NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

The NHL's All-Star break could have posed weekly fantasy issues, what with teams missing significant time around the midseason event.  Thankfully, many leagues have opted to combine the two weeks.  After all, it's the fair thing to do.

And when it comes to making roster decisions, nothing changes during this stretch.  Of course, you'll have to be aware when players are off and when they return.  But the same standard rules apply, especially the one where you shouldn't jeopardize long-term lineup health for a quick fix – unless it's someone you really require right away.

Without any further filler, let's get to the waiver-wire suggestions.

(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 23.)

Forwards

Andre Burakovsky, COL (Yahoo: 27%, ESPN: 60%, CBS: 59%): Life was good for Burakovsky in the early part of the season, but a brief injury and subsequent slump had him finishing 2019 on a downward trend.  Fortunately, the Swede has enjoyed this month with two goals, seven assists and 18 shots in nine games.  With a continuing place alongside Nazem Kadri on even strength and a spot on Colorado's "backup" power play — the one that features Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar — Burakovsky should be on your radar.

Noel Acciari, FLA (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 27%, CBS: 24%): Acciari was the talk of the fantasy world in mid-December when he pulled off consecutive hat-tricks.  Based on past results, the expectation was that his output would eventually fade away.  While the ex-Bruin has faced a few difficulties,

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