FanDuel DFS NHL 10/11/17

NOTE: Kyle Palmieri is IN tonight for NJ; he’ll play on top line, with Jesper Bratt moving to the second line. Jaromir Jagr ($3,400) will make his Flames debut tonight against Los Angeles. Patrice Bergeron remains OUT for Boston. NOTE: There are a few alternate lineups at the bottom of the post.

There are five games on tonight’s slate, including the season’s first installment of Wednesday Night Rivalry as the Washington Capitals take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. NOTE: In all honesty, I don’t have a great feeling about this slate. The Caps-Pens game could go either way. It also could be high-scoring or a nail-biter; it’s tough to say. The same can be said of a few of the other games, such as Calgary @ Los Angeles. That being said, there are a few picks that make sense. Just keep in mind that tonight’s slate could be a tough one.

Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup was a strong success. Six out of nine players registered at least 21.6 fantasy points and two of the remaining three found the scoresheet. The lone disappointing performance in the lineup was Jan Rutta, who finally came back down to earth after his impressive start to the season. That being said, his minimal contribution wasn’t too costly, especially for a $3,500 pick.

Mika Zibanejad kept his goal-scoring streak alive as he tallied a power-play goal and added five shots and a block for a total of 22.1 fantasy points. Tyler Seguin finished with the exact same stat line as the Stars won the team’s first of the year. Brandon Saad found the scoresheet for the fourth straight game with a goal, four shots and two blocks, good for 21.6 fantasy points. All three Blues in the lineup found the scoresheet, with Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo tallying assists on the insurance marker late in the third. Pietrangelo had a disappointing night compared to previous performances but still finished the night with an assist and a shot. Sobotka once again proved to be a strong value pick as he contributed an assist, a shot and a block for 11.2 fantasy points, which is good value for $3,700. Jaden Schwartz, however, had a big game, finishing the night with a goal, an assist, three shots and two blocks for 28 fantasy points. Lastly, the Vegas Golden Knights had a remarkable home opener after an emotional pregame ceremony held to honor the victims of the recent tragedy as well as honor first responders and other heroes involved. The team scored four goals in the first period and went on to win by a final score of 5-2. Marc-Andre Fleury won his third straight game of the season with 31 saves and 28.8 fantasy points. James Neal scored two of the four first-period goals, one of which came on the man advantage; he earned 29.3 fantasy points on the night.

Check out FTA’s FanDuel NHL Strategy Guide for tips on building winning lineups.

Tonight’s Schedule

New Jersey @ Toronto – 7:30pm EST
Pittsburgh @ Washington – 7:30pm EST
Boston @ Colorado – 9:30pm EST
NY Islanders @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
Calgary @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST

Starting Goalies

NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
PIT: Matt Murray (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. COL: Semyon Varlamov (confirmed)
NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed) vs. ANA: John Gibson (confirmed)
CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. LAK:

For starting goalie updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock.


FanDuel DFS NHL 10/11/17 Lineup


  • Nicklas Backstrom ($6,300)

    Nicklas Backstrom is coming off a strong three-point performance against the Lightning and has five points in his last two games. He centers Washington’s top line and quarterbacks the team’s top power play unit. Backstrom scored four goals and 12 points in four regular-season games against Pittsburgh last season, making him very much worth consideration for tonight. He has averaged 16.8 fantasy points per game this season and is priced fairly reasonably at $6,300.

  • Auston Matthews ($7,900)

    While it’s tempting to go with Sidney Crosby in this slot, which is something many people will do, Auston Matthews has been a consistent play as well and is a full $1,100 cheaper. He plays on Toronto’s first line and first power play unit and has averaged 23.1 fantasy points per game so far this season. Matthews has two goals and five points in three games. He scored three goals and six points in three games against New Jersey last season.

    My Next Pick
    Sidney Crosby ($9,000): Sidney Crosby has points in every game this year and has a total of one goal and five points through three games. He plays on Pittsburgh’s first line and first power play unit. Crosby has averaged 19.8 fantasy points per game so far this season. As a result of this as well as his expensive price tag, Matthews has the edge for tonight. However, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ($8,300) should be popular picks in tonight’s contests.

    Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,000): Evgeny Kuznetsov has points in all three games this season and has eight assists on the year. In fact, he leads the league in scoring with eight points through the Capitals’ first three games. He gets the benefit of playing with Alex Ovechkin ($8,800), who scored seven goals in the first two games of the year. Kuzy plays on the team’s first power play unit.

    Also consider: Ryan Getzlaf ($7,300), Nazem Kadri ($6,100), Tyler Bozak ($5,400), Ryan Spooner ($4,100), VALUE: Jaromir Jagr ($3,500), VALUE: Nick Shore ($3,200), VALUE: Riley Nash ($3,000)



  • Jesper Bratt ($3,700)

    Jesper Bratt has turned many heads in his first few games of the season, potting a goal and an assist in the Devils’ season opener and two goals and an assist in the second game of the year. He has averaged 38.8 fantasy points per game this season. Bratt skates on New Jersey’s first line and second power play unit. He should be a popular and save value option in tonight’s contests.

