Looking Ahead: Steer Clear of Elvis and the Blue Jackets Next Week

Andrew Santillo


Whether or not we all want to admit it, if you're in more than one fantasy league, there's always one league that you likely give favor to. It might be like picking between children, but there's always that "favorite" league out of the bunch. That's the league you're on the waiver wire more often, give more time to your roster construction, and genuinely have more joy/relief when you win the week. This past weekend, I took my first loss of the season in my favorite league, which means it's time to roll up the sleeves. We're not taking any L's here in the near future, so let's dive in!

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

Dylan Strome, C/RW, Washington Capitals (Rostered in 624% of ESPN leagues, 61% Fantrax, 24% Yahoo)
– I took a look at last season's schedule and we hit a stride around the same time as this season in early-mid November where we had loaded slates on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and little to no action on the other days of the week. For this, we have to try and find a player who will suit up on all of the "off" days we'll have next week. Dylan Strome, come on down.

At first I wanted to potentially put a Caps d-man here as the Immediate Fix with John Carlson on IR, but the Caps have gone between Nick Jensen and Erik Gustafsson, but the Caps shuffled their D pairings around because their Washington and that's what they do. That gives us some lower-rostered forward options and Dylan Strome who was centering the Caps top line but with some line changes it looks as though he will be the second line center, because it's Washington and that's what they do.

One thing that won't change though is Strome centering the Caps' top power-play unit, and it's a power play that I don't think has really gotten going yet this season with much lower shot numbers than we're used to seeing. If things turn around here this week into next, it will likely be that Strome will have some part in it. He is C/RW eligible which is great, but with the lack of games next week on the days the Caps play you shouldn't have any issue getting him into yo