Top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL cash contests for tonight’s six-game slate. The Lightning, Blackhawks and Kings are skating in the second half of back-to-back sets.
UPDATE: Josh Bailey (NYI) will NOT play tonight. David Perron was on the ice for morning skate but is a GTD for tonight’s game against his former team. It looks like Jordan Eberle will skate on the Islanders’ first line with Tavares/Lee, and Tanner Fritz could get bumped to the second line to play with Barzal/Beauvillier. ERIK JOHNSON (COL) IS A LATE SCRATCH, so if you used him in your line try to replace him with anyone if you can do it in time (there should be plenty of d-men in the late games that will fit). ALEX IAFALLO WILL NOT PLAY TONIGHT. KEVIN GRAVEL IS OUT TONIGHT.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. For some reason, most people didn’t target Columbus despite the smash spot they were in. For example, Pierre-Luc DuBois had ownership rates under five percent, and even Cam Atkinson had an ownership rate ranging between 15-18 percent. Sergei Bobrovsky had just a 15 percent ownership rate, though that was likely because there were several inexpensive goalie options on a night with so many elite skaters. Either way, last night’s core came through strong, which helped the main lineup (as well as most of the sample lines) cash relatively easily. Unfortunately, Bobrovsky was just 21 seconds away from earning a shutout before giving up a power-play goal, but he still made 37 saves and earned 37.6 fantasy points in a 5-1 win over the Flames. DuBois and Atkinson combined for three goals, two assists, one power-play point, eight shots and three blocks, earning 47.7 and 22.4 fantasy points, respectively. Connor McDavid extended his point streak with a goal and four shots for 18.4 fantasy points, though Matt Duchene tallied just one shot and two blocks for 4.8 fantasy points. Taylor Hall also had a solid game, scoring a power-play goal and recording seven shots on goal for 23.7 fantasy points at just a 22 percent ownership rate. Kyle Connor tallied an assist and two shots for 11.2 fantasy points, while Casey Mittelstadt picked up his first career NHL point with an assist, one shot and one block for 11.2 fantasy points. Keith Yandle tallied a power-play assist, two shots and a block for 13.3 fantasy points in a crushing 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators on a penalty-shot goal, but Matt Dumba made up for his disappointing performance the other night with a goal and four points, finishing the game with 45 fantasy points (at just a nine percent ownership rate). Erik Gustafsson scored a goal and an assist and added three shots and two blocks for 28 fantasy points, and several of the other suggested value d-men picked up points as well, including Will Butcher (8.5 FP), Markus Nutivaara (15.2 FP), Joe Hicketts (9.6 FP) and Joe Morrow (16 FP). Devan Dubnyk picked up a 5-2 win over the stars, earning 27.2 fantasy points. Keith Kinkaid and James Reimer, who both lost in overtime, finished with 8.8 and 9.6 fantasy points, respectively. Of the 20 sample lineups posted in yesterday’s post, 19 of them cashed. Many of them are listed below since I played multiple lines straight from the samples provided in yesterday’s post.
