NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 3/16/17

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

Centers:

Henrik Sedin (8200/4800/4100) – It brings me no pleasure bringing you a Henrik Sedin. He hasn’t been great, but this is a great matchup and he is dirt cheap. That has to count for something. Truthfully, I think it means a lot in tournaments. I don’t know if he’s got a huge ceiling, but with the money he can save you, it’s worth considering. I think he and his brother could end up connecting for at least one goal, making him a nice target.

John Tavares (14600/8300/7000) – Tavares is easily my favorite play of the night. He’s expensive, but this is an elite matchup against the Winnipeg Jets. The important thing to take into consideration is that this game is at home, which is where he is always a more viable play. I’m looking for him to come through with a multi-point outing in what should be a high scoring game, and will definitely be one of my favorites to target on this slate.

Adam Henrique (7900/4300/4000) – I blame Henrique for the fact that my hot streak came to a screeching halt on Tuesday night. It was inexcusable that he had his game with the Jets cancelled. All jokes aside, that was a great matchup for him, but he’ll get another great chance here against the visiting Flyers on Wednesday night. This is one of those excellent situations, and he’s another great value guy to round out a lineup [with Taylor Hall of course].

Alexander Wennberg (11000/5100/5300) – The Florida Panthers can score goals, but they also can give them up. That’s old hat for me. I feel like I’m saying that at least once a night. It’s true though. The Blue Jackets top line could very well end up having a field day against the Panthers. The upside is very nice, and I highly suggest pairing him with either Nick Foligno [if he’s feeling well] or Zach Werenski.

Wings –

Nikolaj Ehlers (11300/5500/5500) – I mentioned above that I love the NYI/WPG game, and he’s a guy that, again, is affordable, at least on FanDuel. His price on DraftKings and FantasyDraft is up there. It’s never going to put to be on a line with Patrik Laine, especially if the goals are being scored at even strength. It can also be a great idea to use Ehlers solo just to get a cheaper exposure to the exciting rookie.

Travis Konecny (7800/4000/3900) – Travis Konecny never lets me down. He’s an inconsistent player, and is only finding himself here because this is a road matchup against a weak team in the Devils. Yes, we like to target the Devils more when they are on the road, but that doesn’t mean we won’t go after them at home. The price here is basically nothing, and while there is a great deal of risk with him, he can pay off as well.

David Pastrnak (14300/7200/6900) – Pastrnak is awesome. He’s almost a lock right now. It goes way beyond box score watching to be honest. He’s just been a very strong player all around, and he also gets an extremely positive matchup against the Edmonton Oilers on the road. I think he should be able to keep the hot play going, and I am not concerned about his play slowing down right now.

T.J. Oshie (13500/6700/6500) – I mentioned above that Ehlers is a great way to get exposure to Patrik Laine. Well, Oshie is a great way to get exposure to Alexander Ovechkin, except for the fact that Oshie can get it done more on his own. I think I’ll have a fair amount of him at home against the Predators. We’ve seen Nashville give up a ton of goals this year. This is a bad situation for them, and I’m looking for Oshie to make them pay.

Defensemen –

Alexander Edler (7200/4100/3700) – OH NO! TWO, count them, TWO Canucks in our breakdown tonight. That might be the total that made it in all year. Edler is in a pretty good spot here, because the Stars are the worst defensive team in this game – that is saying something. He’s also very cheap, making he and Sedin a ridiculous stack that allows you to put in just a few extra studs tonight.

John Carlson (10900/5100/5300) – Carlson is going to be benefiting from Kevin Shattenkirk missing one more game due to suspension. I love the idea of using him against the Predators, because there is little question in my mind that he should be able to come through. He’s a high upside player who really is priced pretty nicely.

Victor Hedman (13400/6600/6500) – Hedman is price crazy high, but still, this is a great situation for him against the Maple Leafs. He’s going to have to be active in order for the Lightning to stick in it with a team that can score very well. I don’t mind spending the cash on him and I think he’ll come through for us tonight.

Alec Martinez (9500/4600/4700) – We almost made it through the article without bringing up someone playing the Sabres. I like spending down with the Kings defenders, and that’s why I have Martinez here. He’s just as potent of a weapon as Drew Doughty but you get him at the discount.

Goalies –

Los Angeles Goalie – I think if we are going to start out with the goalies, we might as well stick with picking on the Sabres. The Kings coughed things up on Tuesday, but this will be Jonathan Quick most likely tonight and not Ben Bishop. I’m not sure if that should reassure you or not. Still, I think he picks up the win here.

Columbus Goalie – If you want to pivot a bit, I could see moving on to Sergei Bobrovski. He’s been really solid as of late, but his price tag gets up there. I think that could be an interesting route to go, one that I am likely to go tonight.

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