Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups (Yahoo!)

Tom Collins


The 10 best players to snag from the Yahoo! waiver wire…


Taking advantage of your waiver wire, even this early in the season, can help you in your quest in a fantasy hockey championship.

This strategy helped me in the playoffs in one of my Yahoo leagues last year. We don’t have a limit on the number of players we can add. Once the playoffs rolled around, I was constantly cycling through players on my team. I made 35 moves over the last two weeks of the playoffs (which is crazy when you think we start 12 players and have just three bench spots). I never would have won without that strategy. You’re obviously not playing for a championship now. But you are setting the stage even this early in the season. Piling up wins in head-to-head leagues or accumulating a lead in roto or points-based leagues now will come in handy if your team starts to struggle. Picking up the hot hand for a week or two could be essential in the long run.

Just look at Richard Panik. He was owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo pools a week ago. Now that number is up to 55 percent. Besides the fact it’s a little amazing he’s still available in 45 percent of pools, anyone who picked him up in the past week saw him play three games and finish with two goals, one assist, plus-3, two PIM, 3 SOG and seven hits. That’s a big help in most pools.

Here are some other players who would be smart pickups that are owned in less than 40 per cent of Yahoo pools.


10. Brandon Sutter, 7 percent owned

I should obviously note at this stage that you have to remember we are dealing with small sample sizes for all these players. But that’s the nature of the beast when you’re hoping to get a week or two out of some of these players. In six games, Sutter has five points, a plus-two, 17 SOG and 54 faceoff wins. And even though he’s only got one power play point, he’s actually averaging 4:08 power play time per game as the Canucks are rolling with four forwards on their top power play unit.


9. Mikko Rantanen, 4 percent owned

You need to be a little patient with the Avalanche rookie. But it might be smart to pick him up now and stash him on the bench if you have the room. Rantanen played an AHL game last night and is supposed to play again Tuesday. He is then expected to make his season debut Friday against Winnipeg. There could be a spot on the top like with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog as Jarome Iginla is looking awful this season.


8. Victor Rask, 15 percent owned

Many fantasy general managers were counting on the kid line — Sebastian Aho, Elias Lindholm and Teuvo Teravainen — to be the top fantasy options in Carolina. But let’s not forget the line of Jeff SkinnerLee St