Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Deep Leagues

Tom Collins


Today is the NHL trade deadline, but many fantasy leagues have already seen their deadlines come and go.

If you want to improve your squad at this stage of the fantasy season, all you’re stuck with is the waiver wire. Of course, the deeper your league, the tougher it is to find productive players. Which makes sense. If the players were productive, they would already be on a roster.

Below are 10 players who are owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo leagues. Before we get to that list, I wanted to include players that were available in leagues that may not be as deep. So here are a quick 10 players, in alphabetical order, that are available in 10 to 40% of Yahoo leagues as of Sunday night that would be worth a pickup:

Jake Allen, 25% owned: Back-to-back starts, and hasn’t had the benefit to play under new head coach Marty St. Louis. He’s easily the top Montreal netminder until Carey Price is back.

Matt Boldy, 26% owned: He has 24 points in 29 games as a rookie.

Lawson Crouse, 25% owned: Six goals, four assists, 15 shots and 24 hits in his last eight games.

Nico Hischier, 30% owned: He has 18 points in his last 14 games.

Anthony Mantha, 37% owned: He has five points, 26 shots and 12 hits in his last seven games.

Rasmus Ristolainen, 36% owned: In his last seven games, he has three points, 10 PM, 27 hits and 24 blocked shots.

Dylan Strome, 25% owned: On top line with Patrick Kane, has eight goals, six assists, 25 shots and 73 faceoff wins in his last nine games.

Tim Stuetzle, 38% owned: One of the top players in March with 10 points in his last nine games, including six on the power play.

Robert Thomas, 28% owned: Once again healthy and back in the lineup, and almost a point-per-game player this season.

Kailer Yamamoto, 10% owned: Seven points in his last five games while playing with Connor McDavid at even-strength and getting some power-play time.

Now on to the list of players owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo leagues.

10. Nicolas Meloche, 0% owned

Meloche is the first of two players on this list who is available in 100% of Yahoo leagues. However, Meloche is only productive for hits. Meloche has 92 hits in 32 games, but he’s now a regular in the Sharks’ lineup, not missing a game since February. He has 32 hits in nine games in March, along with three points and 14 blocked shots. If your league doesn’t include hits, then keep Meloche on the waiver wire.