This weekly column will aim to help you navigate through the rough waters of your fantasy league’s waiver wire. PHT will suggest which players owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues you should pick while also recommending players to drop.
Here we go!
• Matt Duchene– C- Ottawa Senators (39 percent)
Yes, Duchene has already been on our “drop list” this season, but it looks like he’s starting to figure things out in Ottawa (even if the Senators haven’t). The 27-year-old has nine points in his last nine games. He’s consistently played between 17 and 20 minutes in each of those games. The Sens are toast this year, but Duchene’s fantasy value doesn’t have to be.
• Anthony Beauvillier– C/LW- New York Islanders (27 percent)
It wasn’t too long ago that Beauvillier’s confidence was at an all-time low. During the bye week, the Isles sent the sophomore forward to the minors to work on his game. Injuries allowed him to be recalled sooner than head coach Doug Weight wanted, but he’s done nothing but produce offense since he’s been back. He has five points in his last three games and 10 in his last eight.
• Alexander Edler– D- Vancouver Canucks (26 percent)
Not only is Edler playing big minutes, he’s also been pretty productive of late. The Canucks blue liner has eight points in his last eight games while averaging over 23 minutes of ice time this season. He’s on pace to score 32 points, which doesn’t jump off the page, but he’s missed 12 games due to injury this season.
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• Ryan Miller– G- Anaheim Ducks (26 percent)
Adding Miller will depend on the long-term health of starter John Gibson, who left his last game with an injury. If Gibson is out for an extended period of time, Miller will certainly be worth adding. Miller has a 6-2-4 record with a 2.14 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season.
• Travis Konecny– C/LW/RW-Philadelphia Flyers (24 percent)
Konecny is coming out of the All-Star break riding a five-game point streak. He’s also accumulated 12 points in his last 13 games. The increase in ice time and responsibility has done wonders for his game. It’ll be interesting to see how long he can keep rolling. The fact that he plays all three forward positions only helps his fantasy value.
• Paul Byron– LW/RW- Montreal Canadiens (3 percent)
Byron has really flourished since making the move to center earlier this month. He’s been skating on a line with Max Pacioretty, who has also picked up his offensive numbers of late. Byron is currently on a six-game point streak. With the Canadiens extremely thin down the middle, expect him to stay there for a while. He’s worth an add in deeper leagues.
• Jake Guentzel– C/LW- Pittsburgh Penguins (62 percent)
You can’t help but wonder why Guentzel is owned in so many leagues. It must be because of his performance in the first half of last year’s playoffs. The Pens forward is on pace to score 24 goals this season, but his overall production isn’t worthy of being owned in standard leagues. He has just two points (both are goals) in his last 12 games.
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• Reilly Smith– LW/RW- Vegas Golden Knights (59 percent)
Everybody is thrilled that the Golden Knights are an overnight success story, but some of their players will have to come back down to earth at some point. Smith is one of those players and it looks like his production has begun to take a significant dip already, as he’s gone six games without a point.
• Mika Zibanejad– C- New York Rangers (46 percent)
Zibanejad is the Rangers top center, but his production hasn’t showed that. He’s on pace to score a respectable 50 points this year, but he hasn’t scored in seven games and he just three points during that stretch. Zibanejad’s fantasy value could dip even further if the Rangers start trading away some of his veteran teammates before the trade deadline.
Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.