NHL DFS Picks – 10/27/16

Finally, we get back to having a big slate, which we should for at least the next two days, at least I think. There are definitely some top tier matchups here, so I think we should end up being able to put together some pretty nice lineups for both cash games and tournaments. On to the picks!

Centers:

Sidney Crosby – Crosby comes in as the top play at the position tonight as a result of a home matchup with the New York Islanders. Crosby seems to be passed his concussion issues, as evident by his performance in his first game back where he netted a goal. I think he’s worth the price tonight and will headline several of my lineups.

Claude Giroux – While Crosby makes a great play, Giroux makes my top play of the day. The Arizona Coyotes are just hot trash on the defensive side of the puck, and it is likely that we will see the Flyers end up with a few goals tonight. I think there is a good chance that we will see him finish with at least some involvement in the scoring.

Auston Matthews – Florida is an interesting team that can both score and allow goals. This makes for great hockey now that we don’t have to worry about that pesky +/- that used to keep us from guys who were likely to be on the ice when the other team scores. He is still priced nicely and should be in your consideration tonight.

Mikko Koivu – The Wild seem to be on quite the roll lately, so I think this makes for a nice time to buy in on some exposure to them. Koivu has an excellent price, and has a history of producing, so he is someone I definitely want to have in my lineup tonight against a weak defensive team.

Wings:

Max Pacioretty – Even though the Lightning have been scoring very nicely lately, they still are giving it up on the defensive side of things. Pacioretty has looked pretty good thus far this year, and I could see him putting together a respectable game here.

Vladimir Tarasenko – I know, I know. I always talk up Tarasenko. But here is the thing: even when he is bad, he’s good! You won’t have too many guys putting up double-digit fantasy point games without contributing an assist or goal, but Vlad can! Detroit has been giving up goals this year, and I think Vlad is likely to get involved on home ince.

Patrick Marleau – The Sharks have a tasty matchup tonight on home ice as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. We’ve seen Columbus struggle with giving up goals, and I’m pretty sure they will do the same on the road tonight. Marleau isn’t a flashy player, but I think he should be able to do enough to warrant putting him in your lineup.

Jonathan Marchessault – At this point, Marchessault has just been electric, and there seems to be no price increase on the horizon. I’ll gladly take the discount here, and plug him into my cash game lineups, and also give heavy consideration to using him in tournaments.

Defensemen –

Oliver Ekman-Larrson – If I’m going to spend up at the position, I think I’d like to go with OEL, who is probably the most exciting option on the team. He’s got elite upside, but at less of a cost than a guy like Brent Burns. There was definitely a time when you wouldn’t go this route, as a result of the +/- stat. Now that it doesn’t matter, OEL should be on your radar.

Shayne Gostisbehere – If you went with The Ghost on Tuesday night, you probably didn’t end up a very happy camper. Tonight, we look for things to change, as he takes on a weak Coyotes squad. This is about as good as it could get for a blue liner, and I think we’ll see him get into the scoring.

Alec Martinez – Nashville isn’t a team, I am overly concerned with in regards to shutting the Kings down. They are on home ice tonight, and I think this is a situation where they should be able to do enough to make Martinez fantasy viable. He has shown he’s got some upside when it comes to helping out with scoring, so he is someone you should consider here.

Nikita Zaitsev – I said this on Tuesday night, and I’ll say it again: Zaitsev is an easy cash game play for me. I think it is likely that he should be able to contribute enough that we will see him with a safe floor, but he hasn’t shown enough of an upside to really want to consider him for tournaments.

Goalies:

Jake Allen – I was thoroughly disappointed by Carter Hutton on Tuesday, so I am definitely a bit hesitant to go back to a Blues goalie, but that is definitely a bit short sighted. I think Allen carries a lot of upside against an iffy Red Wings team that should have fits keeping the puck out of the net. I think a win is likely here.

Devan Dubnyk – In tournaments, I like the Wild goalie, whomever it might end up being, in this matchup with the Sabres. I typically like taking goalies at home, but I think the Sabres are still poor enough offensively that a win should be likely.