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Draft Guide

Drop the Backups

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Drop Trends examines the players who were most frequently dropped in Yahoo leagues on Saturday and determines if you should stay put or follow the trend.


Calvin Pickard (G - COL)


Dropped: 812 times

Why? Semyon Varlamov is back after a brief absence due to injury.


Recommendation: Pickard was burned for five goals on 33 shots by Nashville in his last outing before Varlamov’s return to the crease. The 24-year-old has decent when called upon this season, but he hasn’t seen much action behind Varlamov. Pickard has a 4-2-1 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He is only worth using in spot starts right now.


Antoine Roussel (LW - DAL)


Dropped: 703 times

Why? Went another four games without earning a point.


Recommendation: Roussel has produced close to 30 points in each of his last three seasons, so he has never been known for offensive contributions. He enjoyed a hot streak alongside Tyler Seguin, but now that the Stars are healthier he has moved down the depth chart. Roussel has registered one assist in the last nine games along with 12 penalty minutes. If you still use PIMs in your league then he has his uses, but his lack of production has hurt his value.


Anders Nilsson (G - BUF)


Dropped: 649 times

Why? Robin Lenher has returned following a one-game absence.


Recommendation: Lehner suffered a hip injury Tuesday, but was back in the crease on Saturday. He has been superb this season, so Nilsson hasn’t had many opportunities to play this season even though he has had some impressive performances.


Jeff Petry (D - MTL)


Dropped: 584 times

Why? He has gone six games without a point.


Recommendation: Petry was bound to slow down eventually. He accounted for six points in eight games to start the season, but he has produced three points in 15 matches since then. Petry shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar anymore.


Patrick Eaves (RW - DAL)


Dropped: 577 times

Why? He started Saturday’s game on the third line and finished November on a four-game pointless skid.


Recommendation: Eaves ended up moving up to the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn against the Avalanche and he scored his 10th goal of the year. He has 18 points in 25 games this campaign and he still skates on the top power-play unit of the Stars. I think some people jumped the gun here and Eaves is still worth rostering. He has two points in two games to begin the month of December.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.