NHL DFS Picks – 10/28/16

Saturday sets up very nicely, as we end up with two great slates for both the NBA and NHL. This is a nine game slate we’ll be dealt today, making this three very playable days in a row, which is always something that catches my eye.

Centers:

Evgeni Malkin – The Flyers are a trainwreck right now, last losing to the Coyotes on home ice. The team hasn’t been able to keep the opposition from scoring, and things will not get any easier with the defending Stanley Cup champions coming to town. Pretty much anyone from the top six is fair game, but I’ll go with Malkin as being not just a great play, but my top play of the day.

Alex Galchenyuk – The Canadiens should be a pretty high owned team tonight with the Maple Leafs coming to town. This is a perfect situation to roll out the top line of Montreal, all of which have pretty attractive prices. This will probably be the line I work in most of my cash games, hoping I can fit the Pens as well.

Joel Eriksson Ek – If you are looking for a one off play from the Wild against the Dallas Stars, I’d look into Eriksson Ek, who is close to minimum price, and has been off to a very hot start to the year. He’s going to be scoring dependent, but at his price, he’s worth the risk because he’ll let you build a nice lineup around him.

Pavel Zacha – Another cheap option on an attractive line tonight is Zacha. He is kind of in the same boar at Eriksson Ek, where he is unlikely to see high shot volume, but is on a line that could end up scoring some goals. The Lightning aren’t exactly an imposing defensive team, so I could see him getting involved in the scoring tonight.

Wings:

James van Riemsdyk – Normally, Carey Price is a goalie I go out of my way to avoid, but van Riemsdyk is playing at such a high level right now that, in tournaments, I love the idea of playing this line. He has points in all but two of the games this season, and is a good bet to get some shots on goal to continue his streak.

Zach Parise – The Stars are not playing very good hockey at all, but the Wild sure are. The scoring has been all over the place, and hasn’t really come from just one line, so it’s tough to pin point the fantasy production. Parise is a good bet to be able to put up some of those points, so we’ll roll with him today.

Gabriel Landeskog – The Avalanche will be going on the road to take on a bad Arizona team, so I think we should look for some exposure to them. Landeskog hasn’t really gotten things going yet this season, which makes him an excellent option in tournaments. He’s got a nice price and the upside that could win you some money.

Radim Vrbata – On the flip side of that game, the Avalanche could be on tired legs after playing last night against Winnipeg. The Coyotes might be a bad team defensively, but they do have some offensive firepower. The top line is seriously underpriced, and if you are looking to spend on some of the more expensive players, they can be a great route to look toward.

Defensemen –

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – OEL is the top priced defensive option on the slate, and I think one of the best positioned as well. He should find plenty of ice time and opportunities to score, and that is what justifies his price. I think we can find enough value elsewhere to fit him in, and he makes for an excellent option on this slate.

Shea Weber – I tend to run a 3 types of tournament lineups. Sometimes, I’ll grab 2-3 guys from one team [even strength line or power play line], or often I’ll grab four players from a line and run them out. I will definitely be doing that with the Canadiens top line + Weber. He makes a great play tonight, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them on the winning tournament lineup.

Ryan Suter – Perhaps the defenseman in the best position tonight is Ryan Suter. Not just that, but he has been absolutely awesome to start the season. Dallas has been pitiful for the better part of two years against blue liners, and Suter is a guy I am going to work to get in the vast majority of my cash game and tournament lineups.

Patrick Wiercloch – We’ve found some good value at other positions, but Wiercloch is another great value option, as he is going to be taking on a poor Coyotes team. He won’t be priced like this for too long, so it definitely is one of those situations where we are going to want to take advantage of it while we can.

Goalies:

Devan Dubnyk – Dubnyk has been playing out of his mind over the last two games, recording back-to-back shutouts. Tonight, he’ll go against a Dallas team that is really struggling with their game this year. I’ll take the price discount on Dubnyk to some of the higher priced goalies and hope for the best.