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Struggles with a new team

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Drop Trends, where we look at the five players that were dumped in Yahoo leagues the most on Saturday.  We'll analyze why owners have soured on them and talk about whether you should follow the trend.

 

Al Montoya (MON - G)

 

Dropped: 3,170 times

Why: He allowed 10 goals in a single game.

Recommendation: That one bad performance ruined his stats line for the season thus far as he went from a 1.47 GAA and .955 save percentage to a 3.15 GAA and .908 save percentage.  As ugly as that loss was though, was it worth abandoning Montoya?  If he was a starting goaltender, then I'd say no, but the reality is that he won't be playing often going forward unless Carey Price gets hurt.  So while I do feel that people might be overreacting to one bad game - no matter how bad that contest was - the reality is that it was justifiable to drop him even before that disastrous start, just based on his backup status.

 

Mike Condon (OTT - G)

 

Dropped: 1,423 times

Why: Craig Anderson returned to the Senators.

Recommendation: First off, I need to acknowledge that while Condon was dropped 1,423 times, he was also added 1,039 times, so there's no real consensus among fantasy owners when it comes to what to do with him.  That's understandable to an extent as we don't really know what's going to happen with the Senators' goaltending situation this season as Andrew Hammond is dealing with a groin injury and Anderson might understandably take more personal time at various points during the campaign.  Condon did earn a 27-save shutout in his first start with Ottawa, but he was a below average goaltender with Montreal last season.  With that in mind, I don't expect him to do much from a GAA or save percentage perspective nor do I see him as a lock to get many starts with the Senators.  So only grab or hold onto him if you're hurting for goaltending.

 

Thomas Vanek (DET - LW/RW)

 

Dropped: 1,165 times

Why: He's dealing with a lower-body injury.

Recommendation: Vanek is expected to be out for two-to-three weeks, which isn't a huge absence in the grand scheme of things.  Vanek's play over the last couple of seasons has made it easier to drop him for more mild reasons, but personally I'd wait this injury out.  He was off to a good start with Detroit and I think there's a chance this will be a bounce back season for him. 

 

Loui Eriksson (VAN - LW/RW)

 

Dropped: 1,048 times

Why: He has no goals and four assists in 12 games this season.

Recommendation: He's coming off a campaign where he scored 30 goals and 63 points in 82 games and the hope was that he would mesh well with the Sedin twins now that he's in Vancouver.  However, the Canucks have struggled offensively this season and Eriksson isn't even consistently playing with the Sedins.  If I owned Eriksson is a standard league, I would be a little hesitant to pull the plug because the potential is still there, but honestly I'm not optimistic.

 

Andrew Ladd (NYI - LW)

 

Dropped: 796 times

Why: He has no goals and an assist in 12 games this season.

Recommendation: Speaking of players that have struggled to get anything going with their new team.  One similarity with the Eriksson situation is that Ladd was expected to get a great opportunity, which in this case translated to playing alongside John Tavares.  That did happen at the start of the campaign, but lately Ladd and Tavares have been broken up.  Another similarity is my view of the situation, which is to say that I acknowledge that there's still real potential for Ladd to turn things around and have a solid campaign from this point forward.  However, I'm not that hopeful anymore.

Ryan Dadoun
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