Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 2 (Fantasy Hockey)
Welcome to the first installment of the Waiver Wire Wishlist, fantasy hockey edition. Here, Nate will provide his top waiver wire suggestions for the current fantasy hockey. He will be suggesting his top fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups for the upcoming week. As a rule of thumb, Nate will be suggesting players owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo leagues. He will, to the best of his ability, suggest a player that covers every fantasy eligible position (C, RW, LW, D, G.)
In future editions of this series, you can find the most recent week’s results below and previous week’s suggestions at the bottom of the article. Let’s get into the Week 2 suggestions!
Week 2 Suggestions
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, Boston Bruins - Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues
Week 2 Matchups: @PHI, @BUF & vs. SJ
Charlie Coyle isn’t going to be the Bruins first line center, but he looks to be the early favorite to replace David Krejci as the team’s second line center. The Bruins’ second line is better than some first lines, as Coyle will be skating with guys including Taylor Hall and Craig Smith. We’d like to see more power-play opportunities out of Coyle but I personally believe that is to come in the future. Krejci was a fantasy relevant center as Boston’s number two last year. We’ll see if Coyle can do the same.
Jakob Silfverberg, RW, Anaheim Ducks - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues
Week 2 Matchups: @CGY, @EDM, @WPG & @MIN
Silfverberg is already off to a decent start to the season. Through the Ducks’ first two games of the season, he has scored a goal and recorded two assists, plus two, one power play point and eight shots on goal. His goal on Friday came just 17 seconds into a power play. He’s getting power play minutes. He’s currently skating with the third line for the Ducks, but has already proven that he can play in the power play. I wouldn’t be too alarmed with the veteran skating with the third line, he’ll have great fantasy value moving forward.
Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, Montreal Canadiens - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues
Week 2 Matchups: vs. SJ, vs. CAR & vs. DET
Jonathan Drouin and the Canadiens get a stretch of home games during Week 2 of the season. Drouin didn’t play last year due to anxiety and insomnia, but has already proven that his mental health break of last year may have paid off. Drouin is skating on a line with Josh Anderson and Christian Dvorak and already has two goals on the season. This production is also coming as the Canadiens are playing poor hockey to start the season. You might want to scoop up Drouin right now, because he’s about to be widely owned.
Bowen Byram, D, Colorado Avalanche - Owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues
Week 2 Matchups: @WAS, @FLA & @TB
Anyone getting a decent amount of ice time on the Avalanche is a must own in my opinion. The rookie, Byram, already has a goal and an assist on the season as well as being plus-two. Byram is playing on the Stanley Cup hopeful’s second line with Erik Johnson at this time, playing just shy of 19 minutes-per-game.
Anthony Stolarz, G, Anaheim Ducks - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues
Week 2 Matchup: @CGY, @EDM, @WPG & @MIN
John Gibson has hit the injured reserve, forcing Stolarz into starting goalie minutes for the Ducks. He played decent hockey in the Ducks’ 2-1 loss to the Wild in relief of Gibson on Friday. As the Ducks get four games this week, we can expect Stolarz to play in at least two of them, hopefully three. We could see Gibson back in no time, but this pickup is there in case Gibson isn’t. Even if he is back, he could miss one more game than usual this scoring week due to this injury. The Ducks have only allowed three goals to this point of the season.