A great tactic to practice in fantasy sports is a weekly scanning of the waiver wire. Hockey is no exception.
This week’s “Scan-It!” is the Minnesota Wild’s Mikko Koivu. Owned in only 56% of Yahoo leagues, Saku’s younger brother is poised for a big year. He has 9 points through 4 games so far, even with the absences of Marian Gaborik and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Pick him up now and pat yourself on the back later.
On the other end of the point accumulation spectrum lies the Flyers’ Joffrey Lupul, who has been held pointless through 5 games. Though on many teams he could play on the first line, he finds himself 3rd on Philly’s depth chart at right wing, seated behind Daniel Briere and Mike Knuble. Consider dropping him if Koivu is available, or even pleasant surprises like the Thrashers’ second year centre Bryan Little who has 6 points through 6 games, and a +6 rating. Beware, however: Lupul is streakier than my windshield after a trip to the local car wash. If he starts to warm up, don’t hesitate to snatch him back up.
Ovechkin owners: Hang on tight and ride this mini-slump out! It’s amazing that 4 points through 6 games could be considered a slump, but for a player of his caliber, it is. The points will come as soon as he adjusts to the tighter checking he is drawing from defenses. In the meantime, it’s the other Russian Alex in Washington that’s racking up the points. Though I anticipated a bounce-back season for Alex Semin, he won’t keep his current pace going the whole year; he has a bit of that streaky-itus that Lupul suffers from. If you get a good enough offer for him, consider selling this sniper high.
Always remember, a timely pick-up can make or break your season, so scan that wire.