NHL DFS Picks – 11/5/16

Saturday is going to bring a full 12 game slate to the table, and by all appearances, it looks like it should be pretty good. There are great options available early and late, so I suggest getting some exposure to both so you can enjoy a nice, long night of sweating your DFS hockey lineups. These are my top plays for the evening.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Connor McDavid (7800/8300) – Connor McDavid has one of the best matchups on the board, despite the fact that he is not at home. The Islanders have struggled considerable against opposing centers, and I suspect McDavid will get back on track with his scoring in this one. He’s a guy I don’t mind building my cash teams around, especially on FanDuel where he is no longer the highest priced center. I’ll have him in a lot of my lineups.

Anze Kopitar (6600/6000) – Kopitar has been ice cold over the last few games, but any time Calgary comes in to town, you can warm up very quickly. The price on him is very fair, and he is another guy I think I would have no issues sticking into my lineup. Yes, I would rather have seen some more shots on goal and points in recent games, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here and suggest he will get things turned around here.

Artem Ansimov (5600/6000) – This price is just silly here for a guy who is seeing so many opportunities at even strength and the man advantage. He should be centering the second line on the road, so the matchups should play in your advantage. Dallas is well known in the last few years to take part in some high scoring games, and this is a great price to get someone at that should be involved in said scoring.

Adam Henrique (4800/4100) – If you are looking at a deep tournament punt, I don’t mind Henrique in this road matchup with the Lightning. We’ve already seen him hang a 20 point game on them this year, and this actually works out better for him as they are on the road and hes centering the second unit. I think he should see some chances tonight.


Colton Sceviour (4700/3600) – Well, I’m sure this isn’t a name that is very common to see on a breakdown, but Washington has actually struggled a lot with left wings, and I think this is a sneaky tournament only spot for Scevior. We’ve seen him have some nice games relative to price this year, and I don’t mind using him in tournaments only regardless of who is in the net.

Max Pacioretty (6600/7200) –It’s crazy and silly to think that Pacioretty is sitting on the Canadiens second line, but it is what it is. This is an ideal situation against a poor Flyers defense, and though I don’t love him in cash games, I think he is certainly in play for tournaments tonight.

James Neal (6600/6000) – Carolina has seemed like a team with a tough defensive identity over the last few years, but it’s really just a farce. This could very well be a shootout, and I like the chances of Neal putting together a nice game here. The price is right and he’s definitely someone you want to consider tonight.

Josh Bailey (4200/4800) – If you are looking for some value at the position, I think there is a chance you can get by with using Bailey in either format. The top line for the Islanders could very well find some open shots against Edmonton. If that is the case, I think there is a high probability that Bailey could at least find his way to a helper.

Defensemen –

Brent Burns (8300/8500) – It’s amazing to me at this point, but Pittsburgh has been really bad at keeping the other team from scoring. I know that really sounds so simplistic, but it is true. They have struggled against defensemen, and Burns is one of the best in the game. He’s costly, but he couldvery well end up with a big night.

Alex Pietrangelo (5600/4900)– The Blues didn’t look great on their road trip, but they will look to get right as they come home to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. I expect the Blues to be able to rack up some points, and I don’t mind using any of the top two lines in any format. Pietrangelo should find his way into the scoring, and is priced nicely especially on DraftKings.

Shea Weber (6300/7300) – Weber is very expensive, especially on DraftKings, but I imagine that the Canadiens are going to end up having a big game here. If that is the case, it is likely that Weber should be a beneficiary, and I could see him with a multi-point outing. His price is up there, but so is the upside.

Damon Severson (4300/3800) – If you are looking to save a bit in tournaments, I don’t hate the idea of using Severson, who is taking on the Lightning. This could end up being a higher scoring game, and he seems to be turning it on lately, so I have no issues rolling with him in tournaments.

Goalies –

Carey Price (10000/8500) – Price is the most expensive goalie on the slate today, but I do believe he has the best overall matchup when considering opponent and actually seeing some shots. I think there is enough value that putting him into your cash games should be easy enough and that is the route I’ll go.

Frederik Anderson (8500/7500)– Vancouver looks extra bad right now, so that is why they are here. The biggest issue for Anderson could be the amount of shots he sees. I think there is a good chance he’ll get the win, so if that is really all you are looking for, this is your guy.