Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 3/4/17

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


Aleksander Barkov (13200/6800/6400) – Let’s start things off tonight with one of our favorite teams to target, the Dallas Stars. The Florida Panthers are back to fuller strength now that Barkov is back, and I think that makes him an excellent option tonight. We have seen teams score points and points and points on the Stars, so I think that trend is likely to continue tonight. He’s priced right where I feel comfortable spending on him, so get him in your lineups.

Anze Kopitar (10700/5900/5100) – Kopitar is another player that is an excellent position tonight on home ice against the Canucks. This is another one of my favorite teams to pick on, and Kopitar is one of my favorite players to use, because the Kings never seem to get their just due in daily fantasy. He’s cheap and I think he could come through with a point or two tonight and he should make a great play, especially in terms of points per dollar.

Nicklas Backstrom (14200/6800/6900) – I’m always a fan of using the Capitals in your lineups, and tonight provides a great chance to do so as Washington is on home ice tonight against the Flyers. This Philadelphia team is nothing to be concerned about, and I could see Washington scoring more than three goals in this game. Backstrom is an excellent option centering the top line and he is going to be in a ton of my lineups.

Tanner Kero (7800/3500/3900) – The last player I’d like to mention at the position is Kero, who is very, very cheap and likely to be on the second line in this road matchup against the Nashville Predators. This is a potent line that features Patrick Kane, and since the Predators aren’t keeping anyone out of the net these days, I think he could be in for a great outing if everything goes right. I’m willing to take the risk tonight in tournaments.

Wings –

Chris Kreider (11000/5500/5300) – The top line of the Rangers was one of my go to’s earlier in the season, but has cooled off considerably since then. These games between the Rangers and Canadiens are entertaining, and I think this one is going to be pretty high scoring. I wouldn’t trust this line in cash games, but I would certainly not mind doing this in tournaments. They are high risk, high reward tonight.

Brad Marchand (15400/7900/7400) – Marchand is another guy that I want to have in my lineup, as he has been playing some of the best hockey in the league. This line is very hot, and that is something I am always willing to pay for. The Devils are a markedly worse team on the road, and I think that Boston will be able to dominate them tonight. This is one of my favorite lines to use this evening in both cash games and tournaments.

Patrik Laine (14700/7700/7100) – The Colorado Avalanche will be visiting the Winnipeg Jets tonight in what could turn out to be a high scoring game, at least on the Winnipeg side. Laine has been one of the best stories in the NHL all year, so he’s a good bet to get heavily involved in this game as well. I don’t mind building a team around him and his linemates, and this could be a great opportunity for yet another big game.

Brandon Saad (11000/5800/5300) – The Blue Jackets are one of my favorite teams to use because they always end up surprising you when you least expect it with a big game. Tonight may very well be no different. Ottawa can give up some goals, and I could see the second line from the Blue Jackets having a nice night here. I don’t expect him to have high ownership, so he could be worth a look in your lineups tonight.

Defensemen –

Aaron Ekblad (9500/5300/4700) – Ekblad hasn’t exactly been the most consistent option in NHL DFS, but he’s still a good player with a pretty nice upside. The price isn’t outrageous, but the matchup is terrific. That is why he’s on the list. I love using players against the Stars, and I think that’s a winning strategy more often then it is not. He’s my top play everything considered at the position, and I love the Florida stack tonight.

Tyson Barrie (9000/4500/4400) – I fought with myself about whether or not I wanted to use anyone from Colorado in this breakdown, but in the end, I think it’s worth a look. Winnipeg is really bad on the defensive side of the puck, and I could see Colorado putting together at least a decent team to consider. Barrie has been a bright spot, if you can call it that, on this team, and his price doesn’t reflect his upside. Only use him in tournaments if you use him though.

Drew Doughty (10600/5300/5100) – You know who else is awful? The Canucks. You know who is playing the Canucks? The Kings. This is first grade math, but it works. Doughty is a high ceiling player that makes an excellent tournament option. I would not hesitate for one second looking at him as a viable play, and he could end up leading the position in scoring tonight in a great matchup.

Torey Krug (11000/5400/5400) – The last player I’m going to write up at the position makes a great pairing with Brad Marchand and the first line of the Bruins. That man is Torey Krug. He’s been a consistent year in and year out option, and tonight he is in a great position. The Devils will make a great target tonight, and I can see the Bruins keeping their strong play going in this matchup. The price is great and he’ll likely be a popular option tonight.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – I think that Washington should be able to stave off the Flyers tonight in a rather easy fashion. I would expect their goalie to be able to pick up the win, and I don’t see the Flyers scoring too many goals on them. A shutout is certainly in play, but they are very tough to predict, so we won’t go that route tonight.

Edmonton Goalie – It isn’t too often that you will see an Edmonton goalie in my lineups, but tonight I think it makes sense. The Red Wings lose some scoring with Nyquist suspended, and haven’t exactly been great this year anyway. I’m fine with going this route in tournaments.

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