NHL DFS Picks – 10/15/16

The first full slate of NHL hockey went very well for our picks, and very well for my lineups personally.. I hope to keep the momentum going with tonight’s slate, which is pretty big and features some teams that we haven’t seen yet. For those wondering why we didn’t have a breakdown yesterday, I typically only write these when there are more than 4 games on a slate, as the small slates tend to be a little more volatile, and really lack what I like in a slate. Anyway, on to the picks!

Centers:

Martin Hanzal – If you remember back to the start of the last year, the Coyotes were the most surprising team in all of hockey. While I don’t think that should happen again this year, but I do think that being on home ice against a Flyers team on the second half of a back-to-back makes for a nice spot to pounce. Hanzak’s price is extremely fair, and he has a ton of upside in this one, and I think he should find his way into your lineup.

Logan Couture – I’m hoping that most people will be buying into the top line of the Sharks against the still defensively woeful Blue Jackets. The Sharks second line is hopefully going to be a nice secret, as I think Couture and Donskoi are going to be in for big years. He is a guy I want into my lineups and I’m hoping with such a big slate, we’ll see lower ownership.

Aleksander Barkov – Barkov started his season off with a bang, and I think things could continue here in this matchup. Detroit coughed the game up to Tampa Bay on opening night on the road, and I suspect we could see more of the same here. Barkov and his line mates should be heavily considered on this slate.

Auston Matthews – I’m guessing that Matthews is going to see an absolutely ridiculous ownership level after putting four goals in his first NHL game into the twine. The thing is that he just made it look so easy. It was effortless for him. Honestly, Montreal isn’t exactly much better than the Senators, so I expect him to be able to build off his first performance. Four goals? No, but I think he could end up over 20 points.

Wings:

Zach Parise – Parise does carry a little bit of a risk, as he didn’t have as much of a season as I thought he would last year, but this is a new season, and this is also a good matchup for him against Winnipeg. He does have the potential to rack up huge outings and I like him in tournaments tonight.

Daniel Sedin – Calgary is starting this season off with 3 games in 4 days, and will unquestionably on tired legs as they head to Vancouver. The Sedin twins are some of my favorite fantasy performers when the matchup is right, and this is one of those situations. I think they will be the guys I go to in my cash games, and I think they carry enough upside to use them in tournaments. We’ve seen top lines destroy Calgary thus far this year in both games, and I can see it happen again tonight.

Patrick Eaves – Eaves is an interesting prospect for the night. He is on the top line with two of the best offensive players in hockey, but as we saw Thursday, he’s the type who could very easily end the game with just an assist with no shots on goal. The upside here, though, is that if the top lines score the goals at even strength, he could end up with something like 3 assists, or maybe even a goal mixed in. He is very cheap, which ultimately a good thing because you could very easily get the goose egg.

Brendan Gallagher – Gallagher starts the year off in two great situations. We saw what he did last time he took the ice against Buffalo, and Ottawa is possibly worse than the Sabres are defensively. They also move at a faster pace, which makes this a matchup I absolutely want to take advantage of. Don’t sleep on him tonight.

Defensemen –

Zdeno Chara – Don’t let the offensive explosion of Auston Matthews distract you: this Toronto team is still defensively inept. Boston will once again be one of my top targets. Krug didn’t perform offensively like we expected, and I actually like Chara a bit more. He definitely performed much better than Krug, and thus I’ll roll him out for less cost.

Tyson Barrie – One of the biggest issues with Dallas last year was their inability to keep blue liners from scoring. I think the same should exist this year, and Barrie is one of the mid-priced defensemen that can put up pretty big fantasy outings. I like the upside here and I want to have some exposure to Colorado tonight.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Arizona was another team that was defensively challenged last year, especially against defensemen. The Ghost took the league by storm, and should still be able to put up some goals and helpers. I think he is worth the look in tournaments tonight.

Erik Karlsson – Karlsson is a monster, and someone that you should certainly be considering in all formats tonight. He has one of the highest upsides for defensemen, and if you can stomach the price, he’s got a pretty good matchup against the Canadiens. He should be able to contribute in a variety of ways, and is someone I really want to have in my games.

Goalies:

Ben Bishop –Right now, Tampa Bay are the largest favorites on the board against the New Jersey Devils. We saw this same story unfold Thursday and Bishop get meticulously picked apart by what I still believe to be inferior Red Wings team. I am definitely a little concerned, but I still think that it is an anomaly. I think you can feel confident in putting him on your teams.

Mike Smith – In the first period of last nights game, the Flyers managed four shots on goal. They then managed to fire back to score three goals in the second period. The goalies was Jeff Zatkoff, who has never exactly been a real life NHL goalie, at least not more than a subpar backup. If he was, Pittsburgh would have kept him. Anyway, Mike Smith is a full time, real life goalie, and he is one of my favorite tournament plays when the matchup seems right, and that’s how it feels tonight.