Frozen Fantasy: Decisions, Decisions
Frozen Fantasy: Decisions, Decisions

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

It's head-to-head playoff time. And sometimes a single roster decision means the difference between winning and well, you know.

Gulp. No pressure or anything.

Hot is hot. And not really is not. In a single-week format, you can't afford to roll guys by name. You need to be ruthless and ride streaks.

Even if that means benching Duncan Keith. Or even Braden Holtby.

Keith used to be a stud. 'Used to' is the key phrase. He has a single goal this season. And just 10 points in 33 games since the calendar turned to 2018 (heading into play Saturday afternoon). Just two of those points have come on the power play.

The drop off has been steep.

Holtby struggled for almost a month prior to his recent 'reset' (coach Barry Trotz's word, not mine). Philipp Grubauer jumped in and started four straight, winning his last three. And in dominating fashion.

Holtby won Friday night, but is it enough? Maybe, if he plays and dominates Sunday. But can you afford a queasy week in a winner-takes-all format?

I'll need to make a decision on Holtby on Monday morning. I've already benched T.J. Oshie. And until recently, I did the same for my beloved Jonathan Toews and even Nicklas Backstrom.

Ryan Spooner and Charlie Coyle have been solid replacements. Far lesser names, but for the most part, far better producers.

Tough decisions for sure. But they paid off, even if they were tough ones.

Now, let's take a

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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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