NHL FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/31/17

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:

Bryan Little (6500/5300) – It’s going to be very interesting to see how teams react to being off all this time, and who is going to be hot and who is not. The Blues were dismal defensively in the first half of the season, so it will be interesting to see how the come out. If their first half performance continues, Little should be in for an excellent night and makes a great play at this price.

Mike Fisher (5000/4300) – The Penguins were another team that didn’t look great on the defensive end in the first half of the season, and get a Nashville team that can score some goals coming out of the break. Fisher isn’t the most truth worthy option, but his price and the matchup make him an interesting option.

Nazem Kadri (7000/6100) – It seems like all the center options are in road matchups, so I am heavily focusing on the second lines. The Stars have struggled defensively for a few years now it seems, and Kadri is an excellent goal scorer. I think he’s someone I’m going to have a ton of exposure to tonight.

Derek Stepan (6700/6600) – The Rangers are in a great position tonight, and they get the benefit of playing on their home ice. I think that will make this top line very popular, and I certainly agree with it. The matchup is a good one against the Blue Jackets, and we know this line can score.

Wings –

Tomas Hertl (5100/4300) – Hertl has been one of my favorite DFS options since he opened the 2014-15 season on fire and was dirt cheap and won me a ton of money. He’s back on the top line now, and they get a home matchup against a Blackhawks team that gives up some goals.

Travis Konecny (4600/4000) – I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but everytime I suggest him, he ends up with a double digit outing. It’s never anything groundbreaking, but at this price, it doesn’t need to be. The Hurricanes are a good target, despite being a bit of a better option to target on the road and this being a home matchup.

Corey Perry (6800/6500) – Perry’s first half hasn’t been spectacular, but it hasn’t been a failure either. Tonight, he gets an excellent matchup with the visiting Avalanche. They have been so bad this year, and I think this a great opportunity for Perry to start the new half off with a bang.

Leon Draisaitl (7000/5900) – I’m always looking to get some exposure to Edmonton’s top line when they are on home ice, and that’s where they will be tonight. Devan Dubnyk was a tough matchup in the first half of the season, but did have periods where he didn’t look sharp. It’s probably more of a tournament play, but a good one.

Defensemen –

Kevin Shattenkirk (6400/4900) – Shattenkirk is in a great matchup tonight against the Jets, one that I think the Blues will hit early and often. His price is insane on DraftKings and he’s a lock for me there. It isn’t too bad on FanDuel either, assuring that I’ll have a ton of exposure.

Torey Krug (6400/5200) – Krug is always someone I look toward, as he can put up big games, but he didn’t really do that too often in the first half of the season. I think this matchup against the Lightning sets up well for him, and I expect him on the score sheet tonight.

John Klingberg (5900/4600) – The defensemen position is absolutely loaded today, and Klingberg is one of the top guys I am looking at. Toronto has been very bad over the course of the year at stopping blue liners, and I think their problems will continue tonight against Dallas.

Rasmus Ristolainen (5600/5400) – I love playing Rasmus, and this is an excellent spot against Montreal, who has not been so sharp at the goaltending position coming into the break. He’s got big game upside, and is going to make his way into a number of my tournament lineups.

Goalies –

Anaheim Goalie – I’m always game to use the goalie that is playing the Avalanche and tonight isn’t going to be any different. I expect Anaheim to score enough goals to get their goalie the win, and that is enough for me.

San Jose Goalie – I don’t always like to target against the Blackhawks, but I think I’d be looking their way as they are visiting the Sharks tonight. The Sharks possess enough upside to put up a huge number of goals on them, so I think their goalie should get the win.

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