If there’s one game on Wednesday’s schedule I’m watching for fantasy purposes, it’s Montreal’s visit to Pittsburgh at 7:30 pm EST. The focus of my attention is Canadiens D Marc-Andre Bergeron, who had a fantasy game for the ages in Tuesday night’s 5-3 home victory vs. the Blue Jackets.
He scored two goals — a feat which should open fantasy eyes irrespective of player position.
But since Bergeron is a blueliner, well — the feat immediately begged questions about his roster worthiness.
Moreover, Bergeron tallied eight shots on goal and a +3 in the contest.
So: Is Bergeron worth adding?
The short answer: Yes, if your biggest need is goals and your No. 4 D is a fringe guy. If Bergeron does anything, it’s score goals. His 14 with the Wild last year ranked 11th among all defensemen. He also netted 15 goals with the Oilers back in 2005-06. Further back, in 2000-01, he scored 42 goals with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.
But don’t expect Bergeron, 29, to help you across the board. In six seasons as a pro, he has never amassed more than 170 shots or 40 PIMs in a campaign. His PP productivity is solid (between 14-25 PPP per season) but not spectacular. Despite his 14 goals last season, he was only the No. 47-ranked D in the Yahoo! game because of his so-so totals in other categories.
Still, if you need goals, M-to-the-A-to-the-B is your man. He is owned in only 5.2 percent of ESPN leagues and 9 percent of Yahoo! formats, so take the plunge. Eight shots on goal in a game are nothing to sneeze at.
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