Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups (2018)

Tom Collins


Even though we’re still early in the season, it’s never a bad time to scour the waiver wire to see if there are better options out there.

Of course, we’re dealing with small sample sizes, so you shouldn’t panic on underperforming superstars. However, it’s okay to look at dropping mid- to lower-tier players if there are better options out there.

For instance, Ty Rattie has done nothing playing with Connor McDavid and isn’t on the top power-play unit. Rattie owners need to seriously consider if he’s worth a roster spot.

Below are 10 players who are worth scooping up in Yahoo leagues. I looked for players that were owned in less than 35% of leagues.


10. Maxime Lajoie, 25% owned

Ottawa is one of those teams that many fantasy general managers steered clear of but forgot an important fantasy hockey rule: Even the most awful team is still going to have some players that will score, contribute on the power play, shoot and hit. Only three Sens are owned in more than 30% of leagues (Thomas Chabot at 61%, Mark Stone at 60% and Matt Duchene at 41%). However, guys like Chris Tierney, Zack Smith and Dylan DeMelo have been putting up surprisingly good numbers. Maxime Lajoie is one of the top Senators with three goals, three assists, four power-play points and 16 shots. He’s averaging more than 20 minutes a game and has been excellent in league with blocked shots as well.


9. Zach Parise, 16% owned

Parise is one of those guys who falls down the radar because of his age, his declining point totals and injury history (he’s missed at least eight games every year since the 2012-13 lockout). Actually, those are pretty good reasons. However, he can still produce in short batches and needs to be on a roster when he goes on one of those runs. He had 17 points in his final 21 games last year, and has five points in four games to start this season. He has five points in four games, averaging 18:25 per night and plays about half the of Minnesota’s power play minutes.


8. Scott Darling, 9% owned

Many had Darling pegged for a bounce-back season, but the Hurricanes netminder tweaked a hamstring in the preseason and hasn’t been played a minute of regular season action this year. Curtis McElhinney has been okay in the meantime with three wins in three games, but his .900 SV % and 2.64 GAA doesn’t mean there will be any type of goalie battle. Darling has accompanied the Canes on its current three-game road trip, suggesting he may be ready for action pretty soon.


7. Alexander Edler