2021-22 Fantasy Preview: Bust Candidates

2021-22 Fantasy Preview: Bust Candidates

Fantasy hockey season is upon us and experienced managers know that nothing hurts more than making bad picks and having to cut your losses by throwing them into waiver-wire abyss. 

Last week, we outlined 10 players who may provide surplus value with our Sleeper Candidates, and this week we're making sure your fantasy squad doesn't tank with 10 players who might not perform up to expectations – due to declining play or simply too much hype. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom potentially missing the beginning of the season due to injury means Kuznetsov will be Washington's undisputed No. 1 center choice in any offensive situation. The Caps don't have any other centers with the same type of playmaking ability, and Backstrom's absence makes it very difficult for them to trade Kuznetsov. However, Kuznetsov's play has been trending downward lately – he finished last season with 0.71 points per game, a four-season low, and his ice time continued to dip. He'll be deployed as an offensive weapon because the Caps need him, but when Backstrom returns, the off-ice distractions and lackluster play might end up costing Kuznetsov a lot more than just playing time.

Logan Couture, C, Sharks

Couture is a poster boy of the how opposing value systems in real-life and fantasy sports can really differ. His possession numbers remain strong, and he received Selke votes for the fourth time in five seasons, but these aren't the numbers fantasy managers notice. Instead, they see a 32-year-old

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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