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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!”

If you have made it this far, you probably do not need much of my advice for your championship matches. You are either a very talented fantasy coach, drafted extremely well with your risks returning rewards, or maybe somewhat lucky. How you reacted after injuries and hot/cold streaks on your roster defined you as a fantasy hockey veteran.

This will be my last Exchange Rate article for this season. Please check in here at for upcoming articles during the fantasy hockey off-season such as keepers, the entry draft, and reviews on fantasy hockey sites, hockey books and podcasts to get you set for next year.

Fill out your lineups with choices from the list of options below, all less than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues as of Wednesday, March 13. 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
Jaden Schwartz STL 29 Injuries gives him top line deployment
Jakub Vrana WAS 21 On a scoring binge on a team looking for a deep run
Brendan Perlinni CHI 2 Scoring like a sniper, hat trick flashes potential
Jared McCann PIT 28 Makes the list again, playing well with Sid & Geno
Andrei Svechnikov CAR 28 Streaky player, can go on a goal flurry for Canes
Defense Team % Own Notes
Mike Matheson FLA 13 Blue line free agent pool getting thin, another option
MacKenzie Weeger FLA 4 Back from injury, adds to all categories
Quinn Hughes VAN 2 Will the rookie get past injury to see the ice?
Ivan Provorov PHI 47 Often dropped, adds games to your week
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Sam Montembeault FLA 5 If he stays hot Luongo will sit, Reimer still not 100%
Curtis McElhinney CAR 30 Team alone can get him wins, watch matchups

Schedule advantage this weekend:

Late adds back-to-back Sat-Sun games Mar. 16-17: BUF, EDM, FLA, MIN, NYI, PIT, STL

Schedule advantage Week 23 Mar. 18-24: Busy nights: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

  • 2 games only: BUF, NYR
  • 3 off day games: Mon-Wed-Sun: VAN

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