Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 2/15/17

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


Patrik Berglund (8500/4300/4300) – Wednesday night will be dominated by the NBA, as there are a ton of games being played on the last big slate before the All-Star game. Alas, there are only four games on the NHL slate, but they pack enough action into them to be a DFS viable slate. The center position starts with a nice value option who has been tearing things up as of late in Patrik Berglund. Making his first appearance of the year in our breakdowns, Berglund is an underpriced asset skating on the Blues second line. They get a great matchup against the Red Wings, so I think you should make Berglund a focal point of your lineups.

Sean Couturier (7800/4400/3900) – The center position will end tonight with another value option, but unlike Berglund, Couturier has been on this list before. In fact, both times he’s been on this list, he’s finished in the mid-teens to early twenties, so let’s hope the third time will be a charm. The Flames aren’t a tough defensive team, and I could certainly see the Flyers score some goals, and I expect Couturier to have some exposure to them.

Wings –

Patrick Marleau (11400/6300/5500) – We’ve saved a ton of money with these picks so far, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop here. Look at it this way: picking high dollar players can always come with a little more ease than finding that right punt play, so at least you are getting a ton of options! Marleau is in a good spot tonight against the visiting Panthers. He’s not carrying an elite price tag, so he should be a good bet to pay his salary off.

Oliver Bjorkstrand (6400/3200/3200) – If you want to really get cute and just stack everything up elsewhere, the recalled Bjorkstrand could be the answer to your question. He’s shown a ton of offensive prowess in the minor’s, and I think he could very well end up on the top line with Scott Hartnell on the shelf. He’s going to be risky, but he also could pay off major dividends.


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Defensemen –

Brent Burns (17500/8600/8500) – Combine positional scarcity, a short slate and numerous value plays, and it just makes sense to use Brent Burns tonight. I love him, but I never get him right. This time is going to be different. He’s got a great matchup here, as the Panthers have been awful against the position over the last month, and I love the upside he brings to the table – no one else has it tonight.

Nikita Zaitsev (9100/4500/4500) – If you want to spend down at the position, I think you can pick on the Blue Jackets as much as you can maybe use them tonight. Zaitsev has remained at a pretty cost effective position all year, and has been a solid contributor, so I think you could do a lot worse. He could certainly end up with half the production of Brent Burns at roughly half the price.

Goalies –

San Jose Goalie – I could have written San Jose up at every position tonight – and I only didn’t at one. I think this is a pretty clear situation where you grab Burns and two other Sharks and put them with whoever is in goal and move on.

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