NHL DFS Plays – 12/29/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. While Wednesday gave us a small five game slate, Thursday will roar back with a 12 game slate of NHL action that should be very fun for all of us to play. There are a lot of strong matchups here for us to exploit, and we should find no issue tonight putting together lineups that will win us money.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Kevin Hayes (5100/5800) – Over the past few games, the Rangers have been pretty a good team to use players from, and nothing should change tonight. I’m really liking some exposure to the second line here on the road against Arizona. Hayes specifically comes in very cheap, and that’s a great way to start the breakdown, especially after yesterday where most of our top plays were expensive. I think he is playable in either format.

Evgeny Kuznestov (6400/5500) – Another team and situation I’ll want to have some exposure to tonight is the Capitals at home against the Devils, who have been really weak on the road this year. Kuznestov will center the top line which will feature Alex Ovechkin, and he gives you access to that lightning in a bottle at a fraction of the cost. Ovi has looked a lot better lately, so this is a great place to get some exposure.

David Krejci (5800/5600) – Buffalo could forever be a great target for DFS purposes, and tonight will be no different. Krejci gives you excellent upside at a low cost, and that is something we should always look to value. Again, I think he is an option in all formats, and he could very well end up putting together a nice game for us tonight.

Sam Bennett (4800/5000) – I want some exposure to Calgary tonight, and Bennett could be a great low cost way of doing so. Things had gone cold for the top line featuring Monahan and Gaudreau, so Monahan was moved to line two, making Bennett a nice value play on line one. He doesn’t skate with the top power play line, but should see time with power play line #2.

Wings –

Jamie Benn (8200/7200) – It is quite amazing that basically a third of the hockey season is over, and this may in fact be the first time that I have written up Jamie Benn. Overall, Benn has been good this year, it’s just that he hasn’t had a huge streak or anything that has put him in the hot column. Colorado, on the other hand, is awful, and is on the road. I think I’m going to get as much exposure as I can to Benn tonight.

Zach Parise (7000/6200) – At a bit of a lesser cost, Zach Parise is in an excellent position against the Islanders tonight. The Islanders are as well one of my favorite teams to target. I love the fact that he will be on home ice tonight, and I think he is going to be both high owned and probably put together a big game.

Devin Setoguchi (3600/3400) – Finally, we arrive as some cost savings at the position. With the injury to Tyler Toffoli, Setoguchi has jumped into a top six skater role. He has responded well, nothing two or three games of points in the mid teens. The matchup is excellent against a bad Edmonton team, and I look for Setoguchi to come through again as my top overall value play tonight.

Patrick Kane (8600/7600) – It’s going to be a tough position tonight to decide between Kane or Benn if spending up. While I think the situation is much better for Benn, Kane has been so very consistent. I want to suggest Kane for cash and Benn for tournaments, but I really like taking the risk. Overall, I would suggest that if you could fit them both in, you probably won’t regret it.

Defensemen –

John Klinberg (5600/5000) – I’ve said many times in my articles, my cash game strategy is to pick two guys from a team that I think will do well four times over. Klinberg makes sense to me to go with Benn tonight, despite the fact that he’s more than I typically like to spend at the position. His upside is into the twenties tonight, and as a result, he’ll make many of my lineups.

Dougie Hamilton (6000/5500) –Calgary can be a bit difficult when trying to figure out exactly how I want to play the blue liners. I think I’d defer to Hamilton, because I think there is a better chance that he will be a part of the scoring. I don’t think he has the highest ceiling at this position on the team, but I do think he’s a good bet for a nice night.

Erik Karlsson (7600/7000) – Here is the guy I can never get right. Whenever I am willing to pony up the cash and use him, he puts together a stat line like one shot on goal and one blocked shot. He’s the highest upside play at the position, and if you can fit him in, you probably aren’t doing anything wrong.

Jared Spurgeon (4900/4700) – I usually like to find someone who is under $4k for this article, but quite frankly, that isn’t happening tonight. Spurgeon is about as low as I am going to go. I could very well see the core of my lineup going Parise/Benn/Spurgeon/Klinberg tonight. Spurgeon is priced very nicely, and he’s a guy I definitely want to look into putting into my lineups tonight.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – The Devils are an absolute disaster when playing on the road, so it is always worth a look at whoever the opposing goalie is. It is reasonable to say that Braden Holtby is likely to be that guy, and he will come at a cost, but I do think there is a high likelihood that he will get the win here.

Minnesota Goalie – Devan Dubnyk uber alles! Seriously, he is just amazing, and is as close to a lock as one can get. The downside here is the price you’ll have to pay for him, but being on home ice, against a bad Islanders team, I think he should be able to get the job done.