Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 1/2/18

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.

Nathan MacKinnon (7800/7100) – MacDaddy has been playing great hockey this season, and finds himself on home ice again tonight. He will be taking on the Jets, who are exploitable at even strength and with the man advantage. Over the last few years, playing the Avalanche has not been sexy, but MacKinnon is bringing it back in 2018.

William Karlsson (5600/5800) – There is a real thing here with the Knights playing in Vegas. Two losses and one tie to go along with 16 wins. They are also 9-0-1 in their last ten. Karlsson has been awesome this year, and I do not see much of a reason to avoid him at least in tournaments tonight.

Wings –

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.

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.

Kevin LeBanc (4200/3500) – This is not a sexy pick by any stretch of the imagination, but he is cheap, sees some power play time, is on the second line on the road and in a solid matchup. LeBanc has done well since getting back into the lineup, and while he is risky, could pay off tonight.


Defensemen –

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.

Shayne Gostisbehere (5800/5400) – Yesterday, I highlighted Ivan Provorov, who I still think is a good play tonight. I think The Ghost provides a higher floor/ceiling combo, albeit at a higher price. This matchup against the Penguins should be full of fantasy excitement, so I suggest grabbing some exposure.

Goalies –

Marc-Andre Fleury(7900/7800) – Read everything I said about the team with William Karlsson. Nashville can be dangerous, but it loses potency without Filip Forsberg. Fleury has been a beast when healthy this year and this is another smash spot for him. I like him in all formats.

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