DFS Playbook: Friday, January 10, 2019

It seems to be a Friday tradition that I do my DFS lineup for the NHL slate, so let’s keep it going. Only four games in the NHL tonight, which isn’t all the bad as there are few players to choose from. I’ll be entering some higher-priced contests tonight because of the lack of contests in general. Here we go.

CENTRE

Sidney Crosby, PIT, $7,900

Sid has been on fire as of late, notching 17 points in his last 10 games (21 in 13), including scoring 5 goals. The Penguins’ captain has 21 points in 15 career games against the Ducks and will surely get on the scoresheet again tonight in Anaheim.

Adam Henrique, ANH, $3,600

I’ve got a few high-priced guys in this lineup for tonight, so I’ve got the throw in some value (I believe I’ve got some excellent value picks tonight too). Adam Henrique has 5 points in his last 10 games. I’m choosing Henrique tonight because he should match up well against the Pens’ third line. Henrique has averaged 2 shots per game in his last 10 and isn’t afraid to block shots. He’s logged an average of over 17 minutes of ice time in this stretch and will hopefully get on the scoresheet tonight against a Penguins team that has been rolling. They’ve got to lose a couple here and there. Right?

WINGER

Micheal Ferland, CAR, $4,600

Ferland is a decent value pick in tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Ferland got off to a hot start at the beginning of the season with 11 points in his first 12 games. He is starting to look better, now playing with Victor Rask and Andrei Svechnikov. Ferland has 5 points in his last 10 games while averaging over 2 shots per game.

Tage Thompson, BUF, $2,600

Here is a deep value pick for you to toss into your lineups for tonight. Tage Thompson will be playing on the team’s first line along with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. He’s got 2 points in his last 3 games and he’s looking good tonight heading in to Carolina for what I expect to be a high-scoring game. This guy MUST be in your lineups tonight to help you pay up for other guys.

Johnny Gaudreau, CGY, $8,000

Johnny Hockey has been on a tear in his last 10 games, averaging over 2 points-per-game during that time (11G – 10A). He is a must-play in your DFS lineups tonight. Pair him with Sean Monahan if you can afford it.

DEFENSE

Lawrence Pilut, BUF, $2,800

Who? This 23-year-old Swede was called up from AHL Rochester after notching 22 points (19A) in 16 games along with a +19 rating. The young D man now has 5 points in 10 games with the Sabres and buried his first career NHL goal Tuesday night against the Devils.  Pilut is expected to be playing in the first pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen tonight in Carolina.

Keith Yandle, FLA, $5,000

Yandle is the representative from the Florida Panthers heading to the All-Star Game in San Jose at the end of the month. With 35 points in 42 games this season, he’s earned the spot. Yandle logs big ice time for the Panthers and it will be more of the same tonight in Calgary.

GOALIE

Laurent Brossoit, WPG, $7,900

Brossoit is starting at home tonight facing the Detroit Red Wings. This should be a win for the Jets’ backup goaltender. Brossoit is 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts, sporting a 2.11GAA and a .939Sv%. He’s a little on the pricey side, but we’ve saved enough value to be able to afford him and some other superstars tonight.

UTILITY

Sean Monahan, CGY, $7,400

Along with Johnny Hockey, Monahan has also been strong putting up 15 points in his last 10 games, averaging 3 shots per game during that time. I said earlier that you should try to pair these two – so we’re doing it.

We’ve got a great lineup tonight that will hopefully get us cashing in NHL DFS. What lineups do you have tonight? Let’s put our lineups up against each other head to head and see who comes out on top!

DFS Playbook: Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year to all! Like most of you, I’ve been enjoying the holiday season with friends and family. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do a lot of writing for Wheel House Hockey, but we’re officially back! Let’s get the ball rolling again with a classic – my NHL DFS lineup. This is a good way to break the ice and get back into regular posts. So let’s get it.

CENTRE

Nathan MacKinnon, COL, $8,100

MacKinnon has been sort of a staple in my DSF rosters over the last month or so – so he’s staying. MacKinnon continues his outstanding year for the Avs and he is certainly someone you are going to want in your lineups. MacKinnon has 4 goals and 9 assists (13pts) in his last 10 games, where he has also been getting shots on goal at a ferocious rate (5.4 shots per game). He’s got a high floor and very high ceiling for points, which makes him worth paying up for tonight as the Avs host the Rangers.

Alex Kerfoot, COL, $4,100

Kerfoot is the middle man on the Avs’ second line and also sees time on the teams’ second Powerplay unit. Kerfoot is coming off a 2-assist night against the Sharks on Wednesday where he also put up just under 17 minutes of ice time. Kerfoot has been getting more and more ice time as the season has progressed and I see that continuing tonight.

WINGER

Teuvo Teravainen, CAR, $5,200

Teravainen is at the EXCELLENT price tonight as the Hurricanes host the Blue Jackets. Teravainen is coming off a game where he had a goal and two assists against the Flyers. In his last 10 games, Teravainen has a +8 rating and 12 points, including 5 goals. At this price, Teravainen is a must-play tonight on your wing.

Chris Kreider, NYR, $5,300

Kreider has now gone two games without a goal (one without a point) after having his four-game goal scoring streak snapped. Just halfway through the season, Kreider is sitting at 20 goals and on pace for over 40 on the season. With 9 points (6 goals) in his last 10 games, Kreider is looking pretty good to get back on the scoring train tonight in Colorado.

Alex Galchenyuk, ARZ, $4,000

Galchenyuk is another guy tonight with an excellent price tag. He just had a 5-game point streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to the Oilers, but still put up 17 minutes of ice time. Galchenyuk can certainly score points (8 in his last 10 games). He is worth the $4,000 on Draftkings tonight.

DEFENCE

Nate Schmidt, VGK, $5,300

Schmidt has been one of the more popular Dmen on my DK rosters since he returned from serving his suspension. In 23 games this season, Schmidt has put up 13 points, which is respectable. He’s got 8 points in his last 10 games and I’ve got faith in him to get on the board again tonight in Anaheim.

Michal Kempny, WSH, $4,600

The Czech blueliner on the Washington Capitals are visiting the Dallas Stars tonight. Kempny has been playing on the #1 D pairing in Washington alongside John Carlson. Kempny has picked up 2 goals and 4 points in his last five games and is now on pace for 31 points this season – a career high for Kempny. As long as he is paired with Carlson moving forward, he is certainly playable in DFS.

GOALIE

Pheonix Copley, WSH, $7,500

The young goalie from the North Pole (Alaska) is unbeaten in his last five starts and will look to snap the Caps’ 2-game losing streak tonight against a Stars team that will likely be without captain, Jamie Benn (upper body). In his last nine games, Copley is 7-1-0 with a 2.37GAA and .922Sv%. Copley is a must-start tonight in both season-long leagues and in DFS.

UTILITY

Jonathan Marchessault, VGK, $5,900

Even though he is not matching last year’s 75-point pace, Marchessasult has seemed to have found good chemistry with line mate, William Karlsson. Marchessault still has a relatively high floor as he likes to shoot the puck.

 

 

 

 

**Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

2019 World Junior Hockey Championship: Predictions

With the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship starting today at 4:00pm EST, I’ve decided to build my predictions for how the tournament will shape up. From group play and all the way through to the medal rounds, I’ll give me thoughts on some matchups and have a bracket ready to go. Keep in mind that if I’m wrong at all, the bracket will not look the same.

