FanDuel DFS NHL 10/12/17

NOTE: With Antti Niemi starting, Nikita Kucherov becomes a stronger pick tonight. However, it’s still tough to predict how Antti Raanta and the Coyotes will respond after the other night’s disastrous performance in Vegas, making Crawford the safer bet overall. But with Niemi in, consider original lineup.

NOTE: Kyle Okposo is a game-time decision for Buffalo tonight.

There are seven games on tonight’s slate with a lot of strong players up for grabs. My original lineup featured a value goalie and two value defensemen; however, the lineup was altered in order to accommodate Corey Crawford and his $8,900 price tag since so many of tonight’s matchups could go either way. The Blackhawks are by no means a lock, but Crawford’s play and the team’s performance thus far makes him a safe pick, and he should be a popular play across the board. In order to combat the uncertainty surrounding some of tonight’s matchups, today’s lineup is focused on consistent production. In fact, six of the eight skaters in the lineup have recorded at least one point in every game this season. NOTE: Depending on the confirmation of certain starting goalies throughout the day, I may make changes to the lineup and possibly use something closer to the original. My original lineup is listed at the bottom of the post.

NOTE: Dustin Byfuglien has been ruled OUT for tonight’s game against the Canucks.

Summary of Last Night’s Results

As anticipated, yesterday’s slate proved to be unpredictable. With a lot of surprising names on the scoresheet, there was tremendous parity in last night’s DFS contests. That being said, the lineup was successful and cashed.

The Washington Capitals did not really show up until the third period in the team’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on Washington’s second goal of the night, scored by Alex Ovechkin. Backstrom finished the night with an assist, a shot and a block for 11.2 fantasy points. However, Sidney Crosby, who was $2,500 more than Backstrom, finished the night with just 0.5 more fantasy points. Despite last year’s success against Pittsburgh, T.J. Oshie did not find the scoresheet last night and earned just 6.4 fantasy points with one shot and three blocks. Bryan Rust had a strong game, though, finishing the night with 18.1 fantasy points with a power-play assist, four shots and two blocks. It was Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos who had the most impressive performance in the game, scoring the first goal of his career and finishing the game with a goal, an assist, two shots and a block for 24.8 fantasy points.

Auston Matthews, who had a 60-plus percent ownership rate in FanDuel contests last night, scored a power-play marker in Toronto’s 6-3 loss to New Jersey; his goal, along with four shots, gave him 18.9 fantasy points on the night. New Jersey put up six goals on Toronto, though Taylor Hall was not involved in any of the scoring. Hall recorded four shots and a block for eight fantasy points. Jesper Bratt, who was moved to the second line with the return of Kyle Palmieri, extended his impressive point streak with a power-play assist and 13.3 fantasy points. Nikita Zaitsev also extended his point streak as he grabbed an assist and four blocks for 14.4 fantasy points. Torey Krug scored his first of the season on the power play in the third period against Colorado; he added three shots and came away with 17.3 fantasy points.

Lastly, Jonathan Quick and the Kings lost 4-3 in overtime to the visiting Calgary Flames. Quick finished the game with 10.4 fantasy points after making 33 saves and giving up four goals. Since Quick was not confirmed by the 7:30pm EST puck drop deadline, some of you may have swapped him out before the contests started. Mike Smith came away with 33.6 fantasy points; the second alternate lineup cashed easily with Riley Nash, Tyson Barrie and Smith adding strong performances to the contributions of Backstrom, Ovechkin, Nylander and Zaitsev.

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

Tonight’s Schedule

Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST ||
St. Louis @ Florida – 7:30pm EST ||
Dallas @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST ||
Minnesota @ Chicago – 8:30pm EST ||
Winnipeg @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST ||
Detroit @ Arizona – 10:00pm EST ||
Buffalo @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST ||

Starting Goalies

PIT: Antti Niemi (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed) ||
STL: Jake Allen (confirmed) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed) ||
DAL: Ben Bishop (confirmed) vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY) ||
MIN: Devan Dubnyk (LIKELY) vs. CHI: Corey Crawford (confirmed) ||
WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) ||
DET: Jimmy Howard (LIKELY) vs. ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed) ||
BUF: Robin Lehner (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)

For starting goalie updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock.


