NHL DFS Picks – 12/22/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. Only two nights of DFS hockey are left until things calm down for the holidays season, but that will also give us some big slates. Tonight, we end up with a pretty big 10 game slate which features some fun matchups that should be targeted to gain victory in our DFS contests. I will let you know if I think a pick is better in one format or another, but typically, I try to stick to guys I think could be usable in either.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Victor Rask (5900/5900) – The Carolina Rask/Skinner line is going to be one of my favorites to use tonight. Buffalo hasn’t been great at keeping opponents off the board, and even though this is a road game, the price is just too friendly on a guy like Rask. I think he’ll see the score sheet somehow tonight, and should be considered in your lineups.

Auston Matthews (6800/7600) – Colorado has definitely been one of the best teams to target in DFS, and tonight will be no different. The Maple Leafs pack a little more punch right now, and a lot of it is because of Matthews. On FanDuel, this price seems too good to be true, but on DraftKings, it is a bit high. Either way, I think he makes a great play this evening.

Bo Horvat (5000/4500) – I know that no one from Vancouver really ever seems like an appealing option, but Winnipeg does offer an appealing opportunity to capitalize on what should end up being lower ownership. The price is certainly right here, and the ownership should be very low, so you could end up getting a steal here.

Kyle Turris (5800/5900) – Anaheim is giving up a lot of points this year, and Ottawa is more than capable of scoring them. I love the pairing of Turris and Karlsson tonight, and I feel like you are getting a pretty good discount on Turris. He obviously isn’t as consistent as a guy like Sidney Crosby, but one thing about hockey is that anyone could end up with a huge night. We’ve already seen that several times this year.

Wings –

Jonathan Drouin (5800/5800) – Drouin is hot, cheap and in a great matchup. What else do we really need to consider tonight. I’ll gladly keep using him at this price very night and you should too.

Wayne Simmonds (7100/6900) – Even though the Devils are on home ice, I think I want to take some shots at them. One of them will be with Simmonds, who should see time on both the second line and top power play line, giving him both of the top possible matchups. He’s got huge upside in a matchup like this, so don’t hesitate to roll him out there tonight.

Tyler Toffoli (6100/5500) – Another matchup I will look to exploit tonight will be the Kings on the road against the Predators. Pekka Rinne has seen better years, and the Predators are currently not doing so well in terms of allowing fantasy points. Toffoli is an excellent option in both formats, and will make my lineups tonight.

David Backes (5700/5600) – Florida is another team that has been giving it up for awhile, so I want to find some Bruins to use against them. Backes is in the same position as Simmonds in regards to being on the second line as well as top power play line, giving him big upside in a contest like this. The price is also very, very good.

Defensemen –

Ivan Provorov (4200/4700) – The Flyers defensemen are one of the more puzzling I’ve seen for awhile. Each of them will get hot for periods of time, while the others shut down completely. Recently, Provorov has been the guy who is on, and at this price, I’m all over him. The matchup is good, and he’s seeing a ton of time, including power play time.

Keith Yandle (5400/4500) – Boston is allowing blue liners to put up a lot of fantasy points against them, so I’ll run with Keith Yandle of the Panthers tonight. His price on DraftKings is especially attractive, and I like him in either format tonight, but definitely prefer him more on DraftKings than FanDuel.

Alex Pietrangelo (5700/5500) – The Lightning are also a team that seemingly gives up some pretty big fantasy performances, and Pieterangelo is my favorite of the Blues defenders. If you’ve read my breakdowns before, you’ll see him here more than just about any other defensemen, but I think he’s got the safest floor/ceiling combination.

Erik Karlsson (7400/7200) – I mentioned I like the idea of Turris and Karlsson tonight together, and I am willing to pay the cost to roster Karlsson. Typically, I look to pay down for defensemen, but none of them have the upside of Karlsson. Because of that very reason, I will be using him a lot tonight.

Goalies –

Montreal Goalie – I dislike slates like this a lot, because I have a hard time figuring out where to go at goalie. I don’t think you’re going to be wrong too often with Carey Price, but he has been wildly inconsistent this year, at least in terms of fantasy. I think he should at least be on your radar though.

Minnesota Goalie – Yeah, I know. Two goalies from the same game as your goaltenders? Still, Devan Dubnyk has been awesome this year, so why fight it? The price is right up there with Price, but he has been far more consistent.