Group A (w-otw-otl-l)

1 - Canada 4-0-0-0

2 - Russia 3-0-0-1

3 - Czech Rep. 2-0-0-2

4 - Denmark 0-1-0-3

R - Switzerland 0-0-1-3

I’ve got Canada as the team to beat coming in to the tournament as they look to win again on home soil with one of the best defensive crops they have had in years, not to mention one of the top goaltending prospects in the tournament. Russia can always be a threat to take over the top spot. I’m expecting the New Years Eve game between Canada and Russia to determine the top spot in Group A. Denmark has shown that they can win games as their junior hockey program has improved year after year.

Group B

1 - United States 3-1-0-0

2 - Sweden 3-0-1-0

3 - Finland 2-0-0-2

4 - Slovakia 1-0-0-3

R - Kazakstan 0-0-0-4

Sweden and the USA will hit the ice against eachother on Saturday, Dec 29, in a game that will surely determine the top spot in Group B. Since 2008 and despite only having won a single Golf Medal, Team Sweden has never lost a Group play game (44-0), but I see that coming to an end this year against the United States in Overtime. Watch out for Team Finland as a dark horse in this tournament to potentially upset either the Americans or Swedes. Even though Finland is missing a LOT of their top players, the Finnish Junior Hockey program continues to flourish and with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen between the pipes, anything is possible. And with no surprise to anyone – Kazakstan will be the only team in the tournament to finish without a point and end up being relegated.

Quarter Final                     Semi Final                           BRONZE               GOLD                    Champ

B1 USA 4                              USA 3                                    RUS 3                    CAN 4 (OT)          Team Canada

A4 DEN 1                              RUS 1                                     SWE 2                    USA 3

A2 RUS 4

B3 FIN 3

A1 CAN 5                              CAN 4

B4 SVK 1                               SWE 3

B2 SWE 3                             

A3 CZE 2

 

I’m expecting an exciting tournament this year as we usually get. Here’s to a great tournament and some great hockey!

DFS Playbook: Friday, December 21

Only 3 games in the NHL tonight, let’s build us a winning GPP lineup!

CENTRE

Nathan MacKinnon, COL, $8,300

I can’t pass up an Avs stack tonight against the lowly Chicago Blakhawks. So prepare yourself for the Best line in hockey!

Lars Eller, WSH, $3,500

I’m in for a high-scoring game here tonight as the Caps host the Sabres. The Sabres are going to be looking for some revenge after a shootout loss to the Caps in their last meeting. Eller is coming off a game against the Pens where he got the team’s only goal and logged over 19 minutes of ice time. Perhaps this can be the start of something exciting for Eller! With the Avs stack tonight, I’m going to need to save a LOT of salary. Eller is a start at only $3,500 of Draftkings.

WINGER

Gabe Landeskog, COL, $6,700

I said I’m going to do it - I’m stacking the Avs! There’s not a whole much I can say about these guys other than they are on a tear this year. Look for the Avs to wreak hJakuavoc on the Blackhawks tonight. I’ve also got some good money on the Avs to win by at least 2… So I need some goals here.

Mikko Rantanan, COL, $7,500

With 16 points and 6 goals in his last 10 games, I don’t have a better option on the wing to add to the slue of Avs. This pick should speak for itself.

Jakub Vrana, WSH, $4,300

Vrana continues to play on the team’s second line and has put up 5 points in his last 10 games. Surely, playing alongside Wilson and Kuznetsov, he should get a point in a high-scoring game tonight in Washington.

DEFENSE

Zach Bogosian, BUF, $2,900

Bogosian is a shot blocking machine and at this price, with his high floor, he’s a solid pick to help me save salary. Bogosian averages 2.4 blocks per game and is playing over 23.5 minutes per game in his last 10.

Rasmus Dahlin, BUF, $4,200

Dahlin plays monster minutes for the Sabres (23.5/game) and is averaging almost 3 shots on goal per game in his last 10. Again, another defender with a high floor, just like his partner Bogosian.

GOALIE

Philipp Grubauer, COL, $8,200

Surprise, surprise… I’m going with the Avs goalie. Why? Because they’re going to win and I don’t expect a lot of offence from the Blackhawks. Let’s just hope they can shoot the puck for some saves.

UTILITY

Chris Tierney, OTT, $4,100

I’m only left with $4,400 salary, so I’m going with Tierney - especially over the two Hawks Dmen that were around that price. Tierney is playing on the Sens’ for line tonight as they take on the Devils. Tierney logged over 21 minutes of ice time in the Sens’ last game and registered 5 shots. I’m expecting a lot of shooting tonight. Fingers crossed!

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Friday, December 14

It’s been a few days since I’ve shared my lineup with you so let’s get back to it for GPPs tonight! As per the usual, I’ll share my entire lineup with you and why I’m choosing these guys. Let’s get to it.

CENTRE

Brian Little, WPG, $4,700

I’m actually going to be going with a few Jets tonight against a Blackhawks team that has been giving up quite a few goals. I like Little tonight as he has 8 points in his last 10 games, which includes 2 goals. Now Little doesn’t shoot very much (a little over 1 shot per game), so I’ll suggest pairing him with a line mate who likes to put the puck in the net. I’d say Little is good for an apple tonight in Chicago.

Nick Schmaltz, ARZ, $4,800

Schmaltz is playing in the middle on the Coyotes’ first line against a Rangers team that can give up some goals. He has 9 points (including 4 goals) in his last 10 games and played over 20.5 minutes in the team’s last game. Schmaltz is coming in at a great price for the ice time he will be getting.

WINGER

Tanner Pearson, PIT, $3,300

Pearson is projected to be playing alongside Sidney Crosby and the Penguins’ first line tonight at home against the Bruins. He should also be getting time on the team’s second Powerplay unit, which increases his potential even more. At this price AND playing along Sid, Pearson is a solid value option tonight.

Patrick Laine, WPG, $7,400

Like I said, I’m going to be pairing a goal-scoring line mate with Brian Little. Who else would I want to pair? Laine. There’s not much more to say about Laine other than he’s a chalk play tonight against Chicago.

Kyle Connor, WPG, $6,500

Why the hell not? Stacking Jets has worked for me in the past and it will work again tonight. Connor and Laine are hot, with a combined 19 points in their last 10 games. I can expect this Jets second line to hook up at least once tonight.

DEFENCE

Nate Schmidt, VGK, $4,100

Schmidt has a good floor for points as he likes to both shoot the puck and block shots, making him a good value option as he puts up DK fantasy points. He’s got 5 points in his last 10 games and has a decent price tonight on Draftkings.

Jacob Trouba, WPG, $4,600

Trouba is averaging 3.4 fantasy points per game in his last 10 games where he is +8 and has 6 points. Trouba has been on the ice for the Jets goals and averages 2 shots on net per game in his last 10. Look for a Trouba to hook up with our Jets stack tonight.

GOALIE

Jimmy Howard, DET, $7,800

Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators tonight who are still without Duchene. Howard has had a solid year between the pipes with a .923sv% and 2.67GAA. I’m expecting a win for the Red Wings tonight and 30 saves from the American net minder.

UTILITY

Brad Marchand, BOS, $6,800

This leaves us with $6,800 to spend and lets spend it on the player everyone loves to hate - Brad Marchand. The Bruins are visiting Pittsburgh tonight. A team that has struggled defensively all season long. Marchand had 2 goals and an assist in his last game against the Coyotes, giving him 11 points in his last 10 games. Marchand usually puts up points against the Pens so we can expect something here.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

A case of the (St. Louis) Blues

Blues Defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and Forward Zach Sanford drop the mitts during a battle drill at practice Monday, December 10th.

