NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/14/17

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.


Joe Thornton (5600/5100) – I feel like I’ve been saying for months that St. Louis is a disaster when it comes to letting other teams score, and it hasn’t changed, so here we are. That means we want to have some exposure to some Sharks, and I think that Thornton is a nice place to start given his price. I think he’s a great way to start your lineups.

Henrik Zetterberg (6100/5000) – The Penguins are another team that just can’t get their goaltending together, and have looked weak on the road way more often than a team like them should. Zetterberg isn’t a huge floor guy, but I think he’s a guy that could end up putting together a nice game for cash games.

Evgeni Malkin (8600/7300) – I however, do think that playing some Penguins does make some sense tonight. I really like the spot for Malkin on the road, and I think he should be able to beat the goaltending from Detroit easily. He’s expensive, but I think he’ll get it done for you.

Ryan Kesler (7200/7000) – Playing guys against Arizona? You don’t say! Kesler is in the perfect position tonight, and at this price, I’d have to call him my play of the day. The upside is huge, and he makes a great play in both formats, and I’m expecting a multi point game out of him.

Wings –

Robby Fabbri (5600/5100) – The Sharks have some difficulties on the defensive end as well, and even though Fabbri has been relatively invisible as of late, I think this could be a good spot for him the the rest of the team tonight. The price is very attractive and I think he makes a nice tournament option.

Marian Gaborik (4700/4200) – Gaborik came through for us in a big way the other night and I am going back to the well tonight. Winnipeg can give up a ton of goals, and I am fully expecting the top line to play very well again tonight. The price is very nice and I think we’ll see a big game from him.

Alexander Radulov (6500/5800) – Radulov has been one of my favorite plays all year, and with him on the top line against the Rangers tonight, I feel like he’s in for a nice night. The Rangers goaltending has been skeptical this year, and I am expecting the top line of Montreal to come through nicely, and will be my top line stack of the night.

Derek Ryan (4200/4300) – For more salary relief, I would strongly consider Ryan who is seeing time on the top line in Carolina with Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner. He’s also seeing power play time, and this is a nice matchup with the Islanders coming into town. With so many high priced guys in good spots tonight, Ryan makes a ton of sense.

Defensemen –

Brent Burns (8300/8200) – Literally, when I was typing this, I said to myself “I can’t wait to see how bad he does tonight.” I cannot call him right. Still, he’s got the best on paper matchup at the position tonight, so if you can afford him, I don’t think your going to lose out.

Erik Karlsson (7400/7000) – Karlsson is another guy I can’t seem to call right, but here we are again with him. Toronto has been brutal defending the position this year, and with someone of Karlsson’s talent, the sky is the limit and we could be talking about a game into the 30 point range.

Stephen Johns (3600/3100) – Johns isn’t a consistent player by any means, which is why he is so close to minimum price, but I think in tournaments, he is worth a look against the Wild who have actually given up some pretty big games to blue liners. I can’t trust him in cash, but playing him here and there in tournaments could work out.

Ryan McDonagh (5700/5300) – I’m writing this in the first period of the Toronto/New York game on Friday night, so I’m not sure how his night ends, but he’s in a good spot again here against the Canadiens. The price is fair for what he can do, and I’ll use him a lot.

Goalies –

Los Angeles Goalie – Winnipeg can certainly get some shots on goal, but whether they can get them in or not is a much different story. The Kings goalie situation has been better after a slow start, and you get the benefit of getting them at a cheaper price.

Detroit Goalie – For tournaments, I will roll with some of the Red Wings goalie. They haven’t been great or anything, but Pittsburgh doesn’t look right on the road lately. There is immense risk here, but if it pays off, you’ll end up well ahead of the competition.

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