This week is a bit unusual in the sense that there wasn't a lot of activity when it came to dropping people on Saturday. No player was dumped 1,000 times (by comparison last week saw four players surpass that mark) and we have a player that barely passed the 500-mark reach the top five. Still, there are some noteworthy cases in here, so let's take a look.
Jason Demers (Dallas - D)
Dropped: 982 times
Why? He's been dealing with an upper-body injury.
Recommendation: We don't know yet if Demers injury is serious, but he was a fringe player in standard leagues to begin with. His 11 points in 22 games makes him look great at first glance, but he hasn't been a reliable producer as he's 27 years old now and has only surpassed the 30-point mark once. On top of that, he had gone cold prior to his injury with just one point in his last eight games. At this time, we don't know enough about his injury to say if he should be dropped or not on those grounds, but I can't fault fantasy owners that want to move on from him anyways.
Colin Miller (Boston - D)
Dropped: 726 times
Why? He had a great game, but it didn't lead to a hot streak.
Recommendation: So my theory here is that there are people that picked him up after he scored a goal and an assist against Edmonton hoping that he would build on that, but Miller has no points and a minus-two rating in his last two games, so they've moved on to a different gamble. That's fine, though Miller isn't a bad player to own long-term, but you have to do so with the knowledge that he's a big risk. The rookie blueliner had 52 points in the AHL last season and has a respectable two goals and eight assists in 21 contests with Boston in 2015-16.
Jason Zucker (Minnesota - LW/RW)
Dropped: 720 times
Why? He's on a seven-game point drought and he has just one point in his last 10 contests.
Recommendation: Zucker over performed in the first month and a half of the season and now he's underperforming, leading to a balanced reflection of where he should be at this time: Namely 14 points in 25 games. I suspect he'll break out of his slump sooner rather than later and maintain his current point-per-game pace, which would translate to a 46-point campaign. That's nothing special, even for a player that is eligible at both wings.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose - D)
Dropped: 712 times
Why? Vlasic missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury.
Recommendation: The latest on his injury is that it's day-to-day and not considered serious, so if you had viewed him as a long-term component of your team prior to his injury, then there's no reason to dump him over this. With three goals and 11 points in 25 games, but not special fantasy option though, so it wouldn't be surprising if there were better options out there for you anyways.
Jonas Gustavsson (Boston - G)
Dropped: 533 times
Why? People were likely discarding him after using him for a single start.
Recommendation: What might have happened here is that people picked him up prior to Friday's game because they wanted to get an extra start under their belt and Gustavsson had been a great backup up to that point. That's a fairly common tactic, especially in head-to-head leagues, but it didn't pay off in this case because he allowed three goals on 11 shots. He was subsequently dropped, but those that picked Gustavsson up for situational reasons would have likely dropped him anyways.