Goaltenders are at the forefront of this week's Drop Trends for a second straight time, but there are different reasons for fantasy owners jumping ship on them. Let's jump right into Yahoo's top-five dropped players on Saturday.
Marcus Johansson (Washington - C, LW, RW)
Dropped: 1,228 times
Why? Suspended for two games for an illegal hit.
Recommendation: Johansson was red hot prior to getting banned. He had five goals and six assists in 10 games before his suspension for a high hit on Thomas Hickey of the New York Islanders. He will be eligible to return after Sunday's meeting with Ottawa and I would suggest picking him up if he's available to see if he can continue his productive play. T
homas Greiss (NY Islanders - G)
Dropped: 1,155 times
Why? Jaroslav Halak is back.
Recommendation: Halak has lost two straight games since returning to the lineup from an upper-body injury. That could put Greiss back into the conversation for game action, but it's also entirely possible that the Islanders will allow Halak to work out the kinks so that he can get back into a rhythm. Both goalies have posted good numbers this season, so Greiss is still worth keeping an eye on.
Jonathan Bernier (Toronto - G)
Dropped: 883 times
Why? He got blasted for seven goals Saturday night.
Recommendation: Bernier was beaten seven times on 31 shots by the San Jose Sharks to come crashing back down after three straight impressive performances. It is just one game but it shows how risky relying on Bernier can be. James Reimer is back after recovering from a groin issue and he is in a position to take starts from Bernier again. If Bernier can't recapture the form he displayed in wins over Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Anaheim then Reimer is probably in line to see more of the action and jumping ship is a good decision.
Victor Rask (Carolina - C)
Dropped: 795 times
Why? He was a fringe fantasy add and then he got injured.
Recommendation: Rask has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, but it doesn't seem like he will be out for very long. He has picked up 11 goals and 26 points in 41 games this season and could be worth revisiting once he is healthy. Rask is available in the majority of Yahoo leagues and he has been a steady producer for Carolina over the previous two months.
Anton Forsberg (Columbus - G)
Dropped: 607 times
Why? Lost his first two starts and then Joonas Korpisalo played Saturday.
Recommendation: The book isn't completely closed on Forsberg. Korpisalo has been struggling in the cage for Columbus, while allowing four goals against in four of his last five appearances. Forsberg has a .923 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA after three outings and could be in line for more playing time than Korpisalo while Curtis McElinney and Sergei Bobrovsky are injured.