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Fantasy Hockey: Waiver Wire, Schedule, Top Picks

Fantasy Hockey: Waiver Wire, Schedule, Top Picks

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Teams to Stream and Top Picks - Week 4 (Nov. 7-13)

The NHL season is officially in its second month and the fantasy hockey season continues to roll. There have been some key injuries in the league as well as the usual early season hits and misses. As always, we’re back with the teams to stream and the best fantasy hockey picks for this week!

NHL picks for every game

The busiest nights in the NHL are usually Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You should be able to fill your lineup with your studs on these nights. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday are the typical “light nights” with only a handful of games, so getting extra games is crucial.

Week 5 follows a fairly typical schedule. There are double-digit games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with six or fewer games the rest of the week. This makes the light nights this week Monday (3), Wednesday (4), Friday (4) and Sunday (6).

If you are in a shallower or deeper league, or just have a question or comment, feel free to contact me at Twitter (@RGilbertSOP) or in the SGPN discord!

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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 5: Teams to pass on

Nearly a dozen teams play four times this week, but only two of them play more than two light nights. The Capitals play on the lighter four nights, with the Wild playing twice on those nights. The Bruins and Canucks each play four games total and two on light nights this week.

Washington Capitals

  • Monday against EDM
  • Wednesday vs PIT
  • Friday against TBL
  • Sunday @ TBL

Minnesota Wild

  • Tuesday @ LAK
  • Wednesday @ ANA
  • Friday @MAR
  • Sunday against SJS

Boston Bruins

  • Monday against STL
  • Thursday vs CGY
  • Saturday @ BUF
  • Sunday against VAN

Vancouver Canucks

  • Tuesday @ OTT
  • Wednesday @ MTL
  • Saturday @TOR
  • Sunday @BOS

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 5: Top Picks Off Waivers

Washington Capitals

The Capitals have been hit a bit hard by the injury bug early in the season, so some lower-roster players are getting more opportunities. Washington is a very heavy team like Alex Ovechin (100%), John Carlson (98%), i Yevgeny Kuznetsov (85%) are the only three players enrolled in more than half of Yahoo! leagues

There’s really only one skater worth adding to most leagues.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward

Dylan Strome (C, RW – 25% of list)

Strome should be available in most leagues and is worth picking up this week. The Capitals’ second-line center has seen a drop in linemates with multiple backs in the top six injured, but he still plays on the top power-play unit with Ovi & Co.

Strome had 48 points (22 G, 26 A) in 69 games for the Blackhawks last season and is off to a solid start with nine points (2 G, 7 A) in 13 games this year. He had one goal and two assists in four games last week.

Connor Sheary (LW, RW – 7% enrolled)

Sheary is benefiting from these injuries TJ Oshie i Tom Wilson in front. He plays on the first line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. While he’s gone a bit cold with just two assists in his last six games, the veteran winger had 43 points (19 G, 24 A) in 71 games last season, so he could pick up a few points in four matches this week.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Defenseman

Nick Jensen (D – 22% enrolled)

The Capitals are dealing with injuries to John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov (day to day from Sunday), but no one has really stepped up in his absence. If anyone, it’s Jensen.

Jensen is averaging over 20 minutes a night this season and is racking up points (1 G, 6 A), shots on goal (19) and blocks (22). While those aren’t numbers that will necessarily influence a matchup, he’s playing a lot and it all helps, especially from a guy playing the lighter four nights this week.


Minnesota Wild

The Wild have five players listed in most leagues, one just below that on IR, and a few depth guys who haven’t done much…yet.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward

Joel Eriksson I (C – 55% of list)

Eriksson Ek is registered in more than half of the leagues, but it’s still not enough.

The second line center jumps into the top power play unit with the Wild’s weapons. He has three assists in his last three games, giving him nine points in 11 games this season.

The Wild play four times this week against comfortable opponents. Eriksson Ek should continue to add points.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Defenseman

Addison is needed (D – 21% registered)

After Jared Spurgeon (65% signed), there really aren’t many fantasy-worthy defenders on the Wild. Even Spurgeon has been a little disappointing this season. Anyway, keep an eye on Addison as a guy who could start putting up some points.

The 22-year-old defenseman has seven assists in 10 games so far this season and is earning time on the top power play unit. Add Addison if you need some depth in defense.


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Boston Bruins

The Bruins are off to a fantastic 10-2-0 start so far this season, and there are plenty of fantasy-relevant players.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward

Jake DeBrusk (LW, RW – 54% enrolled)

I’m cheating a little here again with DeBrusk a little over the 50% mark on the roster, but it has to be more. He has established himself as a top-line winger in Boston, seeing virtually all of his 5v5 minutes with Patrice Bergeron so far this season.

DeBrusk has earned that spot with nine points in 11 games so far this season. He’s also shooting just 9.1%, which is below his career average of 12.3%. He also has many shots on goal with 44 in 11 games.

Add DeBrusk before someone else does.

Charlie Coyle (C – 4% registered)

You shouldn’t be playing a hot coil, but you should be playing a hot Coyle.

Charlie Coyle is on fire for the Bruins with a four-game hitting streak before a 2-1 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. He’s not playing in the top six, but he’s seeing more time on the power play. However, the Bruins’ depth is making matchups easier for Coyle and he’s taking advantage of it.

Coyle could end up being the second line center if David Krejci stagger This would give him linemates like Taylor Hall i To David Pastor. This figure of 4% seems too low.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Defenseman

Connor Clifton (D – 29% enrolled) i Matt Grzelcyk (D – 12% enrolled)

Player’s choice, here.

Clifton plays the top pairing in 5-on-5, but its only special teams minutes come on the penalty kill. He has played in all 12 games this season and is averaging over 21 minutes a night.

Grzelcyk has a higher ceiling as he sees time on the second power play unit, but also plays the second pairing at 5-on-5. He has four points, 16 shots and 14 blocks in eight games this season.


Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have a player that absolutely needs to be picked up.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward

Andrei Kuzmenko (LW – 33% enrolled)

Kuzmenko went somewhat under the radar as Russia’s offseason signing.

The 26-year-old rookie has played 315 games over eight seasons in the KHL, recording 200 points (85 G, 115 A). Last season, Kuzmenko had career highs in goals (20), assists (33) and points (53) while playing just 54 games. He also had 14 points in 16 playoff games.

Kuzmenko is playing on the second line for Vancouver with Elias Petterssonand the higher energy game drive with Good Horvat, JT Milleri Quinn Hughes. He has 11 points (7 G, 4 A) in 12 games this season with six goals and three assists in his last four games.

It’s not Calder Trophy eligible, but it can still help you win in fantasy hockey.


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