There are about three weeks left before most fantasy leagues see their trade deadline window hit; it’s your last chance to solidify the lineup heading into the playoffs where anything can happen. If you’re battling for a playoff spot – weekly moves are going to be a must so that you can pick up every last point necessary. This week I wanted to take a look at the teams and players who will be able to help you most so that those fringe bubble teams can throw one last ditch effort at making the playoffs.
Fortunately, the range of games that teams will play from 2/4/19 – 3/4/19 is only a low of 12 and high of 15 GP. That being said there are two Eastern teams, the Devils and the Panthers who play 15 games over the next 4 weeks. Meanwhile the Wings only play 12 times and the Bruins, Hurricanes, Canadiens, and Penguins only place 13 times. OK so not the most important information but when we’re looking at third wheels on the top line, or second line players, those extra SOG or Assists per game are going to make the difference between 7th place and 8th place in at least one league. Go get them.
Here is my list of the most important stream/waiver player who should be available in your league and the reason why you should take the gamble. If you are low on moves, try to avoid players that could be traded like Gustav Nyquist, for example.
Detroit Red Wings – For shots on goal help I would look to Anthony Mantha, he’s consistently providing two to three shots per game. There isn’t much else on this roster I would be interested in. As with the opening comments, players from the Wings are not going to maximize your games played unless they fit perfectly in your roster dead space.
Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk, call me pathetic but he’s still seeing first unit power play time and is on the second line. More is expected of him but, unfortunately, he has been ice cold recently. It would be nice if he could chip in an assist too. I’d still take a swing with this upside if things were desperate.
Carolina Hurricanes – Justin Williams is probably still available in your league, he’s shooting the puck a lot recently and will certainly pad the stats in that area if he fits into your lineup well.
Montreal Canadiens – Jesperi Kotkaniemi has four goals in his last eight game – if you’re in need of a center that fits your schedule well, he’s worth a look. Paul Byron is another stream-worthy candidate that I would have listed first but you’ll need to monitor him for a lingering arm injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins – a cop out answerm but you have to take the dive on Nick Bjugstad<