Blues Defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and Forward Zach Sanford drop the mitts during a battle drill at practice Monday, December 10th.

The St. Louis Blues are a struggling team this season. From poor goaltending to fights during practice, the St. Louis Blues have hit a low and have ended up much farther away from where they expected to be at this point in the NHL season.

The Blues currently 1 point out of last place in the National Hockey League at 10-14-4, including 7 losses in their last 10 games. The Blues are coming off a 6-1 loss against Vancouver on Sunday as inconsistent goaltending proves to be a lingering issue.

On Monday, December 10th, the team’s frustrations began to spill into practice as teammates Robert Bortuzzo and Zach Sanford dropped the mitts during a battle in front of the net. “Mentally, I think guys are at a point right now where they’re so frustrated with how things have gone,” said Blues D man Chris Butler, referring to the altercation during practice.

Blues Superstar forward Vladimir Tarasenko spoke to media after the Blues’ 6-1 blowout loss to the Canucks, “There’s no consistency in our game… I apologize to all of our fans. We can’t play at home like this. It’s unacceptable. I don’t know how to fix it…” The young superstar wishes there was something he could do for the team at this point, but it seems as though these issues may be a little deeper than how things are looking at this point. While the Blues’ goaltending is struggling, the offense sure is not helping as the Blues have scored only 5 goals in their last 4 games and sit in the bottom five in the league in goals scored.

The Blues fire head coach, Mike Yeo on November 20 and have gone 3-5-1 under Craig Berube in his first nine games as head coach.

Blues Forward Jaden Schwartz could return to the lineup tonight hopeful to spark the lackluster Blues offence.

DFS Playbook: Saturday, December 8

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I haven’t done one of these in a couple days so I feel like I owe you all a winning lineup. Let’s get to it with a list of 5 forwards I’m high on, 2 defensemen, and 2 goalies that are going to put up some points. Don't worry - I’ll toss in a couple bonus plays that have some value too. Here we go!

FORWARDS

Sidney Crosby, PIT, $7,900

Sid and the Pens find themselves in Ottawa tonight taking on the only team in the league who allow over 4 goals per game. Sid always gets a warm welcome from fans in Ottawa (as most of them are Crosby fans anyway because not even Ottawa residents cheer for the Sens) and I’m expecting Sid to score a goal tonight. He is definitely someone you’re going to want in at least your cash game lineups. Be aware of his high ownership in GPPs and make sure you’ve got some less-owned players mixed in your lineup as well.

William Nylander, TOR, $5,500

I didn’t go with Nylander in his first game back on Thursday and that proved to be a wise decision. Nylander was held without a shot, block or any point whatsoever in the Leafs’ 5-4 OT loss to the Red Wings. Further, Nylander hardly saw the ice in the third period and did not play in the OT frame. I’m expecting Nylander to bounce back tonight and return to his regular self from last year. Come on - he’s worth $10.2M this year. He’s going to put up points at some point!

Jared McCann, FLA, $3,700

McCann is the centre man on the Panthers’ second line, playing with Dadonov and Vatrano (who are also solid plays at their prices if you want to save salary). As per Vegas, the Panthers have a high implied goal total tonight, which makes these guys a solid play. The Rangers have a good top line that plays very well both ways, particularly in puck control. This Panthers second unit should get plenty of ice time against other Rangers lines. I'll be staying away from anyone on the Panthers’ top line.

Alex Ovechkin, WSH, $7,500

I’m totally expecting this game to come out high scoring. The Caps have a dangerous offence and the Blue Jackets have had some issues in the puck-stopping department allowing 15 goals in their last 3 games. Ovi likes to shoot the puck and is certainly no stranger to goal scoring.

Phil Kessel, PIT, $6,200

I’m high on Phil for the same reason I am on Crosby. Kessel had four points in his last game and is on pace to hit triple digit points for the first time in his career. The Sens give up a butt-load of goals and Kessel sure can score.

DEFENSE

Nick Leddy, NYI, $3,100

Now Leddy doesn’t sound like that great an option as he puts up only 1.4 DK fantasy points per game, but I like him tonight. Leddy averages over 21.5 TOI per game this season and is playing on the team’s top PP unit. It’s possible Leddy could prove to be excellent value tonight.

Charlie McAvoy, BOS, $4,00

McAvoy is at a great price tonight against a Leafs’ team that gives up a lot of shots on a highly basis. McAvoy returned to the Bruins lineup on Thursday an logged 21 minutes of ice time. Let’s see this solid young defence man put up a point or two tonight.

GOALIES

Casey DeSmith, PIT, $8,100

The Sens are without forwards Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene tonight when they host the Penguins, taking a big chunk of offence off the ice for the team. The Pens are favoured at -200 for tonight’s game, making them the biggest favourite of the night and a more-than-likely win for DeSmith and the Pens.

Adin Hill, ARZ, $7,800

Hill is coming off his first loss in his last 5 starts, allowing 3 goals to the Caps. Hill has been outstanding for the Coyotes and now faces a Sharks team that is averaging only 2.63 goals for on the road this season. Look for Hill to stand tall in what I’m predicting to be a low-scoring game. 2-1 Coyotes.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

Way Too Early Expansion Draft Protected List

I thought I’d have a little fun this week and start up a waaaaay too early expansion draft protection list. It has already been announced that the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft will have the same rules as the Vegas draft in 2017 with each team allowed to protect either 7 forwards, 3 defense and a goalie OR 8 skaters and a goalie.

I spent most of my morning today going through the rosters of each team to get this list together. In the next few days, the Wheel House Hockey crew will begin to gather their opinions on who is getting drafted from each team and join the new Seattle NHL Franchise.

As per the rules, all teams MUST protect any player with “No Movement Clauses” and any player who decides to decline to waive their no trade clauses. When putting this list together, I protected every player with such clauses. When we actually do our drafts, we will state whether or not the player is expected to waive their clause or not at the draft. Remember, the draft will be in 2021, so the contracts were looked as if today was the year 2021, and when the teams release their protected list.

Expansion Draft Seattle Protected

DFS Playbook: Tuesday, December 4th

It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for some NHL DFS! There are 20 different teams in action tonight, which means I’ll be entering a few different lineups into DFS contests. But let’s build one right here, right now, with you! NEW to this article is FANDUEL pricing for those of you who use it over my favourite, Draftkings. Here we go!

CENTRE

Boone Jenner, CBJ, $4,900 DK/FD

Boone Jenner finds himself playing on the team’s second line with wingers Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno. Jenner has put up 3 points in his last 4 games and is enjoying shooting the puck as of late, not to mention the excellent value you’re getting with him. I’m expecting this to be a high-scoring game and for the Blue Jacket’s second line to put up some points.

J.T. Compher, COL, $3,500 DK, $4,500FD

Compher is getting second line minutes and also putting up time on the team’s second Powerplay unit. The Avs are heading to Pittsburgh tonight, a team they were able to score 6 goals on the last time they met. Compher has 7 points in his last 10 games, including a couple of Shorthanded goals in that span. Compher will be an excellent value play tonight to let you pay up for some of those more expensive players. Compher also as winger eligibility on Fan Duel so that’s a bonus. I slotted in Erik Staal as well in my FD lineup tonight.