FanDuel DFS NHL 10/12/17 Lineup


  • Tyler Seguin ($8,400)

    Tyler Seguin has two goals in three games this season but has put together three solid fantasy performances, averaging 21.7 fantasy points per game. A lot of this is a result of his shot volume, as he recorded 19 shots in the first two games of the year. He had a more well-rounded game the other night with a power-play goal, five shots and a block for 22.1 fantasy points. No matter what, though, Seguin has been extremely involved offensively and has been very strong this season. He skates on Dallas’ top line and top power play unit and will face Pekka Rinne, who has given up eight goals in two games. Seguin tallied five points in five games against the Predators last season.

  • Brayden Point ($4,600)

    It’s almost criminal that Brayden Point is still so affordable, but take advantage of it while you can. Point has been incredible this year, scoring at least a goal and an assist in every game. He has three goals and seven points through three games and has averaged 28.7 fantasy points per game. That is insane value for his price tag, making him a must-start until this production dips. He centers Tampa Bay’s third line and skates on the team’s second power play unit. He will face a Pittsburgh team in the second half of a back-to-back.

    My Next Pick
    Paul Stastny ($4,700): Paul Stastny has points in every game this season, including a goal and four assists. He hasn’t had huge fantasy performances every night but has been consistent and is very affordable at just $4,700. Plus, Stastny gives you exposure to Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues’ top line. Stastny also skates on the team’s top power play unit. Consider fellow Blues center Brayden Schenn ($6,200) as well; he has two goals and five points in four games this season.

    Mark Scheifele ($7,600): Mark Scheifele has scored a goal in each of Winnipeg’s three games this season. He has averaged 23.5 fantasy points per game and has recorded a total of three goals and five points. Scheifele skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power play unit.

    Also consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,200), Jack Eichel ($7,400), Jonathan Toews ($7,100), Brayden Schenn ($6,200), Vincent Trocheck ($5,200), Dylan Larkin ($5,100), Bo Horvat ($5,000)

    VALUE: Martin Hanzal ($4,400), Jared McCann ($3,400)



  • Brandon Saad ($6,700)

    Brandon Saad has points in every game this season, with five goals and seven points through four games. He has averaged 27.5 fantasy points per game as well as 4.25 shots per game. Saad skates on Chicago’s first line and first power play unit. He has been a safe bet this season and continues to be a strong option, especially at just $6,700.

  • Evander Kane ($6,000)

    Similarly, Evander Kane remains a very strong option and continues to be priced extremely reasonably. He has four goals and six points in three games, including two goals in each of his last two games, and has averaged 38.3 fantasy points per game. His stats have been consistent, especially thanks to a very healthy shot volume; specifically, he has registered 26 shots so far this season for an average of 8.6 shots per night. Unfortunately, it appears as though Buffalo has moved Kane to a line with Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Clearly, things in Buffalo are not clicking as the team has failed to a win a game this season. However, Kane has been so dominant that it’s reasonable to assume he’ll continue to put up incredible fantasy numbers despite the line change. After all, he is set to play with two talented players more than capable of putting up big numbers.

  • Jaden Schwartz ($5,600)

    Jaden Schwartz also has points in every game this season, including two goals and seven points. He has averaged 21.3 fantasy points per game and has been very consistent. Like Saad and Kane, there’s a lot to like about Schwartz’s price tag. He skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power play unit.

  • Brock Boeser ($3,200)

    Brock Boeser will make his season debut tonight after leading the Canucks in preseason scoring with four goals and seven points. He is slated to start on the team’s top line with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi and is a threat to find the back of the net. His $3,200 price tag makes him a harmless option with promising upside.

    My Next Pick
    Nikita Kucherov ($8,300): Nikita Kucherov has scored a goal in all three of Tampa Bay’s contests and has three goals and five points so far this season. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power play unit and has averaged 23.5 fantasy points per game.

    Evgenii Dadonov ($4,200): Evgenii Dadonov has played well for Florida this season, scoring a goal and two assists in his first two games. He has averaged 16.6 fantasy points per game and skates on Florida’s first line and first power play unit.

