Hello everyone! I wasn't sure if I was going to do another round of waiver-wire pickups for the back half of this final two-week fantasy period, but I figure if there are still some of you like myself who are still out there fighting for their playoff lives! I should stress that any moves you make in these final days are going to be extremely situational. If you are in a head-to-head categories league, you are no doubt hunting specific stats. Also if you aren't keeping players for future seasons, don't be afraid to cut them loose if the situation makes sense this week. With all that being said, let's take one last look at a few guys that might be able to move the needle for you in the last few days of the season!
There are a handful of teams that have four games to play between now and the end of next week, and while the Blackhawks play only three games, two of them are on off-nights where there is far less action. There are a couple other teams that follow this trend also, and those are the players I am looking to target this upcoming week. In this case, Strome is a decent option from Chicago.
Strome is only 25% rostered on Yahoo, and you would think with such low ownership that he would be terrible, but his numbers are fairly respectable for a waiver wire guy. In 66 games, Strome has 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points in total. In a full 82-game schedule, he is just shy of a 60-point pace. These numbers mirror his career-best season from back in 2018-19 when he was still playing in Arizona.
He only has four points in his last ten contests, but he gets good deployment and I don't mind Chicago's matchups heading into the final week. They host Philadelphia and Vegas Monday and Wednesday respectively, and then finish up the season on the road in Buffalo. While Vegas is fighting for their playoff lives, the other two matchups won't see a ton of elite defense being played, so I expect Strome to get a few points this week. Strome sees a decent amount of time on the power play too, so he may even net you some points on the man advantage. Outside of that, don't expect much in terms of peripherals, but if you are in a faceoff league, he is pretty capable on draws so that's a nice added bonus.
I am kicking myself for not throwing this guy on my list last week. I h