FanDuel and DraftKings DFS NHL – Thursday 3/7/19


We have a massive 11-game slate on tap tonight in DFS NHL, giving us a ton of options from which to choose. Vancouver, Calgary and St. Louis all played last night as well.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
FLA @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
CBJ @ PIT – 7:00pm EST
MIN @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
NYI @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
NYR @ DET – 7:30pm EST
COL @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
BUF @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
VAN @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
CGY @ ARI – 9:00pm EST
STL @ LAK – 10:30pm EST
MTL @ SJS – 10:30pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s main FanDuel line was a bubble lineup (though the other two pinned lineups both cashed), and the main DraftKings line cashed. Travis Sanheim was a killer on both sites, as he managed just two blocks despite a recent hot stretch. Alex Edler was one of the recommended defensemen in yesterday’s post, and he was definitely the better play. However, Shea Theodore had another strong game, scoring a power-play goal and adding three shots and three blocks for 22.1 fantasy points. Frederik Andersen and the Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead, which was another costly performance. I was on Marc-Andre Fleury all day and had him in multiple lineups but decided for the “main” line that the “safer” option was better, especially since it was a four-game slate and Andersen figured to be the chalky cash option. He was, but it was a very disappointing result as he managed just 10.4 FanDuel FP and 2.6 DraftKings FP. Fleury, on the other hand, earned 34.4 FD FP.

My core of Sean Couturier, Alex Ovechkin and Mitch Marner came through, with all three finding the scoresheet. Couturier tallied two assists, four shots and a block for 24 FD FP and 6.5 DK FP, while Ovechkin scored a goal and assist but came oh so close to adding a second goal (Ivan Provorov stopped the puck on the goal line). He still finished the night with 23.7 FD FP and 6 DK FP. Marner managed a short-handed assist and four shots for 16.4 FD FP and 5 DK FP. If you went with Andreas Johnsson, he recorded two shots and two blocks for 6.4 FD FP, though he had very high ownership. Oskar Lindblom earned 16 FD FP. Brandon Pirri was the FanDuel value play, and though he came away with just 4.8 FD FP, he had three great scoring chances in Vegas’ game against Calgary and came very close to finding the scoresheet on multiple occasions; David Rittich had a strong game for Calgary, which led to the light contribution from the third-liner. On DraftKings, Reilly Smith tallied an assist, one shot and one block for 3 DK FP. Michael Del Zotto had shots taken away from him but finished the night with 1 DK FP, which was not a great return but still not too harmful considering his price tag. Fortunately, both Brayden Schenn and William Nylander came through with strong performances; Schenn scored a goal and an assist and came away with 6.5 DK FP, while Nylander recorded three shots and two blocks for 2.5 DK FP, which was a solid return on his $3,600 price tag. Lars Eller missed part of the game after losing several teeth, and he wasn’t a part of the goal when his line scored, so he had a quiet night with just two shots (though he made it possible to accommodate the more expensive wingers).

TUESDAY NIGHT’S RESULTS: Both FanDuel lines and both DraftKings lines cashed on Tuesday night. Sidney Crosby had another huge game, scoring a goal and two assists on three shots for 33.3 FanDuel and 8.5 DraftKings fantasy points. Jared McCann also chipped in an assist, two shots and two blocks for 14.4 FD FP and 4 DK FP. Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs’ top line finally had the breakout performance we’ve been waiting for; MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist on four shots for 28 FD FP, while Gabriel Landeskog chipped in a power-play assist, three shots and a block for 4 DK FP. Brock Nelson scored a goal on five shots and added a block for 21.6 FD FP, and Nick Leddy recorded an assist, two shots and three blocks for a total of 4.5 DK FP. Unfortunately, Robin Lehner was injured in the high-scoring affair against the Senators; Thomas Greiss replaced Lehner, made two saves and got credit for the win. Fortunately, Lehner’s ownership was insane on FanDuel so it wasn’t too costly. However, Darcy Kuemper also failed to get credit for a win considering the Coyotes came up short against the Ducks; he stopped 28 shots but earned just 2.6 DK FP.

Nikita Kucherov, Cam Atkinson and Craig Smith all found the scoresheet; Kucherov tallied two power-play assists and two shots for 21.8 FD FP and 6 DK FP, while Atkinson scored Columbus’ only goal of the night, adding three shots for 16.8 FD FP (Artemi Panarin had a rough night in the surprisingly low-scoring game, picking up just 0.7 DK FP with one shot and a shootout goal). Craig Smith scored on one shot for 13.6 FD FP, while Evgenii Dadonov came up with a goose-egg performance despite getting moved to Florida’s top line. Justin Schultz had massive ownership but earned just 4.8 FD FP and 1.5 DK FP; Mikhail Sergachev contributed 4.8 FD FP as well, though Tyler Myers managed 8 FD FP. Vincent Trocheck scored a goal and added four shots and two blocks for 6 DK FP, while value centers Kyle Turris and Jordan Staal were held to 0 and 1 DK FP, respectively.

(The images below are from both of the FanDuel lines).


Center

Top Play — Sidney Crosby (FD: $9,500; DK: $7,800)

Sidney Crosby is on an absolute tear right now and could very well continue his hot streak tonight against the visiting Blue Jackets. Crosby has put together five consecutive multi-point games and has points in 11 out of his last 12 games. He has racked up five goals and 13 points on his current five-game point streak in which he has scored at least a goal and an assist in every game. That includes a goal and an assist along with four shots and a block for 28 FanDuel and 7.5 DraftKings fantasy points against Columbus just a few games ago. He is on fire, and while he’s the most expensive skater on FanDuel, he has been worth his price tag in recent games.

