Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”
Caller: “I need some assistance – I am at risk of not winning my fantasy hockey playoffs!”
What week is this?
First off, when trying to provide weekly advice, it is a good idea to steer your readers in the right direction. It will all depend on the provider of your pool or league – and there are several to choose from. For this article’s purpose, we will focus on Yahoo and Fantrax, with the first featuring more of a daily format with Fantrax using a weekly transaction/lineup deadline favored by some coaches. None has a better format, only different depending on your preference or time you have to commit to your rosters.
Yahoo combined the shorter week 1 with a full week 2, so that sets week 6 as Nov. 11-17. The same week on Fantrax is Period 7, as they used weeks 1 and 2 as separate scoring periods. Got it? This is why I will refer to the current week by date to ease the confusion.
Playing the waiver wire along with taking advantage of favorable schedules can boost your roster into the playoffs.
Here are some free agent options that may be available in your pool:
Nov 18 – Nov 24: Yahoo Week 7, Fantrax Period 8
(Own % as of Thursday Nov. 15th in Yahoo leagues)
|Oskar Lindblom||PHI||19||Hot hand in scoring lineup, starting to cool, great start|
|Jared McCann||PIT||22||On pace to set career highs, Crosby fill-in|
|Jonathan Toews||CHI||58||Middle Man dropped prematurely in several pools|
|Victor Olofsson||BUF||51||Will he get his PP goal touch back?|
|Phillippe Myers||PHI||4||Coming on lately, 3 pts in 5 games|
|Ryan McDonagh||NYR||29||Steady contributor on great scoring team|
|Alexandar Georgiev||NYR||18||Getting starts, ownership growing, will trend continue?|
|Adam Werner||COL||7||Could this be this year’s Hamburgler?|
Schedule advantage Nov 18 – Nov 24: Yahoo Week 7, Fantrax Period 8
- 4 games, 5 teams: ARI, CAR, DET, EDM, FLA
- 2 games: none
Looking further ahead to Nov 25 – Dec 1: Yahoo Week 8, Fantrax Period 9
- 4 games, 16 teams: BOS, BUF, CBJ, DAL, LAK, MIN, MON, NYR, NAS, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ, STL, TB, VAN
- 2 games, 1 team: FLA
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