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Mon Mar.2. thru Sun Mar. 8, 2020

Yahoo Week 21, Fantrax Playoffs Round 1 Period 22

Late Surge

In Yahoo pools, this is the last two weeks before the fantasy hockey playoffs – the period beginning Monday March 9th. (See schedule below) Do you have one last late surge left in you to make a push and qualify for the postseason?

If you get in you have a successful effort in your league. Don’t make it? At least you can say you gave it that final push to sneak into the bonus round. Worry not; there are always the XFL contests on Draft Kings. Speaking of other sites, I saw a recently posted waiver wire article on the NHL.com Fantasy Hockey site this week so I owe them a big stick tap for keeping their waiver coverage going.

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. 27th in Yahoo leagues)

Note: None of the players on the list are ever repeated in back to back weeks. To increase your options, always check the previous Exchange Rate for even more playoff suggestions.

Forwards Team % Own Notes
Ondrej Kase BOS 9 When back from injury, should mesh well in Boston
Vladislav Namestnikov COL 10 Deployment key with new contending team, see how he gets used in Mile High
Andreas Athanasiou EDM 50 McDavid line gives him huge fantasy boost
Nick Suzuki MON 25 Playing well for Habs down the stretch
Ilya Kovalchuk WAS 29 Would need consistent scoring to hold playoff value
Vladimir Tarasenko STL 69 Slated back around Yahoo playoffs round 2
Defense Team % Own Notes
Ryan Graves COL 66 Favorable playoff-team schedule week 21, period 22
Brady Skjei CAR 13 Will need power play time with new linemates
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Alexandar Georgiev NYR 37 Splitting starts with Henrik
Henrik Lundqvist NYR 46 Splitting starts with Alexandar

Looking ahead to: Mar. 2 to Mar. 8:
Schedule advantage to Fantrax playoffs round 1:

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

Looking further ahead: Mar. 9 to Mar. 15:

  • 4 games, 14 teams
  • 2 games, 2 teams: CAL, CBJ

Heavy schedule nights:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Best off night schedule:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: COL, EDM, STL target these pickups!

Looking even further ahead to: Mar. 16 to Mar. 22:
Schedule advantage to Yahoo playoffs round 1:

  • 4 games, 12 teams
  • 2 games, 1 team: ANA

Heavy schedule nights:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Best off night schedule:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: ARI, NYR, DAL, EDM, PIT Target these claims now!

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