NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/20/17

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.


Frans Nielsen (5300/4900) – Unlike yesterday, our top targets at the center position fall in the value category. This second line for Detroit has been pretty good as of late, and they get a pretty nice matchup on the road against the Buffalo Sabres. I think that Nielsen and company should put a few in tonight and makes for a nice play.

Victor Rask (5600/5600) – Rask on home ice against a Penguins team that has struggled over the past few weeks with the position seems like just about a perfect matchup to me. Rask and Skinner are going to be some of my top plays tonight, and I think they can be played in either format.

Wings –

Jonathan Marchessault (5500/5000) – Marchessault is in a nice position here, again on the road, against the Vancouver Canucks, who have been pretty poor on the defensive end. The price is very nice for what his upside can be, and he should be someone you’re focus on tonight as well.

Brad Marchand (7300/7000) – Marchand is my top overall play of the day, and I really like how this top line could end up tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice. Yes, their goaltending is getting better, but these guys are very good at what they do, and I think we’ll see a big outing from Machand tonight.

Defensemen –

Rasmus Ristolainen (5700/5600) – The biggest woe for the Detroit Red Wings is their inability to stop talents blue liners. Ristolainen hasn’t exactly been electric as of late, but he has been good enough that he’s more than worth a look. He’s capable of huge outings, and with all the value out there tonight, I think you could do a lot worse.

Damon Severson (4100/3800) – Severson is another very talented player, but he just hasn’t lived up to the hype this year. Montreal has really struggled with this position as well, so he’s someone we can take a look at, as his play as been getting better over the last week and a half or so. These are cheap options that let you get some of the better stacks in your lineup tonight.

Goalies –

New Jersey Goalie – It’s a tough night at the goalie position, and I’m really not quite sure yet exactly which way I want to go. For the time being, I think I’m fine with the Devils goalie, as they have been better at home than on the road. There is upside here for sure.

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