2013 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Outlook for Week 6
If you checked out The Fantasy Fix’s Top 200 (and 1)since its Monday release, then some of the names on this list will be familiar to you. It was nice to get a chance to expand the rankings and offer other names that may have slipped through the cracks in your fantasy hockey league.
Injuries are really becoming a problem in the fantasy world. On my team, I have three players on injured reserve led by Jeff Carter. I also had goaltender Kari Lehtonen miss time in the season’s first month. I was able to drop struggling netminder Craig Anderson at the same time since my goalie depth is solid. While I may be fortunate enough to fill in the gaps with my depth players, not all have the same opportunity.
Let’s take a look at some of the better adds and watches on the waiver wire this week.
Mike Santorelli– Vancouver Canucks (Owned in 85% of leagues): Santorelli was one of a handful of Florida Panthers from 2008 to 2011 that were expected to blossom into pros and never did. After a pit stop in Winnipeg Santorelli landed in Vancouver as a free agent, and has taken advantage of his opportunity. His playing time was aided by a hurting Alex Burrows and more recently, Jannik Hansen. Burrows has returned, and Hansen will be back sooner than later. Does Santorelli’s value take a hit now, later, or never? For the time being, he is worth a roster spot.
Chris Kreider– New York Rangers (45%): Kreider was recalled from the AHL a little over ten days ago and has been impressive during that time. He is skating next to Derek Stepan and is seeing time on the power play. If Stepan continues to play like the player we have seen in the past, the equally talented Kreider will perform positively, as well.
Alex Killorn- Tampa Bay Lightning (20%): Killorn may not be a familiar name, but he is playing with well-known players Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Anyone stationed next to them has fantasy value. Killorn has four goals, twelve points, and three special teams points. Add him immediately.
Ryan Johansen– Columbus Blue Jackets (8%): Johansen’s plus/minus is trending downward (-4 his last three games) but his points (8) and shots (35) are pointing upward. The 21-year old is showing signs of understanding the pro game and Columbus needs him to desperately.
Derek Morris– Phoenix Coyotes (68%): Morris left Tuesday’s game against the Canucks with a lower-body injury and did not return. Regardless, a healthy Morris is scoring at a career-high pace. Stash him and his 10 points now and enjoy the ride.
Jason Demers– San Jose Sharks (30%): I have said this too many times: Get Sharks defensemen into your lineups! Demers has seven assists on the season, and four of them doubled up as power play points. He is playing less than 19 minutes per game, but he is worth the drop in time on ice. Demers is a defenseman who clearly is taking advantage of his middle-of-the-road minutes.
Jake Muzzin– Los Angeles Kings (27%): Muzzin had a miserable start to the season and ended up in the AHL for a breather. Since being recalled, Muzzin has seen all of his stats in fantasy rise. A telling stat is his recent time on ice. In the past week L.A. has played three games and has played no less than 18:24 in those contests. He also has 10 shots in the past week. Watch to see if his good play continues as he could be a nice addition on the back end of your fantasy roster.
Danny DeKeyser– Detroit Red Wings (5%): He has finally showed up! Prior to puck drop in early October, I talked about DeKeyser’s importance to a Wings team in need of second offensive defenseman to aid stud blueliner Niklas Kronwall. It took a dozen games, but DeKeyser now has five points and is seeing over 20 minutes per game after seeing closer to 18 before the injury bug hit. This opportunity is what he needed to showcase his abilities that most saw as a rookie free agent signing last season.
Carter Hutton– Nashville Predators (41%): The Pekka Rinne E. coli is unsettling and scary, but someone has to mind the net in Nashville. The former Blackhawks farmhand is getting the lion’s share of starts and is managing to play well enough for fantasy consideration. Owners of Rinne and other injured netminders such as Craig Anderson need to fill the gaps until they return. Hutton has what appears to be until after Christmas to prove his worth.