Welcome to Drop Trends, where we look at the players who were most frequently dropped in Yahoo leagues on Saturday and determine if you should stay put or follow the trend.
Andrew Hammond (OTT – G)
Dropped: 1,443 times
Why: He left Friday’s game with a groin injury.
Recommendation: The initial outlook was that Hammond would miss a minimum of a week and then that was made official by the fact that the Senators put him on the IR list. So it’s still possible that Hammond won’t be out for too long over this issue. So is it worth it to keep Hammond? Well, was it worth it to hold onto him in the first place? He’s a half-decent backup goaltender, but is still firmly a backup so whether or not that type of goalie is valuable to you largely depends on how deep your league is. There is some uncertainty when it comes to Ottawa’s goaltending situation this season for the worst of reasons: Craig Anderson might understandably need to leave the team for stretches of time as his wife has been diagnosed with cancer. I hate even mentioning it when discussing about fantasy hockey and I hope that Anderson and his wife the very best during this difficult time.
Jacob Markstrom (VAN – G)
Dropped: 1,023 times
Why: Now that he’s healthy, Ryan Miller seems to have reasserted himself as the starting goaltender.
Recommendation: It doesn’t help that Markstrom started on Saturday and allowed four goals on 34 shots. Even with that rough outing in mind, Markstrom’s been solid so far, but Miller has been better with a 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage in four starts. That being said, I think it’s too early to give Miller a clear edge over Markstrom in the starting goaltending battle. They’re both likely to have their highs and lows this season, but in the end, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that they’ve split the goaltending duties fairly evenly. Personally I would hold onto Markstrom for now in standard leagues.
Boone Jenner (CLM – C/LW)
Dropped: 984 times
Why: He has no goals, an assist, and a minus-six rating in seven games this season.
Recommendation: The obvious hope was that Jenner would build off his 2015-16 campaign where he recorded 49 points and 77 penalty minutes in 82 contests. He still might do that, but he hasn’t made it easy to believe in him early on. Here’s one encouraging thing to note though: Why he’s endured games this season where his playing time has been way down, he logged 18:54 minutes on Thursday and 16:33 minutes on Friday. Clearly the Blue Jackets haven’t given up on him and I’d wait a little longer before abandoning ship too.
Jussi Jokinen (FLA – LW)
Dropped: 914 times
Why: He’s dealing with a lower-body injury.
Recommendation: Jokinen has already missed four straight games due to the ailment and he remains day-to-day. Personally, I’d wait this out. Jokinen is coming off of a 60-point season and while he might not be able to match that in 2016-17, I think it would be premature to jump ship over what currently appears to be a relatively modest injury.
Steve Mason (PHI – G)
Dropped: 893 times
Why: He’s gotten off to a very bad start.
Recommendation: Mason has a 3.46 GAA and .878 save percentage. On top of that he was yanked from Saturday’s contest after allowing three goals in 20 minutes and that’s after he allowed five goals on 25 shots in his previous outing. So if Mason is going to bounce back, the initial signs aren’t there. What he has going for him is the fact that Michal Neuvirth has been even worse in the early going with a 4.15 GAA and .847 save percentage in four games. So for now I wouldn’t say that Mason is on the brink of losing the starting job, though that’s certainly a possibility if Neuvirth rebounds before Mason. This is another wait-and-see scenario for me because I don’t think we’ll have a good idea about either goalie’s prospects for at least a few more weeks.