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

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Sports and holidays go together like fried foods and hot sauce.  There's the anticipation of consumption.  Then the inevitable overconsumption.  And finally, the consequences.  But it's the suffering that makes it all worthwhile, right?

During this time of year, try to take it easy.  Relax and spend time with others.  And of course, dig into a heaping helping of fantasy.  Here's what you need from the hockey side to get you through the season: 

(Note: This is the last regular column for 2019.  Next week's installment will cover overachievers to fade and underperformers to buy in 2020.  And then we're back to normal in January.)

(Ownership rates/stats as of Dec. 19.)

Forwards

Sam Reinhart, BUF (Yahoo: 56%, ESPN: 81%, CBS: 83%): Despite the 12 goals, 16 assists and a continuing place alongside Jack Eichel, Reinhart is somehow still available in almost half of Yahoo leagues.  And the third member of that trio, Victor Olofsson, sits at 75 percent ownership.  Sure, Olofsson has produced 32 points — including seven more than Reinhart on the power play — along with carrying the trendy newcomer label.  But that still doesn't explain how someone who skates on one of the NHL's most dangerous lines and receives more ice time is getting significantly less love from Yahoo fantasy participants.

Brandon Tanev, PIT (Yahoo: 26%, ESPN: 12%, CBS: 17%): Thanks to all the injuries the Penguins have endured, Tanev has been able to accumulate more offensive stats than he normally would. 

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