We are now approaching the end of November, and issues that may have looked like they would solve themselves initially might be looking like growing pains on your fantasy team now. Fortunately, there is lots of time to strengthen your team for a long playoff run, and there are some good players to choose from.
Forwards to consider adding
Trevor Moore – LAK – LW, RW
Somehow, only 47% owned, Trevor Moore is a forward who brings incredible value off the waiver wire. He has a very high total of shots on goal for the season, and contributes in the hits category as well. He is currently skating on the Los Angeles Kings’ second line with Philllip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson, and he has been producing at a near point-per-game pace since November 5. The Kings also have some favourable opponents coming up next week as they face Ottawa and Arizona, which gives Moore plenty of opportunity to produce.
Jason Zucker – PIT – LW
Jason Zucker has looked great on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust. Collecting six points in his last seven games, it’s hard to pass up on adding a winger with Zucker’s skill, especially when he is on a line with Malkin. Zucker gets his chances on net, as he has averaged almost three shots a game over the past two weeks.
Additionally, Zucker has been covering hits just as much as he has shots recently, collecting 19 hits in seven games. The Penguins seem to be rolling now as they are currently on a four-game win streak and have won six of their last eight games. With the improved play we are seeing from the Penguins, look for Zucker to take advantage and give his fantasy owners lots of happiness. Zucker is currently 39% owned.
Nick Schmaltz – ARI- C, RW
Run, don’t walk, to pick up Nick Schmaltz. Schmaltz has just come back from injury and scored his first goal in his second game back against the Carolina Hurricanes. With a 7–9–2 record, Arizona has impressed many in the hockey world who perhaps thought they would have a chance to finish with the worst regular season record of all time.
Now, Schmaltz is back and is skating with point-per-game producer Clayton Keller. Last season, Schmaltz recorded 23 goals and 36 assists, and I would not be shocked to see him average the same type of production or even better now that he is back in the lineup. Schmaltz is only 15% rostered, and it is practically guaranteed that that number will be way higher come next week and the week after.
Searching for the diamond in the rough
Monitoring the waiver wire is all about finding that next player who will be a key contributor for your team. Whether you are riding the hot hand for a week or two, or if a player takes off after getting promoted to the top line and never looks back, the key is taking a chance and adding them early. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that the three players above are worth taking a chance on.
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