Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: 1/11
Ownership totals are in ESPN leagues as of Tuesday.
Anthony Mantha (RW – DET): 46%
Detroit’s playoff streak might be coming to end, but there are at least a few fun kids for Wings fans to enjoy. Chief among them is Anthony Mantha who currently paces the team in goals with 11. With 19 points in 26 games, Mantha is playing like the power forward Ken Holland envisioned when taking him 20th overall. The Wings might be in sell mode later down the line, but right now, on a line with Tomas Tatar and Henrik Zetterberg, Mantha is proving his fantasy worth.
Patrick Sharp (RW– DAL): 50.8%
Five games back from injury, four points to show for it. Not bad for someone who presumably would need to shake the rust off a bit. As he’s currently playing on a line with Radek Faksa and Devin Shore, one wouldn’t think the Sharp line would work this well, but, hey, 17 shots in those five games, so he hasn’t exactly been shy about getting the puck on net. Given Sharp’s history, it wouldn’t really be a surprise to see him play the rest of the season at something like a 50-point pace, maybe more if given some time with the Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin duo.
Thomas Greiss (G – NYI): 35.6%
Since waiving the Halak-Ness-Monster, the Isles have given Greiss the keys to the starter spot and, so far, he’s performed admirably. A 95 SV% in three starts, not to mention the extremely more than adequate 92.7% for the season. Despite his sharpness, he only has nine wins to show for it given how bad the Isles have been. I really have a hard time believing this team can be this awful (last place in the East?! I understand they have games in hand but, last place?!) for the rest of the season. Given that, Greiss might become very valuable down the stretch.
Tanner Pearson (LW – LAK): 19.1%
It’s been a mostly ‘meh’ season for Tanner Pearson, but he’s on a pretty nice little run over this last stretch of games. Eight points in his last nine, lots of pucks on net courtesy of centerman Jeff Carter. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Pearson clear the 40-point mark for the first time in his career as LA tries to rebound from their own mediocre play this season (would you believe me if I told you the Kings goal differential was minus three?)
Sam Reinhart (RW – BUF): 31.2%
How is Sam Reinhart only 21? I feel like he’s been on the cusp of being the next great young player for a while now. With 12 points in his last 10 games, this may be it. It certainly helps when you play with the resurgent-ish Evander Kane and get time on the first power play unit with a veritable collection of solid players like Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Clearing forty points as a 20-year-old last year was impressive. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him clear the fifty-point plateau this time around.
Chris Prod is a correspondent at FantasyPros. He tweets sparingly @mastodude30.