Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Adds, Stastny worth a full-time spot? Mike Green hot start

Another dull night in the NHL with only seven games on, there will be plenty of roster space for you to use on some waiver wire players. For tonight with seven games maybe you just run with the roster you have and don’t test the waiver wire, but it is Thursday and the week is over in three days, so if you are down in some categories or points it may be worth the risk to go out and grab a player.

Waiver Wire Forwards:

Brayden Point 59% owned: Right now the point is slotted on the second line centering Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde. Point has seen an expanded role and has performed to the Lightning’s expectations in just three games Point has 3G, 4A, 1PPP, 1 GWG, 7 SOG, if you have anyone that you are willing to drop Point is the perfect addition and provides a ton of reward.

Henrik Zetterberg 66% owned: I’m not sure if Zetterberg is a temporary roster add right now or deserves a permanent roster spot, the Red Wings have come out flying in their first three games and the veteran center will be in the mix of their success. Zetterberg provides value with his line one role and power play one time, Zetterberg has 1G, 1A, 1 GWG, and 7 SOG. For tonight run with Zetterberg, it’s worth the risk.

Jason Pominville 13% owned: The Sabres have got off to a slow start and not what they imagined after this offseason, after dropping their first three games, coach Phil Housley has switched somethings up on the front end. Pominville will be not paired with Eichel and Girgensons on the first line as well as running power play one time. Pominville see’s a favorable matchup tonight as well with Martin Jones and the Sharks struggling. Pominville has 2 G, 1A, 1 PPP and 4 SOG.

Paul Stastny 21% owned: A bit of a reach/sleeper waiver wire add, the Blues are off to a 4-0 start and have looked impeccable on the front end. Heading to a fragile Panthers team the Blues forward will look to continue this success. Stastny is paired with both Vladimir’s, Tarasenko and Sobotka, anytime someone is paired with a top 10 fantasy player it is worth the risk. Stastny has 1G, 4A, 1 PP, 7 SOG and 7 HITS.  

Waiver Wire Defenseman:

Esa Lindell 4% owned: Lindell is available in all leagues most likely unless you are in a 16-man league, but going out on a limb here it may be worth the risk to add Lindell as a rental guy, Dallas does not see much production from defenseman aside from Klingberg, but Lindell is paired on the first d-pairing and power play two, I mean the time is there and if you are desperate for an add looking to make anything happen he’s worth a shot. Lindell has 1A, 7SOG, and 3 HITS.

Mike Green 49% owned: Green was my fantasy sleeper earlier in the year, I think if Detroit is going to score goals or have an efficient power play it’ll stem from this guy right here. As it has shown in the first three games Detroit has been able to score and Green has 6 apples on the year already. Green plays top-four minutes and the second power-play unit. Green provides more upside than downside and vs Arizona tonight he won’t be a high risk in the +/- category. Green has 6A, 3 PPP, 3 SOG and 5 HITS.

Joel Edmundson 2% owned: For a guy that plays top-four minutes on a successful Blues team and a team that likes to use their defenseman a lot, there really is no risk in buying on Edmundson for a night. He plays alongside Alex Pietrangelo, and see’s a ton of volume. Edmundson has looked pretty sturdy back there and something the Blues need with some holes on their blueline. Edmundson has 1G, 8 SOG, and 5 HITS.

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Vegas And Analytics Series (Game 3)

KEY:

CF%=Corsi For %=Shot Attempts For/Total Shot Attempts

CA%=Corsi Against %=Shot Attempts Against/Total Shot Attempts

PDO=Save%+Shooting%

TPR=Total Play Rating (Not a completely verified stat) = (PDO-CA%)+High Danger Sv%

This article is going to be much shorter than the previous one, if you have any questions about what the stats mean, I will link the previous article that explains what each stat means and why it is important.

CF%:

VGK: 5v5=48.39%

CA%:

VGK:5v5=51.61%

Although the outcome, Vegas rode a strong first 5 minutes of the game jumping out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the first. Since the first period, Aizona slowly started to dominate the game especially in the third period, alas it was too late. This was a really nice moment for the Knights in their home opener even though statistically they were outplayed, but riding a spectacular shooting percentage came out with a win and stay undefeated.

PDO:

VGK:102.59

ARI: 91.41

The Golden Knights’ PDO was not the highest I have ever seen, but it still was unexpectedly higher than the Coyotes. When comparing all stats, this is where the Coyotes lost this game with goal tending. With a save percentage of 82.14, it is no wonder why Arizona lost this game. If Raanta did not allow the 4 quick strikes by Vegas, this would be a game that I would have given to Arizona to be honest. They fought back and got the majority of the high danger and medium danger with a total of 17 compared to Vegas’ 13.

TPR:

VGK:125.98

This is statistically the Knights’ worst game as a team, but the biggest goal differential in a win. They did enough to win, but with a game like this, league average goal tending would have given the Coyotes the win this match-up. I am happy the Knights got the win this contest due to the circumstances, but by looking straight at their numbers, if they keep this up and come back down to earth it will not be a pretty season for the Knights. Hopes are high, but temper expectations for this team.

