October 16, 2023, 6:15 pm
It’s time to really overreact and put some reputation points on the table. We’re heading into Week 2 and there have certainly been some surprising trends in the early-going. The Sabres and Panthers are without a victory and half of the Pacific Division are also winless. Even more surprising is that two of those teams are the Oilers and Kraken – two teams looking to contend for the Stanley Cup. The latter fact is why we should preach patience, but on the other hand, us fantasy players don’t have the luxury of waiting around for 10 games and bank on a complete 180 on a player who hasn’t been around the league very long. Do we risk it and pick up the hot hand or wait and risk another league owner scooping up what could alter a team’s trajectory? It’s a bit of luck but also based on the past trends and certainly aided by having eyeballs on the games.
I say all that to say I have a few opinions to share on the matter:
- Mathieu Joseph – 3 points, 7 shots, 3 blocks and about 15min TOI. Playing with Tarasenko in top 6 role rn. Down side is only two games this week but they get Washington and Detroit followed by Buffalo. He’s only rostered in about 3% of leagues per Yahoo.
- Teuvo Teravainen – 4 Gs on 4 SOG, rostered in 41% with a pretty good 3-game stretch in SJ, SEA and COL coming up. Get him now because he’s surely getting scooped up in every league soon.
- Evan Rodrigues – rostered in 22% but going up due to his 4 point outburst in WPG. He’s also put 9 shots on net and is on the top 5v5 line as well as the top PP unit.
- David Perron – Heavily rostered based on the fact he was projected to be a top six guy, he has since slid down in the lineup. The elevated play of Daniel Sprong in the early-going is certainly a factor. Sprong is faster and has a better shot at this point. Even more is predicated on if Lucas Raymond can play better. You can safely drop him right now and replace with another top six player.
- Stuart Skinner – started both games against the Canucks and had identical stats, surrendering four goals on 12 shots. Their defense is putrid and he hasn’t done much to help his own cause. You can move on without much stress.
- Ilya Samsonov – he’s 2-0 but that’s because Auston Matthews is the hottest player on the planet. Toronto is another horrible defensive team and while he could rack up wins, he will counter those with a poor goal-against mark.
Add: Arturi Lehkonen (35% owned), Calle Jarnkrok (5%) and Andrew Mangiapane (49%)
Drop: Brayden Schenn (51%), Buchnevich (70%)
Injury Notables: Kirby Dach, Matt Boldy, Steven Stamkos, Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Werenski, Roope Hintz