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

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.


Artem Anisimov (6900/6200) – I think that picking on Colorado tonight is not only going to be one of my favorite ways to go, but I imagine we’ll see a lot of other players doing it as well. I’ll gladly pay this price for Ansimov tonight, in what could end up being one of the best matchups on paper of the day. He, along with Panarin and Kane could be the most popular line to stack tonight, with good reason.

Jason Spezza (6600/5600) – The Rangers have been giving up goals left and right, so I think it makes a lot of sense to use Spezza tonight in a big time plus matchup. The price here is very fair, and I could see him getting into a multipoint situation. He’ll be on the second line at full strength and the top line of the power play, so there are alot of ways for him to score.

Tyler Bozak (5500/4800) – I think one of my favorite plays of the night will likely be Bozak, who is priced very attractively for this home matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. I think from my perspective, it’s going to be he and Ansimov in my cash games tonight, and will be focusing on most of these other plays in my tournament lineups.

Kyle Turris (5700/5800) – Turris is another center that is in a great matchup tonight, as the Senators take on the Blues in St. Louis. He isn’t as safe, or at least I don’t think he is, than some of the other options on this slate, but he should still be a good bet for a tournament play. He’s got big time upside if things go right, so I think you’ll want him in at least a few spots tonight.

Wings –

Richard Rakell (6300/6500) – I think you’ll want to get some exposure to the top line of Anaheim tonight as they will be taking on a Tampa Bay team that still hasn’t found their footing yet this season. Rakell is priced very attractively for what he brings to the table. I like him far more on FanDuel than DraftKings, but he’s playable on either site.

Pavel Buchnevich (4200/3900) – The Dallas Stars are a team that you can find success playing against, and since returning from his back injury, Buchnevich has actually been playing at a really high level. You end up getting a pretty significant discount, and I think he could be used as a one off play, or with one of the other players from the top line.

Johnny Gaudreau (7500/6700) – Gaudreau is a nice option anytime he is on his home floor. I don’t think there is anything special about the matchup here or anything, but he’s a talented enough player to be on your radar. Often times, players get singularly focused on one metric or another, and over look guys that can just get it done.

Viktor Arvidsson (5300/6100) – I like the matchup here for Nashville against Vancouver, and I will be using a lot of them in tournaments. Arvidsson has cooled down after a pretty nice start to the year, but the talent is still there. I think he’s a worthwhile option in tournaments tonight.

Defensemen –

Rasmus Ristolainen (5900/5600) – One of the things I value most about a player in any sport is their ability to still contribute to their fantasy score if they aren’t scoring, or at least aren’t involved in it. That is what Rasmus does well. Yesterday is a great example. He wasn’t involved in any of the scoring that Buffalo did, but he did enough so that his fantasy score wasn’t a complete and total disaster. This is a good matchup for him, and I expect him to put something special together.

Cam Fowler (5200/5400) – Fowler really hasn’t put enough together as of late to make you comfortable in using him, especially at this price, but sometimes, you have to look past that a little, at least in tournaments. The matchup is good, and even though that isn’t something we want to focus only on, it is enough to encourage you that he should be able to put something worthwhile together.

John Klingberg (6200/4800) – Klingberg is mighty expensive on FanDuel, but is totally tolerable on DraftKings. In fact, I would go as far to say that he could be as close to a lock as things get in NHL DFS for me on that site because of the price. He’s one of the highest upside defensemen in the league, so he should certainly be on your radar.

Dion Phaneuf (4600/4400) – This whole Ottawa team is in a great position, and I really like Phaneuf tonight. As I’ve said many times before, I cannot be Erik Karlsson right, so why not take the plunge with someone at the same position with a much better price point? I think he can be used in either format and makes a nice value option tonight.

Goalies –

Toronto Goalie – I really like the spot for the Toronto goalie tonight, most presumably Frederik Anderson, at home against the Sabres. He’s been pretty solid this year, especially as of late, and I think he’s a guy I want to use in the vast majority of my lineups.

Minnesota Goalie – Devan Dubnyk has been one of the most consistent goalies this whole year in the NHL, and he has been just very consistent. The price is up there, but he has been an automatic 30 points night in and night out. I think I’d prefer to save the money with Anderson, but don’t blame you for going with Dubnyk.

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