WINGERS

Tom Wilson, WSH, $6,900 DK, $5,200 FD

I hate him. I do not like this guy. However, he’s putting up points playing on the Caps’ first line and first PP unit alongside Ovechkin. You’re getting excellent value for Wilson on Fanduel and giving yourself more exposure to Ovi, who I can see doing well tonight against the Golden Knights.

Alex Ovechkin, WSH, $7,600, 8,800 FD

Ovi comes in at a high price point – but hey, you saved up for him with Jenner and Compher. There’s not much to say about Ovi other than that he’s an excellent goal scorer. He’s a chalk play tonight and look for double the points when paired with Wilson.

Cam Atkinson, CBJ, $6,600 DK, $7,200 FD

Atkinson and the Blue Jackets continue to put pucks in the net. Atkinson has netted 10 goals in his last 10 games and tallied 6 assists to go along with those goals. He also finds himself on a 10-game point streak. With a a game I’m projected to be high scoring tonight, Atkinson will be worth paying up for.

DEFENCE

Ryan McDonagh, TBL, $4,600 DK, $5,000 FD

The Bolts’ D man put up 2 assists in their last game in New Jersey, giving McDonagh his 8th point in his last 10 games, where he is also averaging 3.0 DK fantasy points. McDonagh isn’t afraid to shoot the puck and isn’t afraid to block shots, which gives him a solid floor in DFS tonight.

Samuel Girard, COL, $4,000 DK, $4,400 FD

Girard is on the Avs’ 1st D pairing and is facing a Penguins team that has really struggled defensively all season. Girard is averaging over 20 minutes of ice time and has notched 5 points in his last 10 games. He also gives you the opportunity to save salary.

GOALIE

Jaroslav Halak, BOS, $7,700 DK | Jonathan Quick, LAK, $7,700 FD

I’m giving you two goalies here because honestly, Halak is way overpriced on Fanduel. Do NOT pay up for him on Fanduel. The Bruins have a solid win opportunity tonight against the one of the weaker Eastern Conference teams in the Florida Panthers. Halak has had 32 or more saves in three of his last five contests so he’ll get you points.

As for Jonathan Quick, he’s a cheap option for both sites ($7,300 on DK). He has won 1 of his last 2 starts and has had 30 or more saves in each of those starts. The Kings are favoured to win as they play host to the Coyotes tonight. He’s a slightly risky play and I wouldn’t recommend him in cash games/head-to-heads, but he could be a solid GPP starter tonight on either any site.

UTILITY

Bobby Ryan, OTT, $4,200 DK, $4,900 FD

Bobby Ryan. Bobby Ryan… He hasn’t been that bad this year. Although he’s still way overpaid by the Sens, he’s been doing alright. Ryan has 18 points in 27 games so far this season, including 6 in his last 10. The Sens are playing just down the 417 in Montreal tonight against a Habs team that have lost 7 of their last 10 games. Vegas has the over/under of this game set at 6.5, so they’re expecting some goals. I’m taking a flier on Ryan here and hoping he’ll find a point tonight in Montreal.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Saturday, December 1

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Today is December 1st. not only does it mark the beginning of the last month of the year, it also marks the day that I can finally shave off this duster of a moustache. And I definitely mean duster. People who know me will attest to that. Anywho – let’s get on to business.  

There are 10 games in the NHL’s main DFS slate tonight, so lots of players to choose from. I’m going to share with you all today one of my lineups, like I’ve been doing for the past week. Eventually I’m going to get into DFS rankings. For now, I’ll just be building lineups. Here we go – my December 1st Draftkings GPP lineup.

CENTRE

Sidney Crosby, PIT, $7,700

Crosby loves the rivalry games between the Penguins and their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Through 68 career games against the Flyers, Sid has put up 93 points. It also doesn’t hurt that the Flyers are giving up over 3.5 goals per game. I can expect this game to be high scoring as both teams have struggled defensively. We all know the Pens love playing in high scoring games as their offence can heat up in a hurry.

Colby Cave, BOS, $3,700

Who? Colby Cave? Who is this guy? With Patrice Bergeron out with an injury, Cave is filling in his spot between none other than Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak on the Bruins’ first line. At his super cheap price, Cave could get you some points playing with the Marchand/Pastrnak duo, who are averaging over 4.5 DK fantasy points per game between the two of them. Cave will likely be the only Bruin I go with in any of my lineups as Jimmy Howard (likely to start) has been playing solid hockey over the last few weeks.

WINGERS

Clayton Keller, ARZ, $4,300

Keller is coming in at a great price tonight, which will allow me to pay up for some Blue Jackets in a game I think will be high scoring. Keller has two goals in his last 3 games and is averaging over 18 minutes of ice time this season. It also helps that he plays on the team’s #1 PP unit and first line against the struggling Blues tonight at home, in Glendale.

Cam Atkinson, CBJ, $7,200

As mentioned above, I am totally expected this game to be high scoring and for it to definitely exceed the Vegas over/under total of 6.0. Atkinson is averaging a goal per game over his last 10 games and added 5 assists to go along with those goals.  I’ll also be adding a couple more Blue Jackets to this lineup for tonight.

Reilly Smith, VGK, $4,800

Smith collected two assists in Thursday’s game in Vancouver, including one shorthanded. Smith is a point-per-game in his last 10 games and the Golden Knights offence has been clipping.

DEFENSE

Seth Jones, CBJ, $6,100

If I’m paying up for a Defenseman, there’s probably a reason for it. I never like to pay up, but I truly see this game being high-scoring and I want as much exposure to it as I can get. Jones takes over two shots per game and has high potential to tally a couple points tonight in Uniondale.

Ryan Murray, CBJ, $4,200

Murray is coming in at an excellent price as he the Blue Jackets prepare to face the Isanders. Murray is averaging more than 21 minutes of ice time per game this season and has some potential for a point tonight.

GOALIE

Adin Hill, ARZ, $7,400

Hill may be a little on the highly owned side of things for his matchup against the Blues tonight, but he is coming off a stellar 29 save shutout over the red hot Nashville Predators Thursday night. He now faces the lowly Blues, the last place team in the Central Division.

UTILITY/FLEX

Kasperi Kapanen, TOR, $4,600

Kapanen has slowed down as of late but is looking to bounce back tonight in Minnesota. Kapanen was able to collect an assist in Thursday’s game while only logging 13.5 minutes of ice time, almost 3 minutes less than his average. Kapanen is a good price for someone who plays on Auston Matthews’ wing and should be rostered tonight as I am predicting lower-than-usual ownership of him tonight.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

 

DFS Playbook: Thursday, November 29

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There seemed to be some more interest in my last article where I built a full lineup for you all to see, so let’s try it again and build another GPP lineup for tonight’s NHL slate, which sees 16 teams take the ice.

CENTRE

Nick Bonino, NSH, $3,500

Bonino can be a solid value play tonight as Nashville takes on the Arizona Coyotes. The line currently sits at -245 for the Preds, which is the highest of the night, which means we should see a few goals from the Preds. Bonino finds time on the team’s top Powerplay unit and has 5 points in his last 10 games.

Mark Scheifele, WPG, $7,600

The Blackhawks have given up 16 goals over their last 3 games and now find themselves facing the Winnipeg Jets who have scored 14 goals in their last 3 games and have shown that they can be explosive with their offence. I’m taking Scheifele here and certainly stack him along with a couple other Jets in this lineup.

