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Mon Mar. 9 thru Sun Mar. 15, 2020

Yahoo Playoffs Round 1 Week 22, Fantrax Playoffs Round 2 Period 23

It’s Time

In Yahoo pools, the playoffs drop the puck on Monday – if you finished first or second you get a bye until the following Monday. In Fantrax, you are in the middle of your post-season with a big 2-week finals starting next week. If you made the grade, this is the time to give yourself every advantage possible. It would be easy to just let it ride with what got you there, but this is it – now is the time to make the difference. Play the favorable schedules and maximize your scoring to get the bigger prize.

Playing the waiver wire along with taking advantage of favorable schedules can boost your roster into and through the playoffs. Here are some free agent options that may be available in your pool: (Own% as of Thursday Mar. 5th in Yahoo leagues)

Forwards Team % Own Notes
Pavel Buchnevich NYR 15 Favorable schedule to exploit, good deployment
Matt Martin NYI 3 If you need hits, him or Crouse can make happen
KailerYamamoto EDM 40 Great schedule, playing on scoring line
Ondrej Palat TB 47 Has been good lately, take advantage
Zach Sanford STL 17 May give you the points to move on
Defense Team % Own Notes
Duncan Keith CHI 23 Top power play, getting assists and shooting
Nicolas Roy VEG 0 Sleeper rookie called up, 9 pts in 25 g with Knights
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Igor Shesterkin NYR 31 May be the key to your playoffs, jump on it if you can

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

  • 4 games, 15 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

Looking further ahead: Mar. 16 to Mar. 22:

  • 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!

Looking even further ahead to: Mar. 23 to Mar. 29: (Yahoo Finals)

  • 4 games, 15 teams
  • 2 games, none

Heavy schedule nights:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Best off night schedule:
COL, EDM. SJ

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