Tonight’s lineup is for FanDuel’s Main Slate, which includes the four evening games starting at 7:00pm EST. This includes Chicago @ Toronto, Washington @ Tampa Bay, Winnipeg @ Edmonton and Calgary @ Anaheim; some of these matchups should make for interesting games. If you are competing in the Early Only slate, here are some strong plays worthy of consideration:
Some Strong Plays in Early Only Slate
- Centers: Brayden Schenn ($5,600), Paul Stastny ($4,700), Jack Eichel ($7,300)
- Wingers: Evander Kane ($5,400), David Pastrnak ($7,300), Kyle Palmieri ($5,400–IF HE PLAYS), Jaden Schwartz ($5,400), Vladimir Sobotka ($3,700), Jimmy Hayes ($3,100–skated with Hischier and Johansson Sunday in practice), Taylor Hall ($6,700)
- Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,600), Charlie McAvoy ($4,400), Will Butcher ($4,000)
- Goalies: Cory Schneider ($8,100), Jake Allen ($8,600)
NOTE: Nick Schmaltz will NOT play in tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.
Summary of Saturday’s Results (10/7/17)
Saturday’s lineup cashed successfully but had varied performances throughout the lineup. Specifically, the Edmonton Oilers had a very tough night in the team’s 3-2 loss to Vancouver. The team as a whole was largely ineffective, with Connor McDavid finishing with just two shots on goal. Similarly, defenseman Oscar Klefbom finished with just two shots and three blocks for eight fantasy points. If you went with Kris Russell instead you at least got another solid outing from him as he scored a goal and finished the night with two points and 23.7 fantasy points. The Oilers, especially goaltender Cam Talbot, appeared asleep from the start. Talbot eventually was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots. In total, the three Edmonton players combined for 2.4 fantasy points, which was a disastrous performance. Further, Artemi Panarin had an uneventful night in his return to Chicago, registering just one shot on goal for the game. Clayton Keller had a quiet night as well, getting 6.4 fantasy points for three shots and a block as he and the Coyotes ran into the red-hot Marc-Andre Fleury.
Luckily, however, several other players in the lineup had strong enough games that the lineup still was able to cash relatively easily. The best performance of the night was by Evander Kane, who came away with 52 fantasy points. Kane scored two shorthanded goals and an assist and finished the night with eight shots and two blocks; he is a must-start option for the time being after his first two games of the year, especially at his price point. Brayden Point had another strong night, scoring a goal and an assist and grabbing 23.2 fantasy points. Brandon Saad had another excellent game with a power-play goal, an assist and five shots for 28.5 fantasy points. Lastly, Alex Pietrangelo also had another solid game; he registered two assists (one on the power play), three shots and one block, finishing the night with 22.9 fantasy points.
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Tonight’s Main Slate Schedule
Chicago @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST
Washington @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
Winnipeg @ Edmonton – 9:00pm EST
Calgary @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
CHI: Anton Forsberg (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (LIKELY)
WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed)
CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. ANA: John Gibson (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 10/9/17 Lineup
Brayden Point ($4,400)
Brayden Point has been excellent through two games for Tampa Bay. He has two goals and five points so far this season, earning an average of 28 fantasy points per game. Point skates on Tampa Bay’s third line and has seen time on both of Tampa’s power play units; he has developed solid chemistry with winger Ondrej Palat and is an excellent value play at just $4,400.
Nazem Kadri ($6,100)
Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs have a very difficult opponent in Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks. That being said, the team has scored 15 goals through two games; Kadri has two power-play goals and two assists as well as eight shots and two blocks through just two games. He plays on Toronto’s third line and second power play unit.
My Next Pick
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,200): Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin have gotten off to a crazy start this season. Kuzy has seven assists through two games and has been on fire with Ovi. Kuznetsov plays on Washington’s second line and first power play unit. He has earned 34.1 and 25.6 fantasy points in the past two games, respectively. He should be a very popular play in cash contests tonight.
