NHL DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 4/9/17

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:

Ivan Barbashev (5500/3100/2800) – Let’s start things off tonight with a strong value play. Barbashev is sitting on the top line with one of the top goal scorers in all of the NHL, so he has to be in play tonight. The Colorado Avalanche are a bad team, and this is a great situation for the young man.

Connor McDavid (17600/9100/8500) – Connor McDavid is another guy who is young, but his talents are amongst the best in the NHL already. On home ice and skating against one of the worst defenses in the NHL, there is little question that he would make our list tonight.

Wings –

Alex Ovechkin (17700/8600/8500) – Ovechkin is another guy who finds himself in a terrific situation tonight as he takes on the Florida Panthers on home ice. The Panthers are not a tough team defensively at all, so this could be another situation for Ovi to come through with a big game.

Vladimir Tarasenko (16100/8100/7700) – If we are going to talk about his linemates, why not talk about the most potent guy in this lineup? Tarasenko should have a field day today against an underwhelming Colorado team, and comes in as our top play of the day.

Defensemen –

Alex Pietrangelo (12400/6000/6100) – There should be nothing surprising here. The Avalanche will give up a few goals, and it could get ugly. Pietrangelo has a high percentage chance of getting the job done tonight and that is exactly why he is here. The upside is huge and I’ll gladly take a risk on him.

Andrej Sekera (9100/4000/4500) – Let’s try to save some money one more time tonight and offer up Sekera. I expect the Oilers to score some goals tonight, and Sekera is a reasonably priced way to get to them. I think he should be able to come through with a big game tonight.

Goalies –

Edmonton Goalie – I don’t like playing goalies on the road, but this matchup is too good and I think he should be able to put together a strong enough game to make his owners happy.

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