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Top 7 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups


William Karlsson
William Karlsson is a player to look at if he is available. (Image Courtesy of Michael Miller via wikimedia commons)

In addition to writing books, I have become a savant in fantasy sports. I am a former fantasy hockey champion, a three-time fantasy football champion, and a former fantasy baseball champion, all within the last decade. Now, I will bring some of my knowledge.


Currently, I am in two fantasy hockey leagues. I sit in third place in my main one and sixth place in my other league. I have won and lost with a mixture of strong offensive draft picks and solid pickups. Of course, goaltending is always needed. But you also need to be aware of the waiver wire. With that said, here are some fantasy hockey waiver wire suggestions.


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Mason McTavish

43 percent rostered in Yahoo Fantasy


You may have probably grabbed McTavish from the wire already. After a hot start, McTavish got cold following an injury in December. But he has picked it up significantly lately, scoring eight points over his last six games, including three multi-point games. Currently, he is at 39 points over 50 games and will likely pass his total from last season.


Gabriel Vilardi

52 percent rostered in Yahoo Fantasy


The Jets have been hot lately, winning three games in a row and going 6-1 over their past seven games. Ultimately, Vilardi has been a major part of that, tallying five goals and five assists over his past five games. If he is available, grab him now.


William Karlsson

58 percent rostered in Yahoo Fantasy


The only reason why anyone would drop Karlsson would be because he can only play center, and some leagues are strict about the position limits. But look at what he has done over the past four games. Karlsson has generated three goals and two assists. Additionally, he has put up a combined 15 shots on goal. He is the type of player you need if you are looking for any offense. Also, he likely will stay there as long as Jack Eichel remains out.


Defensemen

Travis Sanheim

43 percent rostered in Yahoo Fantasy


Sanheim has been hot lately, tallying two goals and two assists through three games. Going farther back, he has three goals and four assists over seven games. Sanheim can also take penalties, as he had four penalty minutes in his last game. Moreover, he has blocked 15 shots over four games. He is a category king.


Noah Hanifin

61 percent rostered in Yahoo Fantasy


Hanifin had three points in the Saturday win against the Edmonton Oilers. Amazingly, he also added seven shots and blocked four shots. I would normally recommend you don't chase the points. But in this case, Henifin also gives you shots (116 so far) and blocked shots (85). He fits the bill.


Goaltenders

Laurent Brossoit

16 percent rostered on Yahoo Fantasy


Good leagues don't have a lot of goalies available. However, if you see Brossoit available, you may want to grab him. While Connor Hellebuyck is the unquestioned starter, Brossoit will start tonight against the St. Louis Blues and likely get another game this weekend against either the Carolina Hurricanes or the Buffalo Sabres. He goes into the battle tonight with a record of 8-4-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.


Sam Montembeault

25 percent rostered on Yahoo Fantasy

Montembeault is an inconsistent goalie. But when he is on, he is tough to beat. While he did struggle over his past two games, allowing 10 goals on 54 shots, he still comes into the game with a 12-10-4 record and a 3.21 goals-against average, along with a .902 save percentage. He is still capable of carrying the Habs on his back and may likely get two starts.







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