NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 3/25/17

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:

John Tavares (15000/8300/7200) – It didn’t take long for me to lock on to what I find to be the best play of the day, and that is John Tavares. Any time I can get him on home ice in a good matchup, I am going to pay the price. The Bruins just had a shootout against the Lightning, and I could see this game going the same way. As a result, I’m going to be in a heavy ownership position on Tavares tonight and I think a lot of others will as well.

Nicklas Backstrom (14200/7000/6900) – I haven’t had enough ownership of the Capitals lately, but that will definitely change tonight as the Desert Dogs roll into town. The Coyotes are still one of the best matchups in the league for a team to face, and this Washington team is going to have a huge opportunity tonight. The price is up there, but I think he will be well worth it. WAS 1 is going to be one of my highest owned lines.

Ryan Hartman (8400/3600/4200) – It looks like Ryan Hartman will be skating on the second line at even strength tonight, and that means I’m going to want to have some strong ownership of him. There is never going to be anything wrong with skating next to Patrick Kanes. This is way too cheap of a price, and it’s a guarantee that I’ll be taking the risk of using him as cheap exposure to Kane tonight. Easy play for me.

Nazem Kadri (12600/6400/6100) – The Maple Leafs are also in a good position tonight as they hit the road to take on the Buffalo Sabres. It’s always tough to predict where the scoring is going to come from for the Leafs, but I think Kadri at his price is well worth the risk tonight. We know that Buffalo struggles big time to protect the goal, and I think we’ll see Kadri an his linemates come through with a score tonight.

Wings –

Patrick Maroon (11000/5300/5300) – Another great route to go tonight would be to go with Connor McDavid. He’s expensive, so I think we can look for alternate routes to him, such as Patrick Maroon. He’s got a fair price across the industry, and the Oilers have one of the better matchups of the night against the Colorado Avalanche. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to roll him out.

Patrick Marleau (11600/5900/5600) – Marleau is never the sexiest option to use in your daily fantasy lineups, but I think he’s still someone that we can look to tonight in a plus matchup against the Predators. Nashville has given up some huge games all year long, and there’s no reason why it should wind down yet. I think the Sharks will score a few, and Marleau stands a good chance of being involved.

David Pastrnak (14600/7100/7000) – I mentioned above in the blurb about John Tavares that this could be a high scoring game. If it is, I could see Pastrnak having himself a nice night. The price on him is absolutely high, but we’ve seen him dominate this year, so it’s a price worth paying. If you can fit he and Tavares in your tournament lineups, I think you’ll see some success tonight.

Alexander Radulov (9600/5400/4700) – Radulov hasn’t been the best as of late, but it’s resulted in his price coming down. The matchup against the Senators is one that the Canadiens could end up dominating, so I want to have some exposure. Radulov isn’t someone that I have confidence in for my cash games, but I think he’s worth a look in tournaments.

Defensemen –

Torey Krug (10600/5500/5200) – Despite several goals being scored in the game, Krug couldn’t find his way into being involved in one of them. You’ll have that with defensemen. Tonight is a new night and a new opportunity, and I really like the price and spot for him. I think he’s worth a look in your tournament lineups tonight.

Jake McCabe (5900/3800/3100) – Rasmus Ristolainen is suspended for a few games, and the Sabres are dealing with some other injuries as well to blue liners, so I think McCabe is a great look here. The matchup is nice against the Maple Leafs in what could turn out to be a high scoring affair. I like the idea of using him in cash games or tournaments because this price is just perfect to open up your budget.

Kevin Shattenkirk (10900/5200/5300) – Shattenkirk is a great option tonight, as the Coyotes are just as bad as it gets when it comes to defending the blue liners. He is active at both even strength and with the man advantage. He does have to contend with some other talented defensemen, but I still think he should find a way to get his tonight.

Andrej Sekera (8700/4500/4300) – Again, if we are looking for some cheap, albeit risky, ways to find exposure to Connor McDavid, I think Sekera makes that list. He isn’t always going to be on the ice with him, but even if he isn’t, this matchup is a very good one. He has been playing pretty well as it is lately, and his price is a nice discount for what his upside could be.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – Two goalies stick out to me tonight. The first is Braden Holtby. This is a dream matchup, and even though the price is high, I feel like it is just a situation we have to consider. His play has been trending upward, so I think this is a great spot to use him.

Edmonton Goalie – If you want to save some money, Cam Talbot is the other way to go. He has not been good over the last two games, but he also has a very good matchup against the visiting Colorado Avalanche. I don’t mind him in tournaments, but I’m staying away in cash games.

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