2019-20 Bust Candidates
2019-20 Bust Candidates

Crafting a championship-winning fantasy team is all about getting the most value out of your picks. Minimizing errors during the draft and avoiding big busts is paramount. Here's a primer on the players you should be wary of heading into the 2019-20 season.

Goalie

Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes

Pressed into action last year after a season-ending injury to Antti Raanta, the 29-year-old career backup was brilliant, starting 55 games while posting a .925 save percentage and 2.33 GAA. It's a great story for the former sixth-round pick, but his career trajectory may change yet again with a healthy Raanta expected to take back the No. 1 job in 2019-20. Volume is incredibly important for goalies in fantasy, and a healthy Raanta should see 50-to-60 starts, which obviously caps Kuemper's value. The Desert Dogs were thirsty for a starter after years of Mike Smith's maddening inconsistency and paid a high price (Anthony DeAngelo and a 2017 first-round pick) for Raanta, which means the Coyotes probably feel beholden to their pricey investment, and they've always envisioned the 30-year-old Finn as their long-term starter. Kuemper is a good handcuff should Raanta's health be an issue again, but as the 24th-ranked goalie (139th overall) on Yahoo, there are a few netminders who have higher upside and will probably see more action, including Petr Mrazek and Jacob Markstrom.

Defensemen

Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

The addition of Tyson Barrie should give the Leafs' eighth-ranked power play a chance to

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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. 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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