There are tons of quality fantasy hockey sleepers to grab each season. Guys always slip through the cracks and are simply forgotten on draft day. On the other side of the coin, there are also some guys that are fantasy busts. One player to avoid in this true 82-game season, though, is LW Ray Whitney of the Dallas Stars.
The most obvious reason to avoid Whitney is the fact that he is already 41 years old. There are not many 40+ year olds still having a fantasy impact, so it would be better to simply avoid the aging star all together in the 2013 season. There are plenty of youngsters worth taking a shot on this year and sometimes it is better to go with youth over experience.
Last season, Whitney racked up a very impressive 29 points and averaged 0.91 points per game. He scored 11 goals and added 18 assists in a lackluster Dallas lineup. He only played in 32 of the team’s 48 games, though, and it is highly unlikely that the 21-year NHL veteran will play in the majority of the games this season.
Now factor in that Whitney may get bumped down to the second line in Dallas and his fantasy stock could take a serious hit this season. He is fighting with Erik Cole and rookie Valeri Nichushkin for his spot on the first line and early reports have the super-veteran losing the battle.
Whitney could be a decent fourth or fifth winger this season, but his age will make him a very risky everyday starter, especially in leagues that set a lineup once per week. If you have to choose between an up-and-comer or Mr. Whitney in your draft this year, take the guy that isn’t eligible for an AARP card in a couple years.