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Fantasy Spin: Replacing Rangers' McDonagh

Injured defenseman done for regular season; options available

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been ruled out for the New York Rangers' final three regular-season games because of an upper-body injury. Fantasy owners in their championship round must act quickly.

McDonagh, ranked 33rd among defensemen in Yahoo based on standard-category performance, has missed six games this season because of injuries but has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 73 games with strong peripheral coverage in plus-minus (plus-26) and blocked shots (138). He also covers shots on goal (113), power-play points (nine) and hits (98) to an extent.

McDonagh leads the Rangers in ice time (22:21) by exactly two minutes per game; defenseman Dan Girardi is second with 20:21 per game.

Defenseman Keith Yandle, ranked 126th among all players in Yahoo, leads New York's top power-play unit (21 PPP) and has 40 assists, but is owned in 95 percent of leagues. Veteran Dan Boyle (33 percent owned) has points in two of his past three games and 10 PPP this season, but has more than one SOG per game (91 in 72 games). A better add than Boyle for multicategory formats is Kevin Klein (19 percent owned). He has had minimal power-play usage (0:22 per game; one PPP), but covers points (23) and plus-minus (plus-16) with more than 100 hits (105) and blocks (146).

If you need a replacement for McDonagh, here are a few other options:

-- Trevor Daley (43 percent owned) is skating with Kris Letang on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top pair and first power-play unit. Everything the Penguins touch turns to fantasy gold these days, so sign up Daley to gain exposure to high-end scoring chances. He has six goals, 16 assists, a plus-8, 24 PIMs, 58 blocks, seven PPP and 83 SOG in 50 games since being traded to Pittsburgh. The Penguins have three games remaining, including one Tuesday.

-- Zach Bogosian (24 percent owned) has continued his late-season fantasy push with a three-game point streak for the Buffalo Sabres; he has one goal, three assists, a plus-5, three hits, 12 blocks, one PPP and five SOG in the span. He is the fourth-most valuable standard-league fantasy defenseman in the past 30 days, behind Brent Burns, Letang and Mark Giordano. The Sabres have three games remaining, including one Tuesday.

-- David Savard (8 percent owned) of the Columbus Blue Jackets has had an underachieving, injury-plagued season but is finishing strong with four points, a plus-1, two PIMs, one PPP, six SOG, five hits and three blocks in his past three games. He has played 2:26 on the power play in the span. The Blue Jackets do not play Tuesday and have three games remaining in their regular season.

-- Josh Manson (2 percent owned) of the Anaheim Ducks has four games remaining, including one Tuesday, and could be useful if he fits your category coverage needs in the deepest of formats. Since March 14, he has four points (one goal, three assists), a minus-1, 21 penalty minutes, 13 SOG, five blocks, and 23 hits in 10 games (19:40 per game in span).

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