News:Brandon Yip (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Flames, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip, who last suited up on April 7, checks in with eight points to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 34 games to date.
News:Brandon Yip left Sunday's game against Chicago with a lower-body injury.
Analysis:Brandon Yip, who will not return to the contest, saw 4:41 worth of ice time before his exit from Sunday's game. Entering Sunday's tilt, Yip had not scored a point in his last six games, checking in with eight points and 26 PIMs in 33 games overall.
News: In his second game back after coming off the IR with an upper-body injury, Brandon Yip saw 10:24 worth of ice time during Thursday's 7-4 loss to Vancouver. He was held off the scoresheet and was a combined minus-3 on the night.
Analysis: Playing on the Preds' fourth line, Brandon Yip is supposed to be somewhat defensively responsible, but this game did nothing to reinforce that notion. The good news is, he's healthy and playing, but that's about the only fantasy upside you're going to find here.
News:Brandon Yip (upper body) has been taken off the injured reserve list, The Tennessean reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip was originally placed on the IR on Mar. 5 and has missed the Preds' past three games due to the injury. He has registered a total of five points (two goals, three assists) this season. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
News:Brandon Yip (upper body) is headed to IR, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: The move opens up a roster spot for Zach Boychuk, whom the Preds claimed off waivers from the Penguins on Tuesday.
News:Brandon Yip (upper body) will not play Monday against the Kings, The Tennessean reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip left Saturday's game against the Sharks after San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart fell on him, and will not be able to suit up Monday. Matt Halischuk is expected to replace Yip in the Preds lineup when they take on the Kings.
News:Brandon Yip left Saturday's game against the Sharks with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn't return, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip suffered the injury about four minutes in after Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart fell onto Yip. Coach Barry Trotz said Yip is doubtful to play Monday against the Kings, with his availability for the rest of the week remaining unclear at the moment.
News:Brandon Yip has re-signed with the Predators, inking a one-year, one-way deal worth $750,000, reports the Tennessean.
Analysis:Brandon Yip mostly played a fourth line role for the Preds after arriving from Colorado via waivers in January. With just three goals and four assists in 25 regular-season games, Yip does not amount to much more than a depth player at this stage in his career. There's not much to get excited about from a fantasy perspective.
News: After sitting out as a healthy scratch the previous three games, Brandon Yip returned to the lineup Thursday night and scored his second goal of the season, helping the Preds defeat the Avalanche 4-2.
Analysis:Brandon Yip, who was placed on waivers by the Avs in mid-January before the Preds scooped him up, admitted to a certain added incentive in facing his former team. "Yeah, there's a little bit of a salty taste when a team lets you go," Yip said. "There is a business side to it. It's what they wanted to do, but after being there a couple of years and getting released like that, it's good motivation." Yip skated mostly on the Preds' fourth line alongside Paul Gaustad and Gabriel Bourque, and could see increased ice time in the coming weeks if he continues to make the most of his opportunities. Monitor closely.
News:Brandon Yip saw some time on the power play during Tuesday's game against Chicago, according to the Tennessean.
Analysis: With Patric Hornqvist out with an upper-body injury, Brandon Yip is filling in for the time being. Fortunately, it's a situation he is accustomed to, as he saw some PP time with Colorado earlier in his career, and seven of his 24 career goals have come with the man advantage. With Hornqvist expected to remain out for Friday's tilt with the Red Wings, expect Yip to continue to see some time in Hornqvist's spot with the extra attacker.
News:Brandon Yip has just two points (1G, 1A) in five games since joining the Predators in January.
Analysis:Brandon Yip has been held off the scoresheet in four of those five games and he's been a healthy scratch twice, so in reality he's picked up right where he left off before he was placed on waivers by the Avalanche last month. He offers little to no fantasy value in most formats.
News: The Preds plan to reunite Brandon Yip on a line with former Boston University teammate Colin Wilson, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: The last time Wilson and Brandon Yip played together at BU, they won a national championship in 2009, so the Preds are hoping to rekindle some of that chemistry. Yip, who was claimed off waivers from Colorado earlier this week, made a big splash with the Avs in his rookie season three years ago, scoring 19 points in just 32 games, but he gradually fell out of favor over the next two seasons and is now hoping to make a fresh start in Nashville. Yip has some fantasy upside, but we need to see more consistency from him before making any firm recommendations.
News: The Predators have claimed Brandon Yip off waivers from the Avalanche, Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip has nowhere to go but up with the Preds, after going without a point in 10 games with the Avs this season.
