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Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

Caller: “I need some fantasy hockey assistance … ”

Mon Feb. 17 thru Sun Feb. 23, 2020

Yahoo Week 19, Fantrax Period 20

Peering Through Stained Glass

It’s all about the perspective. Your perspective – the way you view a players value. Many factors will shape your personal perspective, factors at times that are built over seasons covering a player and following his changing fantasy value. The eye test (watch the games) affects my perspective the most, although I am guilty of downplaying a skater who let me down in the past. A high draft pick that didn’t pan out or a streaming option that did nothing are both things that turn me away from players I have trusted in seasons past. On the other hand, someone that over achieves from their draft position or wins me a week with stellar play off the waiver wire swing me in their favor. This is what trades are based on – different perspectives. Try to stay open to situations and changing deployment when forming your own perspective.

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 Feb. 13th in Yahoo leagues)

Forwards Team % Own Notes
Kevin Fiala MIN 29 Won’t cool off from his current red hot streak
Anthony Beauvillier NYI 21 4 game schedule and finding the net, overlooked?
Jonathan Drouin MON 30 Once back up to speed he is too good to ignore
Kailer Yamamoto EDM 20 Playing well with or without McDavid in lineup
Joe Thornton SJ 2 Has plenty left to help your team with points
Defense Team % Own Notes
Colton Parayko STL 54 D position remains thin, he is scoring goals
Vladislav Gavrikov CBJ 1 With Jones out, increase in playing time is coming
Goalies Team % Own Notes
James Reimer CAR 27 If he is still out there, decent play down the stretch
Thomas Greiss NYI 63 Improved play translates to more starts rest of the way

Schedule advantage: Feb. 17 to Feb. 23:

  • 4 games, 12 teams: ANA, ARI, COL, FLA, LAK, NYI, PIT, SJ, STL, VEG, WAS, WPG
  • 2 games, 1 team: VAN

Looking further ahead to: Feb. 24 to Mar. 1:

  • 4 games, 8 teams: CAL, CBJ, FLA, MIN, NYR, NJ, OTT, VAN
  • 2 games, 1 team: ARI

Looking even further ahead to: Mar. 2 to Mar. 8:

  • 4 games, 9 teams: ANA, CHI, COL, EDM, MIN, NAS, PIT, SJ, TB
  • 2 games, 4 teams: ARI, FLA, LAK, WPG

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