NHL DFS Picks – 12/1/16

When the NBA goes light, the NHL goes heavy, which is why we end up with 12 games on the slate. This an excellent amount of games as it really does allow for unique lineup creation, which is definitely something that is very important. These picks can be used in either cash games or tournaments, and I will definitely tell you which format you should look at them in.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Sidney Crosby (9200/8700) – The Dallas Stars are very bad at defense. Sidney Crosby is very good at scoring. End Narrative. Top play of the day.

Kyle Turris (5700/5300) – I feel like it has been forever since I wrote up any of the Senators, but this is an excellent position to use them against the Flyers on home ice. The Flyers have been giving it up left and right, and the price for Turris is excellent considering how they could end up at the end of the night. This is a great buy.

Nicklas Backstrom (6600/6900) – Backstrom is in a prime spot himself tonight against the New York Islanders, and his price is pretty good, especially on FanDuel. I think the Capitals should be able to score some goals, and if they do, it is highly likely that Backstrom will be involved.

Artem Ansimov (6000/6400) – Ansimov has been brutal in back to back games, incapable of even registering a shot on goal. I cannot imagine that lasting and this is a great spot for him to break out of his funk against the Devils. The price is fair on both sites, and does reflect his recent struggles.


Matt Duchene (6900/5800) – Duchene is in a great position this evening against Columbus. His price on DraftKings doesn’t mirror what he costs on FanDuel, nor does it reflect his current performance as well as his upside. This is a great position to put him into your lineups at somewhat of a discount and he will make a number of my lineups.

Nikita Kucherov (7800/7400) – Kucherov is a little bit pricey, but he does have to carry a lot of the offensive load with Steven Stamkos out. The poor defensive play of the Blue has been surprising this year, but we should look to take advantage of it with the Lightning tonight. Kucherov is my favorite play from the team.

Patrik Laine (6800/7000) – I will definitely admit that I’ve missed most of the Patrik Laine emergence this year, but I’ll jump on board tonight in an excellent matchup against the Oilers. This could definitely be a high scoring game, and I would figure that Laine should find a way to score tonight, and should pay off his price.

Jonathan Marchessault (5600/5800) – Marchessault has been keeping his hot play going after a great start to the season. He’s a guy I have no issues targeting in this matchup, as the Red Wings have really played poorly to start the year. I don’t think he has a huge upside, but he should certainly be able to pay off his salary.

Defensemen –

Erik Karlsson (7600/7300) – Karlsson is not just the highest priced defenseman on the slate, but he also has the best matchup against a bad Flyers team. His upside is unparalleled at the position, and if you can fit him into your lineup then I would definitely advise doing it tonight.

Cam Fowler (4900/5100) – Fowler is always one of my favorite players, as he always stays cheap and is a good bet when he is in a good matchup to perform well. I wouldn’t hesitate using him here, even in a road matchup. The Ducks are playing the Canucks, who are not a great hockey team, meaning this should be an excellent opportunity for Fowler.

Michael Del Zotto (4400/4300) – I wrote up Del Zotto on Tuesday, and advise him over Gothlisbehere, and I am doing the same tonight. Del Zotto just brings more to the table right now and you can get him at a much cheaper price. He will definitely make his way into quite a few of my lineups tonight.

Alex Pietrangelo (5400/5100) – This game should be a fun one for fantasy purposes, and I think that Pietrangelo can keep his strong play going against the Lightning tonight. The price is great for his floor and upside, and I will certainly have a lot of exposure to him tonight.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – Tonight, I am focusing my goalie plays on two goalies on home ice. The first would be Washington, who would presumably be Braden Holtby. He’s been really up and down this year, but I think this is a situation where I think he could put it together and end up with a nice game. Ill gladly pay the cost.

Pittsburgh Goalie – I don’t want to play Flower, but it is the most likely situation with Matt Murray tending the net on Wednesday. Dallas is struggling, and this game is at home, so I’ll give him the nod, but this will just be a tournament play.