Waiver for pickups targeting this week in fantasy hockey

Waiver for pickups targeting this week in fantasy hockey

The best picks at each position to target on your fantasy hockey waiver wire this week.  (Getty Images)

The best picks at each position to target on your fantasy hockey waiver wire this week. (Getty Images)

Working the waiver wire is a critical part of any major league fantasy hockey season. Finding players to work into your lineup each week that can add points to your total is the number one way you can control your game outcome. In this article each week, I’ll look at players at each position and at different roster levels so you can fill out your fantasy team with the best players available in your league. Let’s dig deeper:


Participates in 41-50% of championships: Brock Nelson (48% of rosters)

Nelson is hot with five goals and seven points in his last five games. This week, Nelson plays four games and is still available in more than half of Yahoo leagues. You may recall that Nelson had 17 goals and 25 points in just 23 games last year, so he’s no stranger to a scoring streak. Nelson and Matthew Barzal are both currently skating about 18 minutes a night as the Islanders roll with a top two line type of 1A/1B. Turn on Nelson now and see if this turns into another continuous streak of fantasy dominance.

Honorable Mentions: Anton Lundell – FLA (42%) & Seth Jarvis, LW/RW – CAR (47%)

Appears in 31-40% of leagues: Alexis Lafreniere, LW/RW – NYR (40% roster)

It seems like the hockey world has been waiting forever for Lafrenier to break out, but there are some signs that he’s close to doing so. First off, Lafreniere has seen his time jump from just under 14 minutes a night last year to just under 17 minutes a night this season, and the difference is thanks to a move up to the second line alongside red-hot Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck. Lafreniere is putting bolts on goal at a much higher rate than ever this season, up 63 percent per minute. It’s hard to see Lafreniere’s current 6.1 percent shooting percentage continuing much longer, as he’s converted over 17 percent in both of his first two seasons in the league. All in all, it looks like the time is ripe to bet on a Lafreniere breakout.

Honorable mentions: Andrei Kuzmenko, LW – VAN (33%) & William Karlsson, C/LW – VGK (34%)

Appears in 21-30% of leagues: Dylan Strome (25% of rosters)

You’ll see more than one member of the Washington Capitals featured in this article, and it’s all because of this sweet schedule: Washington plays four games this week, and each of them is an off night (a night in which less than half a league is scheduled to play). Acquiring any player from Washington virtually guarantees that they will make your starting lineup for all four games this week, which is a big plus if you’re just looking for a pickup for a week. Strome has played on the top power play and has already recorded nine points on the young season, so you can certainly do worse than Strome as a week one flow play.

Honorable Mentions: David Krejci, C – BOS (27%) & Logan Couture, C – SJS (28%)

Participates in 0-20% of leagues: Marcus Johansson, LW/RW – WSH (4% of rosters)

Johansson is the other power forward currently on this top power play for the Capitals not named Alex Ovechkin or Evgeny Kuznetsov, so he should garner a long look from anyone looking to avoid their top-heavy lineup. nights this week. Johansson’s ice time has been slowly but steadily climbing on the season and has topped 16 minutes in each of the last six games. In deeper leagues, Johansson is a ticket to bet on for some off-night and specific power-play spots.

Honorable Mentions: Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW – LAK (15%) & Conor Sheary, LW/RW – WSH (7%)


Appears in 26-50% of leagues: Dmitry Orlov – WSH (44% of rosters)

That recommendation comes with a hefty caveat: Orlov is currently listed as day-to-day and missed practice Sunday after leaving Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. So you’ll need to have a clear update on Orlov’s status before pulling the trigger here. But if healthy, Orlov represents a top-pairing defenseman who can be counted on to fill the shooting, hitting and blocking categories with some regularity. That’s not to say Orlov can’t get any offense going, but he’s currently mired in a four-game pointless streak, so you can’t say he’s tired of his imagination. However, if you need a defenseman with those key nights, you can’t do much better than Orlov this week.

Honorable Mentions: Jaccob Slavin – CAR (44%) & Vince Dunn – SEA (36%)

Participation in 0-25% of leagues: Calen Addison – MIN (22% of roster)

Back to talk more about Calen Addison, who has been falling left, right and center after recording just one point in his last seven games. Addison is a power-play specialist in the mold of a John Klingberg or Torey Krug, and the reality of those types of defensemen is that they don’t score points every game. The difference between them and other defensemen is that these players don’t make up for their pointless streaks throughout the season with their shots or hits or block totals, and so it becomes harder to pin them down when those inevitably come. pointless games. I’m holding Addison until he falls from the top power play unit in Minnesota, and in a week where the Wild play four games and three of them on off-nights, I add Addison if he’s available.

Honorable Mentions: Nick Jensen – WSH (23%) & Matt Roy – LAK (15%)


Participates in 26-50% of leagues: Erik Källgren – TOR (30% roster)

For the second year in a row, Källgren has been thrust into Toronto’s starting lineup due to injuries ahead of him. In his first two tries, Källgren stood his ground, stopping 36 of 37 shots as the Leafs seemingly got their season back on track with back-to-back wins against the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. With Ilya Samsonov’s timetable still unknown and Matt Murray nowhere near a return, Källgren could be in line for a bunch of starts on a suddenly revamped Toronto team. If you’re desperate for goaltending help, you could certainly do worse than Erik Källgren this week.

Honorable Mentions: Stuart Skinner – EDM (44%) & Jake Allen – MTL (36%)

Participates in 0-25% of leagues: Martin Jones – SEA (19% roster)

Can’t say I saw this coming, but Martin Jones has been on a tear in recent years, allowing just three goals in his last three games. Those games were against quality opponents as well, as Jones faced Pittsburgh twice and Minnesota once in that span. It’s hard to imagine the same Martin Jones who has posted a save percentage of .900 or worse in each of the last four games suddenly regaining his form at age 32, but I’m always willing to ride a hot goaltender and Jones is one definition of the book now immediately. Seattle as a team has been more effective at limiting opportunities this year, so there’s a real chance the improved team framework and confidence boost from a hot streak could turn Jones into a worthwhile pickup and stick around for weeks to come.

Honorable Mentions: Karel Vejmelka – ARI (13%) & Scott Wedgewood – DAL (19%)

Nate Groot Nibbelink is its creator Apples & Ginos Fantasy Hockey and the creator of the #ZeroG strategy plan. You can find him betting on obscure fantasy hockey strategy topics at Apples & Ginos Discord Server or on Twitter @applesginos.

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