No matter how excellent or wretched your start to the fantasy season has been, it’s always a good idea to scour the waiver wire for potential help.
After all, you never know when a player might go cold, get benched or suffer an injury. And even the strongest fantasy teams will have some weak spots. It’s better that you have a potential list of replacement candidates ready to fill in any gaps instead of scrambling at the last minute.
Below are 10 potential waiver wire pickups early this season. Browsing through the waiver wire, you can find numerous players in a top-six situation that are still available, as well as plenty of defensemen who can help you win some of your peripheral categories.
For this list, we’re focusing on players available in at least 70% of Yahoo leagues as of Sunday evening. One of them is available in 99% of leagues! The deeper your fantasy league, the less likely these names are still available, but hopefully, even those of you in deep leagues might be able to find a player or two that could be helpful.
One thing to keep in mind is that you might need to act fast. When I started researching this column Friday evening, Max Domi was owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo leagues. By Sunday night, that had skyrocketed to him being rostered in 39%. Most fantasy general managers are smart, and they’ll jump on the hot hand.
10. Brandon Hagel, owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues
Last season, Hagel had a career-high 44 points in 77 games between Chicago and Tampa Bay. Now the 24-year-old looks poised to smash that number as he has three goals and six points in nine games with Tampa. All six of those points have come in the past four games. The reasoning behind the optimism? He gets to play at five-on-five with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. Hagel is on the second power-play unit, and doesn’t produce enough in other categories to be considered a must-have, but he can be a useful player if you’re looking for some potential quick-scoring offense.
9. Taylor Raddysh, owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues
Last week, I wrote about Raddysh’s surprising amount of power-play time. Even though he was pointless on the power-play in five games as of last Monday, the team didn’t appear to be worried about his lack of production with the man advantage. Since then, Raddysh has put up two power-play points in four games. On the season, he is playing in a top-six role and has six points in nine games to go