Welcome to drop trends. If you weren't subscribed to the Season Pass last season, this is a weekly column where we look at the top-five most dropped players in Yahoo fantasy leagues and determine if you should follow the trend or run contrary to it.
So without further ado, here are the five most dropped players on Saturday:
James Wisniewski (CAR - D)
Dropped: 4,559 times
Why: He has a torn ACL that might cost him the entire season.
Recommendation: Unless you're in a keeper league, there's no real reason to hold onto him. He's not likely to return before the playoffs and even if he does, it would likely just be for a game or two. It's unfortunate because the move to Carolina could have resulted in him reaching the 40-point mark again this season.
Teuvo Teravainen (CHI - LW)
Dropped: 1,497 times
Why: He's been pulled from the top line.
Recommendation: While Teravainen did get an assist on Saturday, giving him a respectable two points in three games, the fact that he's no longer playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa is a point of significant concern. It would be jumping the gun to already write him off, but because he was a fringe player in fantasy circles to begin with, teams can be forgiven if they simply want to move on to a different sleeper candidate.
Jonathan Bernier (TOR - G)
Dropped: 1,071 times
Why: Bernier was pulled on Friday after allowing three goals on nine shots.
Recommendation: The race to dump him is likely a combination of the small sample size skewing people's outlook and built-in anxiety about the 2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs. To be clear, Toronto isn't likely to have a good season and Bernier is likely to be a mediocre-to-bad fantasy asset this season relative to the NHL's other starters. However, he is likely to remain Toronto's starter. Look at his 2014-15 campaign as a gauge for what's to come (21-28-7 record, 2.87 GAA, and .912 save percentage). If you think those kinds of numbers will be of use to you, then keep him.
Robin Lehner (OTT - G)
Dropped: 1,033 times
Why: Lehner is expected to miss at least the next two months with what might be a high ankle sprain.
Recommendation: The projected length of his absence is too much for some owners, but if you can afford to hold onto him, then it might pay off in the long-term. He's got a nice opportunity in Buffalo and while this injury has delayed that, it likely hasn't cost him the starting job in the long-term.
T.J. Brodie (CAL - D)
Dropped: 916 times
Why: Brodie is week-to-week with a broken bone in his hand.
Recommendation: Brodie suffered the injury in late September and might be back before the end of the month. The fact that he's missed some of training camp and the start of the season does make us think rust will be a factor once he's healthy, but in the long run, Brodie should still have a strong season. He's coming off of a 41-point campaign and it'd be a shame to throw that away just because he's likely to miss the first few weeks of the regular season.