Below you'll find some players we think could be of interest to your fantasy team down the stretch and into the playoffs. Now that the trade deadline has passed in your league hitting the waiver wire becomes even more important.
We'll suggest a few potential pickups for those of you in shallow leagues (40% or more owned in Yahoo! leagues), medium leagues (20%-40%) and deep leagues (< 20%). We'll also offer a few suggestions on players you might want to consider demoting, dropping or dealing for each type of league.
If you think I missed somebody... add it in the comments. The more the merrier.
Statistics are up to Mar 12th, 2011
SHALLOW LEAGUES (>40% owned)
Andy McDonald (47%) with 17+21=38
He's been featured in this spot already but the message just doesn't seem to be getting through to owners. Since he returned from his concussion issues he has 21 points in 19 games... that's 91 points over a full season. I'm pretty sure more than half of leagues out there could use a guy like that.
Joe Corvo (44%) with 10+24=34 & Anton Babchuk (43%) with 11+22=33
Babchuk has ten points in his last 15 games and looks to have settled in nicely on the Calgary PP (2nd most PP time among d-men). Corvo is his usual consistent self and is on pace for his third season of at least 40 points. Neither one of these guys is flashy but they get the job done. Babchuk will get you a few more PIM's and has a better plus-minus. Corvo will take more shots and get you more PPP. They'll make a great 4th d-man... there are seven or eight d-men out there with higher ownership that aren't as good.
Players to drop, demote or deal: Brian Campbell (71%), Stephane Robidas (69%), Andrei Kostitsyn (64%), Daniel Alfredsson (61%), Mason Raymond (55%), Jay Bouwmeester (54%), Evgeni Malkin (53%), Zach Bogosian (44%) & Taylor Hall (41%).
Following the jump for Medium, Deep and the 1% special...MEDIUM LEAGUES (20% to 40% owned)
Jamie Benn (28%) with 19+22=41
You've been hearing us rattle on about Benn a lot lately. There's good reason for that. He's scoring a ton (6+1=7 in his last six games) and playing a ton (eight straight games over 20 min / game before last night's 18). Now Brad Richards is back and is his new centerman. His ownership should be up around 50%.
Kyle Okposo (23%) with 4+12=16
He's gone a bit hot and cold since he returned from injury but he still has 15 points in his last 20 games. He takes a lot of shots (and is getting a lot of PIM's this yea,r which was a bit unexpected) so he'll help out with more than just points.
Jason Arnott (20%) with 14+14=28
He has four points in his six games with the Caps and is playing more often in the capital (16-18 min/game than he did in the swamp (12-14 min/game). Before the disaster that was NJ, Arnott's ppg's the last three seasons were: .73, .88, & .91. Don't expect that, but you know he's much better than he was in Jersey.
Others we recommend:
Ryan Callahan (39%) with 20+20=40
Brad Boyes (36%) with 15+32=47
Tuomo Ruutu (33%) with 16+30=46
Danny Cleary (31%) with 22+16=38
Steve Montador (29%) with 5+17=22
Erik Cole (26%) with 19+23=42
T.J. Oshie (23%) with 8+18=26
Players to drop, demote or deal: Mike Knuble (38%), Alex Steen (34%), Ed Jovanovski (34%), Pavel Kubina (34%), Nikolay Zherdev (33%), Marc Staal (32%) and Kris Versteeg (31%) and Guillaume Latendresse (24%).
DEEP LEAGUES (<20% owned)
Patrik Berglund (17%) with 18+27=45
Berglund has been quietly hot the last while, to the tune of 24 points in his last 26 games. He had a pretty miserable start to the year but his recent surge has put him on pace for 53 points which would qualify him for a breakout.
Magnus Paajarvi (6%) with 10+16=26
No Dustin Penner, no Taylor Hall , no Sam Gagner. The Oilers are going to need somebody to step up which might make Paajarvi a good flyer. He's hasn't got much to show for it so far (two assists in six games) but his playing time has risen dramatically in those six games (~10-13 min / game before to ~15-18 min/game after).
Others we recommend:
Kevin Shattenkirk (19%) with 7+24=31
Teddy Purcell (17%) with 16+28=44
Ian White (12%) with 2+19=21
Blake Wheeler (9%) with 15+19=34
Mats Zuccarello (3%) with 6+13=19
Dmitry Kulikov (2%) with 5+16=21
THE <1% SPECIAL - somebody of value that's owned in just 1% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
He's a former 1st rounder (8th overall in 2008) and has been pretty good in the AHL this season (34 points in 36 games). He's playing with Kyle Turris (who's only 2% owned) and Brett MacLean (see below) and he's been pretty hot lately with eight points in nine games. I lik