Waiver watch is a blog that covers the waiver wire, free agent signings and trades. It also includes player profiles of players recently signed by NFL teams for their analysis on whether they will be worth it or not.,
It’s hard to believe that the waiver season is almost over after four months of daily battles, long hours and countless topics. With only a month left in its peak time, there are still plenty of remaining points for discussion among teams across divisions around league-wide buyout requirements.
The “waiver stashes” is a command-line tool that allows users to watch for changes in their .gitignore file. This can be used to automatically update the list of files and folders that are not checked into source control.
Every week, we’ll scour the waiver wire for under-the-radar players that may aid your team, whether you play dynasty or redraft, and we’ll also throw in some DFS advice. Finally, we’ll take a look at some past go-to fantasy assets that may be overpriced – either in the short or long term – for various reasons.
Alex Killorn (49.0 percent), Tampa Bay Lightning LW: Killorn has four goals and two assists on 10 shots in his last three games, settling in on a top scoring line with Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli. He’s also a part of the Lightning’s top power play unit. Nikita Kucherov is anticipated to be out for eight to ten weeks after surgery last week. As a result, Killorn may be paired with Point and Cirelli until January. In most fantasy competitions, that’s a worthwhile investment. Check the winger’s availability in your league as soon as possible.
LW Jaden Schwartz of the Seattle Kraken (44.1%): The offensive winger is a much more effective player than his four assists on the season suggest. Schwartz has immediately warmed up with new linemates Joonas Donskoi and Alex Wennberg, providing a helper in each of his last three games. In Thursday’s 4-1 victory against the Wild, that Kraken trio looked very dangerous. Schwartz, who is averaging about 20 minutes per game, is shooting more, including five attempts on goal in Sunday’s defeat to the Rangers. Too many impatient fantasy managers have given up on a top-line skater who will soon reclaim his scoring touch.
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Victor Olofsson (35.4 percent), RW, Buffalo Sabres: Considering what he’s already showed us in his abbreviated NHL career, too many of us are sleeping on Buffalo’s leading scorer to start 2021-22. With five goals and four assists, the 26-year-old is leading his team and humming along well on a scoring line with Tage Thompson and Rasmus Asplund. Olofsson, one of Buffalo’s few bright spots during a dreadful 2020-21 season, should be a must-have in all but the most rudimentary ESPN.com fantasy tournaments. The Sabres are having a good time skating under coach Don Granato.
Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, Florida Panthers (23.0 percent): After being bumped to the top line early in the season, Duclair is making the most of his time with Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe, guiding the Panthers to a near-perfect nine-game record. Remember his red-hot December with the Senators in 2019? He’s one of the game’s streakier contributors. – Most traditional leagues should roster the well-traveled winger until he (inevitably?) cools off. Duclair’s plus-nine for the month of October simply adds to the fantasy luster.
Colorado Avalanche RW/C J.T. Compher (22.9 percent): Compher, who plays on the Avalanche’s best special teams unit, has three power-play points to lead his team. He’s been shuffled up and down the 5v5 roster, averaging roughly 20 minutes and a point per game. While Compher’s current speed is unusual, he may be useful in deeper leagues when he’s on a roll. The importance of the top power-play position cannot be overstated. Fantasy managers with more roster flexibility, such as the ability to move players in and out, may give the Colorado winger a go at least temporarily.
Anaheim Ducks’ Cam Fowler (24.9 percent): Fowler, who anchors the Ducks’ secondary power play, has seven points in ten games, four of which came with the extra skater. The veteran Duck can also be depended on to play a significant amount of minutes and block shots. There are more flashy fantasy assets out there, but Fowler ticks most of the boxes most nights. If you’re looking for a blue-line fix, consider the 29-year-old. If Kevin Shattenkirk, a teammate, is available, take him instead. In his 12th NHL season, Shattenkirk is having a very good time.
Edmonton Oilers’ Evan Bouchard (14.3 percent): The just-turned 22-year-old is off to a strong start with four points on 19 shots while playing top-pair minutes with Darnell Nurse and spearheading a backup power play. In standard leagues, the 15 blocked shots add to an already outstanding and unappreciated fantasy career. Bouchard was widely anticipated to make significant strides ahead in what is slated to be his first full NHL season in the weeks building up to the start of the season. So far, everything has gone well.
Montreal Canadiens’ Ben Chiarot (3.9 percent): In Sunday’s disheartening defeat to the Ducks, the Montreal defense earned his standard-league managers 2.3 fantasy points thanks to his physical performance, despite without adding a goal or an assist. Chiarot ranks seventh in hits among blueliners, only four behind Brent Burns’ 23 blocked shots. While the occasional goal or assist from the stalwart defense is more of a fantasy bonus, you can still expect 20-25 points for the season. There isn’t much to like about the Canadiens right now, both from a fantasy and non-fantasy standpoint, but Chiarot is doing his part for his few faithful managers. In leagues with non-scoring categories, he should be more popular.
San Jose Sharks’ James Reimer (4.3 percent): In Saturday’s 2-1 overtime triumph against the Jets, the goaltender was outstanding in a game in which a severely depleted Sharks club (COVID-19 procedures) was given little chance. Reimer was also impressive against the Predators on Tuesday, was near-perfect in relief of Adin Hill against the Bruins last weekend, and saved all but one of the 31 shots he faced in his opening game of the season, a 2-1 victory against the Senators. If the current tendency continues, we’ll see more Reimer and less Hill in the future. I’m not certain the Sharks will win more games than they lose between now and spring, but the 33-year-old veteran exudes confidence and is playing really well right now.
Expectations were lowered
The Dallas Stars aren’t putting up any points. The Stars have only scored four goals in their last three games, after having scored 15 goals in their first eight games (all losses). At even strength, Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski both have one point, while Roope Hintz and Jamie Benn have a combined three assists. Along with coach Rick Bowness, the club’s finest players must figure it out quickly. Until they do, put any Stars skater who isn’t named Miro Heiskanen on the bench, at least until the game is over. In the meanwhile, there are stronger fantasy possibilities available.
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