Top Waiver Wire Pickups Include Ilya Kovalchuk, Ryan Getzlaf, and Thatcher Demko

There are 13 wings who are projected to be in the top 60 (short term) and who could be available on the waiver wire as they are owned in less than 65% of leagues. Good options include Morgan Geekie and Anders Lee, but the best option is Ilya Kovalchuk.

There are 13 wings that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than actual rank. At #8, Mitch Marner is the highest ranking must start. There are 7 wings that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Elias Lindholm, for example, is projected to be just the #58 wing and some owners may have better options.

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Actual

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 53 FP, 4.2 perI. Kovalchuk* (WAS) 32 FP, 2.5 perV. Olofsson (BUF) 28 FP, 2.3 per +
A. Panarin (NYR) 50 FP, 3.7 perM. Stone (LV) 32 FP, 3 perP. Buchnevich* (NYR) 28 FP, 2.1 per
B. Marchand (BOS) 50 FP, 3.9 perB. Boeser (VAN) 32 FP, 2.5 per +F. Forsberg (NSH) 28 FP, 2.1 per +
N. Kucherov (TB) 49 FP, 3.9 perJ. Voracek (PHI) 31 FP, 2.3 perA. Lee* (NYI) 28 FP, 1.9 per
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 44 FP, 3.5 perB. Coleman* (TB) 31 FP, 2.5 perT. Tatar (MON) 28 FP, 2.4 per -
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 42 FP, 3.3 perN. Ritchie* (BOS) 31 FP, 2.5 perJ. Gaudreau (CGY) 28 FP, 2.4 per
P. Kane (CHI) 41 FP, 3.3 perT. Toffoli (VAN) 31 FP, 2.3 per +J. Vrana (WAS) 28 FP, 2.2 per
M. Marner (TOR) 38 FP, 3 per +M. Tkachuk (CGY) 30 FP, 2.6 per -B. Wheeler (WPG) 28 FP, 2.4 per -
M. Rantanen (COL) 38 FP, 3 per +T. Oshie (WAS) 30 FP, 2.4 perK. Palmieri (NJ) 28 FP, 2 per
T. Teravainen (CAR) 38 FP, 2.6 perE. Kane (SJ) 30 FP, 2.2 perO. Kase* (BOS) 27 FP, 2.2 per
C. Giroux (PHI) 35 FP, 2.6 per +T. Hall (ARI) 30 FP, 2.6 per +J. Eberle* (NYI) 27 FP, 1.9 per
M. Hoffman (FLA) 35 FP, 2.7 per +J. Zucker (PIT) 30 FP, 2.2 per +J. Williams* (CAR) 27 FP, 1.9 per
V. Tarasenko (STL) 35 FP, 2.7 per +T. Wilson (WAS) 30 FP, 2.4 perZ. Hyman* (TOR) 27 FP, 2.1 per
D. Perron (STL) 34 FP, 2.7 perA. Athanasiou* (EDM) 30 FP, 2.5 perS. Reinhart (BUF) 27 FP, 2.1 per
G. Landeskog (COL) 34 FP, 2.7 per +M. Pacioretty (LV) 29 FP, 2.7 per -R. Rakell* (ANA) 27 FP, 1.8 per
A. Svechnikov (CAR) 34 FP, 2.3 perW. Nylander (TOR) 29 FP, 2.3 perZ. Parise (MIN) 27 FP, 2.1 per
R. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 33 FP, 2.9 perE. Dadonov (FLA) 29 FP, 2.3 perM. Geekie* (CAR) 27 FP, 1.8 per
J. Miller (VAN) 33 FP, 2.4 perK. Connor (WPG) 29 FP, 2.5 per -E. Lindholm (CGY) 26 FP, 2.2 per -
B. Rust (PIT) 33 FP, 2.4 perA. Radulov (DAL) 29 FP, 2.1 per +J. Benn (DAL) 26 FP, 1.9 per
T. Konecny (PHI) 33 FP, 2.4 perJ. Schwartz (STL) 28 FP, 2.3 per -J. Silfverberg* (ANA) 26 FP, 1.8 per

