The Wire Troll: Zemgus Girgensons Trending Up
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.
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.
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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