Welcome back to the weekly fantasy hockey waiver wire report, where we’ll be pointing out players with a less than 50% ownership rate in Fantrax that are worth owning.
Now that we’ve had a few weeks to let the dust settle, we have a clearer picture of where players rank within their team’s lineup. Some have had short bursts of success, while others appear on track to have a quality season. Don’t hesitate too long on picking a player up — other members will catch on to their success before you know it.
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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire for Week 4
C Casey Mittelstadt, BUF (47% owned): After posting a disappointing 25 points in his rookie campaign, the sophomore has put that behind him. Centering the Sabres second line, Mittelstadt has scored seven points in 10 contests. He’s a lock on the second power-play unit and has breakout written all over him. 60 points is not out of the question for this rising star.
C Philip Danault, MTL (39%): Danault is seemingly always the forgotten center in Montreal. He certainly shouldn’t be though, as he anchors the top line. With seven points through nine games, he’s showing that he’s still a dependable player. After notching a career-high 53 points in 2018-19, he could be in line to topple that total.
LW Oskar Lindblom, PHI (27%): The sophomore winger has tallied four goals and two assists in seven games — more points than any Flyer not named Travis Konecny. Lindblom is penciled in on the second line, playing with Sean Couturier and the aforementioned Konecny. Following his 33-point rookie season, Lindblom doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
C Lars Eller, WSH (26%): Often overshadowed by all the big names in Washington, Eller is quietly off to a nice start. He’s generated eight points in 11 outings, along with 10 PIM and 24 shots on goal. He’s on track to easily surpass his career-high 38 points. Yes, he’s stuck in a third-line role in Washington, but he’s one of the better third-line centers you’ll find.
LW Patrick Marleau, SJS (25%): It’s the signing we all expected. The Sharks had a glaring hole in their top six, and Marleau has fit right back in as if it were 2010. With five points in as many games, a role in the top six, and second power-play unit, Marleau is proving that he’s still a valuable commodity even at the age of 40.
RW Brett Connolly, FLA (25%): He has struggled to find his footing for most of his career, then broke out in 2018-19 for 22 goals and 46 points. In 2019-20, he already has seven points in his first nine games. The move to Florida is looking like a wise one for Connolly. He’s showing that he has even more to give now that he’s receiving more ice time — 15:08 ice time per game, versus 13:20 last year.
C Kyle Turris, NSH (18%): Flanked on the second line by Mikael Granlund and newcomer Matt Duchene, Turris is playing his best hockey as a member of the Predators. He has seven points in nine games and is currently riding a four-game point streak. Aside from his rookie season, Turris had a career-low 23 points in 2018-19. He’s certainly looking like a strong bounce-back candidate.
D MacKenzie Weegar, FLA (22%): Weegar saw his point total jump from eight to 15 during his first two years, and looks primed to take another leap forward. He’s up to five points in nine contests thus far, along with posting 13 hits and 18 shots. He’s been primarily playing with Aaron Ekblad, giving Weegar an opportunity to benefit members in deeper leagues.
D Alex Goligoski, ARZ (18%): The veteran blueliner is showing some offensive flair that wasn’t seen too often last season. He has six points in eight contests, the most of any Coyote defenseman. He provides value elsewhere too, with eight hits and 11 blocks. Try to snag him while he’s still hot — he has five points in his last three games.
Also check out last week’s waiver wire picks to see if any of those players are still available.
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