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The Wire Troll: Zemgus Girgensons Trending Up

March 2, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
Zemgus Girgensons has played well lately for the Buffalo Sabres.Zemgus Girgensons’ fine Olympics play has continued in Buffalo.

Week 21 features, for one, a full week. It has been awhile, hasn’t it? When scouring through the waiver wire, the pickings are definitely more slim. For head-to-head leagues, there are only a couple more weeks left before the playoffs begin. Even rotisserie owners are feeling the pinch as March roars in. In our search for this week’s picks, we dug a little deeper than usual. There may be more questions than usual.

Who are our picks for this week’s edition? Let’s take a look at some players we think can help your Fantasy hockey team.

FORWARDS

Zemgus Girgensons, C, Buffalo Sabres: The pivot has parlayed a nice Olympic run into an even better Week 20 with three points in his last two games, including a goal against the Bruins on Wednesday (see video below). The young Latvian gradually has been given an increased work load and he has responded for the most part. It will be interesting to see who is left in Buffalo after Wednesday. Girgensons might even find his way into some more power play time, but the key will be who gets traded. Matt Moulson is a certainty to go, but several other players may head out as well. Does newly acquired Chris Stewart get flipped? All of this will factor into playing time for Girgensons, so needless to say, keep an eye on it.

Riley Sheahan, C, Detroit Red Wings: The injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and particularly Henrik Zetterberg have led to some openings in the Detroit lineup. The 12 points Sheahan has in 20 games is very respectable. The bad thing is he does not hit the magical 15-minute mark too often but if there are any more injuries, he could. Detroit has just had one of those seasons which keeps the centre who is owned in very few leagues (less than 1 per cent) a viable Fantasy option. If your league is deep enough and you are desperate, this might just be a good idea.

Anders Lee, C, New York Islanders: The youngsters are playing on Long Island and at this point, that is not a bad idea. This feels like a Notre Dame Fighting Irish alumni party with Sheahan and now Lee, but the youngsters are promising. Here’s the deal: Lee would have to produce consistently and Frans Nielsen is coming back which would eat into Lee’s time a bit. So for at least this week, Lee will have a bit more value. Taking a shot is not going to hurt here especially with the single digit ownership rate.

DEFENSE

Zbynek Michalek, Phoenix Coyotes: In the deepest leagues, there are always players that need a good home. Michalek will never be an offensive threat but he plays around 20 minutes a night and in leagues with blocks, he is Fantasy gold at a little over three per game. Considering he also plays a pretty physical game as far as hits (and that is enough to pick him up in leagues as a fourth or fifth defenseman), you could do worse, right?

Nicklas Grossmann, Philadelphia Flyers: This is another very deep pick from a blocks standpoint. Again, the emphasis is on digging for categories. Think of it as scrounging where no one else will. Just remember, these picks will not make or break your team. They may just provide a slight category boost to help. However, this time of the season, every little move has an effect, even if it appears to be very slight.

Please understand again that Week 21 is a full week with normal transaction limits in leagues. The trade deadline will have an impact and next week’s theme will hinge on the fallout from the deadline. Good luck!

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Kent Bazemore Making an Impression

March 1, 2014 | by Bob Raymond | Comments Comments Off
Now is your last chance to potentially buy low on Suns guard Eric Bledsoe. The talented combo guard, who suffered a knee injury several weeks ago, is close to returning to the lineup and could be back early next week. If your league’s trade deadline hasn’t passed or you’re in a super shallow league in which Bledsoe might still be available via the waiver wire (97.5 per cent owned in ESPN leagues), don’t hesitate to take action!
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The Wire Troll: Teemu Selanne Can Still Do it

February 23, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
If it feels like we have been gone for a few weeks, it is because the NHL version of The Wire Troll has been in a “Sochi slumber.” With the Olympics over, it’s time to look ahead at Week 20 in your Fantasy hockey leagues. Who are the players that could see a bit of a Fantasy boost?
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The Wire Troll: Spencer Hawes Finds a New Home

February 22, 2014 | by Bob Raymond | Comments (1)
In this edition of The Wire Troll we take a different approach and review the Fantasy impact of the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday. We didn’t see any of the blockbuster trades that had been rumoured, but several players do have new teams as we enter the home stretch of the regular season. Let’s examine the Fantasy impact of the consummated trades as Fantasy owners look to new dynamics to exploit.
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The Wire Troll: Nick Calathes is a Hidden Gem

February 15, 2014 | by Bob Raymond | Comments (0)
If you’re in keeper league, this is an urgent alert to get McCollum on your team. He was the star of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after being the 10th overall pick by Portand last year. Unfortunately for McCollum, he suffered a broken foot and missed the first 36 games of his career. Now that he’s finding his legs and the nuances of the NBA, he’s putting up decent Fantasy numbers as of late. Playing time will likely hinder McCollum from being a major factor the remainder of the way but watch out in future seasons.
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