Best NHL DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 1/5/18

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


John Tavares (8700/7300) – Even though it did not pan out last time, I do think it is always favorable to attack the Penguins on the road. Tavares is someone I like to use at home much better, so this is a natural fit.

Vincent Trocheck (6500/6200) – The Panthers only have but a few reliable players, and Trocheck is one of them. I like the matchup here on the road and I think he should come through for us tonight.

Wings –

Phil Kessel (8100/7100) – Kessel is a guy I would put in my lineup almost every time in this situation. He is on the road and he is taking on a team horrible on the penalty kill. His price is finally getting up there, but the upside is always present.

Kyle Connor (4600/5800) – Connor has really turned his game on without Mark Scheifele in the lineup, and I love the matchup here on home ice against Buffalo. The price is still nice and I think he should have a big game.

Defensemen –

Duncan Keith (5300/4800) – With the Knights on the road and on a back-to-back, white hot Marc-Andre Fleury should sit this out. That benefits the Blackhawks. Keith has a nice price and solid upside, and I could see him producing here.

Shea Theodore (4500/4300) – Since getting called back up, Theodore has been an awesome player. The price still has not come up on him, which makes him a solid buy-low candidate as well. He provides good salary relief on a short slate.

Goalies –

Connor Hellebuyck (7800/8400) – The Sabres are not a great team at this point, and Connor has been a pretty solid net minder on home ice. I think his offense should put points on the board, giving him a higher likelihood of a win.

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