Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 3/3/17

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:

Sidney Crosby (17200/8900/8300) – This jumps off the page to me immediately. I typically will default to Crosby when he is on his home ice, is in a decent matchup and it’s a short slate. Yes, he’s costly, and inevitably value is at a minimum compared with bigger slates. He’s just so good that, especially in cash games, it just makes sense to lock, load and move on. There is always a reason to go with someone else in tournaments, but he’s my top cash game target for sure.

Jordan Staal (11100/5000/5400) – Things haven’t been very good for Staal as of late, but he does have a ton of promise. It also doesn’t hurt that the Arizona Coyotes will be making their presence felt. This is an excellent situation for Staal to get back on track. His upside is huge – he posted a monster game four games back against Ottawa, another team that struggles in a way similar to Arizona. I would expect him to be a popular, but wise choice tonight.

Wings –

Andrew Cogliano (9200/4600/4500) – This is an excellent matchup here for Cogliano, and he is very cheap to boot. Yes, it’s been recorded pretty significantly now that I like to pick on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Guess what? So do many, if not most, other fantasy players. They give up goals. Pretty simple recipe here. The top line of the Ducks stand to put up a pretty nice game here, and deserve to be on your radar.

Patrik Laine (14200/7700/6900) – As good as a year as Laine has put together, he hasn’t been listed too much. Tonight, I’m going to give this awesome rookie some respect, and toss him out there in a home matchup against the St. Louis Blues. We’ve seen both teams give up a lot of goals throughout the year, and that is always a great thing to look for. I think both sides of this game will score a few times, and I’m betting that Laine will be a part of the action.

Vladimir Tarasenko (15100/7900/7300) – Tarasenko has moved himself down from cash game consideration firmly into tournament only play. That’s sad to me. He’s been one of my favorite players over the last two years. Even though he’s had a good season, it hasn’t been great. This is a nice spot for him to get back to where he should be. A road game against the Jets sets up to be a situation he should be able to dominate, and I love using him in tournaments tonight.

Defensemen –

Cam Fowler (11200/4900/5500) – Fowler is my top overall defensive play of the night. He’s cheap, and he should see ample opportunity to score goals with the Maple Leafs in town. Because I don’t trust their goalie situation, I will run out my fair shares of four man stacks for the Ducks, and Fowler will definitely be a big part of it. He should end up with a nice score to finish the night.

Alex Pietrangelo (10200/5200/5500) – It’s a sad day now that Kevin Shattenkirk is gone, because he was my favorite of the two, but Pietrangelo is still a high quality play as well. The price is pretty fair for the opportunity he has against the Jets. I would expect him to be able to put something nice together for his owners tonight.

Duncan Keith (11600/5600/5600) – Last up at the position, I think it’s worth taking a look at Duncan Keith. Again, Keith is in an excellent matchup against the Islanders, who have been known to give up a point or two to opposing defensemen. I think he’s in prime position to put up a big game tonight, so he’s on my short list at the position.

Goalies –

Pittsburgh Goalie – The goalie situation I like the most tonight definitely belongs to Pittsburgh. I think they should be able to contain the offense of the Lightning, while scoring enough goals of their own to keep their goalie in a good position to get the victory.

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