  • T.J. Oshie ($6,000)

    T.J. Oshie has points in back-to-back games as he has picked up three goals and four points in those two contests. Oshie skates on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky. Like Backstrom, Oshie had great numbers against Pittsburgh last season, scoring three goals and 10 points in four games. Oshie skates on Washington’s first line and first power play unit.

  • Taylor Hall ($7,100)

    Taylor Hall has had a strong fantasy season so far with an average of 21 fantasy points per game. He is coming off a two-assist performance and has a favorable matchup against Frederik Andersen, who has given up 10 goals in three games. Hall skates on the Devils’ top line (with Bratt) as well as on the team’s first power play unit.

  • Bryan Rust ($4,200)

    Bryan Rust has been moved up to the top line to play with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. He tallied two assists in his last game, finishing the night with 19.2 fantasy points. His $4,200 price tag makes him an interesting option, especially considering he gives you exposure to Crosby.

    My Next Pick
    Alex Ovechkin ($8,800): Alex Ovechkin came out of the gate and scored hat tricks in each of his first two games, making him the first NHL player to do that in 100 years. He didn’t score in his most recent game, instead finishing the game with four shots and a block for eight fantasy points. He easily could explode for three more goals tonight; at the same time, he could be held off the scoresheet. It’s very tough to know, which makes tonight challenging. But he could be in the lineup later today, so make sure to check back in.

    Connor Brown ($3,700): Connor Brown is another solid option as a value play in tonight’s contests. He scored a goal and an assist in his most recent game, finishing the night with 26.4 fantasy points.

    Also consider: David Pastrnak ($7,400), Phil Kessel ($7,400), William Nylander ($6,500), Jake Guentzel ($6,500), James van Riemsdyk ($5,900), Jakub Vrana ($4,300)



  • Nikita Zaitsev ($4,700)

    Nikita Zaitsev has back-to-back games with a goal and an assist and has averaged 20.8 fantasy points through three games. In fact, Zatisev has earned at least 14.4 fantasy points per game this season. What’s most impressive is that Zaitsev isn’t featured on either of Toronto’s power plays but is still putting in strong performances.

  • Torey Krug ($5,400)

    Torey Krug has appeared in one of two Bruins games this season and did not have a strong fantasy outing. However, the Bruins should be eager to right the ship early on, and Krug and his shot from the point could be a big part of that. His $5,400 price tag is very reasonable, and there aren’t a whole lot of other strong choices for tonight’s contests.

    My Next Pick
    Will Butcher ($4,300): Will Butcher was a highly-acclaimed college free agent and decided to sign with the Devils in the offseason. He made the team out of training camp and now finds himself on the team’s second power play unit.

    Also consider: Mark Giordano ($6,400), John Carlson ($5,300), Damon Severson ($4,100), Charlie McAvoy ($4,200, Olli Maatta ($4,100)



  • Jonathan Quick ($9,000)

    Tonight’s a tough call as far as goaltending is concerned. Jonathan Quick has been outstanding and has given up just one goal through two contests. Mike Smith has played very well too, though. But in the end, the Kings have the odds to win tonight.

    Also consider: Frederik Andersen ($8,600), Mike Smith ($8,200), Semyon Varlamov ($7,900), Jaroslav Halak ($7,500)


FanDuel DFS NHL 10/11/17 Lineup

  • C: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,300)
  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • W: Jesper Bratt ($3,700)
  • W: T.J. Oshie ($6,000)
  • W: Taylor Hall ($7,100)
  • W: Bryan Rust ($4,200)
  • D: Nikita Zaitsev ($4,700)
  • D: Torey Krug ($5,400)
  • G: Jonathan Quick ($9,000)



  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,000)
  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
  • W: T.J. Oshie ($6,000)
  • W: Connor Brown ($3,700)
  • W: Jesper Bratt ($3,700)
  • D: Nikita Zaitsev ($4,700)
  • D: Brandon Carlo ($3,600)
  • G: Jaroslav Halak ($7,500)



  • C: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500)
  • C: Riley Nash ($3,000)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
  • W: William Nylander ($6,500)
  • W: T.J. Oshie ($6,000)
  • W: Jake Guentzel ($6,500)
  • D: Nikita Zaitsev ($4,700)
  • D: Tyson Barrie ($4,900)
  • G: Mike Smith ($8,200)


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  1. New to the article. When you add alternate lineups, does that mean that the last alternate lineup is the optimal, or are they just other options?

    Thanks for the advice!

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