Welcome to the Drop Trends where we highlight the five most dropped players on Saturday and offer our advice on the question: Should you follow the trend?
This week is the calm before the storm in some respects because the trade deadline is almost upon us and that will alter a number of players' fantasy value. Some teams have choosen to pull the trigger on deals ahead of time though and one of the players moved has sparked a mixed reaction from fantasy owners, as you'll see below.
Mike Cammalleri (C/LW - NJD)
Dropped: 2,128 times
Why? He suffered a setback in his attempt to return from a hand injury that might cost him the rest of the season.
Recommendation: Cammalleri had 14 goals and 38 points in 42 games so it's painful to drop him, but unfortunately that's what I must recommend you do. He's already missed a month and even if he does end up returning before the end of the campaign, it probably won't be with enough time left to make an impact.
Jordan Staal (C/LW - CAR)
Dropped: 879 times
Why? He's shown signs of cooling down.
Recommendation: Staal went through a stretch where he scored nine goals and 24 points in 21 games from Jan. 6 through Feb. 23. Since then he's been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games and was minus-four on Friday against Boston. He's been playing over his head so I can understand the fear that he's finally coming back to Earth, but I'd give it another week before declaring the hot streak over. I don't want to dismiss a great 21-game stretch over two fruitless contests.
Lee Stempniak (LW/RW - NJD)
Dropped: 836 times
Why? He's gone cold.
Recommendation: Stempniak has been a pleasant surprise this season with 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games, but he has just one goal in his last eight games. It wouldn't shock me if Stempniak ends up finishing the season on a low note given that I think he's been over performing for most of the season. However, I would still recommend holding onto him for at least a little longer. Stempniak is a player that might be dealt before Monday's trade deadline and where he goes might impact his fantasy value. Given that the deadline is just around the corner, you might as well at least wait that long to see what it means for him.
James Reimer (G - SJS)
Dropped: 792 times...but picked up 1,591 times
Why? He was traded to San Jose.
Recommendation: I normally would skip over a player that's been picked up more times than he's been dropped, but this is a fairly unique case and given the apparently mixed reaction to the trade, I think weighing in on that would be appropriate. When healthy, Reimer has been solid this season with a 2.49 GAA and .918 save percentage in 32 contests - and that's while playing on one of the worst teams in the league. Being San Jose's netminder is a far better gig, but the big question is how much he'll play. Martin Jones is seen as the starter in San Jose and while Reimer might be able to wrestle the gig from him if given enough time, with the playoffs around the corner, the Sharks might not have much appetite for a goaltending controversy. I imagine that the starting job is Jones to lose and thus the only way Reimer can hope to get it is if Jones falters. So look at it this way: Reimer is likely going to get better numbers when he plays in San Jose, but he'll be playing less often. Whether or not that's an acceptable trade off will at least partially depend on your situation.
Martin Hanzal (C - ARI)
Dropped: 749 times
Why? He hasn't recorded a single point in his last five games.
Recommendation: Hanzal got off to a great start this season, but then he ran into some injury problems and was cold for a while after he finally put that behind him. He had a great stretch recently with four goals and eight points over the stretch of five games from Feb. 10-18, which likely led to people giving him another shot in the hopes that he had turned a corner again. Obviously now his recent cold streak has put a damper on that. Hanzal has been playing primarily with Anthony Duclair this season and the 20-year-old rookie has had some exciting moments, but he's not a consist contributor yet and that's fed into Hanzal's own inconsistency this season. Hanzal's a decent option going forward, but given his center-only eligibility, there are likely better options available to many of you.