WINGER

Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG, $5,000

Ehlers was a solid pick for me in the last lineup I built for you and I’m rolling with him here again against the Blackhawks, stacking him with some other Jets as he finds himself on the first line again, giving excellent value.

Patrick Laine, WPG, $7,900

Laine is coming off a game where he was held without a point. He doesn’t often go multiple game without a point (let alone a goal) so I’m playing him tonight along with my other Jets.

Brendan Leipsic, VAN, $2,800

Brendan Leipsic can potentially be a HUGE value play tonight as the Canucks take on the Golden Knights. Leipsic is set to play on the team’s first line tonight as well as the second powerplay unit. I think it’s worth giving him a shot at the low price on Draftkings. Plus, this will allow us to pay up for the Jets stack.

DEFENSE

Josh Morrissey, WPG, $4,300

Morrissey is on the team’s top D pairing and logs a lot of ice time. I’m expecting a lot of goals from the Jets tonight so expect to see him on the score sheet.

Ryan Murray, CLS, $3,900

Murray picked up 2 assists in the Blue Jackets’ last game against the Red Wings and has been playing relatively well while logging over 21 minutes/night. Murray also likes to shoot the puck, which leads to a fairly high floor. At less than $4K, he’s certainly worth rostering in both GPPs and Cash Games.

GOALIE

Mikko Koskinen, EDM, $7,900

The Oilers are -140 favourites tonight against the Kings who have scored the least amount of goals in the league. Koskinen has been playing pretty well this year and should get the win tonight.

UTILITY/FLEX

Blake Wheeler, WPG, $7,100

after I decided on Ryan Murray as my 2nd D man, I came across a pleasant surprise as when I clicked on the list of flex players, Blake Wheeler was sitting there at exactly the amount of salary I had left. I couldn’t resist. I had to take him. I may have a few too many Jets in this lineup… But hey, Scheifele-Wheeler-Ehlers hooked up twice in the Jets’ last game. Who’s saying they won’t do it again tonight?

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Tuesday, November 27

I finally got over the absolutely terrible advice I gave on Saturday, advising you to fade Patrick Laine as he put up 5 goals on 5 shots (19.5 DK points) in a 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. So, for that reason, I will never advise to fade Laine again. Thankfully I was able to hit on both Johnsson and Guenztel in one of my lineups Saturday, which saved my DFS night on Saturday (thanking to fantasy gods).

Moving on… Tonight we’ve got a decent schedule for fantasy. I’m expecting a lot of high scoring games so I’ll personally be doing a few different lineups to get a piece of each of those games. So, just for fun, let’s build a whole lineup for you all to see tonight. Keep in mind - this is for a GPP tournament (as always for this articles). Maybe I’ll look into doing cash-game lineups in the future? Let me know! Now let’s get started:

CENTRES

Brayden Point, TBL, $7,200

Point is playing on the Bolts’ second line and puts in some solid PP minutes on the first PP unit. Point was able to notch two goals in Sunday’s contest against the Devils. With Point in my lineup tonight, I’ll be able to save a little bit (and I emphasize little bit) of money to target Kucherov as one of my wingers. Point has put up 9 points over his last 5 games and will look to extend that streak tonight as the Bolts host the Ducks.

Anze Kopitar, LAK, $5,500

Yeah, I know the Kings are struggling. But someone is still going to put up points. Especially against a team like the Vancouver Canucks, who give up 3.6 goals per game. This good price and the match-up makes Kopitar a must-play tonight in Vancouver. Kopitar is heating up with 4 points in his last 2 games.

WINGERS

Nikita Kucherov, TBL, $7,300

Kucherov is on fire as of late, posting 18 points in his last 10 games. If you’re cool with paying up for him, you must do it as we look for Kuch to extend his point streak to 7 games. Kucherov has 14 points on his current 6 game point streak.

Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG, $4,500

Ehlers is now projected to be playing with the Jets’ first line with Scheifele and Wheeler and also finds time on the Powerplay. With the Penguins’ struggling defense, Ehlers is certain worth a shot for a game that I expect to be high scoring.

Austin Watson, NSH, $4,300

I’m going with Watson here to ride the hot hand. Watson is coming off a hattrick and has been playing very well in the first place. Watson is on the team’s first line alongside Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen and also sees time on the team’s PP, as seen Sunday night. Watson should be a good value play tonight as the Preds host the Avalanche.

DEFENSE

Josh Morrissey, WPG, $4,100

Some of you who read my DFS articles will probably notice that I don’t like spending too much salary on my D picks. The reason for that is that I can use these spots to find some solid mis-priced defenders with high point potential. That’s why I’m going with Morrissey. Morrissey has points in back to back games. Going up against a struggling Pens D, Morrissey can potentially make it points in 3 straight.

Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF, $4,600

Buffalo keeps winning and scoring goals and I want to get in on the parade. I’m going with Risty tonight because he puts up monster minutes. Ristolainen has 7 points in his last 10 games and he is reasonably priced.

GOALIE

Curtis McElhinney, CAR, $7,600

McElhinney has an excellent price tag tonight. The Habs are struggling as of late so I’m expecting a win here at the very least. The Habs also average 32 shots on goal/night, which gives the Carolina goaltender maybe save opportunities.

UTILITY

Ryan Johansen, NSH, $4,900

Johansen has been on and off all season. I like this price on him though and the match up isn’t completely terrible either. Johansen likes to shoot the puck and I think this mini stack with Austin Watson could connect.

**Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Saturday, November 24

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Last night I was able to extend my guarantee of the night streak with a goal from Cam Atkinson (his 6th straight game with a goal), as I promised.

Tonight I’ll be playing the NHL’s main slate starting at 7pm EST in the $65K Saturday Shootout with a $10K top prize.

Similar to yesterday’s article, I’m going to go over some must-plays, some value plays and some guys I’m staying away from. But first - I’ll recap my picks from last night.

Last night I was staying away form Mike Hoffman, who was in the middle of an impressive point streak. Turns out that was a good idea as Hoffman was highly owned and was unable to extend his point streak on four shots last night. Another playing I said would

Now I also said to stay away from whichever Sharks goalie ended up starting, which ended up being Aaron Dell. I was staying away from him simply due to his high price and the potential offensive breakout of the Canucks. Dell was able to get the shutout, but only on 19 shots. You still could have gotten the same (or even better) points from another, lower priced goalie on the night. But even if you went with Dell, there was still nothing wrong with the pick.

As for some value picks, I had Zack Smith in a Sens/Stars game I suspected would be high-scoring. Smith was able to bury a goal late in the 3rd period and logged just under 20 minutes of ice time. Smith may be a solid fantasy play in the next week if his salary stays down. As for Pearson, he wasn’t a great play as he was only able to muster a shot and 2 blocks.

As for the Must-plays, both Barrie and Atkinson were able to get on the board last night to help propel some people into the money. Let’s move on to tonight’s slate.

MUST PLAY

Tyson Barrie, COL, $5,300

Barrie extended his point streak to 7 games last night with a goal in the Avs victory over the Arizona Coyotes. The Avs host the Dallas Stars tonight who are coming off a high-scoring game against the Sens. Both teams had to travel last night immediately after their games to meet back in Colorado, but that won’t stop Barrie from getting on the scoreboard again tonight for my guarantee of the night. Tyson Barrie gets at least one point.

VALUE PLAYS

I’ve got two value plays I’m high on tonight.

