Fantasy Hockey - Week 16 Waiver Wire

With the season continuing to grind on, the playoff picture in our fantasy hockey leagues is starting to take shape. Are you already in the playoff picture, fighting to keep your playoff hopes alive, or hopelessly eliminated. Whether you're building for next year in a dynasty or battling for playoff seeding, there's always a building block or two that can be added from the waiver wire on a weekly basis. In the last two weeks we've looked at some rookie performances from the first half of this season, and many of these names can still be added, even in dynasty formats. Among the rookie forwards Tanner Jeannot, Dawson Mercer, and Seth Jarvis were addable in many formats this year while Alexandre Carrier and Sean Durzi were among the rookie defensemen on the wire this year. This week, we'll look at some more players who can be used either in the short-term as a streamer or as a building block over the long haul. Let's see what this week has in store.

Week 15 Waiver Wire

Week 14 Waiver Wire

Week 13 Waiver Wire

Adrian Kempe (W-LAK) 44% Rostered

Kempe is one of those surprising players this year where we're waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it simply hasn't yet. Outside of an uninspiring stretch in December, he's rebounded nicely since the COVID break, and is firing shots on goal at a blistering pace. Already setting a career high in goals with 17 this season, Kempe is putting shots on net at a rate of three per game while hitting nearly 1.5 times per game as well. He's been a product of boosted ice time this season, and making it count, especially on special teams where he has six PPP and two SHP. Skating on a line with Anze Kopitar makes anyone better, but Kempe had flashed in previous seasons, and is making his home for now on the top line for the Kings. Though this may not be a long term solution in dynasty leagues where his value will certainly be dependent on the status of the Kings' many young forwards, he's paying dividends this season, especially in points leagues.

Jared McCann (C,W-SEA) 25% Rostered

McCann is on pace for his first 30 goal campaign, and only four goals shy of topping his career high of 19. He's been solid at driving play for a weak Kraken team, and leads the team with shots on goal thus far. He's been lining up with a previous Waiver Wire honoree in Jordan Eberle along with Yanni Gourde at even strength, and seeing top PP unit deployment for the first time in his career. Outside of his shooting numbers, he's providing one hit per game and .5 blocks per game as well, but his 8 PPPs have been nice for a guy with a TOI that reflects third line deployments. Though he hasn't done much damage on the score sheet in the last week, his TOI has started to climb, and could be a cheap fill in down the stretch.

Alex Formenton (W-OTT) 3% Rostered

Drake Batherson continues to be one of the best players for Ottawa this season, and lately he's been lined up with Formenton and Tim Stutzle at even strength. Though he was buried down the line chart earlier in the year, Formenton is now up over 15 minutes per night over the last ten games, and getting second team PP usage for the first time this year as well. He's parlayed the favorable deployment into seven points over his last six contests. Averaging a little over one hit per game, he's also been a factor on special teams with two SHPs this season as well, and should be in for a bump in scoring pace if he can stick on this line for a while. What's more Ottawa plays more than any other team following the All-Star break, and play five times this week and next. Adding some Senators to your team may be key for a stretch run in your league.

Travis Boyd (C,W-ARI) 1% Rostered

Underutilized in fantasy all season, Boyd has been quietly putting up points for a bad Coyotes team this season with 19 points (10G, 9A). In his last 14 games, he has 10 points, and is averaging more than two and a half minutes per night on the man advantage since the middle of December. Despite being a power play weapon for Arizona, Boyd isn't chipping in with as many shots as you'd like with 1.3 per game, but for a cheap option, can get you points and face off wins. He's been tied to Clayton Keller for most of this season, and is seeing more ice time as the season continues, as he's been over 16 minutes consistently in recent months. This one is more of a dart throw, but one that can pay dividends in a pinch.

Luke Kunin (C,W-NSH) 15% Rostered

Another week, another Nashville player making an appearance in the weekly waiver column. Though he hasn't been a force on the score sheet this year, with 17 points and a pace of 32, he's getting the most PP time of his career, and has quietly turned himself into a peripheral darling since coming over to Nashville. Though averaging a hair under two shots per game this season, Kunin is averaging nearly four hits per game this season while chipping in with a few blocks as well. Though he's no longer likely to reach the ceiling that his first round pedigree suggests, he's become a nice player in formats that reward the effort that has gone into him changing his game entirely since being traded from Minnesota.

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