FanDuel DFS NHL – Monday 2/12/18


There are just three games on tonight’s slate, with the Lightning headed back to Toronto, the Blackhawks and Coyotes clashing in Glendale and the Panthers and Oilers going head to head in Edmonton. Here’s an overview of top plays at each position for tonight’s FanDuel DFS NHL slate.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed easily with a 128.5. I could kick myself for taking Ryan O’Reilly out of the lineup at the last minute, but the lineup still cashed by more than 41 points, so it’s not the end of the world to have missed out on his 43.7 fantasy points. Patrice Bergeron and Matthew Tkachuk had the strongest performances in the lineup. Bergeron scored a goal and an assist and finished the night with 28.5 fantasy points, while Tkachuk tallied two goals and 33.6 fantasy points. Tkachuk’s four percent ownership rate was significant considering the monster game he put up for the Flames, which helped catapult the lineup into a top-six finish. Anton Khudobin gave up three goals but came up with a 5-3 win and 28 fantasy points thanks to 35 saves. His ownership rate was much lower than expected at just 26 percent, but that meant the win and the large save volume became even more valuable to the lineup’s success as a whole. Reilly Smith and Marc-Edouard Vlasic found the scoresheet in their respective contests, with Smith grabbing an assist on Vegas’ only goal of the night and Vlasic tallying an assist, one shot and three blocks for 14.4 fantasy points. Hampus Lindholm put up a goose egg, and Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and Corey Perry had disappointing nights, but there was more than enough production from the rest of the lineup for a big win and an easy cash.


Tonight’s Schedule

  • Tampa Bay @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST
  • Chicago @ Arizona – 9:00pm EST
  • Florida @ Edmonton – 9:00pm EST

Starting Goalies

  • TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
  • CHI: Anton Forsberg (confirmed) vs. ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed)
  • FLA: James Reimer (confirmed) vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed)

 

For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 2/12/18

Centers

ELITE

Connor McDavid ($9,100)

Connor McDavid’s five-game point streak came to an end the other night in a wild loss to the Sharks, though he is still one of the most dangerous players in the league every time he has the puck. He has 64 points in 54 games this season, including 11 in his last six games, and is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game. McDavid skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit and recorded four points in two games against the Panthers last season.

Steven Stamkos ($8,600)

Steven Stamkos was held off the scoresheet when these teams met Jan. 2 but has put together back-to-back two-point performances, scoring a goal and an assist in each of his last two games. Stamkos has points in four out of his last five games and seems to have built some strong chemistry with his new linemates in Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde. He is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game this season.

Auston Matthews ($8,000)

Auston Matthews and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs were held off the scoresheet when these teams met Jan. 2 as Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded a 29-save shutout. That being said, Matthews has goals in two out of his last three games and points in five out of his last seven games. He is averaging 16.3 fantasy points per game this season and skates on Toronto’s first line and first power-play unit.

Other top options: Aleksander Barkov ($7,300)

MID-RANGE

Derek Stepan ($5,600)

Derek Stepan extended his point streak to three games with an assist against Philadelphia Saturday night. He has one goal and five points in his last three games, earning 9.6, 19.2 and 26.9 fantasy points, respectively. It has been a very disappointing season for the American center, but he has been playing much better of late, as have the Coyotes. Stepan skates on Arizona’s first line and first power-play unit.

Other top options: Vincent Trocheck ($6,700), Nazem Kadri ($5,600)


Also Consider: Nick Schmaltz ($6,200)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Nikita Kucherov ($8,700)

Nikita Kucherov started out the season as the hottest player in the league but hit a dry spell for a while. However, he has goals in back-to-back games and seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch. Kucherov has three points in his last two games and five points in his last four, registering 20 shots in those four contests. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game.

Leon Draisaitl ($7,400)

Leon Draisaitl was taken off Connor McDavid’s wing but kept up his strong play with a two-point night against the Sharks on Saturday. While he has had a tough year, Draisaitl has finally started to pick up the pace. He has four goals and 15 points in his last 11 games. Draisaitl skates on Edmonton’s second line and first power-play unit.

