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Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

Caller: “I need some assistance – I am at risk of not making my fantasy hockey playoffs!”

It is very easy this time of the year to get frustrated with a couple loses and stop monitoring your lineups. Stick with your plan at the season start and stay with it, let the other coaches slack and pave the way for you into the playoffs. Get the most games the schedule allows for your active players and ride the hot streaks. Don’t be hesitant to drop name players under performing for a scorer on a hot line with a hot team. By all means, always try to increase the depth on your roster this year with all the late scratches and sudden protocol issues. Good luck and hang in there, five weeks until playoffs begin!

Taking calculated chances playing the waiver wire while watching favorable schedules can win leagues. Waiver wire considerations: (Ownership in Fantrax leagues)

Forward Team Own Notes
Drake Batherson OTT 55 Scoring nearly every game for the Sens
Oliver Wahlstrom NYI 25 Out of nowhere to your fantasy roster
Joel Farabee PHI 76 Covid setback, 5 games in week 13 round 1
Martin Necas CAR 57 Consistant value for Canes
Defense Team Own Notes
Mattias Ekholm NAS 56 Will he stay in Smashville? Watch situation
Adam Boqvist CHI 52 Getting his apples again
Cam Fowler ANA 26 Suddenly makes a showing on the scoresheet
Goalies Team Own Notes
Matt Murray OTT 58 If Sens get wins, it will likely be because of Matt
Dave Rittich CAL 32 Solid backup, goalie depth getting scarce
Michael Hutchinson TOR 8 Starts in some back to backs with Campbell out

SSG Streamer Scoring Group
Kyrou-STL, Dvork-ARI, Ritchie-BOS, Verhaeghe-FLA, Schmaltz-ARI, Thornton-TOR, A. Lee-NYI, Atkinson-CBJ, Hyman-TOR
Pick them up if you can and hope for a hot week! Watch the schedule!

Schedule advantage for week 9:
Mon 3-8 thru Sun 3-14

  • 4 games 15 teams: ARI, CAL, CAR, CHI, CBJ, COL, DAL, DET, FLA, LAK, MIN, NYI, NAS, PIT, TB
  • 2 games 2 teams: VAN, WPG (All other teams 3 games)

Schedule advantage for Week 10:
Mon 3-15 thru Sun 3-21

  • 5 games 2 teams: PIT, TB
  • 4 games 18 teams: BOS, BUF, CAL, DAL, EDM, FLA, LAK, MON, NYR, NAS, NJ, PHI, SJ, STL, VAN, VEG, WAS, WPG
  • 2 games 3 teams: CBJ, OTT, TOR (All other teams 3 games)

Looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs, the best schedules for the final 3 weeks of Fantrax play: TOR, BUF, MON, SJ, BOS, CBJ, NYR, PHI, PIT, WAS Worst: ANA, NAS, EDM, STL

Fantrax Playoffs: Week 13 is semi-finals Round One PHI and BOS 5 games each, Weeks 14 and 15 are Finals Round 2 TOR, SJ, BUF 8 games in this round (finals are 2 weeks total points)

Dave Schneider can be contacted by email at daveytrane1@yahoo.com. Sometimes I can be found trolling Twitter or linking to a new 911 article posting @daveytrane1. Feedback is always welcome and encouraged! Let’s hear ya!

Cheers, Dave