Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 2/28/17

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

Centers:

Evgeni Malkin (16000/8600/7700) – Malkin is a great place to start today as he is skating on the road against one of our favorite targets, the Dallas Stars. At this point, it’s becoming more and more of a thing for me to just drop players in my lineups as long as they are playing the Stars, Maple Leafs or Coyotes. I think this is a natural fit, and I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to run Sidney Crosby out there as well.

Frans Nielsen (8800/4800/4400) – Nielsen isn’t as fantasy friendly an option as his teammate Henrik Zetterberg, but he still does enough to keep him on our radar. I love his price and the matchup against the lowly Canucks on the road. He should be used in tournaments only, but I do think there is certainly a lot of room for upside here.

Bryan Little (11400/5000/5500) – I love Bryan Little at this point in the year, and he’s got to put a lot of the team on his shoulder down the stretch. His price is very friendly, and the matchup is very nice as well on home ice. I would only use him in tournaments because Devan Dubnyk is really, really good. I could still see the top line here score a few goals tonight.

Patrice Bergeron (14700/7100/7100) – The top line for Boston has been on fire as of late, and with the opposition being the Arizona Coyotes tonight, there is no doubt that we’ll be rolling them out heavy tonight. None of them are as expensive as they should be, which will lead to extremely high ownership, but it makes a ton of sense.

Wings –

Booner Jenner (9900/4800/4800) – The Blue Jackets are always one of my favorite teams to run in tournaments because they seem to come up with these huge games out of nowhere. I love the idea of using them in tournaments tonight, especially the second line which comes in pretty cheap. It could be a great stack to use around the Boston stack, and Jenner could have himself a big night.

Max Pacioretty (14000/7700/6800) – Let’s stay in the same game but move over to the other team and one of my favorites over the last three year, Max Pacioretty. He’s a great scorer, and the Blue Jackets are very, very soft. This will be played on his home ice, so I think he’s got a ton of upside here to put together a nice multi-point game and lead your team to a great deal of success.

Vladimir Tarasenko (15500/7900/7500) – I feel like it’s been months since Vlad has been on my radar for this article. Sure, I’ve played him in that time, but I haven’t felt as strongly about him as I do today in a long time. Edmonton has the tendency to give up a ton of goals, so it should be no surprise to anyone that we are looking to target them tonight. I love the upside here and he is going to be one of my top tournament targets.

Mikael Granlund (13600/7400/6500) – Granlund is in the midst of having a great season, and is also in the middle of a pretty strong run. The price is higher on him than one might expect, but it is very tough to argue with his production. I love playing against the Jets as well, so there is no way I won’t have high ownership here as well.

 

Defensemen –

Brent Burns (17400/8500/8500) – Burns is basically an autoplay each and every night. He doesn’t need the help of being in a good situation, but he is tonight at home against a bad, bad, bad Toronto Maple Leafs team. The price is very high, but this guy can just flat out score. There is little question in my mind this could be a huge game for him tonight, and will be one of my core plays.

Torey Krug (11000/5800/5400) – Krug is another guy who finds himself in a great situation, and since he sees a lot of ice time with the top line that is red hot right now, he makes an obvious play. His price is fair for what he can do, and the matchup is as good as it gets against the Coyotes. I wouldn’t hesitate to load up on him tonight.

Andrei Markov (8000/5100/4100) – Markov makes a great play tonight as well. I think most players will be on his teammate, Shea Weber tonight, making Markov a nice pivot. He can get it done in his own right, so I’ll have some ownership there.

John Carlson (11600/5600/5600) – Washington is always a team you can look at because they pack a heavy scoring punch. The Rangers can give up some goals, so that makes this a perfect situation for them. I think we can focus on the upside here and use him in our tournament lineups tonight.

Goalies –

Boston Goalie – With as hot as the top line is, the game being at home, and the opponent being the Coyotes, there is no question in my mind that the Boston goalie is our best option here. This is unfortunate for those situations where you can only play 4 players from the same team and want to stack the top line plus Krug.

Philadelphia Goalie – I think one strategy I will probably use tonight is running the above mentioned four from Boston and throwing them with the Philly goalie. With Colorado coming to town, a win is a high probability, so that is likely how I will split hairs.

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