2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Weekly Planner

It's still a little premature but fantasy playoffs begin in Week 24 for most leagues. Although every team that week plays three times, the following Week 25 sees four squads playing just twice. Players with limited games become expendable at this point if they're not your superstars. It's a mental game that's easier said than done when maximizing roster starts in a one-week do-or-die match is vital. While you start to prepare your postseason roster, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Waiver Wire plays.

After terminating the contract of Nick Bonino, and then waiving Tyler Pitlick, the New York Rangers are trying to shed as much cap as they can to accommodate an arrival. With Blake Wheeler's regular season over, the right-wing position is very thin. With no Filip Chytil as well, my bet is they make a deal with the Anaheim Ducks for a package of Frank Vatrano/Adam Henrique. New York is in full-blown win-now mode so expect something of this magnitude.

Well over half the league plays four times in what may be the busiest week of the campaign. The Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Chicago Blackhawks stand atop the heap, all with three games scheduled for off nights. The San Jose Sharks only play twice but with the recent losses of Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, you should probably avoid them regardless.

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 20 Waiver Wire

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Nicolas Roy, C/RW, Vegas Golden Knights (12% rostered)

Jack Eichel who? The 27-year-old has been red hot for a month now centering the Knights' top line. The Carolina Hurricanes draft pick has established a 30-point floor over the past couple of seasons which he'll blow far beyond this campaign pacing for 55. While a pullback in production is expected once Eichel returns, there's also a point where he's doing so well that Bruce Cassidy might ask himself "Can I disrupt this?"

David Rittich, G, Los Angeles Kings (29% rostered)

Supplanting Cam Talbot as the preferred option in the crease, the former Calgary Flame has been solid since taking over at the end of January. The Kings as a whole had been struggling but there's loads of talent on this roster to turn things around. The recent return of Viktor Arvidsson helps. Although he is prone to a blowout loss, he's performing like a valuable number two for fantasy purposes.

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Seth Jones, D, Chicago Avalanche (51% rostered)

Connor Bedard is back,  therefore expect an uptick in production for the rearguard. Chicago will be playing for nothing as the season winds down and that makes them dangerous in that they can just play the game. Jones' competition is comedic, he'll be forever cemented into top pair, PP1 duties.

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Kyle Okposo, RW, Buffalo Sabres (<1% rostered)

The New York Islanders version of the American winger riding shotgun with John Tavares is long gone. While the top line even strength deployment didn't last long, he's still on PP1. Cut bait if and when he loses this deployment but it's worth a look short term while it's available.

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Ivan Provorov, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

A name-value trap in its finest form. After a promising start to his career in Philadelphia, the Russian defender developed into less superstar, more league average. With a forever roadblock to PP1 unless Zach Werenski is injured, the sporadic offensive contributions you receive don't move the needle.

Nino Niederreiter, RW, Winnipeg Jets

He signed a contract extension and then immediately disappeared. Six points since December 30th isn't going to cut it.

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Tom Wilson, RW, Washington Capitals

The rugged winger will always hold fantasy appeal for the peripherals he can provide but the scoring has dried up. The former first-rounder might not even provide 40 points this year on an offensively challenged Washington squad.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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