 

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Players On The Rise

Week 6 Waiver Wire Steals

With the Seahawks, Bengals, Cowboys, and Bills all on a bye for Week 6 of the NFL season, many fantasy owners need to fill holes left by star players such as AJ Green and Ezekiel Elliott. Fortunately for fantasy owners in need of a waiver wire steal, we got them covered. Below are five players that should attract attention off the waiver wire.

Will Fuller(Owned in 67.4% of ESPN leagues)

It’s almost disrespectful that this man is not owned in 100% leagues. Fuller has two touchdowns in the last two games and with his top-tier speed, it appears he will consistently be putting up these numbers. If he’s available in your league, add him immediately, he has the talent to be a WR2 easily
Hunter Henry(Owned in 53.8% of ESPN leagues)

The tight end has been a tough position this year, especially with big injuries to big name players such as Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert. With eight targets on Sunday, Hunter Henry proved to be a reliable target for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense. Although eight targets is a hard task to ask from a player with Henry’s caliber, he should be a solid filler in the tight end position because Philip Rivers likes to spread the ball out to his tight ends.

Ed Dickson(Owned in 33.4% of ESPN leagues)

With Greg Olsen being out for a while, Dickson proved himself this Sunday with 5 catches for 175 yards. Now 175 yards will most likely not be achieved again however, Dickson appears to still be a solid target for Newton as the season goes on.

Nelson Agholor(Owned in 29.1% of ESPN leagues)

With elite level speed, it was only a matter of time before Agholor would begin to make a name for himself. Last week Agholor had 92 yards and 1 touchdown against the Cardinals defense. With improved play from both him and quarterback Carson Wentz, fantasy teams should look for him to fill holes in week six as he takes on the Panthers secondary. 

Elijah McGuire(Owned in 22.6% of leagues)

This could be the breakout week for McGuire, as he figures to receive a big bulk of carries in place of a dinged up Bilal Powell. Even if Powell plays, McGuire should still get a large amount of work and can be a good option to replace Ezekiel Elliott.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Adds

Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets

Carson Palmer– 54% owned: Palmer has quietly had a good season and has been a steady QB1 so far this season. Since week 1, he’s thrown for 5 TD’s, 1,305 yards, and only 2 INT. Going up against the 30th ranked passing defense, Palmer could be a solid pickup if your normal QB1 has a bye.
Jacoby Brissett– 17% owned: Coming off a solid 20 point performance, Brissett could be another reliable option for a spot starter in week 6. Tennessee has the 29th ranked passing defense and Brissett provides a dual threat with both his passing and running ability.

Mike Wallace- 58% owned: Wallace is coming off back-to-back impressive weeks after a slow start to the season. Over the past 2 games, Wallace has 9 REC for 188 YDS and 1 TD. As one of Joe Flacco’s only reliable targets, Wallace should be able to keep up the momentum against the Bears.

Evan Engram– 70% owned: Evan Engram is a MUST ADD. Four of the Giants top five receivers went down with an injury and will miss multiple games. Engram is built like a WR and will be Eli Manning’s top target until Sterling Shepard returns, which won’t be for at least two weeks. Even though Engram had no catches in a strange game last week, he will undoubtedly be one of the Giants’ biggest contributors.

Alvin Kamara– 74% owned: With Adrian Peterson gone, Kamara should get even more carries than he already was getting. Kamara provides not only a strong run game, but a passing game as well. Drew Brees loved to dump off the ball to Kamara and watch him go on for a big gain. He should have another strong performance when the Lions come to visit on Sunday.

NFL Week 6 Game Picks

Week 6 in the NFL has some promising action for the fans. Five games stand out with none of the following having heavy favorite teams. These are the predictions for Week 6:
1. (TNF) Eagles @ Panthers

  • This Thursday we have a great matchup in front of us as the Eagles go on the road to face the Panthers. Both teams fall under the same boat in regards to schedule wise. Both teams have not had a real test to their abilities, however both offenses look like they can get the job done. With Cam Newton on fire the past couple of weeks, the Panthers should be able to get the job done at home on Thursday Night.

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Panthers

 

  1. Steelers @ Chiefs
  • The undefeated Chiefs square off against the rattled Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are coming off a week where they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home with Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions. Big Ben questioned himself in a post-game interview on whether he still has “it” or not. With the Steelers unsure about how their QB will perform, the heavily powered Chiefs will take home the W this week.

