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NHL Waiver Wire: Eaves-y Does It

Neil Parker

A loyal Leafs, Cubs and Cowboys fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports and founded TheFakeHockey.com.

With half the league playing four games this week, the four-game streamer section has been cut. Additionally, following the long-term injuries to Taylor Hall (knee), Steven Stamkos (knee) and Johnny Gaudreau (finger), a number of teams are facing some lineup upheaval.

However, there aren't a lot of high-priority players on the wavier wire this week, especially in net. It isn't worth shelling out a significant percent of your FAAB, as there haven't been any major movers up the fantasy priority list.

Before moving to this week's recommendations, it's worth double-checking the list of players who have been previously highlighted. Also, our Daily Puck articles always include a recommended pick each day of the week.

Center

Valtteri Filppula, TB (Yahoo: 14%, ESPN: 15.7%, CBS: 21%):
With Stamkos out the past two games, Filppula has three assists while averaging 19:11 of ice time per game (1:36 of power-play time). The veteran center isn't going to explode offensively, but Filppula is a capable scorer who can chip in enough offensively to move the needle in deeper leagues. Additionally, he also boasts winger eligibility in some settings.

Left Wing

Robby Fabbri, STL (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 33.2%, CBS: 53%):
The sophomore started slowly this year, but he's hit his stride with three goals, five points and nine shots on net through his past four games. Fabbri's hot stretch has coincided with a relocation to Vladimir Tarasenko's line, which is a huge fantasy upgrade. Remember, Fabbri also notched 11 goals and 33 points over the final 44 games last season, including the playoffs.

Right Wing

Patrick Eaves, DAL (Yahoo: 34%, ESPN: 52.3%, CBS: 51%):
It's rare to see a player have a career year in their age-32 season, but Eaves is in the midst of a five-game goal streak with eight tallies and 11 points over his past 10 games. Goals are the hardest category to fill off the waiver wire, so fantasy owners should take notice. Dallas frequently alters their lines, but Eaves has been locked in with Tyler Seguin, so his fantasy floor is high. If you're going to aggressively target anyone this week, Eaves is the man.

Defense

Anthony DeAngelo, ARI (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 5.8%, CBS: 16%):
Quickly solidifying himself as an offensive weapon, DeAngelo has two goals and two helpers through his first six games of the season while averaging 3:31 of power-play time over the past three games. He's starting 55.1 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, and DeAngelo has posted 50 points through 77 AHL games. You can grab peripheral coverage from the waiver wire, but it's rare to find a defenseman capable of helping in the scoring categories. DeAngelo is worth the extra penny if you need help on the blue line.

Players to consider from previous articles: Mitch Marner, Alexander Wennberg, Derek Stepan, Charlie Coyle, Nick Foligno, Victor Rask, Patrick Maroon, Nazem Kadri, Viktor Arvidsson, Brock Nelson, Morgan Rielly, Brady Skjei, Jeff Petry, Damon Severson, Connor Hellebuyck, Calvin Pickard, Jimmy Howard, James Reimer, Andrei Vasilevskiy