Lining Up: Wahly’s World, Eller’s Exuberence, plus Blackwell, Vatrano and more

Erich Lichter


Welcome to another week of 'Lining Up'.  Over the past few days, we've been reminded that the Lightning are your worst nightmare, that the Ducks really love giving up three goal leads, and most importantly, that if you anger Jordan Binnington he will give you the 'come at me bro' routine, and toss fake punches at you.

Let's quickly talk about what we are doing here.  The forwards below have lower rostered rates (40 percent or less in Yahoo leagues) and therefore are hopefully available on your waiver wire.  We hope to highlight situations where these players are skating on lines with quality teammates and/or on power play units. 

Before we highlight this week's opportunities, just a quick reminder about a few players that we discussed recently who are still producing and who you may still be able to scoop up: Mats Zuccarello (46 percent), Pavel Zacha (32 percent), Drake Batherson (37 percent), Tim Stuetzle (27 percent), Clayton Keller (36 percent), Joel Eriksson Ek (32 percent).  All of them are good options if available in your league. 

This week has seen a fairly big shift in the waiver wire as owners start to get even more serious about the fantasy season.  There has been a separation of sorts with many of the top assets on the wire being added to more and more teams.  At the same time, some of the players making a lot of noise early on have gone cold, as will happen.  So, what we are noticing now are a lot of options emerging from the very low rostered realms of the fantasy depths.  This is a good thing, because it means that younger players are emerging and that some of the veterans that haven't always been exciting are turning it on.  So, with that in mind, let's dig into this w