NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 1/20/18

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 (7900/7400) – This definitely is not a point chasing situation, but I would temper expectations. Montreal is not quite New York Islanders level bad right now. Still, they leave a lot to be desired, and I think even on the road the Bruins top line should find a ton of situations to score. Bergeron just has too much upside.

Matthew Barzal (6300/6200) – When the Islanders are on the road, the opposing teams focus much more on shutting down the John Tavares line. That gives Barzal a ton of opportunities to come up with shots and goals. Chicago is not a tough team when it comes to defense, and I like the upside for Barzal tonight.

Nick Schmaltz (5600/5600) – It is no secret that the Islanders are awful right now. Things are night likely to change against the Hawks tonight. I want to get exposure to their top six, and I think I will save some cash by going with Schmaltz. Skating with Patrick Kane has its upside, and I think we will be reminded of that again tonight.

Wings –

Vladimir Tarasenko (8300/7600) – Vlad is easily my top play tonight and I am sure his line with Stastny and Barbashev will all see high ownership. We all know about the Coyotes defensive woes, and we have known that for years. I smell a monster game for Tarasenko tonight.

Brock Boeser (6500/6400) – Boeser is so fun to watch, and even though I want to get exposure to Edmonton, I also want some of Boeser. I think that Edmonton is too lax defensively, and that should open the doors for a guy like Boeser to have a really nice night.

Patrick Maroon (5500/4800) – Like I said above, I want to get some exposure to Edmonton, specifically their top line. McDavid is really expensive, so why not opt to go with Maroon who is super cheap? I love him on DraftKings especially, and I would be shocked if he does not come through.


Defensemen –

Erik Karlsson (6700/6400) – I certainly do not mind any of the top priced defensive players tonight, but something tells me we are going to see a big game from Karlsson. It also helps that I think he could be the lowest owned of the bunch. Toronto leaves a lot to be desired on the road and I think we will see a nice output here.

Ryan Ellis (4900/5400) – Ellis certainly has a better price on FanDuel than DraftKings, but it will not stop me from using him on the latter. Nashville is positioned well against Florida and I think we will see Ellis keep up aggressive ways, which should yield some fantasy points.

Darnell Nurse (4600/4000) – Nurse has made me money all year and there is no chance I am getting off of him now. The price might have jumped up a bit, but all things considered, I am not too concerned with it. He should be able to put up big numbers, so lock him in tonight.

Goalies –

Carter Hutton (8700/8300) – I hope it is Hutton in goal because he has looked better lately. Who knows, though. I will play which ever one starts, but I can get a small savings on DraftKings with Hutton.

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