line or third line on their new squad? Will they lose their power-play time to an elite rookie? Will they fit into a new system put forward by a new coach?”

That’s what makes them bubble players. If we knew a player’s usage, we would know whether he is worth a keeper spot.

I’m in a points-only league where you can keep 15 players (any position) plus two rookies. So you could keep 17 netminders if you wanted. Your top eight forwards, five defensemen and two goalies count in the final standings.

I went all-in last year and took home the championship. But now I am stuck with some tough decisions. I have no rookies, but I plan on keeping:

Forwards: Artemi Panarin, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Bryan Rust, Joe Pavelski, Nazem Kadri, J.T. Miller

Defence: Victor Hedman, Brent Burns, Adam Fox, Kris Letang

Goalies: Cam Talbot, Andrei Vasilevskiy

This means I can only keep two of Anze Kopitar, Matt Duchene, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Shayne Gostisbehere and Philip Grubauer.

What makes this league interesting is a unique rule: All dropped players go into an auction. Before