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Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

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

Week of Monday Nov. 25 to Sunday Dec. 1, 2019

Yahoo Week 8, Fantrax Period 9

Hopefully, last week’s article straightened out your questions on the dates and weekly schedules for your Yahoo or Fantrax league. Now to this week’s business. More middle men (players with a solid history and high ownership dropped in several leagues) are hitting the waiver wire along with skaters returning from injury or joining new teams. It is time to start repeating players formerly listed below to allow for this point in the season. If you are in the bottom half of your pool it is time to take some chances and solidify your roster. Huge schedule advantage available this week with 16 teams playing 4 games.

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:
(Own % as of Thursday Nov. 21st in Yahoo leagues)

Forward Team % Own Notes
Andre Burakovsky COL 40 Hot again, watch Landeskog status this week
Robby Fabbri DET 17 Lighting it up with new team, 7 pts in 6 games
Pavel Buchnevich NYR 20 5 game pt streak, 13 apples in 17 games total
Zach Parise MIN 14 Finding the net, ownership will increase
Martin Necas CAR 8 2nd leading rookie scorer, 15 pts in 21 games
Defense Team % Own Notes
Darnell Nurse EDM 67 Overlooked blueliner racking up assists
Ben Chiarot MON 11 Playing well alongside Weber
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Anders Nilsson OTT 21 5 wins in 6 Nov starts, an Ottawa goalie has value
MacKenzie Blackwood NJ 47 Clear #1 with Schneider release, may struggle for wins
Crawford and Lehner CHI 41/66 Both outscoring other #1 starters in part time role

Schedule advantage 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

Looking further ahead to Dec 2 – Dec 8: Yahoo Week 9, Fantrax Period 10

  • 4 games, 9 teams: ANA, BUF, CHI, LAK, NYI, NYR, NJ, SJ, VEG
  • 2 games, 4 teams: CAL, DET, NAS, VAN

Please submit your comments and questions, I will respond promptly.

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