The waiver watch is a look at players who are on future waivers for potential options to trade. These trade targets could be the centerpiece of any fantasy baseball or dynasty league roster.
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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.
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Nashville Predators’ C/RW Matt Duchene (33.5%): Duchene, who has been moved to the right wing with center Mikael Granlund, is looking like his old prolific self heading into 2021-22. The Predators must be ecstatic after last year’s poor performance, especially given his yearly salary (relieved). He’s shooting, scoring, playing a lot of minutes most nights, and, perhaps most significantly, the 30-year-old seems to have found his mojo again. The former prolific scorer’s five goals and five assists on the season, with all but one of those points coming in his last seven games, shows he’s recovered his groove. Duchene is worth a fantasy dice roll right now unless your fantasy team is very healthy and well-stacked.
C Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks (31.7%): The Ducks captain, like Duchene, is more like his 2018 self than his less productive self of prior years. Getzlaf has one goal and eight assists in his last eight games while playing on a top scoring line with Adam Henrique and Troy Terry – who should be taken without hesitation if they’re still available in your league. On the season, the tough center has 24 hits and 15 blocked shots (second most among NHL forwards). He should be considered in all but the most thin ESPN.com standard leagues as a revived well-rounded asset.
RW Mats Zuccarello of the Minnesota Wild (31.4%): Zuccarello is back on the Wild’s top line and power play alongside Kirill Kaprizov after completing COVID-19 procedures. Grab him before another fantasy manager snatches him up. In the early goings, Zuccarello is marching at a point/game rate.
C Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche (22.1%): With the additional skater and back in rhythm with linemate Andre Burakovsky at even strength, Kadri is on a four-game point run with two goals and four assists. The gritty center has already racked up 24 penalty minutes on the season, owing to a pair of fighting majors and a game misconduct – all earned against the St. Louis Blues, to be exact (should your league reward such behavior). Kadri can also be depended on to consistently shoot at the net. In deeper leagues, he’s a multifaceted fantasy asset worth rostering.
Brandon Saad (7.5%), LW, St. Louis Blues: Few strikers are as hot and cold as this new Blues addition, and right now, Saad is fire, with three goals in his last two games. For whatever long that combination lasts, there’s a lot to appreciate about his place on a scoring line with a recently-returned Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. At the very least, until he cools down again, I’m all over the well-traveled forward as a temporary injury plug or daily fantasy asset.
Rasmus Asplund, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres (9.5%); Nicolas Roy, C, Vegas Golden Knights (9.5%) (1.3 percent )
Ottawa Senators’ Artem Zub (31.7 percent): Put your hands up if you think Zub, not Thomas Chabot, will be Ottawa’s most valuable fantasy blue-line asset in 2021-22. Right? But here we are, five assists, 30 blocked shots, 22 hits, and 14 shots later. The second-year player is a must-start in any fantasy league that values players who put their bodies on the line to stop pucks. Despite playing two less games, Zub is just three blocked shots behind league leader Jake McCabe (CHI).
New Jersey Devils’ Ryan Graves (25.0 percent): Graves, who was a fantasy favorite two seasons ago, is re-engaging managers following a disappointing performance last winter. The 26-year-old is the team leader in blocked shots (21), hits (19), and plus/minus (19) with his new Devils (plus-seven). Through ten games, he has a goal and four assists. That equates to a whopping 2.0 fantasy points per match. Take him in your arms.
Calgary Flames’ Oliver Kylington (1.9 percent): In ESPN.com standard leagues, no Calgary defender, including Rasmus Andersson, is averaging more fantasy points per match than Kylington. The 24-year-old has a goal and six assists in his last six games when paired with Chris Tanev. It’s even the more amazing given he only gets a few minutes on the power play. If Kylington continues to contribute in this manner, that might soon change. In deeper levels, he’s worth a shot.
San Jose Sharks’ Mario Ferraro is another worth mentioning (9.6 percent )
Anaheim Ducks’ John Gibson (34.7 percent): The Ducks are having a great time from the net out right now, winning four consecutive games and sitting third in the Pacific Division. With the Canucks twice and Seattle once this week, I think the club has a decent opportunity of extending their recent fortune. Gibson has only allowed three total goals in his last three games, all of which have been in victories. As long as the entire team is rolling, throw the talented goaltender out there.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Martin Jones (3.1%): So far, all of Philadelphia’s goalie-related preseason hand-wringing has proved to be unfounded. Jones has done well for his new team, despite his appearances being few and far between. In fact, it’s fantastic. While the former San Jose goaltender isn’t active enough to warrant rostering in most traditional competitions, he has a lot of value as a daily fantasy asset. On Friday and Saturday, the Flyers will take on the Hurricanes and the Stars, respectively. If Jones starts against Dallas and Carter Hart gets the nod against Carolina, I’m entirely on board with rostering Jones in DFS.
Expectations were lowered
D Vince Dunn of the Seattle Kraken (39.6%): It won’t do to have one assist in six games and zero power-play points on the season. Not when other categories, like as blocked shots, aren’t receiving much respect. Jamie Oleksiak, a stalwart Kraken defender, has more points than Dunn, which isn’t quite right. The 25-year-old puck-mover was anticipated to flourish in his new Seattle digs, away from the cluster of great blueliners in St. Louis. It hasn’t worked out that way so far.
Anaheim Ducks’ LW Max Comtois is also worth mentioning (55.7 percent )
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