Top 30 Projected Goalies Rest of Season

There are a number of goalies widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Thatcher Demko, at #1, is the highest ranking goalie of this waiver wire group. There are 7 goalies that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than actual rank. At #2, Ben Bishop is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 goalies who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. John Gibson, for example, is projected to be just the #29 goalie and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Demko* (VAN) 66 FP, 6.2 perA. Vasilevskiy (TB) 60 FP, 6.1 per -M. Smith* (EDM) 48 FP, 5.5 per
B. Bishop (DAL) 66 FP, 5.6 per +P. Rinne (NSH) 58 FP, 5.4 per +D. Rittich (CGY) 48 FP, 5 per -
B. Holtby (WAS) 66 FP, 6.1 per +F. Andersen (TOR) 58 FP, 5.4 per -M. Blackwood (NJ) 48 FP, 4.4 per -
P. Mrazek (CAR) 63 FP, 5.8 per +S. Varlamov (NYI) 56 FP, 5.2 perT. Jarry (PIT) 47 FP, 5.2 per
I. Shesterkin* (NYR) 63 FP, 5.9 perD. Kuemper (ARI) 54 FP, 5.6 per +M. Fleury (LV) 46 FP, 5.3 per -
J. Binnington (STL) 62 FP, 5.8 perC. Price (MON) 54 FP, 5.6 per -C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 46 FP, 5.3 per -
T. Rask (BOS) 62 FP, 6.3 perA. Stalock* (MIN) 54 FP, 5.5 perJ. Korpisalo (CLB) 46 FP, 4.8 per
P. Grubauer (COL) 61 FP, 5.7 per +J. Quick* (LA) 53 FP, 5 perM. Jones* (SJ) 44 FP, 4.5 per
S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 61 FP, 5.7 perC. Crawford* (CHI) 51 FP, 5.2 perJ. Gibson (ANA) 41 FP, 4.6 per -
C. Hart (PHI) 60 FP, 5.7 per +C. Hutton* (BUF) 49 FP, 5 perC. Anderson* (OTT) 40 FP, 4.1 per

Top 45 Projected Centers Rest of Season

There are a number of centers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #30, Ryan Getzlaf is the highest ranking one. There are only 5 centers whose projected rank is significantly better than their actual rank. At #6, Sidney Crosby is the highest ranking must start. There are only 5 centers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Pierre-Luc Dubois, for example, is projected to be just the #42 center and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 55 FP, 4.7 perM. Barzal (NYI) 34 FP, 2.3 perN. Kadri* (COL) 28 FP, 2.2 per
C. McDavid (EDM) 54 FP, 4.6 perE. Kuznetsov (WAS) 33 FP, 2.6 perM. Duchene (NSH) 28 FP, 2 per +
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 53 FP, 3.9 perN. Backstrom (WAS) 33 FP, 2.6 per +K. Hayes* (PHI) 27 FP, 2 per
E. Malkin (PIT) 47 FP, 3.4 perR. Strome (NYR) 33 FP, 2.4 perL. Couture (SJ) 26 FP, 1.9 per +
N. MacKinnon (COL) 46 FP, 3.7 perB. Horvat (VAN) 32 FP, 2.4 perM. Domi (MON) 26 FP, 2.2 per
S. Crosby (PIT) 45 FP, 3.3 per +R. O'Reilly (STL) 32 FP, 2.6 perE. Staal* (MIN) 26 FP, 2 per
S. Aho (CAR) 43 FP, 3 perJ. Pageau (NYI) 32 FP, 2.2 perA. Henrique* (ANA) 25 FP, 1.7 per
A. Matthews (TOR) 43 FP, 3.4 perT. Seguin (DAL) 31 FP, 2.3 per +S. Monahan (CGY) 24 FP, 2.1 per
E. Pettersson (VAN) 41 FP, 3 perM. Scheifele (WPG) 31 FP, 2.6 per -W. Karlsson (LV) 23 FP, 2.2 per -
J. Eichel (BUF) 41 FP, 3.3 perB. Schenn (STL) 31 FP, 2.4 per -E. Haula* (FLA) 23 FP, 1.8 per
P. Bergeron (BOS) 40 FP, 3.2 perB. Nelson (NYI) 31 FP, 2.1 perV. Trocheck* (CAR) 23 FP, 1.6 per
A. Barkov (FLA) 38 FP, 3 perA. Kopitar (LA) 30 FP, 2.4 per -P. Dubois (CLB) 23 FP, 2 per -
B. Point (TB) 37 FP, 3 perJ. Toews (CHI) 30 FP, 2.3 perP. Danault* (MON) 23 FP, 1.9 per
S. Couturier (PHI) 37 FP, 2.7 perD. Krejci (BOS) 28 FP, 2.3 perR. Hintz* (DAL) 23 FP, 1.7 per
J. Tavares (TOR) 36 FP, 2.8 perR. Getzlaf* (ANA) 28 FP, 2 perN. Hischier* (NJ) 22 FP, 1.7 per

