This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
2019 — a new start, or the continuation of a promising run.
Wherever you stand in your league(s), there's always an incentive to keep going. Because the move you don't make or the player you don't acquire may be the difference between a positive and regrettable finish.
Don't be the one who doesn't stay active. Even if you're out of it, make it your goal to do the best you can during the second half. And while you're here, here's a couple recommendations to help:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 3)
Phillip Danault, MON (Yahoo: 10%, ESPN: 0%, CBS: 14%): When it comes to scoring, poolies often focus on special-teams stats to rank players. While using this method may sometimes be beneficial, it's best to look at an entire body of work. Danault barely logs any power-play minutes, yet he currently stands at 27 points and centers Montreal's first line. The 2011 first-rounder has never been much of a goal scorer, but he managed two markers on Monday and recorded a hat-trick at Vegas on Dec. 22. The center position in fantasy is notoriously deep, but Danault should still find a way onto your roster.
Brandon Pirri, VGK (Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 1%, CBS: 23%): Since beginning his pro career in 2010, Pirri has earned a reputation for consistently scoring in the AHL while mainly disappointing in the NHL. Although some of his big-league numbers are decent, they weren't enough to prevent him moving to four different clubs