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Posted: 10/20/2014

Waiver Wire Watch - Week 2

So you've gotten a glimpse at what your draft efforts have brought you and are already looking to shake things up.  After all, every season, a handful of undrafted stars emerge in just the first few weeks of the season.  Don't miss out on your chance to bolster that squad in the early going.  Here are our top waiver picks for the week:



Alex Galchenyuk (MON)

He went undrafted in the vast majority of leagues.  Just not in any of mine, as I drafted this guy every chance I got.  It's already shaping up to be the dynamic breakout campaign for the Habs forward.  Through six games, he's tallied 6 points, and he's still only averaging 16 minutes of ice time.  Montreal will continue to give the dynamic 20-year old more looks as the season progresses.  He's been connecting well with the resurging Tomas Plekanec on the 2nd line.


Damon Severson (D-NJ)

Severson was drafted in the 2nd round by the Devils in 2012, in large part due to his canon from the point.  Through his first 4 NHL contests, that shot has resulted in 3 red lights and an assist.  He's already logging 20 minutes of ice time per game, at the tender age of 20.  He won't be on your wire for long, so act now.


Darcy Kuemper (G-MIN)

He's probably already gone, if anyone was paying attention when he opened the season with 2 straight shutouts.  The Wild will challenge as one of the best teams in the NHL this season.  As long as Kuemper continues to get the starts, he will be a top end option.  Must own.


Tanner Pearson (LA)

With so many options in SoCal, it's easy to overlook the 2nd year winger.  He continues to click with fellow youngster Toffoli and veteran Carter, in what has quietly become the top line for the defending champs.  Pearson has a noble 5 goals and 2 assists through 6 games, effectively doubling his career totals in just one week.  If you followed the playoffs last year, you have to believe this business will continue.


Jiri Tlusty (CAR)

Tlusty may be the lone glimmer of hope on a team destined for the McDavid sweeps.  This natural goal scorer has been limited by injuries over the past few seasons in Carolina, but is plenty healthy at the moment.  This has resulted in 3 goals on just 8 shots thus far.

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Posted: 9/30/2014

Winning Fantasy Hockey Strategy on Yahoo

As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league.  Unfortunately, Yahoo has discontinued the Pro Leagues (probably due to their stubborn refusal to move off the rotisserie format).

Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter), so if you missed it, check it out here:




For now, I'll focus on the specific things you need to know for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey leagues in order to draft a winning team.


Dual Eligibility

Get to know that phrase, as it is key.  The first thing to note about the standard Yahoo settings is that they choose to break down forwards by specific position (C, LW, RW), as opposed to grouping wingers, or all forwards together.  This has a noticeable impact on your strategy.  It used to be on Yahoo, that Left Wingers came at a premium; however, recently they dramatically opened up the number of players that qualify at multiple positions.  (say it with me - "Dual Eligibility".  That designation is gold here.  The flexibility gives you far more options when it comes to setting your day to day lineup.  So, while I would otherwise favor Stamkos and Crosby over Malkin, Seguin, or Giroux, they both have (arbitrarily) been given dual eligibility.   I can't over-emphasize the edge that this gives you to have that flexibility.

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