NOTE: I’ve gotten multiple requests to list the lines I end up playing, so here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
(1)Main:McDavid, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Mittelstadt, Dumba, Hicketts, Bobrovsky – $0 remaining, final score: 226.8 (cashed)
(2)Main:McDavid, Borgstrom, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Mittelstadt, Yandle, Dumba, Bobrovsky – $400 remaining, final score: 187.6 (cashed)
(3)Main:McDavid, Duchene, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Mittelstadt, Gustafsson, Chychrun, Bobrovsky – $0 remaining, final score: 162.1 (cashed)
(4)McDavid, Rodrigues, Hall, Dadonov, Connor, Mittelstadt, Yandle, Dumba, Bobrovsky – $100 remaining, final score: 192.4 (cashed)
(5)McDavid, Carter, Hall, Pastrnak, Vanek, Mittelstadt, Hicketts, Connauton, Reimer – $300 remaining, final score: 170.3 (cashed)
(6)McDavid, Crosby, Hall, Dadonov, Connor, Mittelstadt, Chychrun, Connauton, Comrie – $0 remaining, final score: 122.9 (did not cash)
(7)McDavid, Rodrigues, Hall, Pastrnak, Connor, Panik, Yandle, Connauton, Dubnyk – $0 remaining, final score: 154.3 (cashed)
(8)McDavid, Staal, Hall, Parise, Rattie, Panik, Goligoski, Savard, Dubnyk – $100 remaining, final score: 122.6 (did not cash)
(9)McDavid, Bergeron, Hall, Wheeler, Jenner, Mittelstadt, Nutivaara, Connauton, Kuemper – $100 remaining, final score: 134.6 (cashed)
(10)McDavid, Borgstrom, Marchand, Hall, Jenner, Mittelstadt, Yandle, Hicketts, Bobrovsky – $0 remaining, final score: 148.2 (cashed)
(11)McDavid, Kopitar, Hall, Palmieri, Ryan, Mittelstadt, Gustafsson, Nutivaara, Kinkaid – $200 remaining, final score: 142.1 (cashed)
(12)McDavid, Stepan, Hall, Keller, Atkinson, Mittelstadt, Morrow, Nutivaara, Dubnyk – $0 remaining, final score: 142.1 (cashed)
- Toronto @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
- Carolina @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers – 7:00pm EST
- Chicago @ Colorado – 9:00pm EST
- Los Angeles @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
- St. Louis @ Vegas – 10:30pm EST
- TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed) vs. NYI: Chris Gibson (confirmed)
- CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
- TBL: Louis Domingue (confirmed) vs. NYR: Ondrej Pavelec (confirmed)
- CHI: Collin Delia (confirmed) vs. COL: Semyon Varlamov (confirmed)
- LAK: vs. ANA: John Gibson (confirmed)
- STL: Jake Allen (confirmed) vs. VGK: Malcolm Subban (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/30/18
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700)
Nathan MacKinnon has cooled off considerably, going three straight games without a point and managing just 10 total shots in that stretch. That being said, MacKinnon is having an incredible season and will look to lead his team to victory this evening as the Avalanche host a Blackhawks team skating in the second half of a back-to-back. MacKinnon scored a goal and two assists in two recent meetings against the Hawks, and he has three goals and six points in three games against Chicago this season. MacKinnon has scored 64 points in 37 home games this season, and he is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game.
Auston Matthews ($7,800)
Auston Matthews has points in all four games since returning to the Maple Leafs lineup after missing a month of action. He skates on the team’s first line and second power-play unit and has two goals and four points in his last four games, earning 16.8, 18.1, 11.2 and 18.4 fantasy points, respectively. Matthews is averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game and has two goals and three points in two games against the Islanders this season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,700)/Nicklas Backstrom ($6,600)
Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up another two points Wednesday night against the Rangers, including the game-winning goal in overtime. He has put together multi-point efforts in six straight games, collecting five goals and 13 points in that stretch. Kuznetsov has earned 24.8, 23.6, 31.4, 21.8, 26.1 and 28 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, though he has just one assist in three games against the Hurricanes this season. Kuznetsov skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game this season. Nicklas Backstrom has multiple points in three consecutive games, tallying eight assists in his last three contests for 17.6, 19.7 and 34.6 fantasy points, respectively. For some reason, his price has dropped on FanDuel, but he has been productive in recent games, as have his linemates, which can go a long way. Backstrom centers the Capitals’ second line and skates on the first power-play unit and has three assists in three games against the Hurricanes this season.
Victor Ejdsell ($3,500)/Dylan Sikura ($3,000)
If you are looking for value at the center position, both Victor Ejdsell and Dylan Sikura are worth considering. Sikura made his NHL debut last night in Chicago, tallying two assists and four shots for 22.4 fantasy points. While tonight’s matchup will be much more intense considering Chicago is on the road and playing against a team desperate for points, his price tag makes him worth consideration. He is skating on Chicago’s second line but did not see time on the man advantage last night. Ejdsell, however, skated on the second line and second power-play unit and recorded his first career NHL point last night with an assist, earning 9.6 fantasy points.
