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The Wire Troll: Waiver Picks and a Turkey

November 24, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
Michael Stone has played very well for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Michael Stone (left) has been racking up goals for the Coyotes. (AP)

This week we are thankful for many things and though this will not quite be the normal edition of The Wire Troll, there will still be a few picks to help you beat the stuffing out of your competition. Please also note that Week Nine has a bit of a funky schedule.

The Turkey Week Schedule

  • Monday: nine games
  • Tuesday: one game? Yes.
  • Wednesday: 13 games
  • Thursday: two games
  • Black Friday: 12 games
  • Saturday: 11 games
  • Sunday: three games

This likely goes against everything conventional about Fantasy hockey, doesn’t it? There are four big nights this week and that usually does not typically happen. Please remember that Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday feature six games combined. Planning your team is almost as much of a priority this week as the talent your team possesses.

Let’s have a little fun and scour the wire in this week’s edition of The Troll. Maybe we’ll find a gem or two along the way.

Nail Yakupov, RW, Edmonton Oilers: A little winning does a team wonders and boosts a player’s confidence. Yakupov has points in four straight games and five points this week, including a gorgeous set-up for Sam Gagner’s first of the season (see video below). There was really no way that the talented winger would continue to play this poorly forever. The power play points have suddenly come along with even some decent defensive play. A little confidence often goes a long way and the schedule also helps. Expect Yakupov’s production to slide back a bit but not like it was.

Michael Stone, D, Phoenix Coyotes: Stone is one of those players that has a nice shot, but his passing is an iffy proposition at times. The defenseman has a goal almost every other game and does get about two shots a game on the net. That may not mean much, but at the very least he is relatively effective. Stone is another one of those guys owned in 15-to-25 per cent of leagues that is a slightly risky short-term buy.

Scottie Upshall, RW, Florida Panthers: The Panthers fired Coach Kevin Dineen and then the offense came back… sort of. Upshall has four points in his last four games and Florida is at least showing signs of life. Granted, Upshall is extremely streaky, but someone in Florida has to help Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. That player may be Upshall. With his low ownership rate, it is a low risk investment.

Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks: With the injury to Viktor Fasth (out 3-to-4 weeks), Andersen is going to see some starts because it just seems Anaheim has problems with the health of their goaltenders. Andersen’s six wins in six starts is impressive but that .943 save percentage stands out. He and John Gibson may just be the two best goalies in the Anaheim system. It is pretty scary for the rest of the NHL, but it may be true. At least, you may get four or five starts from Andersen and that is not too shabby.

The One That Got Away?

Damien Brunner, RW, New Jersey Devils: Ouch! The start was great with five points in five games and then it fell apart and now the shots do not even hit the net. Again, Brunner may get his groove back, but the question is when? It may be best to just declare this one a disappointing waiver wire pick. Maybe Brunner will figure out that he has to play at least a little bit physical so keep an eye on the winger, but that is about it.

That is it for now. Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers from The Wire Troll and enjoy the turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings. As always, you can follow me @ChrisWasselTHW and thanks for reading.

Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, let us know who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Daily Fantasy Hockey Rankings

November 17, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
So how do we come up with a way to do this? Simple. We take a position and try to rank the three best players that are owned in less than 30 per cent of all Fantasy leagues. That low season ownership almost always translates to low daily start rates. Obviously dollar amounts are dependent on which platform you use, but hey, we are going to take a stab with this.
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The Wire Troll: Remembering the Vets

November 10, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
Michalek does two things very well: He plays tough minutes and he blocks shots. Honestly, that is it. When you have 54 blocks (over three per game) and can log 22-to-23 minutes per game, we’d suggest you’re a nice little find for a fourth or fifth defenseman in your Fantasy leagues. Hey, it could be worse after all. With an ownership rate around 10 per cent, Michalek is worth a flyer. Veterans like these are needed for every Fantasy hockey team.
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The Wire Troll: A Sea Of Red?

November 3, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
Okay, maybe this is what you should do. Unfortunately, the original column got sacked. We apologize for this inconvenience. What we do know is the copy got sacked so this is the recreation of sorts. Think of it as a remade movie. Hey, this might even be a little better.
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The Wire Troll: Fantasy Five Under Five?

October 27, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (2)
At this point, plugging holes is the utmost priority. It was not easy to come up with five players under 5 per cent ownership, but damn we tried our best. Let’s see what we’ve cooked up in this week’s edition.
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