NHL DFS Picks – 12/22/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. Friday will be the last day of NHL DFS for quite a few days, as the league doesn’t have many, if any games, slated for the 24th – 26th. This will give us a rest and allow us to spend some time with our families. These picks will hopefully help you build some lineups that will help you get in the cash tonight.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Sidney Crosby (9100/8500) – Sidney Crosby is the most reliable player in the NHL, considering real life NHL or DFS, and tonight provides an excellent opportunity for him. The Devils are awful on the road and awful against centers, so this is like the perfect storm to roll Crosby out. The price is high, but the output should be as well.

John Tavares (8500/7000) – The same thing that I just said about New Jersey could be applied to the Sabres as well. It’s tough to want to play Tavares when he is just below Crosby, at least on FanDuel, but that makes his tournament appeal even better. I doubt he will be very highly owned, which means if he goes off, you are in a really good position.

Auston Matthews (6800/7700) – Moving on, if you are really looking to start to save some budget, I think there is an appeal to Auston Matthews. While I tend to prefer to target Arizona on the road, I think you can certainly do it on home ice. I would expect the Maple Leafs to sneak a few in tonight, and I think Matthews will be a part of it.

Aleksander Barkov (6600/6100) – Barkov is one of my favorites pretty much each time he’s on home ice, and tonight, he gets an excellent hoe matchup against a porous Detroit Red Wings team. The price on him is extremely fair, and he has multiple point upside in a matchup like this. I’ll have a lot of him tonight.

Wings –

Artemi Panarin (7700/7200) – Colorado is another team that makes a lot of sense to target tonight, and I love that we get to do it with the Blackhawks on home ice. Panarin is awesome, and though the price is up there quite a bit, I think he should be able to produce enough to make it worth slotting him into your lineups tonight.

Marcus Foligno (3600/3700) – This is mostly a “I feel bad because all of these guys I’ve mentioned aren’t cheap” play, but I think there is some upside with Foligno. He’s on the second line, and the Islanders aren’t exactly keeping people off the scoreboard. I don’t think the upside is massive, but he could get into the mid-teens tonight.

Joe Pavelski (7900/7300) – Edmonton on the road will be another situation we will want to target tonight, and the Sharks at home can probably smell the blood in the water. Pavelski is our main target here, but I think you can possibly use some of the cheaper options that surround him to get exposure to him.

Tyler Toffoli (6100/5500) – Toffoli remains one of my favorite tournament targets when he is playing on the road, and tonight is no different. The price is excellent, and I think he should be able to get something done against the Stars tonight. He’s playable in either format, though I probably prefer him in tournaments to cash.

Defensemen –

Rasmus Ristolainen (5900/6100) – It’s usually the Stars I’ve liked to target over the past few years in DFS with defensemen, but the Islanders have been making a case to be that team this year. Rasmus has been incredibly solid all year, and I cannot see him not having a good game here. I know things aren’t as concrete in hockey as they are in basketball, but this is an excellent situation.

Justin Schultz (4800/5100) – I’m interested to see the amount of Crosby/Schultz combos we see in cash games tonight. Schultz has been very, very good and his price is not ever remotely close to catching up to him. I’ll be using him heavily in my games tonight in a terrific matchup.

Justin Faulk (5600/5500) – Faulk hasn’t been as flashy as we thought he might be coming into the year, but he gets a tremendous matchup tonight against the Bruins on his home ice. The price is a little higher than I would like, but I could definitely see him coming through with a multi point outing tonight.

Andrej Sekera (4300/4800) – This isn’t a matchup play like a lot of the other picks are. This is mostly an issue where a guy is underpriced and is producing, and those are situations I don’t have much of an issue taking a chance on. I could see him in the mid-teens again tonight, making him an excellent value at this price.

Goalies –

Chicago Goalie – Corey Crawford has finally been coming around, and will be in the pipes most likely on Friday. I think he’s worth the cost, and should be able to put down a team that is struggling very mightily right now.

Pittsburgh Goalie – This game sets up well for the Penguins, as the Devils really do struggle on the road, but I hate Marc-Andre Fleury. He’s a guy who can take a great matchup like this and turn it into a 5-4 game in a heartbeat. I would only play him in tournaments, but he could have a good night.