Also consider
FanDuel: Jack Eichel ($8,400), Nathan MacKinnon ($8,200), Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Dylan Larkin ($7,300), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,500), Tomas Hertl ($6,200), Dylan Strome ($6,000), Brock Nelson ($5,900), David Krejci ($5,800), Casey Mittelstadt ($3,900), Evan Rodrigues ($3,900), Brad Richardson ($3,600), Jordan Weal ($3,300)

DraftKings: Connor McDavid ($7,700), Jack Eichel ($7,600), Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500), Patrice Bergeron ($7,300), Jonathan Toews ($7,200), Tyler Seguin ($7,100), Dylan Larkin ($6,800), Tomas Hertl ($6,400), David Krejci ($5,500), Dylan Strome ($5,400), Anthony Cirelli ($3,700), Oscar Lindberg ($3,200), Jordan Weal ($2,600), Eric Fehr ($2,500)


Winger

Leon Draisaitl (FD: $8,500; DK: $6,500)

Both Nikita Kucherov (FD: $9,300; DK: $7,700) and Patrick Kane (FD: $9,100; DK: $8,000) are great options on tonight’s slate, but another top choice who saves a little salary (especially on DraftKings) is Leon Draisaitl, who has points in 11 straight games. Draisaitl skates on Edmonton’s top line and top power-play unit and has already hit the 40-goal and 80-point plateaus this season. He has nine goals and 17 points during his current 11-game point streak, averaging 22 FanDuel fantasy points and 5.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that stretch. He has one goal and two assists in three games against Vancouver this season. There’s a possibility he may not be worth the price tag on FanDuel (it will depend on starting goalies and other news), though he’s an absolute steal and a lock for me on DraftKings tonight.

Value Play — Jared McCann (FD: $4,500; DK: $4,200)

Jared McCann has enjoyed a lot of success over the last few games since joining the Penguins’ top line. He has three goals and five points in his last four games, good for an average of 17.8 FanDuel fantasy points and 4.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that span. McCann does not get time on the power play but provides inexpensive exposure to both Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel; plus, he scored two goals when these teams met in Columbus just a few games ago.

Also consider
FanDuel: Nikita Kucherov ($9,300), Patrick Kane ($9,100), Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,300), Jake Guentzel ($7,800), Mikko Rantanen ($7,300), Brendan Gallagher ($7,100), Jake DeBrusk ($6,200), Alexander Radulov ($5,700), Brayden Schenn ($5,700), Timo Meier ($5,200), Frank Vatrano ($4,300), Zack Kassian ($4,300), Josh Leivo ($3,900), Marcus Sorensen ($3,700), Ryan Donato ($3,600), Jason Pominville ($3,500), Robert Thomas ($3,500), Sam Gagner ($3,400), Peter Cehlarik ($3,200), Filip Zadina ($3,100)

DraftKings: Patrick Kane ($8,000), Nikita Kucherov ($7,700), Brad Marchand ($7,300), Vladimir Tarasenko ($6,900), Jake Guentzel ($6,700), Alex DeBrincat ($6,500), Brendan Gallagher ($6,500), Jeff Skinner ($6,400), Jake DeBrusk ($5,600), Jamie Benn ($5,400), Brayden Schenn ($4,600), Vladislav Namestnikov ($3,400), Jason Pominville ($3,400), Filip Zadina ($3,100), Peter Cehlarik ($3,000), Lawson Crouse ($3,000), Josh Leivo ($2,900), Marcus Sorensen ($2,900), Robert Thomas ($3,500)


Defense

Elite Play — Mark Giordano (FD: $6,700; DK: $6,200)

Mark Giordano has three goals and seven points in three games against the Coyotes this season, and he and the Flames will be eager to bounce back after losing their third straight game last night. Giordano skates on the Flames’ top power-play unit and recorded six shots and four blocks for 16 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points last night despite not finding the scoresheet. Though he hasn’t been nearly as productive in recent games as he was earlier this season, Giordano has great numbers against the Coyotes and has points in four out of his last five games.

FanDuel Play — Alex Edler ($4,000)

Once again, Alex Edler is a top value recommendation on FanDuel. He had a huge game last night with the game-winning goal as well as six shots and five blocks, and he should provide value tonight in Edmonton. He skates on Vancouver’s top power-play unit and has recorded five blocks in three straight games since returning to the Canucks’ lineup.

Value Play — Victor Mete (FD: $3,500; DK: 2,800)

Victor Mete is now skating on Montreal’s top power-play unit, making him a solid value choice on both sites. He tallied two assists the other night against Los Angeles and has three points in his last three games. Also consider Brandon Carlo (on DraftKings at $3,000), who is coming off a massive performance in which he tallied an assist, nine shots and two blocks for 7.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He has earned at least 2 DK fantasy points in five straight games.

Also consider
FanDuel: Victor Hedman ($6,300), John Klingberg ($6,200), Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,500), Justin Schultz ($4,500), Ryan Pulock ($4,300), Filip Hronek ($3,800), Alec Martinez ($3,800), Tim Heed ($3,500), Devon Toews ($3,500)

DraftKings: Victor Hedman ($6,100), John Klingberg ($5,900), Erik Gustafsson ($5,600), Alex Pietrangelo ($5,500), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,700), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,500), Devon Toews ($3,700), Filip Hronek ($3,700), Nick Leddy ($3,600), Tim Heed ($3,100), Brandon Carlo ($3,000), Michael Del Zotto ($2,900)


Goalie

Goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock once additional starters have been confirmed. Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,100) is very affordable on DraftKings, and if Thatcher Demko is in net for the Canucks then Mikko Koskinen ($7,600) could be an intriguing option on FanDuel. However, there will be 22 choices so final recommendations will be made in chat.




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Featured image credit: Graham Hughes-AP Photo

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