MID-RANGE

Mitch Marner ($5,900)

Mitch Marner is coming off a massive five-point game in which he scored two goals and three assists and earned 56.5 fantasy points. He has points in three out of his last four games, scoring four goals and seven points in that stretch. Marner has earned 56.5, 0, 20.5 and 20.5 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, and has come alive since being put on a line with Nazem Kadri. He has a high ceiling and could be a popular play tonight despite the difficult matchup.

Yanni Gourde ($5,200)

Yanni Gourde has points in five straight games, collecting three goals and eight points in that stretch. However, he also has points in eight out of his last nine games, scoring six goals and 11 points in that span. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and second power-play unit and has earned 9.6, 22.1, 23.7, 16.8, 18.1, 3.2, 16.8, 16.8 and 21.6 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively.

Other top options: James van Riemsdyk ($6,500), Tyler Johnson ($6,100)

VALUE

Alex Killorn ($3,900)

Alex Killorn has points in three straight games and in four out of his last five games, recording four goals and eight points in that time. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and has earned 16.8, 12.8, 18.4, 0 and 56.5 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.

Other top options: Mike Cammalleri ($4,400), Zack Kassian ($3,500), Anthony Duclair ($3,400)


Also Consider: Patrick Kane ($8,200), Patrick Marleau ($5,300), Richard Panik ($3,900)

 

 

Defensemen

HIGH MID-RANGE

Victor Hedman ($6,800)

Victor Hedman has points in back-to-back games with a goal and two assists, good for 14.9 and 25.3 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He skates on Tampa Bay’s high-powered first power-play unit and is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game on the year. He registered five shots and a block when these teams met Jan. 2.

LOW MID-RANGE

Aaron Ekblad ($5,700)

Aaron Ekblad has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and two assists and adding seven shots and a block in that time. Though his shot volume has been down in recent games, Ekblad often fires a lot of rubber at the net, which helps him reach a pretty consistent floor. He is averaging just 10.7 fantasy points per game this season but will look to extend his point streak and take advantage of a struggling Oilers squad. He skates on Florida’s second power-play unit.

VALUE

Alex Goligoski ($4,200)

Alex Goligoski has points in three consecutive games, recording one goal and four points as well as five shots and six blocks in that stretch. Goligoski skates on Arizona’s second power-play unit and has earned 15.2, 24 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.

Kris Russell ($3,900)

Kris Russell has blocked 6, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 5 shots in his last six games, respectively, offering a solid floor in most games. He also has points in each of his last two games, giving him 17.6, 18.4, 8, 6.4, 20.8 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.


Also Consider: Oscar Klefbom ($5,100), Mike Matheson ($3,900), Kevin Connauton ($3,600)

 

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300)

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face a very talented Toronto offense but have the edge in tonight’s contest, which makes Vasilevskiy the best cash bet on tonight’s slate. He is coming off back-to-back wins and recorded a 29-save shutout when these teams played Jan. 2. Vasilevskiy leads the league in wins with 33 and is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game this season.


Also Consider: Frederik Andersen ($8,200), Antti Raanta ($7,200)–GPP risk




FanDuel DFS NHL 2/12/18 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: Connor McDavid ($9,100)
  • C: Vincent Trocheck ($6,700)/Derek Stepan ($5,600)
  • W: Mitch Marner ($5,900)
  • W: Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,700)/James van Riemsdyk ($6,500)/Tyler Johnson ($6,100)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($5,200)
  • W: Alex Killorn ($3,900)
  • D: Alex Goligoski ($4,200)/Keith Yandle ($5,200)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,900)
  • G: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300)/Antti Raanta ($7,200)

Or McDavid/Schmaltz/Marner/Gourde/Killorn/Draisaitl/Gologiski/Russell/Vasilevskiy

Also consider: Auston Matthews ($8,000), Leon Draisaitl ($7,200), Aaron Ekblad ($5,700), Keith Yandle ($5,200), Clayton Keller ($4,600), Mike Cammalleri ($4,400)

 

 

As requested, here’s my original lineup from the first time I looked at the slate:

Original lineup

  • C: Connor McDavid ($9,100)
  • C: Auston Matthews ($8,000)
  • W: Mitch Marner ($5,900)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($5,200)
  • W: Alex Killorn ($3,900)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($6,100)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,900)
  • D: Kevin Connauton ($3,600)
  • G: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300)

 

 

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