NHL DFS Picks – 12/20/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. This Tuesday slate is absolutely massive, and is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, that has taken place this year. Twelve games leaves us with a lot of different options, and some very good games for us to draw picks from this evening. I would expect for lineups to be pretty different tonight, so there shouldn’t be too much overlap in your cash games or tournaments.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Mike Fisher (4700/4900) – Fisher is never a guy I typically look at, but his last three games have given me pause. Any time you find a guy who is priced this low and turning out performances in the mid-teens, you have to take a look. The matchup is good here against the Devils, but buyer beware: This team has been much better on home ice. Still, I think he makes for a nice salary relief play.

Aleksander Barkov (6600/6300) – Barkov hasn’t done anyone any favors lately, but now that this team is back on home ice, and playing a beatable Sabres team, I think it’s time to take a look again. He’s at a good price and makes an excellent option for cash games tonight, with enough upside for tournaments as well.

Eric Staal (5600/6500) – Staal should be a popular option tonight because of his price and matchup. I certainly wouldn’t blame you for using him, and I am pretty sure at this point that I will be as well. The priceis very nice and I would gladly use him all over the place on FanDuel to help load up on some of the more expensive players.

Ryan Kesler (7000/6600) – Kesler has been producing just as well as Ryan Getzla this year, and on FanDuel at least you’ll save a couple hundred bucks. I think he makes a great option going up against Montreal tonight, though I would probably give more of a look in tournaments than cash games tonight.

Wings –

Zack Parise (7200/6700) – Parise is in an excellent position tonight as the Wild will be taking on the Avalanche at home, and is one of my top overall plays. I love stacking him with Staal, as their prices kind of balance each other out a bit. I think he should have a field day and I could see him finishing in the 20 point range tonight on FanDuel.

Taylor Hall (7100/6800) – Hall has been pretty stable and consistent on home ice, and a visit from the Predators should keep that going in a positive direction. The price is absolutely reasonable given what his upside is, and I don’t mind using him in any format tonight.

Vladimir Tarasenko (8800/7900) – Tarasenko is both expensive and good. The question will be tonight is if you have to use him with some guys a thousand dollars or more below him in excellent matchups. He should make mince meat of the Dallas defense, and it wouldn’t shock me if he was the highest scoring player on tonights slate.

Viktor Arvidsson (5700/6000) – Arvidsson is a bit of a punt here, but I think he should be in a good position to produce tonight. I think I feel like he is more of a punt because of the fact that New Jersey is a much different team on home ice. The price is nice and I think he’s got tournament upside at this price and in this matchup.

Defensemen –

Duncan Keith (6300/5200) – Ottawa is always a team that I like to attack with defensemen and Keith is priced very well, especially on DraftKings, for this matchup. I think typically players spend down on defense, unless it’s Karlsson or Burns, but this makes a great opportunity to buy into a guy like Keith when others might not.

Ryan Ellis (4600/4300) – I do have to, for the last time, restate that I do think that the Predators are a bit risky tonight, and I would use them only in tournaments. Ellis is priced very well, and has been playing good hockey as of late. I don’t think he’s got the kind of upside that some of the other options do, but I think he has a safe floor.

Travis Hamonic (4100/3800) – The Bruins have been pretty easy to score on this year, and I like Hamonic tonight as the cheapest of the three main defenders for the Islanders. He makes a great salary saving option that could certainly end up allowing you to sneak another high end option into your lineup without giving up safety.

Jared Spurgeon (4800/4900) – I think the crowds could go to Ryan Suter, but I will roll with Spurgeon who is both cheaper and is also playing a bit better as of late. The matchup against Colorado is very good, so this may be a time where I break my two player from one team in cash game rule. I think it will be worth it.

Goalies –

Minnesota Goalie – Devan Dubnyk has been playing lights out all year, so of course our hopes are that he is in the net tonight, as he should be a pretty good bet for a win against a struggling Avalanche team. He’s going to cost you, but I could certainly see him being worth it.

Boston Goalie – Outside of Dubnyk, I think there could be some merit in running out Boston’s goalie tonight against an Islanders team that isn’t very good. Tuukka Rask has been pretty good himself this year, and should be able to fend off whatever the Islanders send his way.