Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 2/19/17

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


Nick Cousins (6100/3200/3100) – Today, we will kick off our NHL DFS picks with someone who is a bottom barrel priced punt play in Nick Cousins. He is an extremely unpredictable player, and he doesn’t have huge upside, which is why he is almost minimum priced on all sites we cover. The matchup is very good against the perpetually struggling Canucks team. There is a chance he could end up with a goal or assist, and I think he makes a reasonable punt play in tournaments only.

Joe Thornton (10200/5500/4900) – Thornton provides a more stable option at the position, and someone that I wouldn’t be afraid to run out in either format considering both the price and the opponent. He isn’t a guy who is going to score a ton of goals, but he does come through with an assist at a pace of more than one for every other game. The Bruins haven’t been strong this year defensively, and with this game being on his home ice, I think he can come through with the high end of his average.

Wings –

Leo Komarov (7200/4600/3600) – It looks like today’s breakdown is reading like a value play version more than anything else. I am fine with that, though, as I feel awful on nights when the high priced guys are in great positions and we write them up. Komarov is sitting on the second line with Nazem Kadri, who is a scoring machine, and it’s worked well, based on Komarov’s performance in his last two games. He sees an excellent matchup, albeit on the road, against the Hurricanes, but I could see him coming through big here, relative to price.

Tanner Pearson (11700/5500/5600) – Pearson might be the most stable player on this list thus far. He’s coming off two back to back multi point games where he put up awesome scores, and he gets another great matchup here tonight against Anaheim. Again, this is a great matchup on the road, which isn’t something that I don’t love to see but I’ll still take it here. I think he’s someone you can use in all formats.

Defensemen –

Brent Burns (17400/8500/8400) – With all the value that we’ve put in this article, I think it makes sense to go out with a bang in at least one position. Brent Burns is above and beyond the best option at the position, and on a short slate [because this article is for the 7PM and beyond slate], he’s someone that I definitely want to have in my lineup. It shouldn’t be too hard to get him in, and I think he will be highly owned as well, so don’t miss out.

Nikita Zaitsev (9100/4500/4500) – Zaitsev is my second choice at the position, finding himself in a great matchup against the Hurricanes tonight. He’s a guy who has shown to have some pretty nice upside this year, and he comes in at a really cheap price. He makes the perfect compliment to someone like Burns, and he will find himself in many of my lineups this evening.

Goalies –

Tampa Bay Goalie – Usually, I try to make my top play a goalie at home with pretty good odds. Well, tonight, I just don’t feel that. I don’t love the situation for Tampa Bay, but I think I am willing to take the chance tonight. Colorado is bad, but they are at least a little better at home, but I still think Tampa Bay walks away the winners here.

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