No matter how excellent we draft or how often we fleece our fellow general managers in trades, we often find ourselves scouring the waiver wire for help.
This year appears to be worse than usual, at least so far. Not only do we have to deal with injuries, but Covid protocols are also forcing many players out of lineups.
In one one-year Yahoo league, I already have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Max Domi, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Mike Smith on the IR. We’re less than three weeks into the season, and my team is already down five players who can fill the center position and a top goalie.
I know I’m not alone in this predicament. Below are 10 waiver-wire players who can help your fantasy team. These players were rostered in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues as of Sunday. Depending on your pool’s settings and how deep your league is, not all the players listed may be free agents, but they are available in the majority of leagues
10. Nicolas Deslauriers, 1 percent rostered
This pickup would only be if you’re desperate for hits, but Deslauriers is the best bet for you. The 30-year-old Ducks forward was tied for third in hits, totalling 25 in his first six games. He’s never going to help you in offensive categories, but he might also provide PIM if your league counts that. He only has five PIM on the season, but Deslauriers had five fights last season and 14 the year before. He only has one so far this year, but you have to expect more are coming.
9. Lucas Raymond, 12 percent
Even before Sunday night’s hat trick, Raymond should have been on your watch list. He’s on the top line in Detroit at both five-on-five and on the power play. In six games, the 19-year-old Raymond has four goals and seven points to go along with 16 shots and two power-play points. He leads all rookies in goals and points and is second in shots.
8. Cam Fowler, 12 percent
After scoring 40 points as a rookie in 2010-11, Fowler never again reached that mark. It took a while for fantasy hockey general managers to realize he’s not someone worth rostering. After all, not only does he fail to reach 40 points, but he doesn’t shoot, hit, block shots, get PIM or produce on the power play. However, he’s off to a hot start this season with four