Top 10 Players Too Good to Drop, Too Awful to Dress

Tom Collins

2022-12-05

There comes a moment in every fantasy general manager’s season when they have to make the tough decision on underperforming, high-calibre players on their roster.

It’s a no-brainer to hold on to players through cold streaks, but what happens when that cold streak lasts the whole season? How long are you willing to hold on to a player while he struggles and your fantasy squad falls further in the standings? This could be an example of sunk cost fallacy, where you feel you can’t give up on a player because you have so much invested in him, even though dropping the player will benefit your team.

We’re two months into the season, so it’s no longer cold streaks. For many of these players, this could be one of those aberration seasons where nothing goes right and everything is magically fixed a year from now. Of course, that doesn’t help you for this season.

Below are 10 players who are struggling this year, but you can’t bear to drop them.

Keep in mind that we’re looking at one-year leagues. In keeper leagues, you can either trade them to improve your team or hold on to these players and hope for the best next season.

We’re also not going to include players currently injured, as most leagues have IR spots that you can use to stash those players instead of dropping them. Rest assured, if we had been looking at this list a week ago, Kris Letang, Thatcher Demko and maybe Tyler Bertuzzi would have been included.

10. Andrei Vasilevskiy

A week ago, Vas would have been much higher on this list, especially as he was coming off a home game where he gave up five goals on 29 shots against the Bruins. At that point of the season, he was 7-6-1 with a 3.00 GAA and a .903 SV%. You can forgive anyone who chose to bench Vasilevskiy last week. Since then, he is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .929 SV%. Until he can prove that this is not a one-week fluke, fantasy general managers will continue to be nervous. Vasilevskiy is one of the numerous goalies on this list. That was not by design, but there are so many top options that are struggling, and the waiver wire isn’t exactly brimming with great netminders. A 12-team league that starts two netminders will generally have all the number one goalies and most of the top-quality backups already drafted.