NHL DFS Picks – 1/3/17

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. IT’s amazing how infrequent we get a nice NHL DFS slate, but we get a playable 7 game slate tonight. I think there are enough good matchups to exploit. I’ll let you know if I prefer a player in a specific format or not, as usual.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Derek Stepan (6700/6800) – I think the first place I’m going to gravitate to quite a bit tonight will be the Rangers going up against the Sabres. The home ice advantage will be big here, so I am going to look heavily into the Stepan/Kreider combination a lot. I think this is a multi-point upside situation that should come in relatively inexpensive as well.

Tyler Johnson (5400/5200) – Johnson makes me nervous, but he is one of their top scoring threats with all the injuries right now. The Jets are pretty bad when it comes to giving up goals, so I could certainly see a team like the Lightning come through with a handful of points tonight. He’s my bet to have the biggest game of the bunch.

Alexander Wennberg (6500/5600) – Another situation I am going to have good ownership of will be the Blue Jackets at home against the Edmonton Oilers. I think that the top line could be in for a busy night, and again, you aren’t talking about a big price tag attached to it as well. I think this is another great game for fantasy action.

Victor Rask (5900/5600) – If you’ve ready these breakdowns before, you’ll know that I really like the Rask/Skinner combo. This is a not a big slate, so I think I can get away with mentioning both of them. I think the upside here, again, is multi points, and Rask is a very nicely priced option at the position.

Wings –

Jeff Skinner (6700/6500) – See Victor Rask.

Alex Killorn (5300/4800) – Again, I know I am doubling up on a team, but I think that the Lightning are in an excellent spot tonight. The best part about it is that they are really priced pretty cheap, when compared to some of the other options that are priced quite a bit more. I think there is a big opportunity here to stack, and I know I will be doing it a lot tonight.

Nick Foligno (6600/6000) – I mentioned above that I love the idea of using the top line from Columbus, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Foligno here. He’s got some pretty serious upside in a game that I can see being high scoring. I love the idea of stacking him with Wennberg tonight.

Alex Ovechkin (8800/8300) – Ovechkin hasn’t been automatic this year, but he’s still been very, very good. I think he’s got a great shot at being a high end tournament option tonight, but his inconsistency does worry me. I think that is the route I will go. Ovi in tournaments, and more balanced lineups in cash games.

Defensemen –

Victor Hedman (7000/5600) – Yes, I know. This is the third Lightning skater we have in this breakdown. I get it, but so should you. Hedman has needed to take on a more offensive role as of late, which has both caused his price to rise, but also his production. I know he costs a lot, but he’s got some pretty elite upside at this position.

Ryan McDonagh (5600/5400) – McDonagh has been a favorite of mine over the last few weeks, and will continue tonight. I have said many times that I tend to run four two man stacks in my cash games, but tonight it very well could see me doing two three man stacks and a two man stack instead. Love the Rangers and the Lightning.

Jeff Petry (5000/4800) – I also think I wouldn’t mind grabbing someone from Montreal, and after a hot start to the year and a rapid cooling, Jeff Petry seems to be trending up right now. He’s seeing a lot of ice time, and it’s only a matter of opportunity for him to get to be a part of one of the scoring chances.

Seth Jones (5600/5000) – The difficulty for me tonight is going to figure out how I want to stack these teams. I’m pretty sure that the Lightning, Rangers and Blue Jackets will dominate by ownership, and Jones is in an excellent position to succeed tonight. He’s a nice pivot to McDonagh, who is priced similarly.

Goalies –

New York Goalie – I’ve fawned enough over the Rangers, but let me do it once more: I think they are going to score a lot of goals, so the win bonus is highly likely for their goalie. Neither have been over the top great this year, but this is all matchup.

Carolina Goalie – Whatever I just said above about the Rangers, you can echo here with Carolina. I think they are in a good position to score some goals tonight, and as a result, they should end up having a pretty good chance of picking up the win for the goalie.