Eastern Edge: Deep and Shallow League Options for Playoffs

Cam Metz



First of congrats to those who have made the playoffs and are now in the middle of their week one matchup.  It’s hard to concentrate on all the other players in the league when you’re rooting so hard for the guys on your team right now.   If you’ve followed my advice on how to lineup your team to take care of the open spots in your roster; well done now comes the fun part – monitoring your matchup nightly to make moves at 3 AM to beat the other managers in your league for first waiver grabs.  For those in category leagues I’ve pinned down a player in deep (14 team) and shallow (8-10 team) leagues by category.  If you’re looking for one last move of focused desperation – look no further.  For once I am going to slightly stray from only the East – I’ve heard from enough people to make an exception since it is such an important time of the year. I hope these guys can bring home a week one win for you.


If you’re hanging on to SJS and PHI this week – make sure you recalibrate after Tuesday night’s games to make sure you’re not leaving yourself short by a lack of man games.




DeepDustin Brown – Brown has four goals in his last five games.  His multi-cat upside won’t leave you just chasing goals.  LA plays four times this week and once on Sunday giving you last one chance to close the category.

ShallowJake DeBrusk – Since David Pastrnak has gone down DeBrusk has scored in seven of the last nine games.  Don’t sleep on his four game scheduling – if you’re looking for an immediate lift come this weekend this is where I’d be stacking my chips.




DeepAnthony Mantha’s promotion since Nyquist departed for SJ has been great for the big guy.  If you read the midseason guide you would have seen that Dobber himself was quite high on the second half production of Mantha.  In the last two weeks Mantha six assists in his last six games.  Mantha plays on Sunday this week so expect him to be picked up. 

Shallow – At a deep position like center, there are a lot of options, Eric Staal has been hot as of late with six assists in his last eight games. Staal’s resurgence could be the result of the season ending injury to Mikko Koivu.




DeepJason Spezza has put together three power play points in the last seven days.  With limited options