For most of us the time is nigh, fantasy playoffs have arrived. Whether you’re dealing with a groin injury to Erik Karlsson or an ankle injury to Dustin Byfuglien, you may be in need of a waiver wire add or spot start for your playoff run. We must consider doing anything necessary to win our matchups this week in order to survive and make it to next week. If you’re in a one-year league or limited keeper then dropping Karlsson at this stage for an extra man game or two is quite possibly a no-brainer, as counterintuitive as it may feel. The question then becomes who to replace him with. I’m going to focus on a few defensemen from non-playoff teams that may have some stream value for you to consider adding this week. It’s time to maximize man-games, off-night starts, and target weaker opponents. Whatever it takes to make it to the next round.
Line combinations from our Frozen Tools.
New Jersey Devils (TUE/WED/FRI/SUN)
PP1 – Blake Coleman – Kyle Palmieri – John Quenneville – Travis Zajac – Damon Severson
Not exactly a star-studded power play, I know. The potential diamond in the rough this week is the 24-year-old Severson. Drafted 60th overall by the Devils in 2012, the offensive-minded D-man has quietly put up a career high in points (34) and has recently been on the receiving end of some great deployment. He has spent almost 80 percent of his even strength time-on-ice paired with veteran Andy Greene this season, which has allowed him to jump up in the play at the offensive end. In the month of March, Severson’s TOI is up to just under 23 minutes-per-game and he’s averaging almost three minutes of first unit power play time. During that span he has four points (2g, 2a) in five games, four hits, six blocks, nine shots, minus-1, and two penalty minutes. Combine all of this with the Devils off night schedule and the plumb West Coast matchups, where three of the teams the Devils face are currently out of the playoffs (EDM, VAN, COL), and you have yourself a fine looking replacement defenseman for the week. Severson is currently owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues, 28% of ESPN leagues, and 49% of Fantrax leagues so there’s a decent chance he’s available.
Anaheim Ducks (TUE, THU, FRI, SUN)
PP1: Adam Henrique – Rickard Rakell – Jakob Silfverberg – Troy Terry –