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Chiefs

 

  1. Rams @ Jaguars
  • The Rams go into Jacksonville this Sunday to face the Jaguars. The Jags are coming off a big week taking down the Steelers at Heinz Field. Leonard Fournette has established himself as a top RB in the league and all the Jags need is a steady QB which they have in Blake Bortles. The Rams did however have an off week last week with their bell cow Todd Gurley only held to under 45 rush yards. The Rams will not bounce back this week as the Jags will hold them off at home.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars

 

  1. Buccaneers @ Cardinals
  • Tampa Bay is coming off a long week where they played last Thursday night falling to the Patriots. The Bucs more than likely should have left that game with a W if it was not for a poor kicking performance from Nick Folk. Doug Martin returned to action last Thursday and made an impact with over 70 yards rushing and a rushing TD. The Cardinals fell to the Eagles on the road last week and added Adrian Peterson to try to fix the awful run game. Peterson will not have an immediate impact and the run game will still be a mess putting too much pressure on Carson Palmer.

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers

 

  1. Packers @ Vikings
  • The Packers are rolling into Week 6 coming off a big win in Dallas with a 4th quarter drive to beat the Cowboys. While on the other side the Vikings are coming off a win but barely beating the Bears with a poor QB performance and the early exit of top receiver Stefon Diggs. The Packers have been missing their top RB Ty Montgomery due to a rib injury. With Montgomery out, the Packers seem to have found their new RB in Aaron Jones coming off a great week on the ground. With the Vikings looking to bounce back this week at home, the Packers will march into Minneapolis and come out with a W.

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Packers

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights Hot Start, Relax. It won’t last much longer.

Alright I was going to wait to write this after this weekend but something needs to be said, I’ll give credit where credit is due now, without a doubt Vegas has looked incredible, but I mean people need to relax already. The Vegas Golden Knights are 3-0, that’s all fine and dandy but it is just THREE games. It was awesome to see them win last night after that amazing ceremony but take into consideration they have played the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes twice. It’s not like they’re beating any spectacular teams, plus like I said before it is three games, take a breather, people.

Vegas Golden Knights Hot Start

Vegas Golden KnightsYeah, you may be saying, “the Golden Knights look amazing right now how could you say they are not going to be good”. I do not think this start means anything though, many teams have started off hot and ended up falling off the rails. Look at Colorado right now they’re 2-1, took down Boston and the Rangers two playoff teams why isn’t everyone going crazy over them? The Coyotes went 3-0 in 2015-16 and had one of their worst years that season. Yes, Vegas joined elite company as the first ever expansion franchise to go 3-0, but do we actually for a second believe that this team will continue this success for 82-games?!! No. Why, well here…

Neal & Fleury capable of this play all year? 

Neal goalJames Neal is off to a hot start with five goals in three games. Of Vegas’s nine goals Neal has half of them. Neal would need to continue this pace for 82-games that would mean then, well, Neal is tallying his career high at 30-years-old. Neal has tallied 40-goals one time and that was six years ago. He has been in the range of 25-30 goals for his whole career, so to think Neal will keep this production up is absurd. Next, Marc Andre Fleury is posting 1.32 goals against, .963 save percentage and has started every game. Fleury has posted numbers like a 2.50 and .912 save percentage in his career, is there any reason to believe at age 32-years-old Fleury is at the top of his game. What happens when he doesn’t start, uh oh. Malcolm Subban comes in, have fun. Lastly, the Golden Knights played the Coyotes twice and should have lost to the Stars, yes, should of, could of, would of, I know but play them again and guarantee the Stars win.

Vegas schedule for rest of October…

Luckily Vegas plays Boston again tonight, then Detroit, Buffalo, but after that, they face off against Chicago and St. Louis. Then the fun begins as they hit the road for their six-day road trip vs both New York teams, Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Good luck, enjoy the admiration and hype now but come two weeks Vegas will be right where we all expected them to be.

NHL: Flyers Fall to Nashville in Final Minutes, Questionable Challenge

The Philadelphia Flyers fell in the worst fashion imaginable Tuesday night against the reigning Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. After stumbling out of the gate and surrendering the first three goals, the Flyers exploded in the second and early goings of the third for five straight,patrick nolan two from Valtteri Filppula, and one from each of Andrew MacDonald, Travis Konecny, and Nolan Patrick. For Patrick, the 19 year-old second overall pick in this year’s draft, the goal was the first of his promising NHL career.

However, less than a minute after potting their goal, Nashville responded on a goal from Filip Forsberg that cut the Flyers’ lead to 5-4. Whimpering to the finish line, the Flyers found themselves down three-men after two penalties and Nashville pulling Pekka Rinne for a sixth skater. It would be former-Flyer Scott Hartnell who, on his second goal of the night, would tie the game with 1:17 to go in the contest.

It was here that the Flyers would be the first team to feel the ill-effects of the new offside challenge rules. In a questionable move, coach Dave Hakstol challenged the play that led to the game-tying goal for offside, and when the play was confirmed to be onside Philadelphia was handed another penalty leaving the team again, on the two-man penalty kill. Less than a minute later Filip Forsberg netted the game-winning goal and his second of the game. Unfortunately for the Flyers, two points slipped away in the final 1:17 of a hard-fought contest, thanks in large part to some questionable decisions behind the bench.

The loss brings the Flyers their second of the 2017-’18 season, leaving the team at 2-2 four games into October.