Also consider: Anze Kopitar ($7,700), William Karlsson ($7,400), Mika Zibanejad ($7,000), Jeff Carter ($6,600), Erik Haula ($6,200), Tyler Bozak ($4,800), Elias Lindholm ($4,700), Lars Eller ($4,400)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)/T.J. Oshie ($5,900)
Alex Ovechkin has been inconsistent in recent games, finding the scoresheet in just one out of his last four games, but he has enjoyed success against Carolina this season, scoring three goals and five points in three games. He skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game this season. T.J. Oshie has points in three straight games, scoring a goal and two assists and adding six shots and two blocks in that span. He skates on the Capitals’ second line and first power-play unit and has earned 14.4, 15.2, 11.2, 0 and 25.3 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Mitch Marner ($6,800)
Mitch Marner extended his point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist Wednesday against the Panthers. He has four goals and 14 points in his last 10 games, earning 23.2, 8, 12.8, 27.4, 12.8, 16.5, 18.1, 18.1, 25.8 and 20.5 fantasy points, respectively. Marner skates on Toronto’s second line and first power-play unit and has two goals in two games against the Islanders this season. Also consider Toronto wingers James van Riemsdyk, William Nylander and Patrick Marleau, as all have been producing in recent games.
Jonathan Marchessault ($6,700)/Alex Tuch ($3,800)
Jonathan Marchessault has points in six straight games, recording three goals and eight points as well as 23 shots and six blocks in that time. He has earned 19.7, 35.4, 18.4, 19.2, 18.4 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, and he is averaging 15.4 fantasy points per game this season with 25 goals and 73 points in 74 games. Marchessault skates on Vegas’ first line and first power-play unit. Alex Tuch has scored power-play goals in back-to-back games, earning 22.1 and 20.5 fantasy points, respectively. Tuch has been streaky all year but has made good use out of his increased minutes with multiple injuries to top-six wingers on the Knights. It’s unclear if David Perron will play tonight, but Tuch should continue to get top-six ice time as well as time on the teams’s top power-play unit.
J.T. Miller ($6,400)
J.T. Miller will return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since getting traded at the end of the February. He was unable to find the scoresheet when these teams met in Tampa Bay, but tonight’s game could be different. Miller is now skating on the Lightning’s top line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, as well as on the top power-play unit. He has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, scoring three goals and four points and adding 10 shots and one block in that time.
Jesper Fast ($3,900)/Jimmy Vesey ($3,700)/Lias Andersson ($3,400)
The Rangers have several value wingers that are worth considering on tonight’s slate. Jesper Fast skates on the team’s first line and second power-play unit but has gone pointless in back-to-back games after putting together a career-best eight-game point streak in which he scored three goals and 10 points. Jimmy Vesey skates on New York’s third line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games, picking up two goals and five points as well as nine shots in that time, earning 10.1, 16 and 37.3 fantasy points, respectively. Also, Lias Andersson has finally been added on FanDuel after playing in two games over the past few days. Andersson has points in both games, scoring a goal and an assist and recording two blocks and two shots. He skates on the Rangers’ third line but does not see time on the power play.
Also consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600), Mikko Rantanen ($7,200), James van Riemsdyk ($7,100), Jaden Schwartz ($6,600), Anders Lee ($6,500), Chris Kreider ($5,800), Jeff Skinner ($5,700), William Nylander ($5,600), Patrick Marleau ($5,500), Justin Williams ($4,800), Andrew Cogliano ($4,000), Brock McGinn ($3,900), Valentin Zykov ($3,600), Andre Burakovsky ($3,600), Tomas Jurco ($3,600), Phillip Di Giuseppe ($3,500)
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)
Alex Pietrangelo has earned 18.1, 8, 14.4, 6.4, 56.2, 38.9, 12.8, 22.4 and 34.4 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. He skates on the Blues’ first power-play unit and is averaging 14.6 fantasy points per game this season. Pietrangelo has four goals and 13 points in his last nine games, adding 34 shots and 24 blocks in that time. Also consider fellow Blues defensemen Colton Parayko ($4,600), who skates on the team’s second power-play unit.
Erik Johnson ($4,700)
Erik Johnson had another strong performance Wednesday night, tallying an assist on Colorado’s only goal of the game and adding two shots and two blocks for 14.4 fantasy points. He now has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and an assist in that time, and he has earned 14.4, 23.2, 9.6, 8 and 29.6 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Johnson skates on Colorado’s second power-play unit and had a massive performance against the Blackhawks when these teams met in Chicago Mar. 20, recording a goal, four shots and seven blocks for 29.6 fantasy points.
