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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Anderson providing rare coverage for Blue Jackets; DeBrusk, Myers taking advantage of elevated roles; Toews emerging for Islanders

by James Harding / Fantasy Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy waiver wire. Based on Yahoo transaction data and other factors including production, lineup and/or injury trends, we have identified appealing options at each position for fantasy owners in season-long leagues.


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Josh Anderson, RW, CBJ (51 percent owned): The Columbus Blue Jackets forward scored his NHL career-high 20th goal of the season in their win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Anderson now has eight points (five goals, three assists), 27 hits and 29 shots on goal in his past nine games. He's been skating on the the second line and power play and has reached must-own territory in standard leagues considering he's one of two players (other: Alex Ovechkin) with at least 20 goals, 140 hits (149) and 140 SOG (157).

Video: CBJ@COL: Anderson jams rebound past Grubauer

Tyler Johnson, C/LW/RW, TBL (48 percent): The Tampa Bay Lightning forward scored a goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, giving him goals back-to-back games and three of his past five. He's skating in the top six with elite center Steven Stamkos and left wing Ondrej Palat (9 percent owned) and has broken the 20-goal mark for the fourth time in his six full NHL seasons. Johnson is worth adding in standard leagues with likely exposure to Stamkos and/or Nikita Kucherov for the rest of the season.

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR (41 percent): The Toronto Maple Leafs wing had five points (three goals, two assists) and nine SOG in four games this past week. Kapanen has points in four of his past six games and has been playing on a line with elite center Auston Matthews and left wing Patrick Marleau at even strength. Kapanen has NHL career-highs in goals (18), assists (18), points (36) and SOG (125) in 58 games and a chance to break the 50-point mark if he sticks with Matthews over the final quarter of the season.

Josh Bailey, RW, NYI (36 percent): The New York Islanders forward has back-to-back multipoint games after two assists, one on the power play, against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Bailey has points in four of his past five games totaling six points (two goals, four assists) and two power-play points. He is skating with top center Mathew Barzal at even strength and also plays on the second power play. The Islanders have three road games this week, including favorable matchups against the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (30 percent): The St. Louis Blues left wing has points in four of his past five games and is plus-5 over the span. Schwartz, skating on the second line with Tyler Bozak and Robby Fabbri at even strength and second power play, is worth adding in deep leagues and would see a boost in value if the Blues spread out their top line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn at any point down the stretch.

Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS (21 percent): The Boston Bruins forward scored a goal in his third straight game and also had an assist in their win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. DeBrusk has six points (three goals, three assists) and nine SOG in that span on the second line and first power-play unit with center David Krejci. DeBrusk has short-term fantasy value until elite right wing David Pastrnak returns from thumb surgery and should remain in the top six for the rest of the season.

Other forwards to consider: Nick Bjugstad, PIT; Mats Zuccarello, NYR; Anthony Mantha, DET; Marcus Johansson, NJD; Nino Niederreiter and Micheal Ferland, CAR; Jakub Vrana, WSH



Justin Schultz, PIT (28 percent): The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman had an assist and three SOG against the New York Rangers on Sunday, giving him assists in back-to-back games since returning from a 53-game absence with an ankle injury. He is skating on the second defense pair at even strength and second power play. Schultz has six assists in six games this season and is a top 40 fantasy defenseman for the rest of the season with exposure to Pittsburgh's elite forwards

Tyler Myers, WPG (22 percent): The Winnipeg Jets defenseman scored two goals in their loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Myers saw an expanded role (22:40; season average: 19:55) with top defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) out and has points in two of his past three games and eight points (three goals, five assists), 15 hits and 26 SOG in his past 11. The Jets have three road games this week, two against favorable opponents in the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes.

Devon Toews, NYI (1 percent): The Islanders defenseman had two assists in the first multipoint game of his NHL career against the Oilers on Saturday. Toews has points in three of his past four games totaling one goal, three assists and two PPP. He is skating on the third pair at even strength and second power play with must-own defenseman Ryan Pulock. Toews has nine points (four goals, five assists), 11 hits and 42 SOG in 24 games and is worth considering in deeper leagues.

Other D-men to consider: Erik Gustafsson, CHI; Ivan Provorov, PHI; Vince Dunn, STL; Ryan Murray, CBJ; Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR; Alec Martinez, LAK

Video: MIN@NYI: Toews nets PPG on sizzling one-timer



Cam Talbot, PHI (48 percent owned): The Philadelphia Flyers goalie was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and is expected to back up rookie standout Carter Hart, who won back-to-back games this past weekend and is 10-1-0 in his past 11 games. Talbot, a potential 2019 unrestricted free agent, had 73 wins over the previous two seasons (T-4th in NHL) and is capable of being an effective timeshare goalie with Hart, making Talbot worth handcuffing for the rest of the season. Talbot has standalone upside in deep leagues and DFS contests and enters a more favorable situation than in Edmonton.

Other goalies to consider: Darcy Kuemper, ARI; Cory Schneider, NJD; Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney, CAR; Cam Ward, CHI; James Reimer, FLA; Kevin Boyle or Ryan Miller, ANA; Linus Ullmark, BUF




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