We’re halfway through Week 16 of the Fantasy Hockey season, and we’re just a handful of weeks away from playoff time. Every move is important as you try to make a run. If you’re on the outside of a playoff spot and don’t have an IR spot, then I understand dropping Conor Sheary. But if you are sitting pretty in a playoff spot with a potential bye on the horizon, then go ahead and grab Sheary off the waiver wire.
Sheary (upper-body) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks (more like 3-5 now), which means he could potentially be back in the Penguins lineup by March 13th. That date means he’ll need the full six weeks to recover. March 13th-March 19th is Week 21 of the Fantasy Hockey season, and for some that means the first week of playoffs. For others it could mean the last week of the regular season. Having Sheary for the last week of the season or the first week of your playoffs would be a huge boost to your team. You may even have a bye and not need Sheary to be healthy for another week.
Sheary has 17 goals and 35 points with a plus 18 rating (just in case you play with that ridiculous stat) through 42 games. He tallied 25 points in his final 26 games leading up to his injury. Almost a point per game and you’re just going to cut him like that? No doubt he’ll take his spot back on the top line next to Sidney Crosby when he returns. For now, if you are a Sheary owner, look for Chris Kunitz to pick up the slack. The left winger has one goal, two assists and seven shots in his last two games playing along side Crosby. He also has 15 hits in his last three games if you’re into that. Some people say he’s old. I say he has an opportunity and has shown chemistry with Crosby before. Then again, who hasn’t really?
This week on Home Ice Advantage I looked at a few players who are trending up, such as Patrick Marleau, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. I also hit on a few players trending down like Charlie Coyle, and discussed why dropping him could be a mistake.
Still hanging on to Shayne Gostisbehere? Should you be? Should you pick him up? Scott Cullen joined me to talk about it.
There are 10 teams that play Saturday and Sunday to wrap up Week 16. If you have a couple of moves left and you’re playing in a head-to-head format, it may not be a bad idea to beat your opponent to the wire now.
As you watched in the video above, the trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have been unbelievable of late, but of course, they are not on your wire. Ryan Spooner should be and he’s been hot of late with five points in his last five games. Take note that four of those five points have come on the power play.
I feel like a broken record here, but Evander Kane is only now getting picked up in leagues, yet his ownership is still below the 50 percent mark. In leagues with hits, shots and PIMs, he’s a must. Even in straight point leagues, I’d roster Kane. He has a league-high 29 shots on goal over the last two weeks and a league-high 68 over the last 30. He can hit the 30 goal mark this year.
Patrick Eaves may have been on your roster at one point, and you weren’t willing to stick it out through his cold spell, so you cut him loose. Well, if you’re short on goals and shots heading into the weekend, Eaves can help. He’s quietly having a good season with 19 goals, 15 power play points and 133 shots. No Jason Spezza means more ice for Eaves.
Detroit Red Wings
Aside from Henrik Zetterberg there is only one Detroit player I would roster, and that’s Anthony Mantha. I’m willing to wait it out through the cold streaks as well. I suppose I could get behind Mike Green in leagues without plus/minus and maybe power play points. As for streaming options, Gustav Nyquist is skating alongside Zetterberg and Mantha. Remember the hype on him? Where’d he go?
The Canadiens are not scoring goals of late, so there’s no real reason to stream anyone here. Andrei Markov is worth a roster spot and Brendan Gallagher could return this weekend. He isn’t a must-add, but I’d keep an eye on him.
The Predators have a ton of low owned players I would not only roster, but stream. Try Mike Fisher in leagues with hits and faceoffs; plus, he has offensive upside. I own Viktor Arvidsson in a few leagues and in deeper leagues, I’d roster Calle Jarnkrok. I’d definitely stream both. Nashville could score a few Sunday against Dallas.
New York Islanders
Last Monday on Home Ice Advantage, I touched on Josh Bailey and Anders Lee as solid pickups. They combined for five points that night. New York has two great matchups as well; Saturday in Ottawa and home vs. the Avalanche on Sunday. Even though Bailey is scoring, I prefer Lee. The duo have combined for five goals, 14 points and 31 shots in their last 14 days.
San Jose Sharks
Patrick Marleau has turned back the clock. He’ll slow down, but there’s no reason to think he can’t score another 10 to 15 goals down the stretch. Tomas Hertl is back and I’d grab him if he is available.
All I can say here is drop Loui Eriksson if you haven’t already, and just stay away from this team. I like Bo Horvat as a player but he’s still inconsistent.