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Mon Jan. 13 thru Sun Jan. 19, 2019
Yahoo Week 15, Fantrax Period 16
Did I Mention How My Teams are doing?
I know, you really don’t want to hear it. But for those of you who may be curious of how someone is doing that writes a weekly article on advice and pickups, I’ll try to keep it brief. I have three teams, one Yahoo and two at Fantrax. The Yahoo team provides daily roster moves while the Fantrax leagues are weekly formats.
Yahoo: 4th place, 12 points out of first. I joined this pool two weeks into the season. I’m not too keen on the new FAB bidding for free agents, but have made a huge trade that should keep me in the running. Essentially traded Vasilevskiy for Pastrnak in a multi-player trade with a coach asking for goalie help since the draft. That left me with Kuemper, Bobrovsky, Francouz and Greiss in net. I always use my four transactions every week to increase my stats. Some streamers that I have kept are Rust, Killorn, Hornqvist, Q.Hughes and Francouz.
In the Fantrax pools, I have started out losing several very close matches and am resting near the bottom of the standings in both. I have time to climb back into the playoffs with a solid finish. Players performing well are P.Kane, Marchand, Scheifele, Rust, Makar and Jarry. Under performing are DeBrincat, Arvidsson, John Gibson, Erik Karlsson and Bobrovsky. Weekly formats limit the streaming options but you can keep a larger bench. Goalies are tough to manage, as you need to have starters to get the most matchup points for a given week.
I would be interested in how your teams are doing and if you might use my column to get waiver ideas. Please email me at the email address at the bottom of the page, thanks!
Alert: The schedule for the week of Jan.20 runs two weeks through Feb.2 in both formats so be prepared to get the edge of extra games in your matches!
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 Jan. 9th in Yahoo leagues)
|Alex Iafollo||LAK||9||Hot streak on a cold team|
|Lawson Crouse||ARI||21||Showing he can score while providing hits|
|Matt Martin||NYI||2||5 games worth of hits from league leader|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||MON||23||He may catch on with Habs, worth a flyer?|
|Roope Hintz||DAL||39||Took a break from the scoresheet, better stats last few|
|Samuel Girard||COL||25||Assist machine last week, dishing to great linemates|
|Nick Leddy||NYI||5||Schedule gives you advantage with all the Islanders|
|John Klingberg||DAL||75||If dropped during IR stint, good pickup to jump on|
|Aaron Dell||SJ||6||Used like a #1, outplaying Jones, Couture injury hurts|
|Elvis Merzlikins||CBJ||34||Given top spot to loose|
|Ivan Prosvetov||ARI||1||Last goalie standing in ‘zona, Hill not playing well and Kuemper due back around the all-star break|
|James Reimer||CAR||12||Streaming option can give you wins with the Canes|
|Igor Shesterkin||NYR||18||If other goalies traded, may get starts down the stretch|
Schedule advantage Jan. 13 – Jan. 19:
- 5 games, 1 team: NYI
- 4 games, 7 teams: BOS, CAR, CHI CBJ, MON, PHI, PIT
- 2 games, 2 teams: EDM, FLA
Looking further ahead to Jan. 20 – Feb. 2:
- Bye week, 17 teams
- 4 games, 10 teams: ANA, DET, MON, NAS, OTT, STL, TB, VAN, WAS, WPG
- 2 games, 3 teams: CHI, COL, NYI
Dave Schneider can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.