23 Oct Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire
By: Connor Morgan @connormorgan7
With three weeks of NHL fantasy hockey under our belt, it’s time to start making decisions on players we can do without and waiver wire additions that could potentially lead you to a championship.
I’m currently in a 16 team league based specifically on offence. So what I’ve done is gone through almost every team in my league and selected a player from certain teams I think would make for a rewarding addition to your squad…if available. I will however base these additions with standard formats in mind.
Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals (LW) – Owned in just over 13% of ESPN leagues, the young Swede has plenty of potential; especially playing with the likes of TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom. He won’t rack up penalty minutes or power play time, but is a serviceable forward with scoring upside and has never been in the negatives of +/-. He needs to continue to take shots on goal in order to surpass his 12 goals, 35 points from last year, but 20 goals isn’t out of the question.
Jakub Vrana, Washington Capitals (C, RW) – Another Capital, this one owned in only 9% of ESPN leagues, this young forward is playing on the top line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovechkin, what more can you ask for! Being in such a high powered offence is guaranteed to have it’s rewards. He won’t help in every category due to his unfamiliarity with the penalty box but he already has taken 22 shots on goal this year so as long as he stays on the top line the production will be there and he could be a waiver wire steal with multi positional eligibility.
Nick Schmaltz, Chicago Blackhawks (C) – Schmaltz is owned in 21% of ESPN leagues and as long as he centres a line with Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman he is valuable enough to be a must start in all formats, scoop up the 21 year old while he’s still available.
Nate Schmidt, Las Vegas Golden Knights (D) – Last year with the Washington Capitals, Schmidt came into his own when the Caps defensive core was riddled with injuries. Picked as an expansion player by the Golden Knights he now has the opportunity to be a top pairing defence man and the stats should transition. He’s owned in just 11% of ESPN leagues and takes plenty of shots which means plenty of opportunity for offensive production.
Anders Bjork, Boston Bruins (LW, RW) – Another young talented forward seeing top line minutes, this is another guy to jump all over as long as he’s playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. With two power play goals already he is bubbling with potential and can be slotted in at two premium positions.
I’ll end this with one more player who I wanted to get extremely badly in my draft and didn’t expect him to go nearly as high as he did….
Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins (D) – This kid is going to be an absolute stud. He is owned in 79% of ESPN leagues already so there’s a strong possibility he won’t be available to you but if he is, DO NOT hesitate. McAvoy may not be a +/- monster because he is playing against the top lines but the offence he provides makes that a non factor. This is my bet to win the Calder Trophy this season.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading and happy fantasy playing!