Welcome to Drop Trends, where we look at the five players that were most commonly dropped in Yahoo leagues on Thursday and analyze if you should be patient or follow the trend. As you can see, there is a pattern this week with the top three dropped players all being goalies displaced by returning starters.
Jack Campbell (LAK – G)
Dropped: 8,044 times.
Why? Jonathan Quick has returned from a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Quick might not have had a glamorous return as he surrendered six goals on 29 shots, but that bad start doesn’t change the fact that he’s the undisputed number one goaltender for the Kings. Campbell was something of a mixed bag in his absence. Campbell started off pretty good, but had a pair of rough starts on Oct. 13 and 15. At this point, he has a 2-3-0 record, 2.80 GAA, and .917 save percentage in six contests. Those are okay numbers for a backup, but that’s all he is right now: an okay backup.
Cam Ward (CHI – G)
Dropped: 2,362 times.
Why? Corey Crawford also made his return on Thursday.
Analysis: With Crawford still recovering from a concussion when the season began, Cam Ward was the Blackhawks’ de facto starter. He certainly has the experience for that role, but he didn’t look great in it out of the gate with his 3-0-2 record, 4.07 GAA, and .879 save percentage. Either way, Ward is firmly the backup in Chicago now that Crawford is healthy.
Casey DeSmith (PIT – G)
Dropped: 2,323 times.
Why? Matt Murray made his return from a concussion on Thursday too.
Analysis: Unlike Crawford and Quick, Murray actually had a great return, posting a 38-save shutout over Toronto. DeSmith is off to a solid start this season with a 1-0-2 record, 2.59 GAA, and .922 save percentage in three games, but you should only hold onto him if you are in a particularly deep league or already own Murray and want an insurance policy.
Brady Tkachuk (OTT – LW)
Dropped: 2,101 times.
Why? He’ll be out for the next month with a torn ligament in his leg.
Analysis: This one really sucks. Tkachuk was off to such a good start with three goals and six points in four contests, but this is a significant roadblock for him. Even when he returns, there’s some danger that he will have lost his momentum or need time to catch back up given how little NHL experience he has to fall back on. Tkachuk is still a great player to own in keeper leagues and he does have enough upside this season that I’d store him on the IL if I had the spot to spare. However, as with all rookies, he was a big risk to begin with and the fact that he’ll miss so much time, so early on is understandably going to be a bridge too far for many fantasy owners.
Jakob Silfverberg (ANA – RW)
Dropped: 2,035 times.
Why? He has a non-displaced fractured finger tip.
Analysis: The injury isn’t expected to keep him out for a long time and there’s a chance he’ll return before it’s fully healed. He got off to a strong start with three goals and seven points in six games and with that in mind, I’d hold onto him for at least a little while longer in the hopes that he will indeed be back in the near future.