Fantasy Corner: Weekend Defence Streamers – Durzi, Wideman, Ekholm – March 19 & 20, 2022

We have a few very under-the-radar defence streamer options for you this weekend, as they aren’t owned in many leagues and all come in ranked in the top 100 over the past week.

Sean Durzi (2%)

With all the key defencemen out for the Los Angeles Kings, Sean Durzi has really stepped up and made himself known offensively. Not only has he gotten three assists in the past three games, but his ice time has also gone up astronomically to playing over 26 minutes a night.

Sean Durzi Los Angeles Kings
Sean Durzi, Los Angeles Kings (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Durzi has been relied upon to play the power play and has done a good job of it as two of his assists have come on the man advantage. On top of that, he can be counted on to give your team a few extra shots and hits per game, raising his value, especially when he’s on the ice so often. He has himself a solid matchup vs the banged-up Vegas Golden Knights.

Chris Wideman (1%)

Chris Wideman is not a name you’d expect to see in this group, but he is on a hot streak for the Montreal Canadiens and his role was just increased with the departure of Ben Chiarot. Wideman has assisted on four goals in the past three games, three of them coming on the power play.

He also adds a physical element, while his shots have increased of late with the bigger role. On a Canadiens team that has found their stride and been able to add offence every night, Wideman is a solid streaming option to add until he cools down. They play the lowly Senators on the second half of a back-to-back, so the matchup is favourable.

Mattias Ekholm (27%)

Mattias Ekholm has the least favourable matchup this weekend but you would be adding him for what you know he can bring to your team. He is a trusted defenceman who more people also trust to have him rostered. Facing an opponent in the Toronto Maple Leafs and rookie goaltender Erik Kallgren who has started his career hot, not many goals may get past him.

Mattias Ekholm Nashville Predators
Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

But things could surely break down, as the Maple Leafs have been one of the worst in preventing goals this calendar year. Ekholm has three points in his last five games but has added eight penalty minutes in his past three. Those are hard to come by, especially from a better player. He also loves to put the puck on net and should get you two to four shots per game with the way he’s played lately.

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