NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 4/8/17

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:

Tyler Seguin (15400/7600/7400) – Let’s start out with who is our top overall play of the day, Tyler Seguin. The Stars draw the best matchup on the board, with the Colorado Avalanche coming into town. It’s going to be shocking to me if the Stars don’t score a few here, and it will surprise me even more if Seguin is not a part of the scoring.

Mikael Backlund (10700/4900/5200) – The Sharks are another team I think we can feel safe in using players against tonight. I love me some Calgary, and while I usually play them at home, I’ll take a shot at the second line on the road. Backlund heads up the second unit, and at this price, I’ll have some lineups with him.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (8800/4900/4400) – Edmonton travels to take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight, and that means I’ll take some shots with RNH. He was once the prized possession of the organization which now belongs to Connor McDavid, but that doesn’t mean he can’t score some goals. I’ll use him in tournaments tonight.

Jack Eichel (16100/7700/7800) – Eichel is another strong play today as the Sabres head to Florida to take on the Panthers. There isn’t too much to say about him other than he always has a chance to put up a big game, and because of that, I’ll take some shares of him against a weaker opponent.

Wings –

Max Domi (7500/4700/3800) – The wings tonight come in very, very cheap tonight, which isn’t a bad thing. Domi had a great rookie year, but hasn’t been as strong this year. That doesn’t mean he’s been awful though – he still has 38 points on the year. Minnesota defensively has fallen apart it seems, so I want some shares of the second year stud.

Paul Byron (7500/4500/3800) – Speaking of things that have completely fallen apart, let’s talk about the Detroit Red Wings. They have nothing left to play for here, so I expect them to put up little fight. Byron skates on the second line, has some upside on the road, and will make it into some of my lineups tonight.

Jordan Schroeder (6000/3200/3000) – Who is Jordan Schroeder? He’s a young guy playing for the aforementioned Minnesota Wild. While they have been scoring goals, they also score a lot. While it can be unpredictable who does the scoring, I’m willing to take a shot on a young player on the second line on the road as the season closes down.

Craig Smith (6400/3600/3200) – Nashville gets to take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight, who tend to give up a lot of points. That is enough to convince me to play some Smith tonight. He isn’t reliable, but he’ll put up some big games here and there, making him worth consideration in tournaments.

 

 

Defensemen –

Andrei Markov (10000/4700/4900) – We’ll spend up a little more at the defensemen position tonight, and we’ll start off with Andrei Markov. With Shea Weber out, Markov is now the lead dog. He’s able to get you offensive stats, and he’s someone you should have on your radar tonight.

Oscar Klefbom (11000/4400/5400) – The Canucks are just bad all around, so it makes sense to have some exposure to them tonight. Klefbom is a great option, as his price has fallen a bit, but he’s still an offensive threat on the Oilers team. I’ll have a lot of exposure tonight.

John Klingberg (10600/5300/5200) – Klingberg hasn’t come through for us the past few times we’ve gone there, but here’s to hoping tonight is different as the Stars take on the Avalanche. This is as good of an opportunity as it gets to get back on track, so I’ll have some of him tonight.

Justin Schultz (12000/5700/5900) – Schultz had been quiet for awhile before getting back on the score sheet the last two games. The Penguins will be heading to Toronto to take on a Maple Leafs team that give up a lot of goals. This is a great way to get some exposure, and he has a huge ceiling.

Goalies –

Edmonton Goalie – Edmonton gets a good matchup on the road against the Vancouver Canucks. Typically, I like my ownership to be at home, but I’m willing to make an exception tonight.

Dallas Goalie – I will also have some exposure to the Dallas goalie, though that is certainly a frustrating thought. The Avalanche are one of the worst road teams in the league, and a win is a good bet here.

 

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