Welcome back to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Waiver Wire!
If you are still following along in this series, I am assuming that you are still in contention in your league. Congratulations!
Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. The waiver wire is a treasure trove of fantasy output. As always, utilizing the wire to garner fantasy points is of utmost importance.
We are in the final stretch. Now is the time to put your game face on. No one is off-limits when it comes to a one-week do-or-die to move on.
We will look at some top additions for the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Waiver Wire to give your team the edge after all of the movement around the league.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Waiver Wire
Jaccob Slavin, D, Carolina Hurricanes (58% rostered)
If you are looking to beef up your blue line for the rest of this week, Jaccob Slavin is my go-to pick.
The 27-year-old defenseman is quietly having himself a very solid year. Through 67 games, he has a career-best 37 points. Over the past month, he has been Carolina's most consistent defenseman, putting up eight assists over 14 games.
Slavin is an appealing option this week because he is so well-rounded. In points leagues, he will be a solid option as he plays on Carolina's top pairing alongside the team's superstar forwards. He also has powerplay exposure, playing significant minutes on the team's second unit.
In categories leagues, Slavin will also bring it in the peripheral categories. While he won't provide you with any hits, he has the capacity to single-handedly win you your blocks category. He also shoots with above-average frequency for a defender. Playing on a stacked Carolina team will ensure that he won't burn you in your plus-minus category.
Carolina also has four games left this week - all against pretty weak opponents. The team plays the Sabres twice, and the Islanders and the Ducks once each. You can't go wrong with picking up Slavin this week.
Seth Jarvis, C/LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (7% rostered)
In deeper leagues, I think Seth Jarvis is a must-add. For players in the sub-10% rostered tier, you won't find a guy with more upside this week.
With the acquisition of Max Domi at the deadline, it looks like the Carolina Hurricanes have opted to go with a two-pronged approach to their lines. Rather than stack young phenom Andrei Svechnikov on the top line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, Jarvis has taken hold of that spot. Svechnikov instead has been playing alongside Domi on the second line to create two legitimate top-line threats.
This deployment alone is enough for me to take a flyer on Seth Jarvis.
In his time alongside Aho and Teravainen, he has shown flashes of brilliance. In his past nine games on the top line, he has had four multi-point performances, including a couple of two-goal games. This is the type of upside that I am looking for in a waiver wire pickup at this point in the year.
And, just as with Slavin above, the Hurricanes have the best schedule in the NHL this week.
In deeper leagues, Jarvis is a must-add. I wouldn't sleep on Jarvis in some shallower leagues as well - he is one of the more valuable players in the league this week.
John Klingberg, D, Dallas Stars (78% rostered)
John Klingberg is likely only available in shallower leagues at this point in the season.
The Dallas Stars defenseman is riding a bit of a hot streak. He has a two-game point streak that will look to extend tonight against the Islanders. He also has six points over his last seven games.
There was concern that with Miro Heiskanen's return from a bout with mono, Klingberg would see his fantasy value decline. However, Klingberg has kept a spot on the top powerplay unit even with Heiskanen's return.
As well, with injuries to Esa Lindell and Jani Hakanpaa on the Stars' back end, Klingberg has been seeing a lot of ice time. He is averaging just over 22 minutes a night since Heiskanen's return. Anything over 21 minutes is a good sign for a fantasy defenseman.
In addition to his recent hot streak and favorable deployment, Dallas has one of the better remaining schedules this week. The Stars play the Islanders, Devils, and Blackhawks which should provide Klingberg with many opportunities to keep his hot streak going. They do play the Leafs once, but given Toronto's recent struggles in the net, that game has the potential to be a high-scoring affair.
Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (23% rostered)
I know I covered Rickard Rakell in my post-trade deadline episode of this Waiver Wire series, but I could not leave him off.
His short time with the Penguins has been inconsistent, but some of this is to be expected. The day following the trade deadline, Rakell joined the team in Columbus and found himself in the bottom six as he got acclimatized to his new team. He would follow that up with goose eggs against the Sabres and Rangers as he bounced around the lineup trying to find some chemistry.
Then Rakell found himself stapled to Evgeni Malkin as the team lit up the Red Wings for 11 goals - the most goals scored in a game in the salary cap era. In that game, Rakell had a goal and two assists. He followed that up with a two-goal performance against the Minnesota Wild later that week.
Looking at this week the Penguins have four games left, albeit against four tough opponents. They play the Avalanche, Rangers, Capitals and Predators. While not ideal matchups, Rakell still has one of the better schedules among Waiver Wire players by virtue of playing four games.
If you are looking for another high-upside guy, Rakell is an intriguing option. He has shown that he can have a brilliant game that could win you your week. His inconsistency could also bite you. I think Rakell is the perfect guy to target if you are one pace to lose, barring a few big performances. Picking him up is a high-risk, high-reward play that just might tip the scale in your favor.
Just like last week, we are going to approach this section a little differently. I am going to look at two teams that have schedules that make them must-avoid teams this week.
Vegas Golden Knights Players
The Vegas Golden Knights have just two games this week. They play the Canucks on Wednesday and the Coyotes on Saturday. While the matchup against the Coyotes should be a favorable one for the Knights as they chase a playoff spot, I am not sure it offsets the lack of games this week.
When it comes down to it I think all Golden Knights, barring perhaps Jack Eichel and Alex Pietrangelo, are not worth holding out on for just two games. I would much rather have four games of Seth Jarvis or Rickard Rakell than two games of someone like Jonathan Marchessault.
Here are some of the Vegas players I would look to be divesting from this week:
- Shea Theodore, D, 91% rostered
- Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW/RW, 88% rostered
- Max Pacioretty, LW, 84% rostered (IR)
- Mark Stone, RW, 78% rostered (IR)
- Chandler Stephenson, D, 51% rostered)
- Alec Martinez, D, 37% rostered
- Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, 22% rostered
Los Angeles Kings Players
Just like the Golden Knights, the L.A. Kings play just two more games this week. They faceoff against an Edmonton team that has been solid on the defensive side of the puck as of late. The Oilers have given up more than three goals just four times over their past 14 games - a marked improvement from earlier in the season.
The Kings then have a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Minnesota Wild who have been one of the better defensive teams post-trade deadline, not least because of Marc-Andre Fleury's stellar play.
I would be looking to dump these players this week in order to maximize my games:
- Drew Doughty, D, 80% rostered (IR)
- Adrian Kempe, LW/RW, 45% rostered
- Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, 38% rostered
- Phillip Danault, C, 25% rostered
- Sean Durzi, D, 17% rostered
- Alex Iafallo, LW, 13% rostered
These players are just not worth eating up a roster spot when you could be getting four games from someone on the waiver wire.
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