Fantasy hockey forecaster: Feb. 12-18


"Deadweight" might be too harsh a term for what I want to get into here, but there are more than a few players who are riding on the coattails of their earlier success this season and taking up space on more than a few fantasy rosters. Should they still be there? Let's address just that with the five players below.
Brandon Saad, LW/RW, Chicago Blackhawks (rostered in 59.5 percent of ESPN leagues)
All looked rosy in the world of Saad in October. Back with the franchise where he previously collected two Stanley Cup rings and still in his prime at 25 years old, Saad scored six times in October en route to nine points in 12 games alongside his former linemate Jonathan Toews. But that was the watermark for his season so far.
Since then, his contributions have been muted, at best. The first month of the season was successful enough to bolster his overall numbers, and his position in the lineup remained consistent; it made sense to hold on to him, hoping the slump would end. It didn't. Now he's been relegated to the Blackhawks' bottom six, doesn't sniff the power play and didn't even crack 10 minutes of ice time in a recent contest. The Blackhawks are arguably out of playoff contention and have plenty of younger talent to showcase on their top lines between now and April. Saad can safely be ditched in all formats.