FanDuel and DraftKings NHL DFS – Friday 3/29/19


There are six games on tonight’s slate, with Detroit being the only team skating in the second half of a back-to-back. The Blues, Predators, Devils, Ducks and Knights also play tomorrow. Pittsburgh could be without Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang as they take on the Predators for the second time in eight days.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
NSH @ PIT – 7:00pm EST
STL @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
NJD @ DET – 7:30pm EST
ARI @ COL – 9:00pm EST
ANA @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
MIN @ VGK – 10:00pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Aleksander Barkov and the rest of FLA 1 had a solid night; Barkov tallied two assists, one shot and one block for 19.2 FanDuel and 5 DraftKings fantasy points. Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov combined for three goals, five points and seven shots. Alexander Radulov also found the scoresheet with a power-play goal against the Oilers, good for 14.1 FD and 3.5 DK FP. The Stars had a weak night in general, managing just 22 shots in 65 minutes of hockey. Fortunately, Dallas came out on top, which meant Anton Khudobin picked up the win; he made 40 saves and earned 36 FD and 9 DK FP. Sergei Bobrovsky also came away victorious but faced just 28 shots, which limited his upside. He got the win, however, coming away with 24.8 FD and 6.2 DK FP. Taro Hirose worked his magic once again, tallying an assist on the game-winning overtime goal; he came up with 14.4 FD and 4 DK FP, which was excellent value for his $3,000 and $2,600 price tags. Additionally, Alex Edler and Thomas Chabot found the scoresheet as well; Edler scored a power-play goal and picked up 20.5 FD and 5.5 DK FP, while Chabot recorded an assist, two shots and a block for 12.8 FD and 3.5 DK FP.

The top stack was FLA 1, which combined for three goals and seven points. OTT 1, DAL PP1, EDM 1, CAR 1, CHI PP1, SJS 1 and 3, WPG PP1, VAN 2 and the DET hybrid all found their way onto the scoresheet. LAK 1 did not do anything against Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko, who had a strong game.

As for other players highlighted in yesterday’s article, Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tyler Seguin all found the scoresheet, though Andreas Athanasiou was held to just four shots for 6.4 FD and 2 DK FP. Alex Ovechkin and Kyle Connor also had disappointing nights, though Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and an assist and earned 28 FD and 7.5 DK FP. Other one-offs recommended in chat were Sam Reinhart (16 FD, 4.5 DK), Anthony Mantha (26.1 FD, 6.5 DK), Tomas Hertl (33.8 FD, 8.5 DK) and Timo Meier (18.4 FD, 5 DK).


Center

Nathan MacKinnon (FD: $8,400; DK: $8,100) and the Avs will have a tough matchup against the Coyotes, who are playing very strong defense in front of netminder Darcy Kuemper. However, MacKinnon provides an excellent floor through shot volume, and he’s generally involved if Colorado finds the scoresheet. He has three points in two games against Arizona this season, and he’s averaging 19.7 FanDuel and 5.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game this year; he skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit.

Dylan Larkin (FD: $7,100; DK: $6,700) had a massive game last night, scoring two goals on TWELVE shots for 43.2 FanDuel and 12 DraftKings fantasy points. Larkin now has goals in back-to-back games, and he’ll have a favorable matchup once again tonight against the visiting Devils. Larkin is averaging 16.2 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. Andreas Athanasiou (FD: $5,800; DK: $5,800) has also played very well of late, though it was all DET 1 last night in Buffalo. Athanasiou has five goals and seven points in his last six games; he skates on Detroit’s second line and first power-play unit.

Sam Steel (FD: $4,000; DK: $3,000) exploded for three goals the other night against Los Angeles, which is definitely not something to expect for tonight. That being said, Steel remains a solid value option. He was moved down to the team’s third line to play with Troy Terry and Kiefer Sherwood, and the trio had an excellent game the other night. Calgary has been very stingy of late, but Steel will avoid the difficult CGY 2 matchup, and it won’t take much for him to hit value, especially since he sees time on the power play.

Also consider
FanDuel: William Karlsson ($6,700), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,500), Paul Stastny ($5,700), Adam Henrique ($4,800), Tyson Jost ($3,900)

DraftKings: Ryan O’Reilly ($6,600), William Karlsson ($5,600), Paul Stastny ($5,400), Eric Staal ($4,900), Adam Henrique ($4,200), Oskar Sundqvist ($3,400), Tyson Jost ($3,400), Derek Ryan ($3,200), Devin Shore ($3,200), Victor Rask ($2,500)


Winger

Rickard Rakell (FD: $6,400; DK: $5,900) has goals in three straight games, scoring four goals and five points on 10 shots in that span. He skates on Anaheim’s first line and first power-play unit. Like Steel, Rakell will have a difficult matchup against the Flames, but he’s been getting it done of late.