News:Brandon Yip has been placed on waivers, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: This is hardly a surprise, as the struggling Brandon Yip has been either injured or a healthy scratch for most of this season. Furthermore, in the 10 games he's played, he has zero points. Yip will be assigned to AHL Lake Erie if no team claims him within 24 hours.
News:Brandon Yip watched from the bench Friday as the Avs defeated Chicago 4-0, his seventh straight game as a healthy scratch.
Analysis:Brandon Yip has been available to play following a groin injury that kept him out for five games in mid-December, but just as Kyle Quincey found out last month, getting back into a hot team's lineup isn't easy. The Avs have won nine of 10 entering Saturday's tilt with St. Louis, and coach Joe Sacco is unlikely to tinker too much with a winning lineup. With zero points in just nine games for the Avs so far this season, you'd have to think Yip's future with the club is seriously in question at this point.
Avs' Yip No Longer On DL But Still Riding Coach's Bench
News:Brandon Yip has recovered from a recent groin injury but will likely sit out Friday's game against Tampa Bay as a healthy scratch, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Though healthy enough to play, coach Joe Sacco is trying to keep the Avs' current win streak alive, saying he will likely go with the same lineup that beat St. Louis 3-2 on Thursday. Brandon Yip may be on the outside looking in for awhile - make sure he stays on your fantasy bench.
News:Brandon Yip (groin) took part in practice Wednesday but has not yet received clearance to return to the lineup, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip may be on the outside looking in once he's ready to return, as the Avs have won four of their past five games - including three straight - and coach Joe Sacco is not one to tinker with a winning lineup. Keep Yip nailed to your fantasy bench for now.
News:Brandon Yip, who missed Tuesday's game against San Jose, is out with a groin injury, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: It's been a tough year thus far for Brandon Yip, who missed the first six weeks of the season with a broken forearm. Since then, he's only played in nine games and has zero points to his credit. It's hard to find any fantasy relevance for Yip right now, even in the deepest of formats.
News:Brandon Yip (forearm) will make his season debut Thursday night, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip has fully recovered from the procedure he underwent to fix his broken forearm, and he is now back in game shape as well. It's not clear whose spot Yip will take, but he will be in the lineup somewhere for Thursday's game against the Wild.
News:Brandon Yip (broken forearm) will not play Tuesday against Pittsburgh, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Joe Sacco said following the morning skate that Brandon Yip needs a couple more days of conditioning before getting any game action. Look for a possible return Thursday against Minnesota.
News:Brandon Yip (broken forearm) is close to a return to the lineup, but it will likely not be during the team's upcoming two-game road trip, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis:Brandon Yip has been participating in practice but is still waiting for the green light to return to action. It's been frustrating," Yip said. "But it's great to be back out there with the guys, doing things in practice." Keep him on your bench for the upcoming week and check back after that for his official status.
News:Brandon Yip (broken forearm) took part in the morning practice but will not play Saturday night against the Flames, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The original expectation for Brandon Yip's recovery was 4-6 weeks when he sustained the injury at the end of September, so he's pretty much on schedule. Yip is probably looking at a checking line role when he does return, so be sure to manage your fantasy expectations accordingly.
News:Brandon Yip (broken forearm) will be out 4-6 weeks, reports the Denver Post.
Analysis:Brandon Yip suffered the injury blocking a shot in Friday's preseason game against St. Louis. Yip was already a bubble player prior to the injury, so it's quite possible there will be no room for him in the lineup once he returns in late October or early November. Yip scored just 22 points in 71 games last season in a checking line role.
News:Brandon Yip broke a forearm blocking a shot Friday against St. Louis, reports the Denver Post.
Analysis:Brandon Yip is expected to miss the Avs' season opener Oct. 8. When healthy, Yip is a third- or fourth-line player and shouldn't command too much fantasy attention outside of deeper formats. He scored just 22 points in 71 games last season.
News: Yip potted a pair of goals and finished plus-2 in the Avs' loss to Dallas on Friday night.
Analysis: Considering that he went a span of 24 games in February and March without lighting the lamp, Yip is understandably on the bench of most owners at this point. He'll need to turn things around in a big way next season in order to make himself a part of the Avs' long-term plans.
News: Yip will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game in San Jose, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: It wasn't hard to see this coming for Yip, who had just two assists in his last 13 games prior to the benching, and saw just 9:16 of ice time his last time out (Sunday against Anaheim). Overall, it's been a very disappointing season for Yip, who signed a two-year deal with the Avs in July after posting 19 points in 32 games last season. His fantasy value is at a very low ebb right now.
