NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 3/31/17

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


Jeff Carter (13600/7300/6600) – Let’s start things tonight with Jeff Carter. I’m always a fan of using this line when the team is on the road, so tonight makes a good night. It also doesn’t hurt that the team will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks, who are bad in so many ways. The price is up there, but he should be worth it tonight.

Mika Zibanejad (10700/5400/5200) – The Rangers are definitely not one of my favorite teams to use, but I think there could be some merit to using them here tonight against the Penguins. The will likely go underowned, but Pittsburgh can give up some goals here and there. The price on Mika is very nice, and he allows you to get pretty much anyone you want in around him.

Sean Monahan (13200/7000/6400) – If you’ve read my article before, you’ll know that one of my favorite situations is the Calgary Flames on home ice against a team that can give up goals. That’s exactly where Sean Monahan falls in. The price is up there on him, but this top line is capable of some pretty big games. I won’t hesitate to build around him tonight.

Brandon Dubinsky (9900/5100/4800) – Chicago has been a disappointment on the other side of the puck this year, as they’ve allowed teams to beat up on them more than we would like to see. Building on that theme, I don’t mind using Dubinsky tonight against them. He’s cheap, and he’s got upside, so I think he could come through for us tonight.

Wings –

Magnus Paajarvi (7100/3300/3500) – Here’s a name that not many people will really be looking at tonight. This will only be the third or fourth time I’ve used him this year, but he comes in cheap and in a great spot. He’s actually been pretty solid this year in the time he has spent in the league, and I’ll take any opportunity I can get to play against the Avalanche. The price here is fine by me and I think we’ll see a good outing.

Daniel Sedin (8200/5400/4100) – Eh, the Canucks. It’s always so tough to want to use these guys, but they can come through here and there. The price is just too low on them to not at least consider having some exposure to them. The Kings aren’t exactly spectacular at keeping the puck out of the net either, so I think there is a lot of merit to targeting them tonight, and Sedin is priced great to do that.

Justin Williams (9800/4700/4800) – The winger section appears to be all value tonight, so let’s move on to Justin Williams. We haven’t heard too much out of him as of late, but we know he’s a capable player. Washington as a whole is a team that we like to have some exposure to because they know how to score. I’ll gladly take some shots in tournaments on him and his potential.

Tanner Pearson (10300/4900/5000) – There are only seven games on the slate, so it is tough to really toss out picks from every game. That’s why you’re seeing two Kings within our first eight picks. The Pearson/Carter line has produced well in the past, and I’m going to hold out hope that they get it done tonight. The potential is there and Pearson is priced very nicely.



Defensemen –

Kevin Shattenkirk (11300/5800/5500) – Shattenkirk has been a force since moving from the Blues to the Capitals, and with them having a plus matchup, we have to consider things. Arizona is one of the worst teams in hockey, and even those he’s costly, he still provides a great deal of upside. I’ll find a way to get him in a ton of my lineups.

Alex Pietrangelo (12000/6300/5900) – Pietrangelo has flourished in much of the same way that Shattenkirk has after his departure. The Blues are another team in a great position tonight. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone about how bad the Avalanche are, and how it makes sense to play guys against them. It’s an easy recipe.

Alexander Edler (7700/4600/4000) – If we are going to be using some of the Canucks tonight, I don’t mind using the best defensemen on the team. He’s priced really nicely, especially on DraftKings, and while nothing is ever going to make you feel easy about using someone from the Canucks, he’s a relative good option.

Brady Skjei (8700/5600/4200) – I know it seems weird that we’ve got two players here from the Rangers against the Penguins, but I’m willing to try it out in tournaments. Skjei has been very good in recent games, enough so that we are considering him here tonight. The upside is pretty good at this price.

Goalies –

Washington Goalie – Even though I am typically into using goalies on home ice, I’m willing to look past that when the matchup is too good. Washington against Arizona? That qualifies as too good. Lock in Braden Holtby tonight.

St. Louis Goalie – See above.


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