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Mon Feb. 3 thru Sun Feb. 9, 2020

Yahoo Week 17, Fantrax Period 18

Back to One Week

Last week, we gave you a heads up for the upcoming week prior to the 2-week scoring period during the All-star break. Only a few streamers came back from injury or have a favorable upcoming schedule worthy of mention. 14 teams have a bye after the break, so the schedule plays a huge part in your current decisions. Prepare yourself now for the home stretch month of February before you are looking for more weeks to catch up, especially if you are on the fringe of the playoffs. Check your league standings with the advice noted in last week’s Exchange Rate.

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. 30th in Yahoo leagues)

Forwards Team % Own Notes
Jeff Skinner BUF 54 Can he find his scoring touch to add stretch run value?
Alexander Steen STL 3 Another back from injury, check status
Justin Williams CAR 7 2-goal game shows he can still contribute
Jean-Gabriel Pageau OTT 58 Heating up again, up to 20 goal season
Defense Team % Own Notes
Adam Fox NYR 40 4 game Ranger schedule, continues to hold value
Rasmus Sandin TOR 26 Watch deployment, offensive defenseman
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Carter Hutton BUF 26 Ullmark injury opens the door for the new #1
Igor Shesterkin NYR 15 If a goalie trade leaves a void in net, he will get starts

Schedule advantage: Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 :

  • 4 games, 12 teams: ANA, BOS, BUF, COL, DAL, DET, FLA, LAK, MIN, NYR, TOR, WPG
  • 2 games, 3 teams: PIT, SJ, WAS

Looking further ahead to: Feb. 10 to Feb. 16 :

  • 4 games, 18 teams: ARI, CAL, CHI, CBJ, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, MON, NYI, NYR, NAS, NJ, OTT, PHI, SJ, TB, TOR
  • 2 games, 1 team: LAK

Dave Schneider can be contacted by email at daveytrane1@yahoo.com.