Friday, January 1, 2016

Fantasy Hockey: Week 14 Waiver Wire Options





Happy New Year! Hope 2016 has started well for you! It’s week number 14 of the Fantasy Hockey season and I don’t know about you but I’m working my way to the playoffs……and if that’s you as well I have some options for you to consider this week.


Teams with four games this week are the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, St Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals.

Teams with two games this week are the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks. All other NHL teams have three games on the schedule this week.

Week 14 Back to Back Games

Boston (Fri-Sat), Carolina (Fri-Sat), Chicago (Tue-Wed), Columbus (Fri-Sat), Minnesota (Sat-Sun), Montreal (Tue-Wed), Nashville (Fri-Sat), Pittsburgh (Tue-Wed), St Louis (Fri-Sat), Tampa Bay (Fri-Sat), Toronto (Wed-Thur) and Washington (Sat-Sun).

Week 14 Waiver Wire Options

Goaltender: Cam Ward and the Carolina Panthers have four games this week and with a back to back at  the end of the week (Fri-Sat). Over his past 5 starts Ward is 2-3 with a 93 percent goals against average. With games this week against offensively challenged Edmonton, Vancouver and Columbus this might be a good week to go with Ward and he is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Left Wing: Marcus Johansson and the Capitals have four games this week and over the past five Johansson has 1 goal and 2 assists on 14 shots on goal with a plus minus rating of minus 1 skating roughly 17 minutes a night on the Capitals third line as well as on the Capitals top power play unit. During this same five game stretch Johansson had 2 penalty minutes and over the season he’s only had 4 penalty minutes and is available in just over 40 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Right Wing: Jannik Hansen and the Vancouver Canucks have three games this week and over the past five games Hansen has scored 3 goals and 2 assists with 11 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 3 skating roughly 18 minutes a night on the Canucks top line as well as the Canucks third power play unit. Over the past five games Hansen has 4 penalty minutes with a season total of 18 minutes. Hansen is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Center: Travis Zajak and the Devils have four games this week and over the past five games Zajak has 3 assists and 5 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 2 skating roughly 20 minutes a night on the Devils top line as well as the Devils top power play unit. Zajak has just 8 minutes in penalties and none in the past five games and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Brett Pesce and the Carolina Hurricanes have three games this week and over the past games Pesce has been hot with 1 goal and 1 assist on 7 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 2 skating roughly 17 minutes a night skating on the Hurricanes third line of defense as well as spending roughly 45 percent of the time on the Hurricanes power play. Over the past five games Pesce has 2 minutes in penalties and 8 minutes this season and is available in just over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Trevor Daley and the Pittsburgh Penguins have three games this week and over the past five games Daley has 1 assist on 5 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 1 skating roughly 19 minutes a night on the Penguins third line of defense and roughly 15 percent of the time on the Penguins second power play unit. Daley had zero minutes in penalties over the past five games and has 10 minutes on the season and is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager!






Fantasy Basketball: Week Eleven Waiver Wire and Sleepers



Happy New Year! 2016 is here and in roughly 10 weeks or so the Fantasy Basketball playoffs will begin. Are you preparing for them? If you are then good for you; if you aren’t then what the heck are you waiting for? I have some options for you to consider for week eleven of the Fantasy Basketball season.

The Utah Jazz have five games this week while the Phoenix Suns have just two games on the NBA schedule. Every other NBA team has three games this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors.

Week Eleven Waiver Wire Options

Point Guard: Trey Burke and the Jazz have five games this week and over the past five games Burke is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 assists with just under 2 triples a night. During this stretch he’s seeing just over 27 minutes a night while throwing in a block, steal and rebound a game. His shooting percentages of 44 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the line during that same five game stretch are solid and Burke is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Shooting Guard: Allen Crabbe and the Trail Blazers have four games this week and Crabbe has been solid knocking down almost 3 triples a night while with 16 points a game and just under 4 rebounds playing 31 minutes a night. His minutes have increased due to the injury to Damian Lillard but even with Lillard playing 25 plus minutes is ordinary for Crabbe. During that same five game stretch he’s shooting 44 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Small Forward/Power Forward: Jeff Green and the Grizzlies have four games this week and over the past five games he’s averaging 13.6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.2 steals a night while playing almost 29 minutes a night. Green is shooting extremely well from the field (57%) but from the line his 67 percent was an aberration this past week as he is averaging 82 percent for the season so don’t let that deter you from adding him. Green is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Center:  Cody Zeller and the Hornets have four games this week and over the past five games is averaging 10 points, 7.8 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a night averaging almost 30 minutes a night. Zeller shot a solid 60 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the line during that five game stretch and with Al Jefferson out for who knows how long Zeller is the man in the middle for the Hornets and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Shooting Guard/Small Forward: Rodney Hood and the Jazz have five games this week and over his past five games Hood is averaging 13.4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists playing 30 minutes a night. During that same five game stretch Hood was knocking down almost 2 triples a night while shooting just 35 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the line. With all the injuries to the Jazz expect Hood to continue to see 30 minutes a night and he is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Louis Williams and the Lakers have four games this week and over the past five games Williams is averaging 8.8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 32 percent from the floor and 63 percent from the line. With Williams it’s all about minutes; when he’s getting 30 plus he has the potential to go off like he did against Boston and when he doesn’t get the minutes he can lay a 2 point stinker like he did against Oklahoma City two days before Christmas. I like Williams and he’s currently available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward/Center: Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls have three games this week and over the past 5 games Gibson is averaging 10.4 rebounds, 9 points, 2.2 assists and 1 block per game averaging 35 minutes a night. During that same five game stretch Gibson shot 56 percent from the floor and just 20 percent from the line so beware Roto League owners. With Joakim Noah out Gibson is going to continue to rack up the minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.  


Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner!