2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Planner

Welcome to your fantasy playoff practice week, or should I say weeks. While I can't speak for all platforms, if you're using Yahoo, you'll be subjected to a two week battle in lieu of no games played February 1-4 due to the All-Star break. Capitalizing on limited games played in the first week will be pivotal to your success. While we prepare for this extended duration, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Waiver Wire plays.

Since this is a week-to-week column, I will hone in on players from the only teams providing two games. Those squads are the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, and Ottawa Senators. The Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Seattle Kraken, and St. Louis Blues will play once. Heads up now, I am going center heavy on suggestions this week with slim pickings.

I mention this because if you're in a league(s) with limited moves on a weekly basis, don't expect a new batch of them come Monday in Week 18.  For example, in the league I commission, we get five moves per week in a regular matchup. However, in this extended period, those five will apply to two whole weeks. Whoever you ride with you're going to be stuck with for a longer window than usual, therefore plan accordingly.

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 17 Waiver Wire

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Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks (37% rostered)

Sidney Crosby-lite has finally returned, giving San Jose a needed offensive boost at the midway point. Coming off a career season, this'll be your window to add a solid asset before others realize he's returned. If you add him you should be looking more long-term on ownership over a roster churn. While San Jose is bad, the pivot is the straw that stirs the drink for their offense.

Shane Pinto, C, Ottawa Senators (8% rostered)

After serving his 41-game suspension for gambling, the New York native is back in the fold centering the third line. The North Dakota alum had a promising campaign in 2022-23, scoring 20 goals in a full 82-game slate. While I wouldn't expect elite-tier production, the former second-round pick would be a nice depth add likely not on any fellow manager's radars. In Saturday's game versus the Rangers, he was seeing PP1 time too.

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Zach Werenski, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (61% rostered)

Grab the PP1 quarterback while you can before others realize his return from IR. Although he is always at risk for injury, he's a premier offensive defender who was pacing for fifty-plus points before missing ten games. The 26-year-old can still hit the 45-point plateau with ease if he avoids additional time away.

Colton Sissons, C, Nashville Predators (10% rostered)

Keeping the center love flowing, this one also sees time on PP1. In multi-cat leagues with HIT and FOW, he is just outside the top-100. Like Pinto, he's not going to blow the roof off the arena with his production. However, his expanded role this campaign has him trending to produce his best offensive season ever. If he retains his PP1 spot, he may very well cross the 20-goal plateau.

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Cam Talbot, G, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings are in an absolute free fall, winners of only two games in January. The 36-year-old hasn't shown the ability to handle a workhorse load in several years. Now with four straight bad starts, he's come back down to Earth for good.

Travis Sanheim, D, Philadelphia Flyers

At 27-years-old, the first third of the season looked as if he'd arrived as a prominent offensive force from the back end. Defenders usually take until around age-26 to come fully into their own. That was all seemingly a mirage though, as in the past month he's provided only three assists. Jamie Drysdale coming to town has become his ruination.

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Matty Beniers, C, Seattle Kraken

Since he only played ten games in his debut season, I will consider this his true sophomore campaign. With that said, the Sophomore Slump Award goes to the Kraken's young pivot. Coming off a very promising 57-point year, he's been brutal this go around with only 19 points. You should've cut bait long ago, do so immediately if you're still rostering his corpse.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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