With just three weeks left in the NHL regular season, the NHL fantasy league playoffs are underway. It all comes down to how your team performs over the next couple of weeks. We took the time to find some underrated sleeper picks that could provide your team with a boost. That’s assuming they are still available in your fantasy hockey league at this point. Here is a look at the top NHL fantasy waiver wire options for this week.
LW, RW: Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings
Tatar has been absolutely on fire with eight goals 12 points over his last 13 games. The veteran winger had largely been an NHL fantasy bust this season but he has turned it on of late on a line with Dylan Larkin. He is worth adding for as long as they continue to click. Detroit plays a favorable Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday schedule this week and Tatar’s dual-position eligibility could make him even more valuable in NHL fantasy.
C, LW: Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins
Guentzel has thrived on a line with Sidney Crosby and Connor Sheary in Pittsburgh. He has four goals and seven points in nine games this month and his ice time has skyrocketed since he was moved to the Penguins top line. Pittsburgh plays four games this week, including games on Friday and Sunday, so Guentzel is definitely worth grabbing in your NHL fantasy league.
C, RW: Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders
Ho-Sang has been excellent since making his NHL debut earlier this month with three goals and six points in his first 10 games. Ho-Sang has played mostly on the second line in New York and he has seen some powerplay action as well. With the Islanders playing on Wednesday and Friday this week, Ho-Sang could be a strong fit in your lineup.
C, LW: Nick Schmaltz, Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov’s injury has opened up a spot for Schmaltz on the Blackhawks second line in between Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. It only makes sense that he will benefit from that role. While he has only one assist in his last six games he did have 12 points in his previous nine contests before this current stretch. Schmaltz’s position between Kane and Panarin makes him an intriguing sleeper option this week that might be a strong fit for your team.
D: Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
Few would have thought heading in to this season that Gudas would be an NHL fantasy-relevant at this point in the year for anything other than penalty minutes. However, in addition to a steady stream of PIM’s, Gudas has recorded six points over his last nine games. The veteran defenseman could provide a substantial boost in leagues that count PIM’s and hits as a category while also chipping in with some points. Philadelphia plays eight games over the next two weeks so Gudas is definitely an intriguing option.
C: Bryan Little, Winnipeg Jets
One of the reasons you’ll want to pick up and use Little this week is that the Jets have a number of games this week. They played just two in the last six days. However, if you were smart enough to add in Sunday’s affair, you’ll have five opportunities to get points with him. Little has picked up a pair of goals and a pair of assists in his last two contests. Overall, he has piled up seven points in his last seven games. It definitely helps his case playing on a line between Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. Normally, he’s on a line with Blake Wheeler, so the change has benefited him quite well. He has 38 points in 48 games so far this season but should be able to finish the year strong playing with new linemates.
C: Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning
Not exactly a household name but Point has played well since coming back from an injury in January. He has nine goals and five assists in his last 21 games while picking up five points in his last four. The key here is that he’s playing alongside Nikita Kucherov, so his production should get better as the season winds down.
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