Capped: Waiver Options For Fantasy Playoffs Including Haula, Jeannot, and Nelson

Jamie Molloy


Now that the NHL trade deadline is over along with your fantasy league's trade deadline, us fantasy owners are now divided for what we are looking towards as the season is soon coming to a finish. Some of our teams are excited for our league's draft, while the others are looking at coming home with their league's hardware. Possibly some extra cash and the thing that us armchair GM's value more than anything else: BRAGGING RIGHTS!! This week's installment of 'Capped' is going to be more directed towards those that are in the hunt for the championship, as most leagues have either begun their playoffs this week or will be starting them next week (most of my league's start next week, but there are a couple that have wild-card rounds so they have started earlier).

The playoffs are an absolute marathon, there are lots of things to consider and a lot of tough decisions to be made once you're in the playoffs. Things like player pick-ups and making sure you're not wasting the pick-ups because some leagues may have a certain number of guys that you can pick-up each matchup, how many times the players play, what weeks have what teams playing more, etc.

In my opinion, the playoffs are won and lost through free agency and making the right pick-up. I've seen plenty of teams lose because they chose the wrong guy to acquire.

* Not done in a particular order, the positions come from the official NHL website and your leagues may have players listed differently, so make sure you pay attention as to what positions are listed on your platforms before making any transactions! *

#1) Brock Nelson – C – New York Islanders

Contract: $6M – 4 Years remaining
Roster Percentages: 79.2% ESPN, 44% Yahoo, 67% Fantrax

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Currently scoring at a rate of 0.86 points per game, Nelson is currently on track to have a career year having already shattered his career high in goals (26 goals in the 2015-16, and the 2019-20 seasons in 81 games and 68 games respectively). He has been bumped up to the first line in favor of Mathew Barzal and plays on a line with Anders Lee (another excellent pick-up down the stretch) and Anthony Beauvillier. Combined with being on their top powerplay unit, Nelson should be considered. Something to note is that he also has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in his last 10 games. The Islanders play 4 times this upcoming week, 3 times the next week, and then throughout the last two weeks of the season he plays 8 times. For playoffs, I enjoy having quantity, it means you have more chances at getting support from your players. Over the last 10 games, th