News: Yip will return to the lineup Monday against St. Louis, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Prior to Monday, Yip had been a healthy scratch for three of the Avs' last four games. This is a guy who has ridden a lot of pine lately, and tends not to hit the scoresheet when he does play - not the makings of a player with a whole lot of fantasy value. Exhaust all other options before inserting him into your starting rotation.
News: Yip was back in the lineup Thursday against the Predators after being a healthy scratch the previous two games. He finished the game with zero points, a minus-1 rating and 12:18 of ice time.
Analysis: Yip has just 15 points (7G, 8A) in 40 games this year along with a minus-7 rating, second-worst on the team. His tendency to be in and out of the lineup, along with his inability to consistently hit the scoresheet, does not leave him with a whole lot of fantasy value in most formats.
News: Yip will play on the Avs' top line Friday against the Thrashers, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Avs coach Joe Sacco will reportedly mix up his line combinations yet again as he tries to put an end to the team's four-game winless slide. To that end, Yip, who was a healthy scratch the previous game, will join Paul Stastny and David Jones on the top unit. "We need Yippper to be the kind of player he can be, a power forward who finishes his checks," Sacco said. "He'll get a good opportunity [Friday]." If Yip shows some chemistry with Stastny and Jones, it would give his fantasy value a significant boost. Monitor carefully.
News: Yip was a healthy scratch Monday against the Panthers. He sat out in favour of tough-guy David Koci.
Analysis: This was the first time he'd ridden the pine all season. Yip definitely has some offensive upside, but prior to Monday's game had only four points (2G, 2A) in his last 10 games. He really only has fantasy value in the deepest of leagues right now.
News: Yip saw just 8:18 of ice time Saturday against Dallas.
Analysis: Yip was seeing as much as 18 minutes a game just a couple of weeks ago, but has just one goal in six games since then. He has also been demoted to the fourth line, skating with Philippe Dupuis and Cody McLeod. The best thing for most fantasy owners would be to bench him until he starts seeing time in a scoring role again.
News: Yip capped the scoring with a third-period marker and tossed in an assist as Colorado beat Dallas on Saturday night, 5-0. He was hit with a five-minute fighting major in the game's waning seconds.
Analysis: We suggest that you read beyond the headline. Yip isn't likely to generate much offense. He's a marginal play in reasonably deep leagues, but in shallow leagues, his six points in 11 games won't make a ripple in the pond.
Avs' Yip (Groin) Ready To Feast On Sharks Thursday
News: Yip (groin) will play Thursday against the Sharks, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Yip was forced out of two contests with the groin ailment, but he is a decent roll in deep fantasy leagues now that he's expected to lace up his skates against San Jose.
News: Yip (groin) practiced on Wednesday but remains questionable for Thursday's game against San Jose, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The fact that he's practicing -- albeit with a no-contact orange jersey -- is a good sign. Keep him on your bench until he gets the green light to return to game action.
News: Yip (groin) remains day-to-day with his injury, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: His status for Thursday's game against the Sharks will almost certainly depend on whether he's able to get a full practice in on Wednesday.
News: Yip missed Saturday's game against the Islanders with a groin injury, reports the Denver Post. He was replaced in the lineup by Kevin Porter.
Analysis: At this point, there's no word on how it happened, or how long Yip will be out. Consider him day-to-day for now.
News: Yip changed the scoreboard by recording his first goal of the season during Monday's eventual 4-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Yip made plenty of his shots count last year. In 32 appearances as a rookie, he sank 11 goals on just 65 shots a shooting percentage of 16.9. The Avalanche are loaded with talented young forwards, and Yip is no exception. He should only improve with more experience and register a 25-goal season before long.
News: The Avalanche re-signed forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract on Wednesday. Yip was a restricted free agent. He tallied 11 goals and 19 points in 32 games during his rookie season for Colorado in 2009-10.
Analysis: Yip was a real spark for the Avalanche and Fantasy owners when he made his debut in December. He worked his way up from the lower lines and became a real goal-scoring threat before injuries slowed him down late in the year. A healthy Yip is a productive one for coach Joe Sacco, but he is still not a proven Fantasy commodity. Yip is more of a late-round Fantasy sleeper on Draft Day.
News: The Denver Post reports that Avalanche RW Brandon Yip will move up to the second line to replace the injured Peter Mueller (concussion).
Analysis: Yip was on fire in January and early February, so hopefully this move to the scoring line will give his Fantasy owners a nice little boost here in Fantasy Week 25 (April 5-11). Get him active in daily leagues if you have him.
