NHL FanDuel and DraftKings DFS Picks – 1/7/17

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. Saturday night brings up a really nice nine game slate that should give us a nice fix of fantasy hockey for the weekend. I typically try to pick plays that are usable in both formats, but if I prefer a player in only one format, I’ll mention it.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Radek Fakaa (4000/4100) – One glance over this list makes it seem like the value edition, as with the exception of Tarasenko, all fo these plays are under $6k on DraftKings. At this point in writing this, the FanDuel salaries have not been released, so I have no idea where they sit as of yet. The matchup is nice here against a Blues team that has really struggled all year, and Faska’s price makes him a good look in all formats.

Brock Nelson (5400/4800) – I do like to target the Arizona Coyotes on the road more than at home, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to avoid the Islanders tonight. The price is right for someone like Nelson, who should be on the team’s second line and also sees power play time. I am expecting him to hit the score sheet tonight.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5800/4800) – I would imagine that a lot of players will be on McDavid tonight as the Oilers travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils. I think It’s rather roll with RNH here for much of the same reason that we’ve talking up Nelson above. He’s priced very nice, and should see ample opportunity to produce tonight.

Martin Hanzal (5700/4500) – It always makes me feel a little bit uneasy to take players from the Coyotes, but as bad as they are defensively, they are still worth a look in tournaments. Hanzal is a low cost, but high upside play tonight against an Islanders team that is on the road and not great in that position. I like him a lot.

Wings –

Ryan Spooner (5100/4500) – Spooner is another guy who is likely to see some low ownership, but has some upside in this matchup. The Panthers have been struggling quite a bit as of late, and I think that a guy like Spooner makes a ton of sense to use tonight. I would probably only be using him in tournaments though.

Matthew Tkachuk (5300/4800) – 23 points in 36 games is not really a bad ratio for someone at this price, and it doesn’t hurt that he has a terrific matchup at home against the Vancouver Canucks. I’m going to have a ton of him in all formats, because I do think this is going to be a night where he’ll have a good showing.

Valdimir Tarasenko (8800/8100) – The only real high priced player we’ve got here tonight is Tarasenko, who should be able to dominate in tonight’s matchup against the Stars. I think there is enough value here to use him without much issue, and he’s going to be a guy I build a ton of my lineups around.

J.T. Miller (5700/5500) – The Rangers are one of my favorite teams to target in DFS, or use I mean, because they always seem to put some big games together. I think this game lines up well for J.T. Miller, so is both cheap and in a position to produce. That is a great combination in daily fantasy, so make sure to use him a lot tonight.

Defensemen –

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (5800/4900) – OEL is averaging a point every other game, which just really isn’t indicative of the type of talent he is. Something tells me that perhaps in the second half of the season we’ll see a surge out of him. What we do know is that the Islanders are the league’s worst against blue liners, so I will have a nice amount of ownership of him tonight.

John Carlson (6300/5800) – Another team that we want to target tonight, regardless of whether or not this is the first time we’ve mentioned it tonight is the Ottawa Senators. Washington should have a great deal of success with them, and I’m expecting Carlson to be able to have a great showing, which should pay off his salary easily.

John Klingberg (5600/4800) – With no +/- anymore, I think I’ll end up with some pretty strong ownership of this Dallas/St. Louis game on both sides. I remember placing top ten in a tournament last year using that strategy with Calgary and Edmonton. The price here is higher on Klingberg, but he does have some pretty good upside.

Keith Yandle (5600/4600) – Yandle has been playing pretty well of late, and his price is catching up to him a little bit, but there is still a great deal of upside. I could definitely see him coming close to the 20 point mark, making his price, especially on DraftKings, one hell of a value.

Goalies –

San Jose Goalie – Detroit continues to struggle on the road, and we know how strong this offense in San Jose can be. As a result, I’m very likely to use this goalie, because I think there is a good chance he’ll pick on the win bonus, which is becoming ever more important.

Calgary Goalie – How disappointing was it a few nights ago when Brian Elliot blew the shutout with just a minute and ten seconds left to go. That is easily the most frustrating part about hockey, as that happens to me far more than I would like to admit. I think they are in a spot tonight against Vancouver.