Kevin Lebanc, SJS, $3,900

Lebanc is coming off a 2 assists night against the Vancouver Canucks, with both of those assists coming on the Powerplay. The Sharks seem to be using Lebanc more and more on the powerplay and he is getting more chances to get on the board, not to mention that playing alongside Joe Thornton every night, you will get a few opportunities to score.

Robert Thomas, STL, $3,000

Rob Thomas dished out two assists in last night’s game against the Preds giving him 3 assists in his last 2 games. More importantly, Thomas is getting looks on the team’s powerplay and the penalty kill, which is leading to both more ice time and more opportunities to get points. Rob Thomas could be the value that you need on your team tonight.

PLAYERS I’M FADING

Patrick Laine, WPG, $7,200

Laine always has the potential to break out in a game but I’m fading him tonight. Laine has been seeing his ice time drop over the last few games and somehow keeps being able to put up points. Tonight is a night that I’m not too high on him and I am expecting him to be shut down with his high expected ownership against the Blues.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Friday, November 23

Another busy night in the NHL with some games already started. I’m going to be doing something a little bit different today and instead of giving a couple players from each position, I’m going to give some must-plays, some value plays and then some guys who I’m staying away from.

I’m playing in the Draftkings $35K Two-Man Advantage GPP contest with a top prize of $5,000. If any of my readers would like me to look into different DFS websites, let me know!

MUST PLAY

Cam Atkinson, CBJ, $7,000

Cam Atkinson has been red-hot with 11 points in his last 10 games and 11 in his last 5. Atkinson has averaged a little under 9 DK fantasy points over his last 5 games with a total of 44.2 Draftkings fantasy points. Atkinson and the Blue Jackets are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. A team coming off a 5-2 road loss in Carolina where they allowed 29 shots in the first period alone. The Leafs give up a 6th-highest shots against per game in the league at 33. For my Guarantee of the night (which I am now 5/5, by the way), I’ve got Cam Atkinson scoring a goal.

Tyson Barrie, COL, $5,100

Here’s a guy who is a definitely must-play tonight in Arizona. Barrie is coming off a two-point night in LA and has 11 points in his last 10 games played. Over these 10 games, Barrie has averaged 4.2 DK fantasy points and over 5 fantasy points per game in his last 3 games played. The Coyotes are in the bottom half of the league in terms of DK fantasy points given up to D men.

VALUE PLAYS

Zach Smith, OTT, $3,000

Smith seems to be beginning to heat up as of late and posted 3 points in his last two games. The Sens in general have found a lot of offence and are scoring quite a in their last few games. Smith can be a solid value play tonight as the Sens visit the Dallas Stars

Tanner Pearson, PIT, $4,200

I know I may be sounding like a broken record here with this guy… But he has yet to give me a reason not to draft him in GPP contests as he is typically low-owned and has been putting up points with he Penguins.

PLAYERS I’M FADING

Fading is a term used for some high potential players who you should stay away from in GPPs because of their high projected ownership. There is one main forward I’m definitely fading tonight and likely for a few more games.

Mike Hoffman, FLA, $6,700

Hoffman continues to ride an extended point streak, but he’s someone I’m staying away from tonight. I may play him in cash games as he will have a high ownership, but I’m certainly staying away from him in GPPs. If you want a shot at the top prize in tournaments, you want your team to be unique. Without Hoffman, you will be one step closer to that unique team.

Martin Jones, SJS, $8,300 (or Aaron Dell, SJS, $8,100)

The Sharks have yet to announce their starter today so both goalies are mentioned. You would assume the Sharks are a lock to win tonight. But for this price and high projected ownership, I’m staying away. Additionally, the Canucks have shown that they can put up some goals and surprise some top teams.

Disclaimer

This is simply my opinion and you are not guaranteed to win if you are following this advice. Remember: DFS is gambling. Know your limit, play within it.

DFS Playbook: Wednesday, November 21

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BANDWAGON PERSPECTIVE

Busy night in the NHL as there are 14 games on the schedule on this eve of the American Thanksgiving. There are a lot of choices to be made for tonight’s slate with so many teams in play.

Now to begin, there are a couple of games with higher-than-normal totals according to Vegas that are likely to see a lot of scoring. The New York Islanders are visiting the New York Rangers in what is expected to be high scoring. I think I’ll be grabbing at least a couple of players from this game in a lineup or two tonight. The other game which we can expect high scoring is the battle between the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Like with the battle of New York, I’ll be doing a couple of lineups built around these games. Let’s begin with some payers in each position that are a must-own tonight. I’m playing in the $77.7K PRe-Thanksgiving Appetizer with a top prize of $10,000 tonight.

CENTRE

Nathan MacKinnon, COL, $8,100

MacKinnon is coming off a 1 goal, 2 assist night in an OT victory in Anaheim Sunday night. MacKinnon also put up a whopping 7 shots in the game, leading the Avs to the win. He continues on a hot streak with 14 points in his last 10 games and I can’t see that ending tonight as the Avs face the NHL’s worst team, the LA Kings. The Kings have had some goaltender injury issues all season as they are now on their fourth string goaltender, Cal Peterson.

WINGERS

Tanner Pearson, PIT, $4,000

Pearson notched a goal and an assists in the Pens’ OT loss to Buffalo Monday night. Pearson seems to be fitting in well with the Penguins so far. The Pens are hosting the Dallas Stars tonight and I’m looking at Pearson to get back on track from his horrendous start to the season.

Gabriel Landeskog, COL, $7,00

Yes, I know I’m giving you some higher priced players. But I promise you that the Landeskog-MacKinnon stack WILL pay off tonight. This will be my guarantee of the night. Both MacKinnon and Landeskog get on the board. I am expecting this game to be high scoring and this stack will not let you down. Just make sure you’re paying down in other areas to be able to afford this high-priced stack.

DEFENSE

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARZ, $4,800

I actually feel like OEL is a little underpriced here going into a a pretty good matchup against a Vegas team in the bottom half of the league in points allowed to Defensemen. OEL is a solid play tonight as long as the Coyotes can get some scoring. If they do - it’s likely to come from the work of their leader. Vegas has struggled between the pipes lately and that could just very well be the boost the Yotes need to pile on some goals.

GOALIE

Connor Hellebuyck, WPG, $7,700

Hellebuyck and the Jets are a solid team. The Flames recently broke out of their offensive slump with a 7-2 win over the Golden Knights but I’m looking at the Flames to go back to their gun-shy ways tonight and for Hellebuyck to shut down the Flames.

There you have it. Some picks that I’m playing tonight. Remember - this is only one of the many lineups I enter on a nightly basis. As always - shoot me a message and you can challenge my lineup with yours!

Good luck tonight fellow DFSers.

DFS Playbook: The Showdown

Tonight’s unique NHL contest on Draftings gives me a good opportunity to explain a different contest type. The Showdown. As many of you would know, you’re usually picking 2 centres, 3 wingers, 2 defence men, a goalie and a utility player. Showdowns are a little bit different and are meant for those nights where there is only one game on the schedule.

Tonight, I’m playing in the $8 entry, $25K Showdown ($5,000) top prize.

Tonight’s matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks should be a fun game. Showdowns also use a different scoring system:

Usually goals are worth 3, assists 2, shots 0.5, along with other changes to player scoring. As for the goalies, wins are usually 3, saves 0.2, and 2 for a shutout bonus. Goals against are the same.

So remember to build your lineup accordingly!

