FanDuel DFS NHL – Saturday 12/22/18

Twenty-eight of the 31 teams in the NHL are in action on today’s busy Saturday schedule. Tonight’s main slate features eight contests, which includes games in which the Avalanche, Sabres, Capitals and Senators are playing in the second half of back-to-backs.

PIT @ CAR – 7:00pm EST
WSH @ OTT – 7:00pm EST
ANA @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
COL @ ARI – 7:00pm EST
NYR @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
DAL @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
TBL @ EDM – 10:00pm EST
WPG @ VAN – 10:00pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night was a mixed bag, though it wasn’t a great night for cash contests, as discussed in chat. The top lines for Colorado and Buffalo did not have strong nights, limiting many lineups. A few lines with Matt Duchene, Devils forwards and Rasmus Ristolainen cashed, but on the whole it wasn’t a great night.


Top Plays: Auston Matthews ($8,500), John Tavares ($8,100)

Auston Matthews ($8,500) and John Tavares ($8,100) are sure to be popular tonight as the Maple Leafs host the Rangers one game after scoring six goals against the Panthers. Matthews had a four-point night for 49.5 fantasy points, while Tavares managed two goals of his own and came away with 30.9 fantasy points. Both players should be popular tonight, though Matthews should be the chalkier option. The Leafs will face Alexandar Georgiev instead of Henrik Lundqvist, which further improves their odds of getting on the board. Toronto can be tricky in cash, but both centers are in play tonight.

Other solid choices include Mark Scheifele ($8,400) and Steven Stamkos ($8,100), though Edmonton’s Mikko Koskinen can be stingy on home ice. That being said, Stamkos has goals in three straight and eight in his last six and makes for an interesting pivot off the Leafs. Scheifele has been red-hot in recent games, recording multi-point efforts in six out of his last seven games (five goals, 16 points). Jack Eichel ($7,900) is always in play, especially on home ice. Though he had a disappointing performance last night in Washington, he had points in seven straight prior to that game. Nathan MacKinnon is in a similar situation, though he still managed eight shots for 12.8 fantasy points last night. Additional options are listed below.

Also consider: Nathan MacKinnon ($8,800), Mark Scheifele ($8,400), Steven Stamkos ($8,100), Jack Eichel ($7,900), Mika Zibanejad ($6,800), Matt Duchene ($6,500), Sebastian Aho ($6,100), Elias Pettersson ($6,000), Bo Horvat ($5,700), Kevin Hayes ($5,600)


Top Plays: Sam Reinhart ($6,100), Bryan Rust ($5,300)

There are a lot of elite options on tonight’s slate, including Alex Ovechkin ($9,100) and Mitch Marner ($8,000), both of whom are strong plays. However, with a lot of top centers costing a pretty penny, you’ll need some cheaper options on the wing. Two such options are Sam Reinhart ($6,100) and Bryan Rust ($5,300). Rust is on the hottest streak of his career, and at some point it will have to come to an end. That being said, that might not be today. Skating on the Penguins’ top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, Rust has scored goals in four straight and in five out of his last six games, collecting eight goals and nine points in that time. He has earned 32, 15.2, 21.6, 26.8, 12.8 and 50.4 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.

Reinhart skates on Buffalo’s top line with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. While he failed to find the scoresheet last night in Washington, Reinhart still managed six shots for 9.6 fantasy points. Prior to last night’s game, he had points in 11 straight, scoring five goals and 18 points in that time. He skates on Buffalo’s top power-play unit.

Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), Mikko Rantanen ($8,300), Mitch Marner ($8,000), Jeff Skinner ($7,500), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,300), Alexander Radulov ($6,300), Zach Parise ($6,300), Patrick Marleau ($5,800), Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,700), Tom Wilson ($5,300), William Nylander ($4,900), Nick Schmaltz ($4,800), Alex Chiasson ($4,800), Alex Killorn ($4,600), Brett Connolly ($4,400), Ondrej Kase ($4,400), Kasperi Kapanen ($4,300), Pontus Aberg ($4,100), Andrei Svechnikov ($4,000), Andreas Johnsson ($3,700), Adam Erne ($3,500), Josh Leivo ($3,500)


Top Plays: Morgan Rielly ($6,500), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,300), Alex Edler ($4,700), Darnell Nurse ($4,400)

Morgan Rielly ($6,500) should have considerable ownership on tonight’s slate given Toronto’s matchup and his recent play. Rielly has points in three straight games (one goal, seven points) and points in nine out of his last 10 games. He skates on Toronto’s first power-play unit and is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game this season.

Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,300) continues to be a reliable option, recording at least eight fantasy points in 16 straight games. He skates on Buffalo’s top power-play unit and has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games.

Alex Edler provides a solid floor almost every night through peripheral stat coverage, and his role on the Canucks’ top power-play unit gives him an opportunity to find the scoresheet. He has points in two out of his last three games, recording 30.9, 11.2 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Edler is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game this season and will face a Jets team that has given up at least a few goals in most games this season.

Darnell Nurse ($4,400) should continue to garner high ownership given his cheap price tag and role on Edmonton’s top power-play unit. He has earned 3.2, 11.2, 22.4, 23.2, 34.9, 8, 28 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively.

There are plenty of other strong options at all price points, many of which are listed below.

Also consider: Dustin Byfuglien ($6,400), Thomas Chabot ($5,700), Jake Gardiner ($4,900), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,600), Miro Heiskanen ($4,300), Josh Morrissey ($4,200), Olli Maatta ($3,800), Michal Kempny ($3,800), Chris Tanev ($3,700), Jake McCabe ($3,500), Jakob Chychrun ($3,500), Lawrence Pilut ($3,500), Josh Mahura ($3,500), Zach Bogosian ($3,500)


Top Play: Frederik Andersen ($9,400)

One option on tonight’s slate is Frederik Andersen ($9,400), though he’s the most expensive player on the slate. He and the Maple Leafs are favorites against the visiting Rangers, who will have Alexandar Georgiev in net. Andersen has won two straight games and should come away victorious tonight.

Additional options will be discussed in chat when more confirmations have been made.

Join me in the FTA+ discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate and lineups.

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