Frozen Fantasy: Do Whatever It Takes to Win

Frozen Fantasy: Do Whatever It Takes to Win

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

The season is winding down. Fantasy playoffs are upon us. Are you ready to do whatever it takes to win?

Even if it means dropping Zach Werenski?

I love Werenski. I own him in the Yahoo! Friends and Family League and long-standing keeper league. He has 20 goals overall and seven points in his last 10 games.

He's a stud. But he could be a liability.

As of Monday, the Blue Jackets have just 12 games left. No team has fewer games. Their schedule is one of the worst in the NHL. And they have just two games this coming week.

Two games. Gulp.

Playoffs mean tough decisions. So, yes, a guy like Werenski could really help you in a couple weeks' time. But what if you don't get there?

In the past, I have held onto guys like Werenski because of their future value. I thought two games from a stud were better than four games from a middle-class replacement.

And I lost.

Not again. In a sudden-death fantasy playoff period, there's no room for next week. Dig into the strength of schedule info in the link above. It's better to make decisions based on the best available data than to go by gut.

It might mean jettisoning a stud. Or a guy perceived to be a stud. Who cares? Someone else's focus on getting your drop might lose them the week.

And win you yours.

Tough decisions are easier to talk about than do. I'm talking

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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