This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
I'm not going to belabor anything this week. Not even the stunning stupidity in Edmonton. No Cup for you, Peter Chiarelli.
Your track record sucks.
There's almost no path forward for the cap crisis in Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic have massive deals. Neither one was smart or even necessary, at least at the moment they were inked. The strategy was all off.
No rebound is imminent.
Ditto a lot of fantasy owners. Many of us are too far behind to win. But as I say each year, there's still plenty of time to change the finish.
Get aggressive. Don't give up. Make the leaders work for their win. Play desperate. It'll make them desperate, too.
And there's plenty of fun in watching that.
Now let's take a look at who caught my eye this week (category by category).
Nick Bjugstad, RW/C, Florida (31 percent Yahoo! owned) – Bjugstad's value just continues to rise. Not only is he putting up points – he's riding a five-game, eight-point streak that includes four goals – but also he's hammering shots like a mad man. Bjugstad has 19 shots in those five games and 36 in his last nine. He's in the league's top-60 shot takers, so the barrage will continue. Bjugstad might move the needle just enough to steal a point for you. And the goals and assists won't hurt, either.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, Ottawa (4 percent Yahoo! owned) – Pageau is living the dream. He moved up