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500): Even though Kuznetsov has seven points compared to Nicklas Backstrom’s two, Backstrom brings solid fantasy value to the table. He plays on the team’s first line with T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakovsky and still runs the team’s first power play unit. He tallied seven points in three games against Tampa Bay last season, and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up an average of four goals per game.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($9,200), Rickard Rakell ($6,200), Bryan Little ($5,500), Tyler Bozak ($5,400)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,200)
Alex Ovechkin has two hat tricks and a total of seven goals through just two regular season games. His remarkable start could continue tonight against Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has surrendered an average of four goals per game. Ovi, who has earned 61.3 and 47.2 fantasy points in the past two games, respectively, skates on Washington’s second line and first power play unit. He has recorded 14 shots and one block in addition to the seven goals. Ovechkin will be a very popular play in tonight’s contests.
Nikita Kucherov ($8,000)
Nikita Kucherov is averaging 21 fantasy points per game so far this season, scoring a goal in each game and a total of three points. He is one of the most elite wingers in fantasy hockey. He scored three goals in two games against Washington last season. Kucherov skates on Tampa’s first line and first power play unit and is set to have a record season.
Brandon Saad ($6,300)
Brandon Saad is the easiest player to put in tonight’s lineup. He has been so strong and convincing that he’s worth every penny of his $6,300 price tag. Saad skates on Chicago’s first line and first power play unit; he has four goals and five points as well as 10 shots through two games, which comes out to an average of 37.05 fantasy points.
William Nylander ($6,300)
William Nylander has one goal and three points through two games this season. He skates on Toronto’s first line and first power play unit; he offers exposure to Auston Matthews at even strength and on the man advantage, making him a strong play. The problem with Toronto is that the team has three scoring lines and 10 forwards than can contribute on a large scale on any given night. That being said, Nylander remains a strong option.
My Next Pick
Patrick Kane ($8,600): If you can afford him, it’s hard to go wrong with Patrick Kane at this point in the season. He has six points in two games and has been brilliant. The one downside is that Nick Schultz is out, so the line combinations are up in the air. That being said, Kane still is a strong choice. He plays on Chicago’s second line and first power play unit. Having Kane and Saad in the lineup gives you exposure to everyone in the top six.
Also consider: Patrik Laine ($7,500), Leon Draisaitl ($7,400), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,100), Corey Perry ($6,500), James van Riemsdyk ($5,800), Richard Panik ($4,900), Vladislav Namestnikov ($4,600), Ryan Hartman ($4,400)
VALUE Options: Jakub Vrana ($4,300), Zach Hyman ($3,400)
Kris Russell ($3,600)
It’s hard to go wrong with Kris Russell. He tends to generate strong peripheral stats, which leads to pretty consistent fantasy production. On top of that, he has offensive potential; though it may not present itself on a nightly basis, there’s always a possibility he’ll make something happen. He had two points in the Oilers’ second game of the year. Also, at just $3,600, the risk is virtually nonexistent in cash contests.
Jan Rutta ($3,500)
While this is a seemingly random choice, Jan Rutta could prove to be a strong value play. He has points in both of Chicago’s games and, while he doesn’t skate on the power play, he has been able to make the most of his ice time, earning 11.2 fantasy points in 20 minutes in the season opener and 18.4 fantasy points in the most recent game in which he played 19 minutes. Chicago will need to play all three D pairings against a fast and energetic Toronto squad, so Rutta should get another 20 minutes of ice to make something happen. Again, like with Russell, the price tag makes it a safe bet.
My Next Pick
Jake Gardiner ($4,600): Jake Gardiner has points in both of Toronto’s games, scoring a goal and two assists in that span. He is averaging 16.65 fantasy points per game. Gardiner skates on Toronto’s first power play unit.
Also consider: Brent Seabrook ($5,000), Jacob Trouba ($4,500), T.J. Brodie ($4,200), Nikita Zaitsev ($4,000)
Cam Talbot ($8,300)
Even after his horrific performance the other night, Cam Talbot makes tonight’s lineup. He has the most favorable matchup going up against the Winnipeg Jets, a team that has given up 13 goals two games into the season. Talbot should bounce back after a sleepy first period the other night, though the whole team needs to respond.
Also consider: Corey Crawford ($8,700)
FanDuel DFS NHL 10/9/17 Lineup
- C: Brayden Point ($4,400)
- C: Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,200)
- W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,200)
- W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,000)
- W: Brandon Saad ($6,300)
- W: William Nylander ($6,300)
- D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
- D: Jan Rutta ($3,500)
- G: Cam Talbot ($8,300)
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