NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 3/21/17

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:

Jonathan Toews (15100/7600/7200) – Let’s start things off tonight with someone who just hasn’t made it into too many of our breakdowns this year: Jonathan Toews. For whatever reason, it seems like I favor using the Kane line over the top line, but tonight is different. With this game at home, and the line at full health, this just seems like the better route to take.

Sean Couturier (7500/4200/3800) – Similar to the CHI 2 line, I’ve had a ton of success using PHI 2 this year. Couturier and Travis Konecny seem to always come through for me. That’s where I will be going again tonight at a very steep discount. This is a very favorable matchup for them on the road at Winnipeg who lets a lot of pucks go to the net.

Brayden Point (10300/4400/4900) – It looks like Tyler Johnson will be out just a little bit longer, and as a result, it looks like we’ll get another night of Brayden Point. He’s way too cheap right now, especially on FanDuel, and is going to find his way into many of my lineups. Arizona on the road is just too easy, and the price makes this too nice.

Bryan Little (11700/5000/5600) – Little has been very good since being moved up to the top line and now it looks like he’ll have Patrik Laine joining him. One thing I love about hockey is the constant maneuvering of lines. I think this is a great way to attack the slate tonight as the Jets host the Flyers.

Wings –

Alexander Steen (9900/5600/4800) – Even though Colorado is at home, I expect to see a ton of usage of the Blues in tournament lineups. I am expecting that the highest ownership will likely come from Vladimir Tarasenko, which is why I like pivoting to Steen here. We are getting a very nice discount on him on DraftKings, and he has considerable upside himself.

Chris Kreider (11400/6000/5500) – Kreider appeared in our list over the weekend, and failed to do anything in his matchup. When I say failed to do anything, I mean he skated for 18 minutes with no actual stats. I think that could be a different case this week with the Rangers headed to take on the Devils. The matchup and price is right and they won’t stay cold for long.

David Pastrnak (14300/7300/6900) – Pastrnak isn’t a guy you go to in order to save some money, but he is a guy you go to if you want production. He’s been one of the best players in the league this year, and he gets another great matchup as the Bruins host the Senators tonight.

Nikita Kucherov (16500/8200/8000) – Kucherov is hands down my play of the day. He’s got the benefit of being on home ice and taking on the worst defensive team in all of the NHL? These situations carry high ownership, but if Kucherov goes out and puts up a multi-point game and you don’t have him, it could be hard to come back from.

 

Defensemen –

Justin Schultz (12000/6400/5900) – The Penguins find themselves in an interesting spot tonight as they head to take on the Sabres in Buffalo. Evengi Malkin will be unavailable for this game, so especially on the power point, the team will be turning to Schultz more. I think this is a high upside play for a guy who has cooled off a lot lately.

Victor Hedman (13400/6400/6500) – Hedman is going to cost you, but he gets the same favorable bump that both Kucherov and Point get tonight. I am going to do what I can to work him in, because I think he’s a great bet to put together a nice game, and comes at a discount to the Burns and Karlsson’s of the world.

Brady Skjei (7700/4300/4000) – I feel the need to drop some value in this section, as there have been a lot of upper tier plays suggested tonight. Skjei isn’t someone that I would recommend on a regular basis, but on every night, one of these smaller defensemen does something that can win someone a tournament. The matchup is there and the production has been up.

Ivan Provorov (9400/4100/4600) – This play goes much along with what I said above. Shayne Gothlisbehere has regressed considerably in 2016-17 and Provorov had his moments. Remember, we only care about what someone does one night, so we have to look past the name and on what he could provide.

Goalies –

Chicago Goalie – Tonight is really interesting, as there are as many as five different goalies that I really wouldn’t mind having access to. I normally don’t go over two, but I might make an exception tonight. Corey Crawford has been playing well lately, and this could be a great chance to use him.

Tampa Bay Goalie – This is just simply a play of using the team going against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. I don’t have as much confidence as I do with Crawford, but they are still in play.

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