Fantasy hockey waiver watch has been going strong for years, with some leagues continuing even throughout the summer. The hotter the time period gets in baseball season, more waivers get taken to avoid over-committing players. What are your thoughts on this?
I’ve finally finished the first month of fantasy hockey and I’m ready to start making waiver wire moves. Who should you target, who can be dropped without any hesitation? Here’s my waiver wire watch for October!
The “espn fantasy hockey” is a fantasy sports site that allows users to watch the waiver wire. The site offers daily updates on players who are available in their leagues.
Every week, we’ll scour the waiver wire for under-the-radar players that may aid your team, whether you play dynasty or redraft, and we’ll also throw in some DFS advice. Finally, we’ll take a look at some past go-to fantasy assets that may be overpriced – either in the short or long term – for various reasons.
Tanner Pearson, Vancouver Canucks LW (Rosted in 27.7% of ESPN.com leagues): The Canucks’ winger is on a tear right now. Pearson has five goals and three helpers in his last seven games while playing on a top line alongside J.T. Miller. While you should consider recruiting the streaky producer when things are going well – as they are right now – don’t anticipate much from the special team. Pearson has just three points with the extra skater this season despite playing on the club’s backup power play. Even-strength output, on the other hand? He’s got you covered. For the time being.
Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche RW/LW (27.0%): After missing two games due to an upper-body ailment, Nichushkin returned to form in Saturday’s OT defeat to Calgary, contributing two assists, two shots, and a pair of blocked shots. This overlooked asset can benefit your fantasy team more nights than not if he stays on a scoring line with Nazem Kadri – and now Gabriel Landeskog.
Mason Marchment (21.5 percent), LW/RW, Florida Panthers: The older rookie had two goals and an assist in his previous two games while playing on a top line with Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe and on the secondary power play. In fact, anytime Marchment has been active, he has been able to perform at all levels of the Panthers’ lineup. Despite missing a significant portion of the season due to a wrist injury and then being placed on the league’s COVID protocol, the 26-year-old has managed to score 31 points in 30 games. He should be rostered in more than a quarter of ESPN.com leagues, averaging 2.0 fantasy points per match.
Arizona Coyotes C/RW Nick Schmaltz (7.5 percent): Coach André Tourigny is correct; following Saturday’s seven-point effort against the Senators, we should surely speak about “Schmaltzy.” Such blustery performances don’t happen very frequently. However, no matter how exciting a game is, it is still just that: a game. Schmaltz’s value as an outlier fantasy asset is further bolstered by his seven goals and three helpers in his past eight games. Clayton Keller’s linemate should be useful in deeper ESPN.com competition because of his consistency.
Dawson Mercer (New Jersey Devils, 4.1%), C/RW: As mentioned in last week’s rookie report, Mercer is having a great time skating on a top line with center Jack Hughes for the Devils. In fact, after scoring (assisted by Hughes) in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime triumph against the Blues, the 20-year-old was given the game’s Second Star. In deeper ESPN.com leagues, Mercer deserves a strong, lengthy look if Jesper Bratt (47.3 percent) – your best fantasy forward in New Jersey who isn’t named Hughes – is already rostered.
Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, Calgary Flames (34.4%); Adam Henrique, LW/C, Anaheim Ducks (12.4%); Erik Haula, LW/C, Boston Bruins (12.4%). (2.3 percent )
San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson (53.9 percent): Coach Bob Boughner said a few weeks ago that Karlsson should be back on competitive ice before his expected comeback date of mid-March. So, now is the time. The Sharks defender was a decent asset before having surgery to repair a muscle rupture in his left arm, averaging 2.0 fantasy points per game. Karlsson is especially important in ESPN.com leagues that prioritize scoring, as he has eight goals and 18 assists on 83 shots in 33 games. Don’t be shocked if he returns for the Kings’ home-and-home series this week.
Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler is another worth mentioning (49.9 percent )
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Petr Mrazek (17.7%): Anyone who saw Saturday’s game between the Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks could tell you that Jack Campbell still hasn’t gotten over whatever ailment he’s been dealing with. Prior to his meltdown against the Sabres last week, Toronto’s No. 2 had been outstanding in his two previous outings, winning over the Capitals and the Wild. I like Mrazek’s chances at Columbus on Monday and against the visiting Coyotes on Thursday (assuming Campbell starts Tuesday against the Kraken). When the match-up fits sense, he may be worth a chance as a temporary plug or Daily Fantasy asset.
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Dan Vladar (3.6 percent), Calgary Flames: Jacob Markstrom, who has started 43 of Calgary’s 54 games so year, would surely benefit from some more rest as the season progresses. In comes Vladar, who has shown to be dependable when called upon in 2021-22. Just this past Saturday, he got the OT win by holding the always-dangerous Avalanche to three goals on 36 shots. With four back-to-back sets left on the Flames’ March schedule, the backup unit is expected to be busier than normal in the coming weeks. For the time being, consider Vladar as a viable streaming/Daily Fantasy possibility.
Antti Raanta of the Carolina Hurricanes is also worth mentioning (5.3 percent )
Expectations were lowered
Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Hartman (67.3 percent): There’s a lot of (quite legitimate) speculation that the Wild may trade for a notable center before the trade deadline on March 21st. One who could easily take Hartman’s spot on the team’s best scoring line. Without a good position between two explosive wingers like Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, Minnesota’s current No. 1 center is unlikely to reach 22 goals and 18 assists through 54 games. Hartman has been around since 2015 and has a career high of 31 points in 76 games. If the Wild do really pull the trigger on such a trade, the last quarter of 2021-22 may be a lot quieter for the tenacious forward. Start looking at other choices for your fantasy team right now.
The “nhl fantasy tonight” is a weekly article that will list players who are available in the NHL Fantasy Hockey waiver wire.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do waivers work in fantasy hockey?
A: Waivers are a form of trade in fantasy hockey. Teams can trade players between each other to gain more options and make better trades, or they may also be sold on the trading market if someone is looking for an upgrade over an existing player who has been waived by its team.
How do waivers work in Yahoo fantasy hockey?
A: Yahoo fantasy hockey waivers are where the site allows users to place a claim on players that have been dropped by another team. There is an option for both free and paid leagues, so be sure to check your league settings before claiming someone elses player.
Who should I add to my fantasy hockey team?
A: This is a tough question with no easy answer. You can start by looking at the teams captain and make your decision from there. If you are not familiar with some of the players, I would suggest checking out NHL.com or other hockey websites where you will find detailed information such as player stats, ratings, etc.
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