NHL DFS Breakdown – 10/25/16

It feels like it has been just way too long since I have written an article about NHL hockey, as the slates over the past several days have been very small. Finally, we have a nice sized slate to play while we watch the first three games of the NBA season. 11 games on the slate should definitely provide for a variety of lineups, and there are a few good games to target for fantasy purposes.

Centers:

Claude Giroux – It’s tough to decide where to start tonight, because there are just so many good matchups, but I feel comfortable with rolling out Giroux against our old favorite targets, the Buffalo Sabres. Giroux will handle time on the top line as well as the top power play line. He should be a safe cash game play, and with him there is always upside for a huge multi point game.

Auston Matthews – While I think that many players will certainly focus on the Lightning side of things, and I’m not saying that is wrong, I think there is a ton of merit in looking into Auston Matthews here. He has been very good to start his young career, and his price hasn’t come close to catching up to him. Again, this is another excellent cash game play, and we’ve already seen his immense upside on the year.

Tyler Seguin – Perhaps no one is in a better position than the Stars at home against a defensively challenged Winnipeg team tonight. This should result in high ownership of at least Seguin and Benn, and with good reason. They will definitely cost you, but there is enough value on this slate to lock and load them.

Henrik Sedin – Listen, all players in hockey really do have multi point upside. The difference is that some players are more likely to realize than others. The Sedin’s are the type that I could certainly see scoring a goal in this game against Ottawa, but I also think they could be challenged to do more than that. They’ve won me some good money in the past having multi point games, but I just see them as safe plays that are unlikely to turn in a monster game.

Wings:

Taylor Hall – Arizona has been crushed all year, and I don’t like this spot on the road for them against the Devils. While they are certainly not DFS darlings, there is still a lot to like with the Devils. MY two favorites are Hall and Kyle Palmieri. They offer a pretty nice value for you, and I have to believe that they should come up with a point or two in this one to justify their fair salaries.

Ondrej Palat – Palat is another one of those decent cash game plays, because the price is fair, and he’s accumulated points in four of the five games for a loaded Tampa Bay team. Certainly, he lacks the sexiness of many of the other options in terms of upside, but he does bring a lot to the table in terms of a floor tonight.

Vladimir Tarasenko – For the win: how many times will Tarasenko be written up in this breakdown this year? Probably every time he plays. OK, I probably won’t do that, and I do always try to disclaim the fact that he is kind of a DFS crush for me, but I don’t want to pass up on the opportunity to see Vlad tear up a bad Flames team. If you can fit him into your cash games, I think it makes sense.

Tom Pyatt – This one is going to take a little bit more research, but as of now, Pyatt is listed as the right wing on the second line, skating with Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman on Left Wing Lock. They are typically pretty good with having their stuff straight, so if this is the case, and there is a shake up going on, this is an excellent position, going on the road with the second line. He is minimum priced, and if we can get confirmation that he’s going to skate on that second line, I really like him in tournaments.

Defensemen –

Shayne Gothlisbehere – The Ghost is up to his old tricks already this year, and he has double digit fantasy point games in his last five. This matchup against Buffalo is a pretty good one, and I think that the Flyers should be able to put a few pucks into the twine. If they are able to, I’m expecting Gothlisbehere to be a part of it.

Nikita Zaitsev – My assumption is that most people will use Matthews with William Nylander, but it is hard for me to ignore just how cheap that Zaitsev is. He’s going to see plenty of time with Matthews and Nylander at even strength and on the top power play line. I’ll definitely consider him in either format, but I am probably favoring the cash game route, as we’ve yet to see him display that tournament winning upside.

Dustin Byfuglien – We know that one thing that Dallas has struggled with for the past few years is letting opposing blue liners take them down. Byfuglien is one of the top offensive defensemen in all of hockey, so this is an ideal matchup. He’s very expensive, and I don’t think I’m advocating to use him in cash games tonight, but I think he makes for an excellent tournament play.

Cam Fowler – I did want to toss Brent Burns out there, but he’s extremely expensive, and we already have to higher cost defensemen in this breakdown. Fowler has been very steady to start the year, and he’s been in a position that has allowed him to notch at least a point in four of five games so far. He’s a guy I don’t mind defaulting to if he meets your needs on this need.

Goalies:

Carter Hutton – The Blues have already announced that Hutton will be in the crease on Tuesday, and I could not be happier. He is priced well, and gets to take on a team that is in the top ten in shots on goal for the year. This should give Hutton plenty of chances to stop shots, which will allow points to rack up quickly, and truthfully, I think he’s got a very good shot at getting the win. He’s going to be my main goalie play tonight.

Ryan Miller – I’m not quite sure what is going to happen in goal tonight for Vancouver, but I think there is at least some appeal to looking to whoever their goalie is. Ottawa is another team that is taking a lot of shots, in fact the most in the league right now. They are also scoring a lot of goals. Still, Miller is a talented enough goalie that if he is starting, he could end up relatively low owned, to the point where he becomes a great option for tournaments.