Waiver watch – Lafreniere, Drouin lead fantasy playoff performers


Victoria Matiash, Fantasy HockeyMar 28, 2024, 02:00 PM ET

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Whether you’ve lost a player to injury, or your still-contending team could use a boost otherwise, there remain some valuable-right-now fantasy assets that are widely available. Here’s a handful that could immediately help your squad as the regular season winds to a close, with a pressing look to next week’s schedule in particular. As we all know, in fantasy playoff hockey, there’s no time like the here and now.

Jonathan Drouin, F, Colorado Avalanche (Available in 89% of ESPN.com leagues): Last spotted on a top Colorado line with fellow junior teammate Nathan MacKinnon, Drouin is stringing together another productive run. Before Monday’s anomalous 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, the former Halifax Moosehead collected eight points in four games, capped off with an explosive performance against the Penguins. He’s in a groove.

Next week: @CLS, @MIN, @EDM, DAL

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Alexis Lafreniere, F, New York Rangers (Available in 80% of ESPN.com leagues): Competing on a forward unit with Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck, Lafreniere has four goals and four assists on 20 shots through seven recent games. Unlike his linemates, the (finally) blossoming 22-year-old remains overwhelmingly available in ESPN.com leagues.

Next week: PIT, NJ, @DET, MON

Anthony Duclair, F, Tampa Bay Lightning (Available in 70% of ESPN.com leagues): For the first time since joining the Lightning pre-deadline, Duclair failed to score for his new squad Wednesday (Tampa still beat the Bruins 3-1). A rather forgivable offense, considering the ex-Shark banged out five goals and four assists in his previous seven games. I don’t imagine it’ll be long before he dents the scoresheet once more, especially when skating on a top line with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. Perhaps Saturday when the…

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Author : Victoria Matiash

Publish date : 2024-03-28 18:53:59

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