NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 1/6/18

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 FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings


Auston Matthews (7800/7800) – Pretty much every night, I focus on one player and figure that is who I am building around. Tonight, that is going to be Matthews. He has been playing very well lately and gets a Canucks team that will not be able to contain him.

Brayden Point (5600/6200) – Even though the second line, and the Lightning in general, did not come through for us from a scoring perspective last time out, Point has a ton of shots on goal and put up a score that was beyond solid. He is priced very nicely and he should come through for us tonight.

David Krejci (5600/4300) – Again, another guy who did not come through the other night but is far too cheap on DraftKings all things considered. Any time a talent like this is priced accordingly, you need to grab some shares of them.

Wings –

Johnny Gaudreau (7400/6900) – Admittedly, Gaudreau is my favorite player, so you can take this with a grain of salt if you want. He is very talented and the price and matchup are fine with me. I like playing him when he is home especially. The floor here is likely 4 SOG, with a ceiling that can get you over 10 DraftKings points. I will take that all day.

Mikael Granlund (6800/6000) – My general take on Minnesota is that there is not one dominant scoring line. That makes them very tough to want to put in your lineup, but I am fine with Granlund. He can find a way to get things done and I like the price.

Danton Heinen (5100/4500) – Heinen seems to be rolling right now, and with a price, especially on DraftKings, that is still very affordable. He is seeing good power play time and I think in a positive matchup he should be considered in all formats.


Defensemen –

Drew Doughty (6200/5700) – I know a lot of players do not love spending up for defensemen not names Brent Burns, but I am good with this price on Doughty. He, in my opinion, is one of the safest floors in hockey. This matchup is positive against a Nashville team that is sputtering a bit right now.

Ryan McDonagh (5200/4800) – I would love to use Kevin Shattenkirk at this price but he has not been as reliable as in years past. McDonagh, for the most part, has been pretty reliable to give a good outing, so we will go there tonight against Colorado.

Patrik Nemeth (3700/3500) – At this point, I am probably just dropping Nemeth and Doughty in my cash game lineups and moving on. For his price, he is producing nicely, while getting 20 minutes of ice time a game. If he is involved in a scoring play, he is going to grab you over 5 fantasy points on DraftKings and teens on FanDuel and that is awesome for the price.

Goalies –

Henrik Lundqvist (9100/8400) – I have been very bad when it comes to picking goalies lately, but I will take what I would consider low hanging fruit. It has been a thing to pick on the Coyotes for years in DFS, so why should tonight be any different?

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