NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/12/17

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 FD/DK.


Claude Giroux (7600/6500) – Giroux actually, and quickly, sets up as my play of the day. I love the price on him, and a home matchup against Vancouver seems like the perfect opportunity to roll him out tonight. I think you are talking multiple point upside here, and he doesn’t break the bank like some of the big guns do.

Evgeni Malkin (8600/7400) – Malkin isn’t the go to guy for the Penguins, even on the road. Still, this is one of the top centers in all of the NHL, and he gets a nice matchup against the Senators. His line is the one of ones I want to target tonight, and you get a slight discount to Crosby.

Eric Staal (6600/6300) – The Wild are another team in a good spot tonight against the Canadiens. I know they’ve been playing good hockey, but I think that could come to an end tonight in Minnesota. Staal sets up nicely at this price, and I think he’s going to get on the score sheet tonight.

Ryan Johansen(6700/5500) – Boston has been a lot weaken defensively this season than last, and I would look for the top line of the Predators to take them down another notch. Johansen is always a threat for a big game, and I think he should put something nice together against the Bruins tonight.

Wings –

Marian Gaborik (4600/4300) – I don’t think Gaborik is going to be a guy you find on too many player’s short list tonight, but I think he’s worth a look in tournaments. If the Kings top line does damage on home ice, I think there is a good chance Gaborik will be involved in at least some of the scoring.

Thomas Vanek (5900/5200) – Vanek has been playing very solid hockey lately, and his Red Wings get a fantastic matchup on the road against the Dallas Stars. I think he’ll probably see high ownership as a result of his recent play, but I think he’ll get the job done tonight.

Jakob Silfverberg (5900/6400) – The Silfver Surfer, a nickname I just made up on the spot, or maybe not, I don’t know if it’s a thing or not, is in great shape tonight against the Avalanche. Colorado has struggled in major ways this season, and I look for the second line of Anaheim to do some damage.

Travis Konecny (4400/4400) – This is just one of those “if you only have this much money left” plays, because there is certainly a lot of risk. He’s seeing time on the top line with Claude Giroux, and if he happens to be on the ice when Giroux scores, there’s a decent shot he’ll at least get a helper, paying off his price pretty quickly.

Defensemen –

Cam Fowler (4900/5500) – Kind of shockingly, both of the top defensemen in Anaheim have been somewhat anemic this year. I think they are both at less than a half a point a game. I love the matchup here, though, as the Ducks take on Colorado. I’m expecting Fowler to at least come through with an assist, which would likely put his point total in the double digits.

Drew Doughty (6400/5400) – I love the idea of stacking Gaborik, or if you are less risky, someone like Jeff Carter tonight with Doughty. Yeah, the price is up there, and it isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to spend on defensive player, but Doughty certainly does what many can’t do. I think he’ll get involved tonight, and should be worth the price.

Alexander Edler (4700/4100) – Philadelphia have themselves been pretty loose on the defensive end of things in the 2016/17 season, and even though Vancouver isn’t the most potent team in the NHL, they still boast enough talent to score some goals. I think Edler could be in a good position tonight to come through with some salary relief.

Jared Spurgeon (5200/4600) – I am going to play around with a bunch of different Wild stacks in tournaments tonight, and Spurgeon is going to be one of the main parts of a lot of them. The price is fair, and the upside is there, and I think there’s a good shot he’ll come through for us this evening.

Goalies –

Edmonton Goalie – It looks like Cam Talbot will likely be in the net tonight, and I think that he could certainly take down the Devils. They are easily one of the worst teams in the NHL on the road, so there is built in upside here, as long as he is able to hold it together.

Minnesota Goalie – I have no idea why I am so locked in on the Wild today, but I am. I think that Devan Dubnyk has been pretty strong this season, and on home ice, I think it’s going to be pretty difficult to see the Canadiens take down the Wild. I still prefer it in tournaments though.

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