2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire: Czeching his list

by Tyler Mulligan
2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire

The holiday season is here! It's time to exchange gifts and be merry.

For those playing fantasy hockey, we have the best gift of all: The 2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire. During this season of giving we'll offer our picks of the best-kept secrets left on the waiver wire.

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2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Filip Zadina, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings (6% Owned)

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The Detroit Red Wings don't have a lot going for them. They're in last place in the NHL, with a goal differential of -62 after 36 games. Not to mention, their arena was recently changed from being named after a legendary boxer to discount pizza.

They're tanking, folks.

Even with Detroit's current follies, there are positives to take away.

Enter Filip Zadina, the Red Wings' sixth overall pick from the 2018 draft. The Czech winger started off slow to begin his tenure in the NHL, after being called up from the minors.  However, in his last eight games, the agile skater has broken through. He's amassed seven points in the last eight games, with two goals and five assists.

Part of Zadina's recent success was his promotion from the fourth line to the second line. Playing alongside Anthony Mantha and Valtteri Filppula at even strength, while quarterbacking the second power-play unit has boosted his fantasy relevance.

In the past eight games, Zadina has notched four points on the man-advantage.

Ride the 20-year-old's hot streak while you can, because in Detroit, all good things come to an end.

Filip Hronek, D, Detroit Red Wings (25% Owned)

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Filip Hronek is another bright spot in Detroit that owners should look to take advantage of. In the last four games, the blueliner has been a stat-sheet stuffer, scoring a goal while adding four helpers. He's also added seven shots on goal.

Most importantly, the Czech has been productive on the man advantage. Quarterbacking the Red Wings' top power-play unit, Hronek has scored three points during the aforementioned four-game span. This season he's put up seven PPP's— a product of being on a team that lacks depth.

The second-year defenseman gets the job done in other facets of the game as well. In 34 games played, Hronek has 17 PIM's, 47 hits and 41 blocked shots.

Serving as a pivotal piece in Detroit's defensive corps, Hronek should be targeted for owners looking to bolster their D-men.

Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings (14% Owned)

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Going from one bottom feeder to another, we have Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings, who sit in second to last place of the Pacific division have won four of their last five.

This streak of success can be largely attributed to Toffoli, who has been one of the most productive players in fantasy hockey through this span. In the last five games, the 27-year old has amassed three goals and five assists.

With a total of 87 shots on goal this season, Toffoli ranks third on the Kings in SOG despite playing a majority of the year on the third line.

With Toffoli in a contract year, a potential trade might be on the horizon. Either way, he's one of the best picks available on the waiver wire.

Pick him up while he's still available.

Pavel Francouz, G, Colorado Avalanche (35% Owned)

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While Philipp Grubauer was out with an injury, Pavel Francouz stepped up in mighty fashion.

In his last five starts, the Czech back stopper went 4-1-0 and posted a .939 save percentage, while registering a 2.16 goals against average. This season, Francouz has been excellent for the Avalanche. In 13 games started he's put together a 10-2-1 record.

In Grubauer's first game back from injury, the German netminder struggled against the St. Louis Blues, allowing four goals on 38 shots.

Due to Grubauer's recent hardship and Francouz's simultaneous success, fantasy owners might want to bet on Francouz going forward.

For owners of Grubauer, Francouz becomes the obvious handcuff. For those in need of a solid goaltender on a top team, snipe him off the wire while you can. Colorado is in likely in the midst of a time-share. It's time to be proactive.


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