NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/23/17

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.

Centers:

Logan Couture (6700/6300) – Couture is a great target on the road all of the time, but this is an even better situation as he gets a great matchup against the Avalanche. This is one of the worst teams in all of hockey, so Logan should see plenty of opportunities at even strength, and probably just as many playing on the top power play line. He’s a great place to start tonight.

Derek Stepan (6800/6700) –If you prefer to use players at home, which I’ve noticed some NHL DFS players do, Stepan makes a lot of sense against the Kings as well. He’s the same price roughly as Couture, but he gets that home ice bump that could certainly end up helping him out. I think the Rangers are likely to put in a few goals tonight, and Stepan should be in a good position to be involved.

Martin Hanzal (5400/4600) – Hanzal is coming off a huge game at home against the Lightning over the weekend, and now gets another attractive matchup tonight as the Florida Panthes roll into town. Arizona isn’t exactly a team that people go out of their way to put in their roster, and their cheap prices could be a huge benefit on a night like tonight. There aren’t that many games, so saving your money is going to be a good idea.

Wings –

Andrew Cogliano (4700/4300) – It looks like it will be another day where we spend up at the center position and down at the wings. Cogliano isn’t a flashy name or anything, and this is almost all matchup, but it’s a dandy as the Ducks roll into Winnipeg to take on the Jets. I think he’s a great way to diversify your lineups tonight.

Mikhail Grigorenko (3200/3400) – If you really want to go for diversification, I would take a long, hard look at Grigorenko. He’s now skating on the top line for the Avalanche as they try to jump star themselves this season. He’s basically minimum price, and has been doing pretty well not just recently, but this whole season. He’s averaging about a half a point a game, which is nice for someone this price.

Reilly Smith (5200/4400) – It of course wouldn’t be a breakdown unless we put at least one player against the Coyotes tonight. Smith is going to be that guy, as I think he could get one in the net against Arizona tonight. He should be pretty low owned as well.

Defensemen –

Aaron Ekblad (5700/4300) – I had to do a double take when I saw Ekblad’s price on FanDuel, because it doesn’t make a ton of sense for a player to jump that high without a bunch of big games in a row which just isn’t the case. I think there is enough value on the slate that this isn’t a stretch, so I would definitely consider him in a plus matchup against Arizona.

Cam Fowler (5300/5200) – Fowler had a pretty nice game on Saturday night, and I would look for him to keep that going in Winnipeg. They have been pretty bad when it comes to keeping pucks out of the net, and Fowler is a good enough player that he could end up having another 20+ point outing.

Brent Burns (8200/8400) – Ahhh, Brent Burns. This year, I think I am goose egged when it comes to playing him, but I really like him tonight. I have made quite a few lineups and I think I can put him in really easily and still feel good. He’s always the highest upside guy at the position and tonight is no different against Colorado.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – I really like the idea of using who I assume will be Braden Holtby tonight as the Hurricanes come to visit the Capitals. His price is pretty high, but I think that he should be able to get the victory tonight, and that is always most important to me.

San Jose Goalie – I don’t like taking goalies on the road most of the time, but I am willing to make an exception when the road goalie is going up against the Avalanche. I am hoping it will be Aaron Dell to get the savings, but I would feel just as good with paying a little more for Martin Jones.

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