Top 10 Roto-League Claims

Tom Collins



No matter how well you draft or how great you trade, the waiver wire is an essential tool for winning your one-year leagues.

Many fantasy general managers simply gloss over the names on the wire, thinking there’s not much help out there. However, the smart general manager knows that are plenty of valuable finds if you’re willing to spend a few minutes scouring your league’s free agents.

Below are 10 players who are attractive pickups in Yahoo/Fantrax/ESPN leagues. All these players are owned in less than 40 percent of leagues, which means the majority of fantasy hockey leagues are missing the boat on some of these smart claims. 

Next to the name of the player is the percentage of leagues the player was owned on Yahoo as of Sunday evening.


10. Zach Aston-Reese: 19 percent

There’s a lot he brings to the table if your league has peripherals. Since Dec. 1 (and not including last night’s game), his 70 hits are second in the league and his 19 blocked shots are tied for third among forwards. He also has 35 shots in those 17 games. While his ice time is low, he has seen a smattering of time with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That may not be enough to keep him long-term, but with a four-game point streak before Sunday’s game, he could be worth a streaming option.


9. Paul Stastny, 33 percent

Don’t overlook Stastny in one-year leagues. His overall numbers don’t look impressive, but you have to remember he missed a bunch of games due to injury. Since returning to the lineup, he has 10 points in 13 games. He doesn’t have any power-play points but is getting some power-play time, so it’s just a matter of time before he breaks through in that category.


8. Jared Spurgeon, 36 percent

Much of the time, when you’re looking at the waiver wire mid-season, you’re simply looking for players getting the opportunity to produce. That’s Spurgeon. Ian has been mentioning Spurgeon in recent ramblings, including Sunday’s, but basically, Spurgeon has been benefitting from Matt Dumba’s mid-December injury. His ice time is up and he now has five points in his last two games. I’d like to see him get more power-play time before being completely sold, but for now, he’s worth a pick up to see if he can continue to turn the extra ice time into points.


7. Nick Leddy, 28 percent

This was shaping up to be a season to forget for Leddy, who had seven points in his first 30 games. However, he’s been excellent lately with seven points in his last 10 games. I’m not too enthused by his lack of shooting (he didn’t take a shot in four of those 10 games), but I do like the fact he is still on the top power-play unit and is still routinely hitting 20 minutes per game.