You can’t stop Troy Terry, you can only hope to contain him.
Admittedly, those are words I hadn’t envisioned saying, yet here we are.
Without question, the 24-year-old Ducks winger, who’s currently riding a 13-game point streak, has been the top waiver add of the season so far for fantasy owners.
Indisputably, Terry’s living proof that you can do substantial damage on the waiver wire, provided you act quickly enough. The American forward leads a bevy of others who’ve provided insane fantasy value to kick off the campaign.
Suffice to say, it’s time to go bargain hunting in the Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool. Low-value plays are integral, especially when operating under a strict 30-point cap system.
Now to your questions:
@TravisLeafs asks: Should I hold Terry and see what the season brings or try to sell him high now?
Because I’m all about maximizing value, I’d say the easy decision is to explore a sell high right now. There’s no way Terry can keep this up, his fantasy value could be at an all-time high. At the very least, I’d gauge the market and see what’s out there.
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@Yourpaldan1 asks: Thoughts on Chandler Stephenson when Eichel comes back? Is it crazy to think they’ll keep him with Stone and Pacioretty?
There’s no way around it, Stephenson’s fantasy value will take a significant hit once Eichel is ready to go. The good news is that Eichel’s return is still months away. You have plenty of time to not only build a market for Stephenson, but then subsequently deal him, too.
Once Vegas returns to full health, Stephenson should slot into the third line centre role. That, in turn, should help to boost Evgenii Dadonov’s value. The way I see it, you can’t acquire Eichel and not play him with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone.
We’ll see what happens, but I don’t like Stephenson’s chances of remaining fantasy-relevant post-Eichel return.
@shenrique1418 asks: Sell high on Lucas Raymond or ride him the rest of the year?
It’s a sell-high for me. And it’s not that I don’t love Raymond. Everybody loves Raymond.
The NHL regular season is an 82-game grind, and that’s a fact. For my money, it’s inevitable that Raymond, Seider and the rest of the Red Wings are bound to come back to earth sooner rather than later. I’m not so sure they’re a .500 team just yet.
Your best bet is to trade Raymond for an established top-40 fantasy player, one who’s maybe off to a slow start. For what it’s worth, I’d treat this file a lot like the Troy Terry one — maximize that value!
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@samson44 asks: Kailer Yamamoto or Philip Tomasino?
You want me to pick the rookie, but I won’t do it. Give me Yamamoto.
I won’t lie, the prolific five-on-five attachment to Leon Draisaitl makes it a no-brainer for me. It’s a long season, he’ll get going eventually, especially considering his body of work.
@stack1975 asks: Max Comtois. Fish or cut bait?
Drop him. You can always circle back down the road, right?
@leafsfanatic007 asks: Keep or dump OEL in a standard points pool?
Dump him; Quinn Hughes is the MAN on Vancouver’s blue line, at least from a point-producing perspective. There’s no sense waiting around for OEL to bust loose. At this point in his career, we know what he is. And that’s not an elite point producing defenceman. Move on.
@RDHead5 asks: John Klingberg? Play? Bench? Cut?
Stand pat. At this point, all you can do with Klingberg is hang on and hope for the best. Firstly, you won’t be able to find a better long-term option on waivers. Secondly, if you’re open to moving him, there’s no question you’ll be hit with lowball offers.
Have faith in contract year John Klingberg. Also, if Dallas doesn’t turn things around soon, we could see some big changes there.
@maltesea asks: What’s up with Blake Wheeler? Should I be patient?
Yes, patience is the name of the game here. The Jets captain is still working his way back from Covid, it’ll take a while. In general, it’s been a chaotic start for Winnipeg. Once they get healthier, they should be able to demonstrate a higher level of consistency.
Don’t worry about Wheeler. Trust me, better days are ahead.
@harryphlyers asks: Darcy Kuemper……give me one reason to hang onto him right now!!
He’s on Colorado. That is all.
Not for anything but Thursday night’s 7-1 drubbing of Vancouver was a nice reminder of that. It’s been a challenging start for the Avs; they’ve been extremely banged up. Additionally, Kuemper hasn’t been great. Over time and despite all the injuries, I expect the early season struggles to course correct. The Avs and Kuemper are far too talented, there’s a reason why they’re widely regarded as a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
Believe in Kuemper, I know I do.
@BeastNo21 asks: Is having four goalies in roto league worth it? I have Varlamov, Ullmark, Lehner, and Binnington. What should I do?
I see no problem with it. If anything, you’re cornering the goalie market, right? Mark my words: Someone will come knocking for crease help eventually.
@AndrewPino19 asks: What’s up with Spencer Knight and his Swiss cheese butt?! lol jk. love content! keep it coming! And… “someone make a trade”
Thanks for the kind words. I love doing it!
As for the Knight question, it’s imperative to temper your expectations. After all, it’s easy to forget he’s just 20. He’ll have some good nights, he’ll have some bad ones, too. That’s what comes with being a young goalie in the NHL, regardless of your name or resume.
Knight’s just a kid, just remember that. Accept it.
@eh_fili asks: Should I trade Huberdeau? He’s been disappointing so far
Absolutely not. Be patient. Huberdeau cracked my top-20 going into the season for a reason. Believe in the process.