Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 2/14/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NHL Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Prices listed are FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings


Bryan Little (12500/6200/6000) – Bryan Little is our top overall center today, but he’s not our top overall play, even though our top overall play is a center. OK, I’m sure I have significantly confused everyone including myself tonight, but we’ll get by. Little is in a great position going up against a Dallas team on home ice, and I think there is an excellent chance for Little  to exceed value here. The price is very nice, coupled with a great matchup. The reason why I don’t have him as my top overall play is that I feel like another player at the position has a much higher talent level, and thus a much higher ceiling. That doesn’t mean I won’t have my fair share of Little, though.

Derrick Brassard (10400/5400/5000) – It’s been awhile since we put out an article, and because of a variety of things going on within ResearchFantasy, I haven’t really been following the NHL as much as I would like. Kyle Turris had been a favorite of our breakdowns, but now, we will switch over the Brassard, who comes in priced very well in what could very well be a great opportunity for him to succeed. The Sabres have been bad as usual this year, and they are always fun to target.

Connor McDavid (16800/8600/8100) – Now on to the main course, and what will amount to our favorite player of the day. Much like the three options we’ve talked about so far, McDavid will be playing on his home ice tonight. The opponent is great, as he gets to take on an Arizona team that is a bit worse on the road than they are at home. He’s lightning in a bottle, and he has the type of upside that we want in both a cash game and tournament play. There’s always enough value to go around in NHL DFS, so it won’t be too difficult to fit him into your lineups tonight.

Brock Nelson (8900/4800/4400) – Switching up a bit from the other options listed above, let’s move on to Brock Nelson on the Islanders second line on the road. Typically, we’d love for this matchup to be reversed so that we could be Islanders ace John Tavares in the breakdown and call it a night. In tournaments, I still think that is a great philosophy to use. He’s a great player. For me, though, I’d rather save a chunk of my budget and get a guy who has a ton of upside in this matchup with the Maple Leafs in Nelson. I feel fine playing him in either format.

Wings –

Evander Kane (11700/6000/5600) – Kane is the first guy at the winger position who is going to be discussed. The price on him right now is very low, and even though Buffalo can at times be the proverbial whipping boy, they can also score some goals. Lucky for them, Ottawa can give some goals up, so this is like a match made in heaven. I think it’s entirely possible that we will see Kane hit the box score tonight with a goal or a helper, and at this price is not going to break the bank.

Taylor Hall (13600/6800/6600) – Speaking of not breaking the bank relative to what their upside is, I feel like it would be criminal to not mention Taylor Hall tonight. He’s got so much talent, and has averaged almost, if not over, a point per game thus far this year. We know that Columbus is a disaster, and we also know that the Devils have looked like a much better team on their home ice, which is where they will be tonight. I think he makes an excellent option in all formats tonight.

Corey Perry (12500/6700/6000) – Corey Perry hasn’t been awesome this year, but he also hasn’t been bad. This is a good matchup for him against the Minnesota Wild, as the right wing position is one that they struggle very much with. Despite not scoring too many goals, I think he is still an elite player in the league, and he has a great shot at putting together a good night at his price tonight. I think I’d prefer to keep him as a tournament option, though.

Eric Fehr (6100/3200/3000) – Full disclosure: this is about as much of a punt option as things can possibly get. Bryan Rust is out indefinitely with an arm injury, and I don’t know if the Pens are going to move either Kessel or Hornqvist up to the top line. Instead, I think Fehr very well could be moved to the top line to keep firepower on the top three lines. Anytime you are this price and potentially playing with Sidney Crosby, you have to be considered. I would pay close attention to what happens on morning skate tomorrow.


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Defensemen –

Damon Severson (6900/3700/3600) – It feels off to have have Severson as our top defensive play of the night. He’s been awful on the whole for the season. He’s had some bright spots lately though, and this is an excellent matchup against the Avalanche. He’s perfect for those lineups where you want to pair guys like Crosby and McDavid together because he can provide some very serious upside, and so can Severson if things go correctly.

Nick Leddy (10600/5000/5200) – Leddy is my favorite of the Islanders defensemen, and he too is in an awesome matchup against the Maple Leafs. The upside to Leddy is pretty significant, as this Islanders offense can be potent when it wants to be. I also think that his price is pretty easy to work with, so I will have him in a lot of my lineups tonight.

Rasmus Ristolainen (11900/5000/5800) – Rasmus is one of my favorite players to use, so there’s no surprise that he’s here against the Senators, who have been pretty bad against the position. The price, at least on FantasyDraft and FanDuel, is no where near what it should be for what he could end up putting together. I’ll be using him in all my cash games, with the exception being maybe on DraftKings, and in many of my tournament lineups as well.

Dustin Byfuglien (12700/6100/6200) – Byfuglien has been mostly quiet as of late, but that has also caused his price to fall some. Dallas has improved a little bit at defending the position, but overall, I think they are totally a team we want to attack. I could see Byfuglien adding to his assist total tonight in what could turn into a high scoring matchup between these two teams.

Goalies –

Pittsburgh Goalie – As long as Matthew Murray is in the lineup tonight, I think this is the best place to go. Despite all the injuries, the Canucks are still an inferior team to the Penguins, so they should be a good bet to come through with the win here.

New Jersey Goalie – If you want to take a little bit more of a risk, I think we could look at the Devils goalies. Colorado is another poor team, and sometime the secret to NHL DFS can just be picking the players on the teams expected to win.

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