NHL DFS Picks – 12/10/16
Prices listed are FD/DK.
Sean Monahan (6600/5800) – Monahan is one of my favorite guys to play at home, and I feel like we are getting a discount at this price. The upside here is pretty good, and he slots in nicely in either format. He doesn’t take too much of your overall budget away, and could end up with a huge game against a Winnipeg team that has trouble stopping goals.
Nathan MacKinnon (7200/6400) – Montreal is another team that I like to target, and MacKinnon is one of my favorite guys to use period. Yes, we would much rather that he would be on home ice, but that is not that important to me here. What is important is that I could see him having more than one point in this contest, making him a nice play tonight.
Tomas Plekanec (5400/5200) – Hockey is kind of funny. When a guy goes down, another may move up to a better line, but that doesn’t necessarily mean much more than that. We’ve seen both sides of this from Plekanec in the short time he’s been on the top line. We saw him with a multi-point game two games ago, and a goose egg in his last game. For that reason, he isn’t a guy I’m looking toward in my cash games even in a good matchup, but will use him in tournaments.
Aleksander Barkov (6500/6100) – Barkov is the opposite of Plekanec, in that he is a very strong cash game play. He’s likely to see a handful of shots on goal, and in a matchup against a bad team in Vancouver, he could very well end up with some of those shots going into the net. He is probably my favorite play tonight, considering price and upside.
Viktor Arviddson (5700/6000) – Arizona is a little better at home than on the road, but that is generally the case with most teams. Arviddson should get plenty of chances against a leaky defensive Coyotes team, and I think he could very well end up converting. The price is nice and he makes a great play in both formats.
David Pastrnak (7000/7200) – Pastrnak has been a hot skater over the past few weeks, and I think his luck could very well continue tonight against the Maple Leafs on home ice. His price has risen considerably from where it started at the beginning of the year, but he should be worth every penny. If he keeps this up, he could end up near $8k before we know it.
Tobias Reider (4500/3700) – Reider isn’t a name that is flashy or anything, but when you are playing NHL DFS, you are just trying to find the players in the best situations. That is exactly where he is at tonight, and the price is just a bonus. I think I’d probably prefer him in tournaments than cash, but I could see him being a fair play in either against the Predators.
Jaromir Jagr (5300/5000) – Injuries have pushed Jagr back up to the top line where he should see plenty of chances against the Canucks. This team is not the Lightning, and I think they will put up a much, much bigger fight and should not let us down tonight. Jagr is a cheap exposure to a good matchup.
Kris Letang (7200/6700) – Tampa Bay’s goalie play has been awful, and until recently, it was mostly Bishop. I think the Penguins should be able to have their way with the Lightning tonight, and Letang has avery good chance of having a great game. The price is up there, but so is the upside. Don’t let the cost scare you away.
Victor Hedman (6600/5500) – On the flip side of things, while the Penguins seems to be coming together a little more, I think they will still give up some goals here. Hedman is one of their best options to do that. He gets great time at both even strength and with the man advantage, so he should be on your radar.
Keith Yandle (5400/4600) – Yandle is pretty affordable, especially on DraftKings tonight, where he sits below $5k. The matchup is excellent, and I’d have to believe that the Panthers should be able to score at least 3 goals. Even though he hasn’t been spectacular as of late, we do know he has a good pedigree and should produce here.
Shea Weber (6400/6800) – I want some more exposure to Montreal tonight, and one of the ways I will do that is through Shea Weber. He is pricey too, and as well hasn’t played lights out lately, but you have to be willing to play the matchups when they come around. The Avalanche struggle with defensemen, and Weber is one of the best in the league.
Montreal Goalie – Even though I don’t hate some of the Avalanche as options tonight, the Canadiens are in a good spot to get the win. Carey Price has been solid, but unspectacular as of late, and though he is expensive, he has as good of a shot as anyone else to pick up the win.
Florida Goalie – Roberto Luongo hasn’t been great as of late, but he does get a positive matchup here against the Canucks. Yes, this is a Canucks team that did just obliterate the Lightning 6-1, but I think Florida should have better luck scoring as well as stopping the puck tonight.