NHL DFS Picks – 11/3/16

Tuesday was not our best day, no questions asked, as a lot of the plays that were in good positions failed to come through. That’s OK. There is no way I, nor anyone else, is going to be right 100% of the time. What we will do is put our best foot forward and try to get back on track with a really nice Thursday slate. It looks like the NBA and NHL coordinated schedules to ensure that no one was running big slates against the other. I’ll take it, for sure. Anyway on to the picks!

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Sidney Crosby (8600/8200) – Since coming off of his concussion scare to start the season, Sidney Crosby has been a man possessed. The price isn’t even that bad, all things considered, so I would probably advocate getting him into your lineup regardless of the type. I can’t imagine that anyone on the Kings, skating or minding the net, will be able to do anything to slow him down tonight.

John Tavares (7400/7500) – The Flyers have not been a good hockey team at all, at least defensively, so I think Tavares could very well find a way to take advantage of the team tonight. His price isn’t as much as you would think, and I could certainly see him being involved with some of the scoring that the team should do.

Ryan Johansen (6100/5500) – Typically, I like to focus on the second line on the road, and I certainly do think a case can be made for using Mike Riberio as a tournament only punt. Still, I think this top line of the Predators should be able to call their own number whenever they want against a still putrid Coyotes team.

Henrik Sedin (4700/4400) – The Canucks aren’t exactly the most exciting hockey team, but at this price against a questionable defensive team, I do think you have to give them some looks. That whole line could be had relatively cheaply, and I do think they are worth a look, preferably in cash games on the slate.

Wings:

Patrick Kane (8500/8300) – Kane is coming off an absolutely huge game against Calgary, and gets what I think a terrific matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on home ice. As a result, he winds up as my top overall play on the night. He should find his way into plenty of scoring opportunities and will also get a ton of power play time.

Joe Pavelski (7500/7800) – Pavelski was a terrible, terrible disappointment on Tuesday, as this team just fell absolutely flat against an awful Coyotes team. I think this is a nice bounce back spot for the team, as they are very likely to right the wrongs that took place that night. If you can afford him, he makes an excellent play.

Mats Zuccarello (5900/6600) – Edmonton may be improving, but I don’t think they are there yet, so I’ll look for some exposure to the Rangers. Zuccarello seems like a great place to start, as he is fairly priced and comes in with some pretty decent upside. I think I’d prefer him in tournaments to cash though.

Mike Hoffman (5500/6000) – Now that Hoffman has the pressure of lighting the lamp off his back, I suspect that well see him start to put a few more in the back of the net. He’s price too cheap and this matchup against the Canucks is ideal, and I can definitely see the, putting up a really nice score tonight.

Defensemen –

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6600/5900) – OEL is cheaper than many of his contemporaries, but still carries much of the same upside. Additionally, this is a very good matchup for him, as Nashville has struggled against blue liners. I’ll even give him another slight benefit of being on home ice, so overall, he looks like a great play.

Johnny Boychuk (50000/5200)– I expect the Islanders to be able to score, so I think we need to look into Boychuck tonight. He’s priced rather fairly on both sites, and I think we should consider him in both formats. He has been pretty solid thus far this year, and makes a nice option.

Alec Martinez (4600/4600) – I personally don’t love attacking the Penguins, but we’ve seen teams have success against them thus far. Martinez is cheap enough to really make your lineup work out well, and I think there is a good chance he’ll be involved in the scoring that takes place tonight.

Dan Girardi (4000/3300) – Girardi is actually trending up right now, but the big knock against him is that he doesn’t see time with the man advantage. I think that is a risk I am willing to take, especially on DraftKings where the price is so cheap.

Goalies –

Braden Holtby (9600/8300) – In my cash games, I cannot imagine going any other way but Holtby. Winnipeg is shooting a lot, but I think Holtby will be able to stop plenty, and I think that Washington will be able to score. That is a recipe for success in fantasy, and I will gladly lock him in my lineups tonight.

Corey Crawford (9300/8200)– Crawford is trending in the right direction right now, and is in a similar situation to Holtby where I can see him taking a lot of shots, saving most and grabbing a win. He’s a nice pivot. I typically try to find a cheaper goalie, but I think I’m content with these two.