Sharp left Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period after sustaining an upper-body injury when he was hit into the boards by Ryan O'Byrne. The No. 28 forward in NHL.com's most recent rankings, Sharp is the only player League-wide with tri-eligibility (LW/C/RW) in Yahoo fantasy leagues.
SOG: 78 | +/-: 7
For that reason alone, it's impossible to replace the position flexibility he brings to the table. Sharp is also in the top 20 League-wide in shots on goal (78) with a plus-7 rating and 18 points (7 PPP) in 24 games. But despite injuries continuing to pile up on fantasy rosters around the world, owners must continue to keep a pulse on the waiver wire to stay afloat until Sharp returns.
On Friday, a report indicated that Sharp has a shoulder separation that could potentially keep him out of the lineup anywhere from three weeks to a month.
If you own Sharp in fantasy leagues, be sure to monitor his status over the coming days to see if he's placed on injured reserve. If that's the route Chicago takes, store him there and consider short-term replacements. For now, here's a trending player at each of the three forward positions to eye in the coming days.
SOG: 43 | +/-: 8
Dave Bolland, Chicago Blackhawks (C-eligible): Bolland returned to Chicago's lineup Tuesday after missing five games due to an upper-body injury and has tallied an assist in each of his first two games back. He's used to centering Chicago's second line, operating with Sharp and Patrick Kane, but that will change temporarily with Sharp's injury. Owned in only six percent of Yahoo! leagues, Bolland is a well-rounded player who touches on points, PIMs and shots. In the short term at least, he can be a valuable fantasy option to lean on.
SOG: 37 | +/-: 2