Chris Betcher

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Exchange Rate

Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

Caller: “I need some assistance–I am at risk of not making my fantasy hockey playoffs!”

Beginning this week, the 911 will once again feature advice articles on how to keep your edge in your fantasy hockey pool. My aim as a contributing writer is to provide a weekly “waiver wire” focused posting to help with your research while reducing your emergencies into manageable issues. Look for a fresh “Exchange Rate” every week prior to the weekend. If you have underachieving players clogging up your roster, don’t be afraid to pull the string and potentially add points from the list of options below, all less than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues–along with several less than 10%.

Be ready to cut bait if these trending players begin to slide. Taking chances and playing the waiver choices and schedule wins leagues. Hopefully you prepared with a road map (plan) before your trip through your league draft, so don’t be hesitant to take an alternate route to destination playoffs around the road construction.

This week’s recommended additions:

Forward Team % Own Notes
Dominik Simon PIT 3 Top line deployment means Crosby exposure
Paul Stastny VEG 29 Half of his 12 assists in last 5 games, healthy
Frank Vatrano FLA 27 Ownership up 21% in the last week, top line
Filip Chytil NYR 2 Tri-position eligible, best schedule next week
Blake Coleman NJD 46 Consistent, will be claimed soon if still out there
Lawson Crouse ARI 4 20 hits in last 6 games, add if daily lineup changes
Corey Perry ANA 27 Watch his effort in return from IR, forgotten
Defense Team % Own Notes
Jacob Slavin CAR 11 Quietly up to 23 points in 50 games
Ilya Lyubushkin ARI 1 32 hits in last 5 games, category winner
Green DET 30 Floor rises if he sees power play time
Chychrun ARI 4 With OEL sidelined, offensive blueline threat
Klefbom EDM 31 Off IR has to shoot often to provide value
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Demko VAN 5 Could start a lot more if Canucks push to playoff run
Kuemper ARI 33 Get him while he’s hot, drop when he’s not
Saros NAS 26 More playing time with aging Rinne resting more
Greiss NYI 44 Attention on Lehner, steady numbers most games


Schedule advantage this weekend:

Sat-Sun games Feb. 2-3: EDM @PHI and @MON, MON home NJ and EDM

Schedule advantage Week 17 Feb. 4-10:

Busy nights: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

New York Rangers 4 home games Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun

Toronto Mon-Wed-Sat-Sun 2 home 2 away