Erik Gustafsson ($3,900)
Erik Gustafsson had yet another strong game last night, scoring a goal and an assist and adding three shots and two blocks for 28 fantasy points. He now has points in three straight games, recording one goal and four points as well as four shots and six blocks in that time. He has earned 28, 12.8, 11.7 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Gustafsson skates on Chicago’s first power-play unit.
Also consider: Victor Hedman ($6,400), John Carlson ($6,000), Tyson Barrie ($5,700), Morgan Rielly ($5,200), Jake Gardiner ($4,900), Ryan McDonagh ($4,800), Jaccob Slavin ($4,700), Hampus Lindholm ($4,600), Colton Parayko ($4,600), Dion Phaneuf ($4,500), Neal Pionk ($4,500), Ryan Pulock ($4,200), Bradon Montour ($4,100),
Kevin Gravel ($3,500)
Frederik Andersen ($8,500)
Frederik Andersen has beaten the Islanders twice in the last two months, recording a 28-save shutout Jan. 31 and stopping 32 of 35 shots Feb. 22 in a win in which he earned 25.6 fantasy points. The Islanders will be without one of their first-line skaters tonight, and the Leafs should be able to capitalize on New York’s struggling defense to get Andersen the goal support he needs. The goal total in this game is projected to be six and a half, which does not bode well for either goalie; that being said, the Leafs are -165 favorites, which is the third-highest on the slate behind Colorado and Washington.
Semyon Varlamov ($8,200)
Semyon Varlamov will start tonight after missing Wednesday’s game with an illness. Varlamov and the Avalanche desperately need two points tonight as they find themselves one point out of the playoffs with the three teams ahead of them all playing tonight as well. Varlamov has been inconsistent in recent games but defeated the Blackhawks in Chicago Mar. 20, making 44 saves and earning 43.2 fantasy points. He suffered an overtime loss Mar. 6 in Chicago but gave up just one goal in regulation. The Blackhawks played last night and will be on the road for the second half of a back-to-back, which should favor the Avalanche.
Also consider: John Gibson ($9,000), Jake Allen ($8,400)/Malcolm Subban ($7,800)
MacKinnon, Backstrom or Carter, Ovechkin, Marner or Marchessault, 2 of Tuch/Fast/Vesey/Zykov/Burakovsky or Di Giuseppe/Andersson, Johnson or Parayko/McDonagh/Rielly/Gardiner or Pelech/Pulock/Hickey, Gustafsson, Varlamov
MacKinnon, Matthews, Ovechkin or Marner, Marchessault, Tuch/Fast/Vesey/Burakovsky, Andersson or Fast/Zykov/Burakovsky, Gustafsson, Johnson/Gardiner/Pelech/
MacKinnon, Matthews, Marner, Miller, Oshie, Zykov, Gustafsson, Pelech, Varlamov
MacKinnon, Kuznetsov, Marner, Tarasenko, Tuch/Vesey/Fast, Zykov/Burakovsky/Andersson, Johnson, Gustafsson, Varlamov
MacKinnon, Kuznetsov, Marner, Marchessault, Fast/Vesey, Tuch/Fast/Vesey/Burakovsky/ZykovAndersson, Johnson, Theodore, Varlamov
Matthews, Zibanejad, Ovechkin, Miller, Tuch/Vesey/Zykov/Burakovsky, Andersson, Rielly, Gustafsson, Andersen
MacKinnon, Backstrom or Carter, Ovechkin, Marner, Tuch, Di Giuseppe/Andersson, Johnson, Gustafsson, Varlamov
MacKinnon, Matthews, Ovechkin, DeBrincat, Tuch, Andersson, Johnson, Gustafsson, Varlamov
Kuznetsov or Kopitar, Matthews, Ovechkin, Marner or Marchessault, Tuch/Vesey/Burakovsky/Zykov, Andersson or Zykov/Andersson, Johnson/Parayko/McDonagh, Gustafsson, Varlamov
MacKinnon, Sikura, Ovechkin, Marner, Marchessault or Rantanen, Tuch/Vesey/Fast/Zykov/Burakovsky or Andersson, Johnson/Parayko/McDonagh, Gustafsson, Andersen/Varlamov
Matthews, Backstrom or Carter, Ovechkin, Marner, Tuch/Vesey/Fast, Zykov/Burakovsky/Andersson, Johnson, Gustafsson, Gibson
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