2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
Fantasy Hockey Rankings

When will Nikita Kucherov receive the elite of the elite treatment? If McDavid had 75 points through 45 games played, you'd never hear the end of it in media coverage. Going back to the 2017-18 season, the Russian Rifle has amassed 570 points in only 404 games. Although the ongoing war most likely plays a part in the suppression of any success by their countrymen, his stellar campaign needs to be acknowledged. While we revel in his impressive production, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire plays.

Next week begins the bye week for teams, which makes collecting a W for your squad(s) this week all the more important. If you own Winnipeg Jets, you need to prepare long term for the lack of games you'll receive from them. From January 22nd  through February 17th, they will only play eight times.

Steer clear of the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs this week, with two games respectively. The Los Angeles Kings offer a premier schedule with four games total all falling on off nights. The Florida Panthers, Seattle Kraken and St. Louis Blues offer three games scheduled for off nights as well.

I want to reiterate that my drop considerations are for redraft leagues. Additionally, I never consider plus/minus. Do yourself a favor and make your commissioner scrap the asinine category.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

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Philip Danault, C, Los Angeles Kings (26% rostered)

Mr. Consistency is once again on pace for another 50 point season with the Kings. Now in his third season on the West Coast, he's never failed to hit the mark with them. With the optimal schedule next week, you must get a piece of their team on your fantasy roster(s) to bolster your chance for the win. In my opinion, he's worth a long term look, especially if you count FOW.

Brock Faber, D, Minnesota Wild (47% rostered)

With Jared Spurgeon now set to miss the rest of the season, the young defender looks poised to quarterback PP1 in the state of hockey throughout the rest of the campaign. Rarely are you able to add a prominent offensive blue line option this late in the season, especially one pacing for over 40 points. Still relatively low owned despite his deployment, please scoop up the University of Minnesota alum immediately.

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Samuel Ersson, G, Philadelphia Flyers (40% rostered)

The crease in the city of brotherly love is officially a timeshare with the lesser known half available in a majority of leagues. The young Swede has started 19 games, winning 12 of them while providing better ratios than Carter Hart. If you need help between the pipes you need to grab him right now before everyone else catches on.

Connor Zary, C/RW, Calgary Flames (3% rostered)

With 22 points through 36 games played, the rookie should receive consideration for the Calder Trophy race. You'll see him bounce around the lineup seemingly day-to-day. However, he's attached at the hip with Nazem Kadri. He was seeing time on PP1 but that's turned into a role on PP2 recently. Not entirely awful, with said unit boasting a prolific Blake Coleman and underrated defender, Rasmus Andersson.

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Tyler Toffoli, RW, New Jersey Devils

Although 30 points in 44 games sounds solid, a vast majority of that production came in the first third of the campaign. Since December 1st, he's only produced 9 points. New Jersey is a tough franchise to invest in as there are many mouths to feed and only so many shots to go around. It would seem the former Calgary Flame has fizzled out.

JJ Peterka, RW, Buffalo Sabres

I've mentioned young players going through peaks and valleys in their production. The young German looks to have found himself in the valley currently so look elsewhere for now. Check back in frequently though, this kid can play and has already set a career high in goals.

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Brayden Schenn, C, St. Louis Blues

Gone are the days of the high flying young forward I used to watch play for the Adirondack Phantoms in the early 2010's. Now 32 years of age, its beginning to look like his physical brand of hockey has taken it's toll. While he's not a complete dude because he still provides peripherals, he may be hard pressed to reach 40 points this year.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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