Anthony Mantha (FD: $4,900; DK: $5,600) and Tyler Bertuzzi (FD: $3,900; DK: $3,900; DK: $3,700) both had multi-point performances last night as DET 1 had a massive game against the Sabres. Mantha tallied three assists for 26.1 FanDuel and 6.5 DraftKings fantasy points, while Bertuzzi scored two goals and an assist and finished the night with 38.9 FanDuel and 10 DraftKings fantasy points. New Jersey has been one of the worst road teams in the NHL all year, so this is another solid matchup for the Red Wings.

UPDATE: Tuch on VGK 3 with Pacioretty back in the lineup.
Alex Tuch (FD: $4,300) will face his former team tonight as the Knights look to snap a three-game losing streak. The Knights have struggled against Minnesota over the last two years, and opposing netminder Devan Dubnyk sports a 3-0-1 record in four games against Vegas. However, Tuch is coming off a strong performance in which he scored a goal and an assist, and he’s skating on the team’s second line in place of Max Pacioretty, putting him in a strong spot to succeed. Reilly Smith (FD: $6,400; DK: $6,200) has played very well in recent games as well but is not nearly as affordable as Tuch is on FanDuel (Tuch is overpriced on DraftKings). Smith skates on the team’s first line and first power-play unit and has points in five out of his last six games.

Alexander Kerfoot (FD: $3,400; DK: $3,800) is a freebie on FanDuel and is still very inexpensive on DraftKings if you want some COL 1 exposure without breaking the bank. Obviously Arizona is in must-win mode, so it’ll be difficult to beat Darcy Kuemper. However, Colorado has played very well, and Kerfoot has come through in recent games. In fact, he has hit value in four games in a row with one goal, three assists, four shots and two blocks in that stretch; Kerfoot skates on Colorado’s first line and first power-play unit. Note: COL lines/advice will be updated in chat if Landeskog/Rantanen return to the lineup.

Taro Hirose (FD: $3,000; DK: $2,700) picked up an assist yet again last night, extending his NHL-opening point streak to five games. Detroit has a favorable matchup once again tonight, and he only needs a few shots to hit value; since he continues to exceed value, I’m going to continue to play him.

Also consider
FanDuel: Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,100), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,700), Zach Parise ($6,600), Brayden Schenn ($5,900), David Perron ($5,900), Michael Frolik ($4,400), Blake Coleman ($4,200), Kenny Agostino ($4,100), Ryan Donato ($3,700), Michael Grabner ($3,600), Patrick Maroon ($3,600), Troy Terry ($3,600)

DraftKings: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,000), Jonathan Marchessault ($6,500), David Perron ($6,000), Brayden Schenn ($5,300), Michael Frolik ($4,400), Patric Hornqvist ($4,400), Pavel Buchnevich ($4,100), Patrick Maroon ($3,100), Kenny Agostino ($2,900)


Defense

Mark Giordano (FD: $7,000; DK: $6,700) has not found the scoresheet in two games but has put up an impressive 15 shots one block in that span, good for an average of 12.8 FanDuel and 4 DraftKings fantasy points per game. His price tag is a bit steep, but that’s a very nice floor for cash contests, especially given his potential upside. Giordano skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit, so if the Flames are able to get on the board, there’s a good chance he’ll be involved. That’s also true since he averages between 21-24 minutes a night, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to accumulate fantasy points. He’s averaging 16.4 FanDuel and 4.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season, and he has one assist, eight shots and five blocks in two games against the Ducks this year.

Tyson Barrie (FD: $6,300; DK: $6,300), like MacKinnon, Kerfoot, etc., will have a difficult matchup tonight against the desperate Coyotes. However, Barrie has been great of late, recording points in six out of his last seven games and earning at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in 12 out of his last 13 games. He skates on the Avalanche’s top power-play unit and has one goal, eight shots and three blocks in two games against the ‘Yotes this season.

Also consider
FanDuel: Roman Josi ($6,500), Alex Pietrangelo ($6,200), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Shea Theodore ($4,400), Travis Hamonic ($4,200), Vince Dunn ($3,800), Tony DeAngelo ($3,700), Jason Demers ($3,500), Jakob Chychrun ($3,500), John Gilmour ($3,500), Brad Hunt ($3,500)

DraftKings: Roman Josi ($6,400), Alex Pietrangelo ($6,000), Shea Theodore ($4,600), Ryan Suter ($4,500), Jared Spurgeon ($4,200), John Gilmour ($3,300), Brad Hunt ($2,800), Jason Demers ($2,600)


Goalie

Goalies will be discussed in chat once starters have been confirmed.




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