Top 10 playoff waiver wire additions 2018-19

Tom Collins

2019-03-18

This is it. Twelve months of prepping, drafting, trading and signing free agents have come down to the next couple of weeks for most leagues.

Maybe you’re fighting for a championship. Maybe you’re battling for the bronze. Maybe your league has rules where the bottom-feeders battle it out for the first overall pick. Whatever the reason, there are still plenty of fantasy general managers who should be scouring the waiver wire for extra help.

There are lots of reasons why you need to pick up a couple of new players. Do you really want to go into your final week forced to dress Jonathan Drouin, who has picked up points in only one of the past 16 games?

Below are 10 players that have been running hot in standard Yahoo pools or have favourable schedules for this week. Any part that mentions the ranking in the last 30 days is before Sunday’s games. These players are also somewhat under-the-radar. Obviously, if Matthew Tkachuk, Evander Kane and Aleksander Barkov are available in your pool, you choose those players first.

 

10. Michael Frolik

Picking up Frolik could be a huge gamble, but he might be the best bet in deep leagues where there may not be a lot of other options (he’s owned in three per cent of Yahoo leagues). In his last 15 games, Frolik has three goals and 11 points, which sounds great. Then you delve more into his numbers and realize that eight of those points came in three games. However, he’s playing with stud Matthew Tkachuk, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Frolik have a couple more big games.

 

9. Vladislav Namestnikov

A funny thing happened to Namestnikov this weekend in Yahoo pools. He was owned in only 14 per cent of leagues on Saturday, and on Sunday, that number had dropped to 11 per cent. That’s kind of surprising, considering he’s been the 40th-best fantasy player in the past 30 days (six goals, five assists, plus-five, one power-play point, 30 shots and 33 hits). He is cooling off somewhat (zero points in his last four games), but he does get the benefit of playing Detroit and Toronto this week (both are in the top five for most goals allowed in March).

 

8. Ryan Strome

Owned in just six per cent of Yahoo leagues, Strome has been a beast over the past 30 days. In that time, he has six goals, five assists, plus-six, two power-play points, 25 shots and six hits. Since Mats Zuccarello was traded to the Stars on Feb. 23, Strome has eight points in 12 games, and has seen his ice time jump to 18:36 a game (up from 14:45 in 41 games with the Rangers before that). One downside is the Rangers play Tuesday and then not again until Saturday, which starts five games in nine nights for the Ranger