Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 1/1/18
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 FanDuel/DraftKings
Patrice Bergeron (7300/6700) – Top line in a solid matchup against an Islanders team that can be beat. Yeah, he is probably going to get the toughest matchup, which might keep some people away, but again, power play usage against a poor penalty killing team puts him on my radar.
Jack Eichel (7700/6900) – Eichel has been moved all over the lineup this year, but is back on the top line in a home matchup against a beatable Rangers team. He has been playing rather well as of late, which is reflected in his price. I like him a lot tonight, regardless.
Matthew Barzal (5700/45500) – I do not mind having some Islanders exposure in tournaments, though with Rusk expected in the net, I am not wild about it. I do not know if the Bruins will go all out to shut down the Tavares line, but if they do, it could be big things for Barzal.
Danton Heinen (4900/4300) – This might seem like Bruins overload, but at the same time, I could see this being a nice value play. Heinen is typically skating on the third line at even strength and is getting some time on the top power play line. He should have a better matchup and his line has done well over the last few games.
Patric Hornqvist(5900/5900) – Horny has been a favorite of mine since his days with the Predators, and while he is not the marksman fellow Penguin Phil Kessel is, he is cheaper. The Penguins are in a great spot against a weak penalty killing team and I think Horny should be able to get something going.
Claude Giroux (7400/5800) – Giroux has been playing lights out and also plays better at home. I am not a huge fan of the Penguins defense and this team has obvious road struggles. I like the top line tonight in what should be a fun game.
Torey Krug (5400/5300) – The Bruins get a very solid matchup on the power play against the second worst penalty killing team in the league. Krug has been playing solid hockey over the last few weeks, and even though often times spending down on defense makes sense, I like this spot too much for him tonight.
John Carlson (5700/6400) – Carlson was a dominator for anyone who used him on Saturday night, grabbing a goal to go along with two assists. He has been seeing more favorable matchups, and is on the top of the power play line. Again, he is expensive, but as evidenced on Saturday, he can give you a ton of upside and a solid floor.
Ivan Provorov (4300/4300) – The Penguins are not exactly a defensive juggernaut, and being on the road will not help their case either. This is a grudge match situation, and I think that he can be a nice source of value who sees some time on the power play as well. He also sees a ton of time on the penalty kill, which can occasionally yield benefits.
Braden Holtby (9300/8200) – I would expect Holtby to start here, and despite the fact that he is not nearly as good on the road as he is at home, I think he has a solid chance for success here. He is highly unlikely to give you a monster score as he has yet to shut a team out, but I think he can keep enough pucks out of the net to get the W.