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Monday, 08 April 2013 21:16

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 12

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It's playoff season for fantasy hockey players! Aside from the always anticipated draft, playoffs are the next best thing since white, crustless, sliced bread. It's that time of the year where many managers are happy to be in the running to either win their share of dollars, or the always important bragging rights. On the other hand, it's also that time of year where most fantasy hockey players aren't even involved in since their team(s) have been eliminated. For the managers still vying for a fantasy championship, a key pick up this week can be the reason for fantasy euphoria, or fantasy misery. I will be highlighting some names of those players who are probably available on your waiver wire, in which will help your chances at a fantasy championship.


C- Marcus Johansson (WSH)- Johansson was mentioned last week in my week 11 waiver wire section, and his name is on the rise. If you were smart enough to grab him last week, you were surely happy with his 5A and +5 rating. He will continue to see his fair share on the top line alongside OV and Backstrom who are both hotter than Tim Thomas after a shoot out loss. With three games this week for Johansson and the Caps, he will be a nice assist in your fantasy journey.


RW- Jakob Silfverberg (OTT)- You may not have noticed who is scoring for the Sens lately, mainly because they have had injuries to their top players, but the young trio of Silfverberg-Zibanejad- and newly acquired Conacher have been the wheel for the Sens. Silfverberg has not gone back to back games without registering a point since March 6th.


C- Mika Zibanejad (OTT)- Zibanejad is turning in to exactly what the Senators thought he could do when they drafted him 6th overall back in 2011. Zibanejad has been excellent of late with 11 points in his last 12 games. The Sens won't be playing against tough defensive teams this week as they will be visiting TB, NJ, and Philly. Expect the top line for the Sens to keep this team alive.


C- Frans Nielsen (NYI)- Nielsen has caught lightning in a bottle. This streaky Isles forward has 23 points on the year and 12 points in his last 15 games, while he is currently riding a 4 game point streak. Nielsen and the Isles have finally found some secondary production behind the Moulson and Tavares combo. Nielsen is a nice add in deeper leagues but has a couple tough opponents this week as the Isles will face off against Philly, Boston, and the Rangers.


LW- Brandon Saad (CHI)- Saad is playing on one of the top teams in the NHL in a high octane offense where his name can be easily forgotten with the rest. Saad has been enjoying his coming out party as he has 20 points in his last 19 games. His name is still not as popular as it should be, but when times are tight like this in playoff season, it's always important to stick with the hot hand.


RW- Ryan Callahan (NYR)- I usually don't post waiver wire additions who are owned in more than 50% of the leagues, but Callahan is my exception. Callahan is currently owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues, he has 3 good match ups this week as the Rangers take on TOR twice and one game against the Islanders. If he is available in your league, he is a must own.


D- Jay Bouwmeester (STL)- The Blues traded a good amount of value to acquire Bouwmeester from the Flames, but the Blues are quite happy with their early rewards. Bouwmeester has been playing over 23 minutes a game and has 2 assists in the 3 games since being traded. The Blues play 4 times this week which is a major boost to his value, pick him up before it's too late.


D- Matt Carle (TB)- He is owned in half of the leagues on Yahoo! so he may not be available, but if you are struggling with your D and his name is on the wire, he is your guy. He currently has a 5 game point streak, where Carle has totalled 1G and 6A. The Lightning have 4 games on tap this week so expect nice numbers for your playoff match.


G- Brian Elliott (STL)- After the first month of the season, I would have never believed that I would be in the situation to say that Elliott could be gold for your fantasy playoff match up, but it's true. With 4 games this week, expect Elliott to get at least 2 starts with a Blues team that is on a roll.


G- Ben Bishop (TB)- I believe that the Sens and the Lightning made a fantastic hockey trade that filled some voids. Bishop adds another young big goaltender to compete with Lindback (who is on the IR) and who hasn't performed up to par this year for the Bolts. Bishop had a wonderful 45 save shut out in his first game as a Bolt. He will likely get most if not all of the starts if the Bolts can get hot. With 4 games this week, he will be a nice pick up.

Phillip Beneteau

My name is Phillip Beneteau and I've been around and involved in sports my whole life. I started skating when I was 3 years old and swinging a golf club shortly after. I have an uncanny love for all sports and any sort of competition. This love for all sports and competition has led me to take a strong interest in fantasy sports. I started writing about sports back in January of 2012, and have been mainly focusing on fantasy sports along with the odd segment of something else that catches my interest. I starting writing last year by ways of my blog http://sports-half-philled.blogspot.ca/ . 

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