Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Tom Collins

2022-01-10

Covid has clearly done a number on many fantasy leagues.

While some fantasy commissioners have decided to pause their leagues during these few weeks, they are in the minority. Most leagues are going ahead as normal, but that means there are plenty of open spaces on rosters as there were about 75 players on the Covid protocols list as of Sunday night.

You may be struggling to find players to fill out your roster. One thing that has worked for me in the past is to sort the waiver wire by players who are most rostered. In one league, I picked up Blake Wheeler (right before his hot streak and injury), Nick Suzuki and Pavel Buchnevich using that method.

If that’s not an option, you can sort the waiver wire by the past seven days or the past 30 days to find out who is playing well, but it would be difficult to get an accurate representation since there have been so many postponements and man-games lost due to Covid.

Below are 10 players who might be worth grabbing off the waiver wire and are available in at least 60 per cent of Yahoo leagues. But first, 10 honourable mentions.

Erik Johnson (rostered in 41 per cent of Yahoo league): Contributing in almost every category: Five goals, 15 points, plus-17, 10 PIM, 60 shots, 66 hits, 49 blocked shots

Robert Thomas (41 per cent rostered): Has 10 points in his last nine games and is averaging more than 19 minutes per night.

Jonathan Toews (34 per cent rostered): Great for faceoffs and has seven points in his last 10 games but isn’t contributing elsewhere.

Boone Jenner (32 per cent rostered): Is on the top line and top power-play unit in Columbus. Shots and faceoff wins per game are up, hits down tremendously.

Adam Larsson (17 per cent rostered): Still a beast for hits and PIM, but both are down from a year ago.

Nicolas Deslauriers (nine per cent rostered): A great pickup if you need hits, but doesn’t help anywhere else.

Kyle Okposo (eight per cent rostered): On the Covid-19 list, so I can’t fully recommend him at the moment. He is having a re