    Also consider: Filip Forsberg ($7,500), Blake Wheeler ($7,000), Patric Hornqvist ($6,200), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100), Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,500), Radim Vrbata ($5,200), Anthony Mantha ($5,100), Richard Panik ($5,100), Vladislav Namestnikov ($4,800)

    VALUE: Tobias Rieder ($4,300), Bryan Rust ($4,200), Vladimir Sobotka ($3,700), Chris Stewart ($3,200)



  • John Klingberg ($5,800)

    Even though the Stars are 1-2 this season, John Klingberg has been strong in every game, averaging 22.4 fantasy points a night. He has two goals and four points through three games and has added 11 shots and five blocks. Klingberg plays on Dallas’ top power play unit.

  • Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)

    Alex Pietrangelo has had a great start to the season, tallying at least a point in every game. He has two goals and six points through four games and has averaged 23.5 fantasy points per game. Pietrangelo plays on the Blues’ first power play unit.

    My Next Pick
    Carl Gunnarsson ($3,500): Carl Gunnarsson has points in three out of four games this season, including two goals and an assist. He has averaged 14.4 fantasy points per game and has earned at least 15.2 fantasy points in three out of four games. Gunnarsson does not see time on St. Louis’ power play but could be a very strong value play given his performance so far this season.

    Jacob Trouba ($4,600): Jacob Trouba has just one point in three games this season but has recorded strong peripheral stats to give him an average of 13.9 fantasy points per game. His 11 shots and eight blocks have helped him earn at least 11.2 fantasy points in each game. With Dustin Byfuglien out of the lineup again, Trouba will take over top power play duties.

    Also consider: P.K. Subban ($6,100), Mike Green ($4,900)

    VALUE: Olli Maatta ($4,100), Joel Edmundson ($3,800), Jan Rutta ($3,500), Samuel Girard ($3,500), Cody Franson ($3,500)



  • Corey Crawford ($8,900)

    The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to one of the hottest starts in the NHL and have yet to lose a game in regulation. Corey Crawford is 3-0 and has surrendered just one goal per game. He is averaging 34.9 fantasy points and 33.6 saves per game and was 3-1 against Minnesota last season. Though tonight could present some strong value performances in net, Crawford likely is the safest option and should be a fairly popular play.

    Also consider: Jimmy Howard ($7,900), Jacob Markstrom ($7,900)


FanDuel DFS NHL 10/12/17 Lineup

  • C: Tyler Seguin ($8,400)
  • C: Brayden Point ($4,600)
  • W: Brandon Saad ($6,700)
  • W: Evander Kane ($6,000)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($5,600)
  • W: Brock Boeser ($3,200)
  • D: John Klingberg ($5,800)
  • D: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)
  • G: Corey Crawford ($8,900)


  • C: Tyler Seguin ($8,400)
  • C: Brayden Point ($4,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,300)
  • W: Brandon Saad ($6,700)
  • W: Evander Kane ($6,000)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($5,600)
  • D: Joel Edmundson ($3,800)
  • D: Carl Gunnarsson ($3,500)
  • G: Jimmy Howard ($7,900)


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    1. Sorry, I didn’t see this. I was on my out so that’s why I suggested a DM on Twitter since I can see that on my phone. I haven’t seen all the scores yet but I hope you were able to settle on an ok combination.

    1. No problem! Sorry I couldn’t respond quickly last night. I am higher on the Lightning with Niemi in, though I do not think Niemi will be as bad as he was in his first start. Kucherov didn’t have crazy numbers against PIT last year but I think Niemi is definitely more susceptible than Matt Murray (and Fleury from last season). That being said, it looks like Roman Josi is not ready to return to Nashville’s lineup tonight, which means Subban should have more involvement/opportunities (like he did against the Flyers the other night). I haven’t seen much from Hedman YET this year so it’s hard to say to be honest. I might lean towards Subban for those two reasons, but it’s tough to say since Hedman could break out any night…

      1. If you have other questions, you may be better off sending me a DM through Twitter (@JillianSydney) because I may not be near my laptop. Best of luck tonight!

    1. Thanks so much, John! I like Forsberg, especially after his game the other night. His only “off” night this year was against Pittsburgh after Pittsburgh got blown out, so I do like Forsberg for tonight.

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