Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 2/23/17

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


Mika Zibanejad (11000/5200/5300) – Today looks like it’s going to be value day at the center position. The Rangers get the top matchup on the board at the position against a Toronto team that just finished giving 4 goals up to the Jets. The Rangers can score better, and with this game on the road, I want to target some of the second line. Zibanejad seems like a great place to start.

Martin Hanzal (9300/5300/4700) – Hanzal is a name currently being tossed around in trade rumors, much due to his recent play, and tonight he gets a nice matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. This will be tough for him, but the Hawks have been porous defensively, and I think the Coyotes could sneak a few in on them. I love Hanzal at his price across the board, but most especially on FantasyDraft and DraftKings.

Matt Duchene (10300/5600/4900) – It’s not often that you’ll find the Avalanche in a great position because they are awful, but tonight, I could see some merit in playing them, even on the road against the Predators. Pekka Rinne hasn’t been good at all, and I think we’ll see this team put a few together. I think Duchene makes a decent upside play in a good matchup tonight.

Wings –

Ondrej Palat (10200/5000/4900) – The triplets are fully in play again tonight. The top line in Tampa Bay has a ton of upside, and Palat is still prices as a value option, making him a no brainer for me on this slate. Calgary is being torn apart wherever they go, and I don’t think things are going to go any better as the Flames coast into Tampa Bay on fumes. I think he’s someone you want in all formats.

James van Riemsdyk (12500/6400/6000) – I view this as a value pricing on van Riemsdyk tonight, as he really hasn’t been doing what we say him do for most of the first half of the year. He’s a high upside play, and with this game being in his favor, I think he is worth looking at in tournaments as well. The Rangers have also been known to give up some goals, so I am expecting big things from van Riemsdyk.

Mats Zuccarello (12100/6600/5800) – Zuccarello is another guy similar to van Riemsdyk in that his first half looks so far to be much better than his second half is starting off. That’s OK, though. I believe he’ll come around. He’s now sitting on the second line, making him a perfect pairing with Zibanejad. The price is still fair for what his upside is, and I’d use him in both formats tonight.

Nikita Kucherov (15100/7500/7200) – I hope you used Kucherov in your lineups on Tuesday, because he was a monster. I said he was risky for cash, and I stand by that, but I loaded in tournaments, and he ended up being a great play. I’m looking forward to see how he comes off tonight. I don’t think he’s going to come close to doing what he did on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t a great play, and a great stack with Palat.


Defensemen –

Tyson Barrie (8700/4700/4300) – I can’t believe that I’m now up to using two members of the Avalanche tonight, but it’s a short slate, and I’ll only be doing it in tournaments. Barrie is priced dirt cheap, but he’s a capable player and could certainly come through with a good outing. I’ll gladly take the discount here and load up elsewhere.

Ryan McDonagh (10900/5500/5300) – McDonagh might be the defensemen who makes his way into this breakdown more than anyone else outside of Rasmus Ristolainen. The matchup is great here against Toronto, and you can bet that he’ll likely see pretty good ownership. I think there’s enough value on the slate tonight that you don’t really have to dig too deep to find a way to fit him in.

Duncan Keith (11300/5400/5500) – Keith has seen his price fall a bit, but he’s still in the midst of an excellent campaign. Arizona is going to give up goals, and one of their weaknesses come in the defense of blue liners. I love the fact that Keith can get himself involved, and I see no reason to not load up on him. He also gets the added benefit of being on his home ice. Make sure to have some exposure to him.

Goalies –

Chicago Goalie – I think the safest option tonight is probably going to be with Chicago. The Coyotes are well known to not be a great team, and with this team being on their home ice, I think there is a good chance that they should be able to get the job done.

Nashville Goalie – I know it certainly seems odd that we’ve got a few different Colorado Avalanche players on the list tonight, but they are tournament options. The Nashville goalie would also be a tournament option with the Avalanche visiting. I just don’t trust Rinne, so that’s why I’m listing him as my second goalie and in tournaments only.

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