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!”

Time to trade in that older car for something more efficient. How about a swap with one of the upward trending players below for that underachieving clunker? This week, the 911 once again brings you new advice on how to keep your edge in your fantasy hockey pool. Check back right here for a fresh “Exchange Rate” every week prior to the weekend games. Boost your category totals from the list of options, all less than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues – along with several less than 20% as of Wednesday, Feb 6.

Taking chances and playing the waiver choices and favorable schedules wins leagues.

This week’s recommended additions:

Forward Team % Own Notes
Bryan Rust PIT 22 Not a secret anymore, Crosby line, 4pts in last 3
Mikael Backlund CAL 25 Hot lately, 3 goals with 5pts in last 4 games
Nick Bjugstad PIT 16 New digs, tri-position eligible, line deployment?
Brandon Tanev WPG 18 Hit machine, not much else
Nick Bonino NAS 8 Which Pred will score tonight?
Carl Soderberg COL 17 Best option after top line, getting goals
Kevin Hayes NYR 31 Back from injury, favorable schedule, trade?
Brandon Saad CHI 15 Could go off any night, streaky scorer
Defense Team % Own Notes
Jared Spurgeon MIN 47 No Dumba, top line top PP, good stats lately
Justin Schultz PIT 24 Returns from IR, how soon is he up to speed?
Devon Toews NYI 1 Top team, offensive defenseman in minors
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Can Ward CHI 10 Hawks winning more, even split with Delia
Collin Delia CHI 15 If room, pick up with Ward for weekly wins
Jimmy Howard DET 46 Value could soar with the right trade
Louis Dominique TB 14 Solid backup is 17-4, more starts down the stretch?

Schedule advantage this weekend:

Sat-Sun games Feb. 9-10: 13 teams

Schedule advantage Week 18 Feb. 11-17: Busy nights: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Anaheim Ducks 3 off day games Wed-Fri-Sun

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 off day games Mon-Wed-Sun