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 winning my fantasy hockey playoffs!”

Did it seem to you that a lot of long-term partnerships turned into divorces this week? Owners are parting ways with injured and under-performing stars they have depended on all season. Among players I have seen dropped in my pools include Erik Karlsson, Robin Lehner and Brayden Schenn. It does not have to be an ugly breakup, as these stars will get added off the waiver wire if they can get healthy to help owners already moving on to the late rounds of the playoffs. Now is the time to check the schedule and pounce on separated scorers. One coach’s loss can indeed be another coach’s gain.

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, including fantasy league playoff weeks. Push your odds with choices from the list of options below, all near or less than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues – along with some higher risk listed at less than 10% ownership as of Wednesday, March 6. Also, you can always look back at the last few weeks’ exchange rate for over-looked upward trending players.

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

Forward Team % Own Notes
David Krejci BOS 37 Scores more often than not
Jared McCann PIT 3 On Pens top line with Crosby, pick him up
Lawson Crouse ARI 10 Scoring some now to go along with big hit totals
Troy Brower FLA 2 2 goals 3 assists in last 6 games with hits
Brayden Schenn STL 63 If dropped scoop him up for the fantasy playoffs
Defense Team % Own Notes
Travis Sanheim PHI 15 Offensive defenseman outscoring other PHI Def
Alexander Edler VAN 32 Heating up getting power play ice time
Brandon Carlo BOS 2 9 shots 3 hits against Carolina, random assists
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Casey DeSmith PIT 20 Solid backup for wins when he starts
Carter Hart PHI 43 Should return soon and split starts down the stretch

Schedule advantage this weekend:

Late adds for back-to-back Sat-Sun games Mar. 9-10: BOS, DET, LAK, PIT, VEG

Schedule advantage Week 22 Mar. 11-17: Busy nights: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

  • 2 games only: LAK, VEG
  • 3 off day games: Mon-Wed-Fri NYR, TOR Wed-Fri-Sun: VAN Mon-Wed-Sun: EDM Mon-Fri-Sun: COL