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip returned to action on Friday after being out since March 1 due to a shoulder injury. In 17 shifts against the Flames, he finished at minus-2 with one hit.
Analysis: Yip has 11 goals and seven assists in 27 games this season. He could give Fantasy owners deeper leagues another viable option for week 25 (April 5-11).
News: The Denver Post reports that Avalanche C Stephane Yelle (leg) and RW Brandon Yip (shoulder) will both return to action Friday vs. Calgary.
Analysis: While the Avs will be glad to have Yelle back in the lineup, Fantasy owners only need to worry about Yip, who has shown some nice offensive presence since early February. He will be worth a shot in super-deep leagues over these last 10 days.
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip skated with the team Wednesday morning. He's missed 11 games due to a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Yip was expected to miss four to six weeks, which is cutting it close with the end of the regular season. Fantasy owners in deeper dynasty formats should consider hanging onto him, even if he won't be a contributor this season.
News: The Denver Post reports that Avalanche RW Brandon Yip has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Yip hurt himself on Monday against the Red Wings and could miss the rest of the regular season, which ends on April 11. Owners in seasonal leagues might want to just cut their losses at this point and release Yip, but the 24-year-old is probably still worth holding on to in deeper dynasty formats. He has 18 points in 26 games this season.
News: The Denver Post reports that Avalanche RW Brandon Yip missed practice Tuesday with a shoulder injury and won't play Wednesday at Anaheim.
Analysis: Yip has played great hockey since being called up in December, although his offense has disappeared a little recently with no points in his last four games. Hopefully this injury turns out to be just a minor knock, but his owners in deeper leagues might want to think about planning to replace him in their lineup for Fantasy Week 21 (March 8-14).
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip scored twice in Monday's win over the Blues, giving him five goals in his last four games.
Analysis: Yip has been nothing short of a revelation since being called up after only six AHL contests. The eighth-round pick from 2004 is showing he belongs in the bigs right now and should be owned in more than 20 percent of leagues.
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets. It was his second multi-goal game of the season.
Analysis: Yip now has 15 points in 19 NHL games after being called up in December, and you have to think he might be sticking around for a while as the Avalanche youngsters continue to produce. Grab Yip in deeper leagues if he's available.
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip tallied a pair of assists and finished at even on Friday against the Stars. It was the first multi-assist game of his career.
Analysis: Yip has three goals, nine points and a plus-6 rating in 11 January games. He has 13 points in 17 games since his debut with Colorado in late December. He is scoring some timely goals and being quite productive for a rookie. But we aren't sure it will last. We have seen plenty of rookies get off to hot starts in 2009-10 before hitting a wall. Yip remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end Fantasy option in seasonal formats.
News:Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots, Matt Duchene and Brandon Yip both scored, and the Colorado Avalanche won their fifth straight by topping the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday. Yip made it 2-0 at 7:25 of the second when he scored on the power play off a feed from Darcy Tucker, his sixth goal in 14 games this season.
Analysis: Yip has been a great addition to the Avalanche roster since he came up from the minors in December. He is scoring some timely goals and being quite productive for a rookie. But we aren't sure it will last. We have seen plenty of rookies get off to hot starts in 2009-10 before hitting a wall. Yip remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end Fantasy option in seasonal formats.
News: Avalanche RW Brandon Yip scored with 15.5 seconds left to spoil Cam Ward's shutout during a 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday. Yip has four goals and two assists in his last seven games.
Analysis: The rookie had his first two-goal performance of his career on New Year's Eve. He has six points in his first nine NHL games. Yip was an eighth-round pick in 2004 and needed to go to college before moving up the prospect chart. He did very well as a senior at Boston University last season and is doing well to begin his NHL career. Yip might have been up earlier had injury not slowed him down. He is playing well, but Yip could be like most rookies and eventually hit a wall. Yip remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end Fantasy reserve in seasonal formats.
News:Brandon Yip netted both Colorado goals during a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings on Thursday. Yip put Colorado on the board with a power-play goal with 47 seconds left in the second. Yip's second power-play goal of the night tied it at 2 with 8:01 left in the third period. He put Darcy Tucker's cross-crease pass into the open side for his third goal.
Analysis: The rookie had his first two-goal performance of his career on New Year's Eve. He has three goals and one assist in six games since his recall from the minors. Yip was an eighth-round pick in 2004 and needed to go to college before moving up the prospect chart. He did very well as a senior at Boston University last season, but has only played 12 games as a pro due to injury. He showed Thursday the type of potential he brings to the table, but Yip remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.