Top 45 Projected Defensemen Rest of Season

There are 15 defensemen whose projected rank is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #10, Keith Yandle is the highest ranking must start. There are 10 defensemen who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Charlie McAvoy, for example, is projected to be just the #40 defenseman and some owners may have better options. There are only 3 defensemen projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #26, Cam Fowler is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
J. Carlson (WAS) 38 FP, 3 perR. Dahlin (BUF) 23 FP, 1.8 per +J. Slavin (CAR) 19 FP, 1.3 per -
R. Josi (NSH) 33 FP, 2.4 perD. Hamilton (CAR) 22 FP, 2.1 per -S. Theodore (LV) 19 FP, 1.8 per -
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 31 FP, 2.2 perR. Suter (MIN) 22 FP, 1.8 perT. Chabot (OTT) 19 FP, 1.5 per +
V. Hedman (TB) 30 FP, 2.4 perM. Giordano (CGY) 22 FP, 1.9 per +N. Pionk (WPG) 19 FP, 1.6 per -
T. Krug (BOS) 28 FP, 2.4 perA. Ekblad (FLA) 22 FP, 1.7 perI. Provorov (PHI) 19 FP, 1.4 per -
K. Letang (PIT) 28 FP, 2 perA. Fox (NYR) 22 FP, 1.6 perM. Ekholm (NSH) 19 FP, 1.4 per
C. Makar (COL) 27 FP, 2.1 perT. Barrie (TOR) 21 FP, 1.7 per +J. Petry (MON) 19 FP, 1.6 per -
A. Pietrangelo (STL) 26 FP, 2.1 perS. Weber (MON) 20 FP, 1.8 per -Z. Werenski (CLB) 18 FP, 1.6 per -
Q. Hughes (VAN) 26 FP, 1.9 perJ. Spurgeon (MIN) 20 FP, 1.6 per +D. Nurse (EDM) 18 FP, 1.6 per
K. Yandle (FLA) 25 FP, 2 per +K. Shattenkirk (TB) 20 FP, 1.6 perC. McAvoy (BOS) 18 FP, 1.4 per -
B. Burns (SJ) 25 FP, 1.8 per +C. Fowler* (ANA) 20 FP, 1.4 perO. Klefbom (EDM) 18 FP, 1.5 per +
A. Edler (VAN) 24 FP, 1.8 per +D. Doughty (LA) 19 FP, 1.5 per +S. Gostisbehere* (PHI) 18 FP, 1.3 per
J. Klingberg (DAL) 24 FP, 1.8 per +R. Pulock (NYI) 19 FP, 1.3 perE. Gustafsson (CGY) 18 FP, 1.5 per +
R. Ellis (NSH) 23 FP, 1.7 per +S. Vatanen* (CAR) 19 FP, 1.7 perJ. Trouba (NYR) 18 FP, 1.3 per +
M. Rielly (TOR) 23 FP, 1.8 per +M. Sergachev (TB) 19 FP, 1.5 per -C. Parayko (STL) 18 FP, 1.4 per