In the era of technology, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of people who don’t use or understand modern gadgets. The waiver watch is an ingenious way for those individuals to be able to enjoy sporting events and other entertainment without feeling left out. It also lets them stay connected with friends and family via social media!
The “waiver stashes” is a watch that alerts the user when they have been accepted into a tournament and it’s time to submit their waiver.
Every week, we’ll scour the waiver wire for under-the-radar players that may aid your team, whether you play dynasty or redraft, and we’ll also throw in some DFS advice. Finally, we’ll take a look at some past go-to fantasy assets that may be overpriced – either in the short or long term – for various reasons.
RW Mats Zuccarello of the Minnesota Wild (47.4%): Zuccarello, one of my annual favorites among discounted fantasy assets, is off to a good – and unsurprisingly undervalued – start. The small skater leads the Wild with six points, including a pair with the extra skater, while skating on a top line and power play alongside Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek. He should be mentioned in a considerably higher proportion of ESPN.com fantasy leagues, as is customary.
Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings, LW/RW (19.9%): In Sunday’s game against Chicago, the adolescent forward got his first hat trick in what looks to be a long and successful NHL career, skating on a top line alongside Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. (The last skater 19 or younger to accomplish it for Detroit was Steve Yzerman in 1985, according to the Detroit Free Press.) For the 2020 fourth-overall draft selection, this is only the beginning. After two pro seasons in Sweden, Raymond is used to playing against adults and should be rostered in all but the most thin fantasy leagues. Keep in mind that while Bertuzzi is still uninfected and allowed to travel and play, he is at his most dangerous.
Anaheim Ducks C/RW Rickard Rakell (16.3 percent): So far, the Ducks’ new forward line of Rakell, youngster Trevor Zegras, and veteran Adam Henrique has impressed me. That trio seems to have some oomph after putting in a lot of on-ice time. Rakell’s four goals on 24 shots in six games is also something I like. The 28-year-old is no stranger to scoring, having had two seasons with at least 30 goals. I believe we are due for a third.
Edmonton Oilers’ RW Zack Kassian (11.7 percent): The Oilers’ scorching offense isn’t only led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (although to be fair, those two are scoring a lot). This Edmonton team is still unbeaten thanks to the efforts of others on the squad, notably the third-line winger. While Kassian’s three goals and two assists in four games is out of character, his physical style is not. The tough winger is already making his presence known with 23 hits and 18 penalty minutes. In fantasy leagues that reward rugged play, he’s a must-start.
Jonathan Dahlen (5.3 percent), C, San Jose Sharks: Dahlen is settling in well with the Sharks in his debut NHL season, despite having had a rocky start to his pro career in North America and two far more successful seasons in Sweden. Alongside three goals and one assist in five games, the 23-year-old is playing on a top line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier, as well as on the power play. Ulf Dahlen’s child, the team captain in Sweden, has developed and blossomed into a big scoring threat in the years after his 2016 draft pick by the Ottawa Senators, mostly through hard work. In deeper ESPN.com leagues, he’s simple to root for and roster.
C Evan Rodrigues of the Pittsburgh Penguins (2.9%): Rodrigues has a pair of goals and an assist on 12 shots in four games before Jeff Carter was injured (COVID-19). The reserve center then scored a goal and added an assist on five shots in Saturday’s thrashing of the Maple Leafs as a top-line substitution. While Rodrigues’ fantasy worth will decline once the team’s other centers – Carter, Sidney Crosby, and, ultimately, Evgeni Malkin – heal, we still have a few games left. The 28-year-old is a fantastic temporary asset this week, competing against the Lightning, Flames, and Devils with Jake Guentzel and a fast Kasperi Kapanen.
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Also consider Viktor Arvidsson, RW/LW, Los Angeles Kings (18.5%), Jonathan Drouin, LW, Montreal Canadiens (16.8%), and Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators (16.8%). (11.6 percent )
Carolina Hurricanes’ Tony DeAngelo (48.0 percent): So far, the former Ranger has four assists, all of which have been with the extra skater. DeAngelo should be rostered in any league that favors backend output. He anchors one of the NHL’s most devastating (third-best) special teams units. Particularly in situations when power-play points are important.
Winnipeg Jets’ Nate Schmidt (10.2 percent): Schmidt, not Josh Morrissey or Neal Pionk, leads the Jets’ blue line in power-play points with three. Morrissey’s top-pair partner has three more assistance at even strength. In most standard fantasy leagues, the nine-year veteran is worth considering unless your blue line is loaded. Schmidt averaged half a point a game in three years in Vegas before stumbling a little in Vancouver last season. In Winnipeg, his function seems to be as promising.
Vegas Golden Knights’ Brayden McNabb (6.6 percent): While he won’t put up the most eye-popping stats, the Vegas defender has a fantasy job to play in teams that value more than simply scoring. McNabb is averaging 1.9 fantasy points per game in ESPN’s standard league, which is better than Alec Martinez, Shea Theodore, and Alex Pietrangelo combined. He’s also readily accessible, unlike his three blue-line coworkers.
Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals (27.7%); Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils (8.2%); Radko Gudas of the Florida Panthers (8.2%). (8.7 percent )
Edmonton Oilers’ Mikko Koskinen (25.3 percent): With Mike Smith on injured reserve, the Oilers’ other goaltender looked good in recent back-to-back outings. When Smith went down with a lower-body injury last week, he looked just as good as previous week’s mid-game replacement. In three appearances, Koskinen has conceded a total of five goals while winning all three. From now until Smith recovers and reclaims the starting job, take advantage of his assured play – and Edmonton’s relentlessness in getting the puck in the opposition’s goal. At this time, coach Dave Tippett sees no need to hurry the veteran back.
Braden Holtby of the Dallas Stars is also worth mentioning (42.1 percent )
Expectations were lowered
Sean Monahan (61.5 percent), Calgary Flames: Not exactly a promising start to what was meant to be a long-awaited redemption effort. Monahan has already been relegated to the Flames’ fourth line after having his least productive season since joining the team as a rookie. (He’s still on the power play for Calgary.) Monahan has yet to score or assist while playing less than 15 minutes each game. Place the former 80-point scorer on the bench till things improve. Alternatively, if there are better possibilities, just dismiss him.
The “sneaky starts” is a waiver watch that will alert you when someone starts a new waiver. It will also send you notifications when the waivers are ready to be signed up for.
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