Common Strategy

Unless you’re playing in a head-to-head, 50/50s or double-ups, which are also known as ‘cash games,’ you’re going to want your lineup to differentiate from other possible lineups out there. This could potentially mean not using all of your salary. The reason for this in a tournament (or GPP) is because there are a lot of people competing (sometimes up to half a million entries). There are usually large prizes for the winner. But if you really want to cash-in, you better have a different line-up, otherwise that $100K prize is going to turn into a little more like $2,500 (for example). Let’s go over some value picks for tonight and maybe I’ll post one of my lineups here for you to see and even enter if you really want to.

Value Picks

Ryan Spooner, EDM, $4,500

Spooner was recently acquired by the Oilers from Boston and will be playing in his 3rd game with the Oilers tonight in San Jose. Spooner is projected to be playing on the 2nd line tonight alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has 7 points in his last 10 games. Spooner has a goal-scoring ability and picking him in the Showdown tonight will allow you to pay up for other guys that are usually good for a few points. Spooner would certainly be a risk tonight, but a point would certainly make him worthwhile.

Joonas Donskoi, SJS, $5,600

Donskoi hasn’t been doing much this season, but is projected to be playing on the first line tonight with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane. Donskoi has shown in the past that he is able to put the puck in the net. You can even look at a first-line mini stack here by also paying up for Joe Pavelski.

Who am I paying up for?

Along with making sure you’re getting at least one good value pick for this showdown, you’ve got to make sure you’re picking the right guys to pay up for. There is nothing worse than spending HUGE salary for a guy who is only finishing with a single shot on goal. Here are a couple guys I’m projecting to hit tonight - and who you should be paying up for:

Joe Pavelski, SJS, $11,400

Pavelski is coming off a a 2 goal performance in the Sharks’ last game and I can see this momentum carrying over into tonight’s match. The Oilers have given up 10 goals in their last 2 games. As great as Koskinen has been, his performance will drop-off over time. Pavelski is a solid centre man for the Sharks and he will get on the board tonight for my guarantee of the night.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

RNH has had an excellent start to the year so far putting up 19 points in 20 games. Look for more of the same from Nuge tonight. Although he’s not much of a goal-scorer, he can certainly set up his line mates. Plus, with Martin Jones struggling this year, the Oilers could potentially pile on the goals.

My Lineup

As promised, I said I was going to show you one of my lineups for tonight’s showdown. So here it is.

Is anyone wants to build a lineup to play against me in a head-to-head, shoot me a message and we’ll discuss! I’m giving you the advantage by showing my cards.

For any other advice for Daily Fantasy Sports, Season-Long Fantasy or Sports Betting, hit me up on Twitter at @BandwagonPersp or my Facebook page under the same name.

I also spend a lot of time doing DFS and season-long Football and can help you with questions you may have there!

DFS Playbook: Thursday, November 15

I told you so!

On Tuesday I guaranteed Erik Karlsson would put up a point. Yeah, it was just an assist… But I wasn’t wrong! Dominik Simon ended up being a bit of a bust, but I ended up hitting on Draisaitl and Sid, who put up what I was looking for from them. Let’s get moving with some key plays for tonight’s NHL DFS slate. I’ll build this lineup for the $8 NHL $50K Autumn Two-Man Adv. GPP Contest.

GOALIE

Carey Price, MTL, $7,100

Price will be a good low-priced option for tonight’s game in Calgary. Yeah, the Habs have been involved in some pretty high-scoring games lately, allowing 21 goals in their last 4 games. I’m feeling a big game from Price against the struggling Flames who have only scored 4 goals in their last 3 games, two of which, against backup goalies (Kings and Ducks). I’m seeing the Habs get a win in Calgary tonight, with Price shining bright. Price is actually one of the only goalies I’m super high on tonight. Well, him and whoever starts for the Preds in Arizona.

CENTER

Evgeni Malkin, PIT, $6,700

Geno has slowed down as of late after getting off to a red-hot start to begin the season. However, with Sidney Crosby ruled out for tonight’s game against the Bolts (and TB starting their back-up goalie), Geno is a must-play option. Perhaps better in cash games than GPPs due to a high potential ownership… But that won’t stop me from playing him in this tournament. Geno has time and time again showed us that he can put the team on his back when Crosby is away. Look for Malkin to do much of the same tonight against the Bolts. Also… Part of me wants to give Dominik Simon another shot tonight… I may end up doing that again to save some salary.

WINGERS

James Van Riemsdyk, PHI, $5,200

JVR is returning to action tonight as the Flyers host the Devils. The Flyers have scored 15 goals in their last 4 games and I can expect that streak to continue, especially with the return of JVR and his net-front presence. This matchup is one that I can see being high-scoring.

Taylor Hall, NJD, $7,600

Like I said, I see this being a high-scoring game. Hall is coming off a 4-point (2G, 2A) performance against the Penguins on Tuesday night and I don’t see why he wouldn’t do much of the same tonight in Philly.

DEFENCEMEN

Erik Karlsson, SJS, $5,100

Yes, I know I played him Tuesday night. But he didn’t let me down. That assist does a lot for a guy’s confidence, especially when he’s having a hard time fitting in with the Sharks. Why not breakout against a team he is all too familiar with, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Karlsson has more points against the Leafs than he does any other team in the NHL (36gp, 35pts). I’m going to step it up from Tuesday night when I said he is guaranteed a point. Tonight… I GUARANTEE that EK will get at least two points and will be a top 3 DFS Defenceman tonight.

Let me know what your DFS lineups are looking like tonight and who you’re high on and not so high on!


DFS Playbook: Tuesday, November 13

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Even with MacKinnon letting me down last Friday, I still had a fairly successful night on Draft Kings as I was able to cash in most of my GPP lineups, coming out positive on the slate.

Did anyone else out there take my tips from Friday? Let me know in the comments!

Anywho… Moving on to tonight’s NHL DFS schedule. Nine games around the league tonight, including a couple of match-ups I’m IN on and a couple I’m definitely OUT on. Let’s start with the forwards:

WINGERS

Dominik Simon, PIT, $4,200

Simon will be a solid value play on the wing tonight. Simon is slated to play alongside the red-hot Sid Crosby tonight in New Jersey, a team that has been struggling as of late, coming off 3 straight losses where they have allowed 18 goals against (6 GAA/gm) and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. Kinkaid is the starter tonight, but both NJ goalies have struggled in their last few games.

Simon is coming off a two-point night against the Coyotes. Look for Simon to get a solid 12-13 minutes of ice-time tonight with most (if not all) of it being along side Crosby.

Nino Neiderreiter, MIN, $3,700

In another game that I can see being high scoring, I’m going to be playing a mini-stack. The Wild have been playing great over their last 10 games, winning 8 of them and 3 straight (on the road too). Nino Niederreiter is another solid value pick for tonight’s home game against the Capitals, who have been struggling between the pipes during the early part of the season. Nino has been on a bit of a tear as of late scoring three points in his last four games and 7 points in his last 10 games. Though not much of a goal-scorer, Nino isn’t afraid to block shots or shoot, making him a good stack with ….

Zach Parise, MIN, $6,200

Parise has scored 3 goals in his last 4 games and continues to shoot the puck at a good rate. Look for Parise and Neiderreiter to connect for at least 1 goal tonight against the Capital’s back-up goaltender.

