Top Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 2

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Andrew Ortenberg

NHL · 3 years ago

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Each week, we’ll be bringing you the best names to look for on your fantasy hockey waiver wire. Still being early in the season, there are lots of good names to pickup who are still owned in a relatively low percentage of leagues. Here’s who to look for and put a claim in on your fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups for week 2

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Justin Williams – RW – Carolina Hurricanes: Williams is one of my favorite targets this week. He’s owned in only 22 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues, and has been one of the biggest breakout guys so far this year. A few nights ago against the Wild, he had two assists and a goal, and has been rolling to start the season. Definitely put a claim in on him if he’s available in your league.

Zach Pairse – LW – Minnesota Wild: Pairse had a down 2017, but that was mostly due to nagging injuries. He’s healthy now, and starting to show that he can put up points on a consistent basis. He’s getting a bunch of shots on goal, and is a reliable source of assists. Playing on an underrated Wild offense, I think Pairse could return decent value moving forward. He’s only owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues, but I don’t expect that number to last long.

Brady Tkachuk – LW – Ottawa Senators: Tkachuk is owned in more leagues than the previous two guys, 32 percent, but if he is still available you should grab him. The Senators have been scoring a ton of goals this season, and Tkachuk is a major reason why. He’s playing on the first line and on the power play, and should continue to get plenty of scoring opportunities. Tkachuck is probably the one you’d want to go after if you’re looking for just one player.

Defensemen

Maxime Lajoie – Ottawa Senators: If you can’t get Tkachuk, his teammate is another good idea. Lajoie is one of the best rookies in the entire league, and fantasy owners are beginning to catch on as he’s currently owned in 33 percent of leagues and climbing. He has the second most points of any rookie this year, and has been firing a surprising number of shots on goal for a rookie defenseman. If you’re looking for a defenseman, Lajoie is the only way I would consider looking this week.

Goalies

Anders Nilsson – Vancouver Canucks: Nilsson entered the year in a timeshare with Jacob Markstrom, but has played much better recently. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nilsson begins getting more and more run as the season goes on, and has much more upside in my opinion. Markstrom is much higher owned (35 to 5 percent) but I think that trend will start to reverse itself soon. Scooping up Nilsson now could pay major dividends down the line if you’re in need of a goalie.

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