NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/22/17

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.


John Tavares (8400/6900) – I hate using the same player as my player of the day twice in one week, but Tavares has been playing such good hockey as of late, and sees a nice matchup at home with Philadelphia, so that’s where I am at today. I don’t think there is anything that will keep me from spending on him, especially where he is a discount, like on DraftKings at just $6.9k.

David Krejci (5700/5300) – I do like the Penguins a little more at home than on the road, but at the same time, we’ve seen them cough up big games all over the place this year. Krejci is priced very nicely so that you can fit him in with just about anything you want to do. He’s one of my top plays tonight.

Wings –

Connor Sheary (5700/5500) – So you are going to tell me that someone who has 31 points in 38 games is priced this cheap? Well, it’s true, so there is no question that he should be heavily considered in your lineups. He is playable in both formats, and honestly, it’s going to be difficult for me not to use him just about everywhere considering the price and the upside that’s usually not available at this price.

Rick Nash (6800/6400) – I think another spot we can go to tonight is Rick Nash on the road taking on the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have been one of our favorite teams to target in DFS this year, and Nash is having a pretty good year all around. There is little question about his upside in this game, and his price is palatable.

Defensemen –

Ryan McDonagh (5700/5300) – It certainly feels like McDonagh has lived on this list as of late, and that is most likely true. He’s in another great matchup against the Red Wings who have let defensemen score on them all year. As a result, McDonagh has to be considered our top overall play at the position today.

Nick Leddy (4900/4500) – Leddy hasn’t made this list much, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t worth a look tonight in a plus matchup against the Flyers. The Islanders could be without Johnny Boychuk again, which gives Leddy a little more to do on the offensive end. I think he makes a nice play in either format when considering price and matchup.

Goalies –

Chicago Goalie –  I think it’s a pretty easy decision to just use the goalie for Chicago tonight, who will probably be Corey Crawford. His play as of late has made him a tough pill to swallow, but he’s in an excellent matchup and should be able to put together a nice game.

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