CENTER

Sidney Crosby, PIT, $6,800

Crosby was +4 in the Pens’ last game and was on the ice for all four of their goals, while contributing both a goal and an assist. Look for the Crosby-Simon hookup tonight as the two are set to play together on the first line, not to forget about Sid’s time on the strong Pittsburgh Powerplay.

DEFENSMAN

Erik Karlsson, SJS, $4,900

Now, I’m going with EK here almost solely due to the fact the he is priced so low. At the time of writing, the Preds have not yet announced their starter, but due to Rinne starting last night, I am going to assume Saros is getting the nod tonight in San Jose. Karlsson is due and that’s why I’m going with him tonight at this price. Nashville is on a road trip where they’ve travelled from Dallas to Anaheim to San Jose (still a long night on a back-to-back) in the last four days. EK has yet to score this season and hasn’t had a point in over two weeks. Karlsson is my guarantee of the night for at least a point.

GOALIE

Martin Jones, SJS, $7,600

Pick a goalie is usually the toughest decision you will make on any given night. I’m building this lineup for a GPP tonight, so I’m going with a goaltender that will be a little lower on the ownership scale tonight. The Sharks have been playing fairly well over their last few games and with the Preds heading into their 3rd game in 4 nights, they will be a little slower than usual. I’m expecting a lot of shooting from the Preds tonight, which means a lot of saves from the Sharks’ net minder.

THE REST…

That leaves us with a little over $5,500 to spend on average for our last three players (C, D, UTIL). I like to save a little bit of money when it comes to picking my Defensemen, so I’ll likely pay a little less there, allowing me to get another high-end forward in that utility spot. Let me know what lineups you’re looking at tonight!

I’ll be playing this lineup in the $4 NHL $25K Autumn Forecheck, with a couple other lineups in other GPPs and Cash Games. Good luck!

Daily Fantasy Sports Players to Target: Friday, November 9

On nights with busier NHL schedules, I will be breaking down some key plays for your DFS lineups. If I get enough engagement on these, then I will be looking into hosting Draft Kings tournaments with some followers. Here we go - your Friday, November 9 DFS Key Plays:

Six games in the NHL tonight, which is fairly busy for a Friday night.

DRAFTKINGS

GOALIES

For those of you who are avid DFS players, you know what to look for in goalies. Obviously, you’re looking for a guy who’s going to get you a butt-load of saves, along with a win. A Shutout will also help you out a bit with that 2 point bonus. Here are some goalies I will be targeting tonight

Jimmy Howard, DET, $7,600

Howard and the Redwings are hosting the Rangers tonight. While the Rangers have won four straight games, the Redwings are also on a bit of a streak of their own, winning four of their last five.

Howard is coming off a 40-save win Tuesday night against the Canucks.

Dating back to December of 2015, the Rangers and Red Wings have had some pretty low-scoring games, with Howard and Lundqvist starting a large majority of those games. The Red Wings had a GAA of 1.90, almost a full point less than the current league average (2.88GAA) during that time of I wouldn’t be targeting any skaters on either team tonight, but either goalie (depending on who you believe will win) would be a solid start in your goalie position.

DEFENCEMEN

A game I feel like is going to be high-scoring tonight (and one that I am targeting) is the Colorado/Winnipeg game. Two high-powered offences facing off against one another.

Ian Cole, COL, $4,300

A blueliner I am going to be heavily rostering tonight is Ian Cole. Cole finds himself on the team’s #1 pairing and is a shot-blocking MACHINE. Cole had 5 blocks in his last game while putting up over 20 minutes of ice-time, behind only Eric Johnson (who should not be targeted at all in DFS). Over Cole’s last 3 games, he has potted 1 goal, to go along with an assist, while averaging a hair under 4 fantasy points in those games. I’ll also add that there has been a total of 29. Yes. 29 goals scored in those three games. Cole will prove to be a solid value play to let you pay up for those high-scoring forwards.

And just for fun… I’m going to bet the over on this game (T:6.0)

FORWARDS

Since we were able to save some salary in drafting Cole, let’s pay up for these next players.

Nathan MacKinnon, COL, $7,600

We all know about the tear MacKinnon has been on this year and I see no chance of that slowing down tonight against the Jets. MacKinnon has four points (2G, 2A) in his last two games after being held pointless for more than one game in a row for the first time this season. As mentioned before, I expect this game to be high-scoring. Look for MacKinnon to continue putting up points tonight. MacKinnon has averaged 6.1 fantasy points per game this year.

Patrick Laine, WPG, $6,400

Blake Wheeler, WPG, $6,500

Now here I was honestly torn between Wheeler and Laine, so I thought, ‘what the Hell, let’s do both of them.’ Both Laine and Wheeler are solid players who get a lot of Powerplay time as well. The league #2 ranked Powerplay with surely get a few chances on the man-advantage tonight as Colorado takes the 3rd most PIM/G in the league (not to mention WPG takes a league-most… a reason to look at at least one more Av for your DFS lineup tonight).

You can never really go wrong with these two powerhouse forwards.

TIPS FOR FILLING OUT THE REST OF YOUR LINEUP

Now that I’ve talked about a base for your DFS lineup tonight, it’s up to you to fill out the rest. There are a lot of solid players out there to add to your lineup. Try to look at what games are going to be higher-scoring than others and go from there. I like to play some stacks here and there, matching two or more players from the same line, but it’s totally up to what you decide!

Good luck on tonight’s NHL DFS slate!

Struggling Penguins

As a Penguins fan, this news hits a little too close to home. We all know of the Penguins’ struggles as of late. The Pens have lost five in a row, being outscored 20-7 in those 5 games and 12-2 in their last three.

"Certainly if this continues, in short order, we're going to have to make some changes," Rutherford said during a radio interview before the Pens’ 2-1 loss to the Capitals.

Rutherford went on to say that actions speak louder than words, which is why he had decided to call up Zach Aston-Reese and Garrett Wilson from AHL Wilkes-Barre ahead of Wednesday night’s game, “this will be the first move of a few if we don’t get it along.”

The Penguins’ struggles don’t lie in the hands of superstars Crosby, Malkin and Kessel, who are all averaging over a point-per-game. Instead, Rutherford called out a few of the team’s support players, “It’s almost like the guys come to the games and say, ‘let’s let the top guys do it.’”

I’ll be honest - it’s been a little frustrating watching the Penguins over the last few games. With the exception of last night (where I actually thought they played a little better than lately), the Pens have looked lazy. Especially the support cast. Guys like Brassard, Sheahan, Rust, Haggy have what? Like four goals on the year so far COMBINED? What the hell is that? Maybe the Pens should look back into getting Nick Bonino back. Reunite the legendary ‘HBK’ line of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

With the lack of support from the team’s support players paired with inconsistent goaltending, the Penguins are struggling, “They get bigger contracts and they kind of settle in,” Rutherford said, surely speaking of guys like Hornqvist (signing 5-year, $26.5M contract in February).

The former back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions are going to have to prove to their GM (and former GM of the Year) that they still have what it takes to be a contending team. Since getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the season (6-1-2 and getting up to 3rd overall), the pens have fallen off and now sit with a record of 6-5-3.

The Pens hope to bounce back Saturday night at home against the Arizona Coyotes. If they don’t you can bet I’ll be upset. I’ll have a strongly written LETTER (lets call it a love letter) dedicated to the laziness of the Penguins over the last two weeks (with the exception of my boys Phil, Geno and Sid. They’re cool in my books still. Oh - and Tanger.