Wilson is expected to start on the top line Tuesday against the Rangers, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Wilson is filling in for T.J. Oshie (upper body) on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. While he's struggled to generate consistent offense, Wilson has been better in that department in recent weeks, and playing alongside such offensive heavyweights certainly enhances his short-term fantasy value. Those in daily formats might want to look at the power forward as a sleeper option Tuesday.
Wilson scored a first-period goal during Friday's win over Edmonton. It was just the fifth goal of the campaign for Wilson, but it's his contributions in the PIM (65) and hits (163) columns that move the fantasy needle. The 22-year-old winger is consistently being deployed in a fourth-line role, so there isn't a lot of offensive upside, but he's a potential option in deep formats including PIM and hits.
Wilson picked up an assist in Sunday's 5-0 victory over the Kings. The power forward has been a great asset on the fourth line for the Caps, but his fantasy value has taken a hit with a measured decline in penalty minutes from last season. As such, the 22-year-old winger's fantasy value remains fairly limited unless he can become a more consistent producer offensively.
Wilson earned an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Bruins. The assist was well-earned as Wilson forced a turnover in the offensive zone and fed the puck to a waiting Evgeny Kuznetsov who buried the game-winning goal in the third period. Wilson's been a more effective player for the Capitals this season in terms of all-around play and staying out of the penalty box, but the latter has diminished his fantasy value in deeper leagues that counted such peripheral stats.
Wilson picked up an assist and four hits in Washington's 7-3 rout over the Blues. The power forward has a goal and five points in his last four games playing alongside Daniel Winnik and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. The Capitals are asking more from the Toronto native in terms of overall play, so his traditionally strong contributions in terms of penalty minutes are down significantly from last season. His fantasy value remains limited to deeper leagues that count peripheral stats like hits, but if he can jumpstart his offensive game, he might carve out a larger role for himself and warrant consideration more broadly. Fantasy managers are advised to monitor his progress for the time being.
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