Bolster Your Lineup With Some of These Waiver Wire Gems
In the first few games of the season, everyone loves to see who will be making an impact for their fantasy team. People also love to see guys that do well for a few games and then pick up players in free agency. Fantasy owners usually do this week in and week out. If they do this often, that means their team isn’t usually very good.
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings: The Los Angeles Kings has played in two contests so far this season. Brown is only owned in 13% of Fantrax Leagues. Dustin Brown scored a goal and an assist. His plus/minus is 3. Brown has 8.15 fantasy points so far this season. Brown was one of the players I didn’t think would be good, but he is off to a good start so far and maybe he will return to his old form.
Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues: Jaskin is owned in only 12% of Fantrax Leagues. Jaskin has also recorded an assist in three games. His plus/minus is also 3. Jaskin has 7.35 fantasy points so far this season. Jaskin is a valuable role to own. If you need a player that won’t hurt your team much, this is the player to pick up.
Richard Panik, Chicago Blackhawks: Panik is off to a fast start for the Chicago Blackhawks and he will continue to be a good fantasy player to own for the rest of the season. Panik is only owned in 57% of Frantrax Leagues. Panik has scored two goals and recorded an assist in three games this season. His plus/minus is 6. Panik has 11.3 fantasy point so far this season. Panik will also benefit because he has players like Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane around him.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning: Namestnikov is on fire to start the season and the Lightning don’t have much depth down the middle of the ice and Namestnikov is a player you won’t regret picking up. He has scored two goals and recorded an assist so far this season. The thing is he owned in only 40% of Fantrax Leagues. Namestnikov has recorded 17.4 fantasy points so far this season.
Jordan Weal, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers are deep at the center position, but Weal is usually on the third line and he will provide offense for that line. Weal has scored a goal and recorded an assist in three games so far this season. He is owned in 40% of Fantrax Leagues. Weal has 10.45 fantasy points so far this season. Weal is a player that will put up decent numbers and he will probably get promoted to second line centerman if Nolan Patrick or Glaude Giroux get hurt.
Casey Cizikas, New York Islanders: Cizikas wasn’t known for his offense last season. In two games so far this season, Cizikas has scored two goals and recorded an assist. He has 18 fantasy points so far this season and Cizikas is only owned in 10% of Fantrax Leagues. If Cizikas continues to put the puck in the net, he will be a reliable source of production.
Will Butcher, New Jersey Devils: Butcher was signed as a college free agent before the season began. New Jersey needed a puck moving defenseman and Butcher recorded three assists in his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche. Butcher is only owned in 40% of Fantrax Leagues and he is going to be picked up in a hurry as the season moves on. Butcher may not being scoring a lot of goals, but he will definitely be racking up the assists. He has 9 fantasy points so far this season.
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks: Edler is only owned in 21% of Fantrax Leagues. He has recorded an assist in one game and his plus/minus is also 1. Edler only has 2.75 fantasy points this season, but it is tough to find defenseman. Edler could be a defenseman who racks up the assists and scores a couple of goals this season. Vancouver doesn’t have much on defense and this player could be a spot light.
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins: Olli Maatta always had the potential to be a defenseman that could score and he hasn’t really shown it the past few seasons. In the first three games of the season, Maatta has scored two goals and recorded an assist. The only negative about Maatta is that his plus/minus is -1. Otherwise, this might be the season that Maatta finally breaks out. Maatta is owned in 36% of Fantrax Leagues. Maatta has 10.25 fantasy points so far this season.
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov struggled last season. He always has had the talent to be a number one goalie. In the one game he played against the New York Rangers, Varlamov won the game and his save percentage was .949 and his GAA was 2.00. He is owned in 59% of Fantrax Leagues. The Avalanche had a bad year last year and Varlamov hopes to solve their goaltending woes. Varlamov has 23.2 fantasy points so far this season. Calvin Pickard was a threat to him last year in net and I don’t think Jonathan Bernier will be as much.
Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators: Saros lost the other night when playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he really wasn’t that bad at all. He did stop 30 shots, but his GAA is 4.00 and his save percentage is .882. He is owned in 59% of Fantrax Leagues and this one game shouldn’t make fantasy owners fret about him. Saros will be playing in more games this season because Pekka Rinne is older and Predators need to see if Saros is the goalie of the future or not in Nashville. Saros has -8 fantasy points this season, but his numbers will go up when he plays more.
Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers: Neuvirth is owned in 45% of Fantrax Leagues. He has -1 fantasy points so far this season, but he will obviously do better when he sees the net again. Neuvirth lost in his only appearance so far this season, but he has a .926 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA. Neuvirth will probably play in 25-30 games this season. I just don’t see Brian Elliott carrying the load for the Flyers.