FanDuel DFS NHL – Sunday 1/7/18

Today’s post is for the Main Slate, which features Vancouver vs. Montreal, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, Boston vs. Pittsburgh and New York (Rangers) vs. Vegas. Of those teams, Vancouver, Tampa Bay, Boston and New York will be playing in the second half of back-to-back sets.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter (@JillianSydney). FTA+ subscribers can tag me (@JWagner) in the NHL Discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate, matchups, lineups, etc.

 


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup, which finished with a score of 148.7, cashed easily. Nathan MacKinnon had another big game with a power-play goal, two assists and six shots, good for 38.1 fantasy points. If you went with the safer option in Auston Matthews, he scored a goal and grabbed 18.4 fantasy points in the Leafs’ win. The Leafs fought back from a 2-0 deficit as Frederik Andersen pulled out another shootout victory for Toronto with a 34-save effort that came out to 31.2 fantasy points. The lineup was Tampa-heavy (on purpose) in anticipation of the field; while the Lightning didn’t play particularly well, the widespread ownership and the decent play of a few of the recommended players made them effective choices in the end. Victor Hedman scored a goal and added six shots and a block for 23.2 fantasy points, while Tyler Johnson recorded a power-play assist and finished the game with 14.9 fantasy points. Nikita Kucherov was a letdown despite the fact that he found the scoresheet; the $9,200 price tag for just 11.2 fantasy points was a big waste, though he made the final cut because of his projected ownership, making him virtually a must-start on the slate. Brayden Point, however, was the biggest disappointment of the bunch as he failed to earn a point and recorded just two shots and a block for 4.8 fantasy points. However, his ownership rate was higher than the other Lightning players, so it wasn’t too harmful. From there, there were three value plays that made up the rest of the lineup. One was winger Craig Smith, who had a very uncharacteristically ineffective game against the Kings. However, he was chosen because he continues to be a popular play and often provides a solid floor thanks to his heavy shot volume. That was not the case last night, however, though his ownership rate was around 25-30 percent. The same cannot be said of Anthony Duclair, though, who had ownership rates between 1-4 percent. However, he scored a power-play goal and finished the night with 17.3 fantasy points. Considering his $3,100 price tag, that output was tremendous value. Lastly, Jacob Chychrun took a step down from his recent play with just three shots and a block against the Rangers. His ownership rate was in the 40-percent range, however, so the 6.4 fantasy points in cash contests was a decent return.

 


Tonight’s Schedule

  • Vancouver @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST
  • Tampa Bay @ Detroit – 7:00pm EST
  • Boston @ Pittsburgh – 7:30pm EST
  • NY Rangers @ Vegas – 9:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • VAN: Anders Nilsson (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
  • TBL: Louis Domingue (confirmed) vs. DET: Petr Mrazek (confirmed)
  • BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. PIT: Tristan Jarry (confirmed)
  • NYR: Ondrej Pavelec (confirmed) vs. VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)

 

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

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/7/18

Centers

ELITE

Evgeni Malkin ($8,600)

Evgeni Malkin has points in seven out of his last 10 games, collecting six goals and 11 points as well as 35 shots in that stretch. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and scored a power-play goal in his most recent game, finishing the night with 17.3 fantasy points. Malkin is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game this season.

Sidney Crosby ($8,400)

Sidney Crosby has been very unpredictable and unreliable this season. Sure, he is coming off a four-point performance in which he earned 39.7 fantasy points, but that came against the Islanders, against whom Crosby has more points than any other franchise. The Penguins as a whole have been unpredictable this season,especially over the last few weeks, so tonight’s matchup against Tuukka Rask and the Bruins could go either way. If you assume that Crosby’s recent outburst of production is a sign that he is turning things around and leading Pittsburgh’s charge to get back in the playoff hunt, then it would make a lot of sense to play him tonight. He scored a goal and an assist against Boston earlier this year, though Rask was not in net at the time, and he scored five points in three games against the Bruins last season. However, Crosby has followed up big performances with mediocre ones on many occasions this season, and Rask and the Bruins are on quite a roll. Therefore, it kind of depends on how you look at it. In the end, Crosby is more of a gamble than he normally would be, but he has the potential to make or break your lineup (as demonstrated Friday night). Despite his poor numbers this year, he’s still averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game and now has points in two out of his last three games.

Patrice Bergeron ($7,400)

Patrice Bergeron is coming off a truly masterful performance in which he scored four goals and five points and recorded seven shots on goal for a total of 69.7 fantasy points. One of his four goals was a short-handed tally, so he was all over the ice throughout the game. He now has goals in three straight games, picking up six goals and seven points along with 13 shots and a block in that time. He skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit.

MID-RANGE

Dylan Larkin ($6,700)

Dylan Larkin has points in five straight games and in seven out of his last eight games, scoring one goal and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit.

William Karlsson ($6,200)/Erik Haula ($5,800)

William Karlsson and Erik Haula are the top two centers for the Vegas Golden Knights and both are having impressive seasons. Karlsson has 21 goals and 35 points in 40 games and is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game, while Haula has 15 goals and 28 points in 36 games while averaging 12.8 fantasy points per game. Haula has been the more consistent of the two, but Karlsson has had the bigger games. Karlsson skates with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith at even strength and plays on the team’s second power-play unit; Haula plays with James Neal and David Perron and skates on the top power-play unit. The Knights have been sensational at home this season and take on a Rangers team that played last night.

Brayden Point ($5,600)

Brayden Point had a very disappointing fantasy performance last night with just two shots and a block for 4.8 fantasy points. He has gone three straight games without a point, though he recorded 11 shots and 6 blocks in the two games prior to last night. That being said, Tampa Bay will look to bounce back tonight against the Red Wings who will be without starting netminder Jimmy Howard. Point is reasonably-priced and is often worth throwing in your lineup for he has been pretty productive and reliable this season; however, he may be in a bit of a rut. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit. He’s more affordable than Steven Stamkos and scored one goal in two games against Detroit this season.

VALUE

Riley Nash ($4,300)

Riley Nash scored a goal last night and now has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, recording three goals and six points in that stretch. He plays on Boston’s third line with David Backes and Danton Heinen.


Also Consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,800), Henrik Sedin ($5,300), Sam Gagner ($4,500), Yanni Gourde ($3,900)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Nikita Kucherov ($9,200)

Nikita Kucherov scored his 58th point of the year last night, which is tops in the NHL, but he still had a disappointing night with just 11.2 fantasy points. However, Kucherov remains an elite option and one that should continue to be popular. He has points in 12 out of his last 13 games and has three goals and four points in two games against Detroit this season. Kucherov plays on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit.

Brad Marchand ($7,500)/David Pastrnak ($7,100)

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak had huge performances last night as part of Boston’s top line with Patrice Bergeron. Marchand picked up four assists and 37.2 fantasy points while Pastrnak recorded a goal and two assists for 31.7 fantasy points. The trio will face a confident Tristan Jarry but should get the Penguins’ top line, which has struggled defensively. Boston’s top line has been money this year and should be popular, especially after last night.

Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)

Jonathan Marchessault is everything the Vegas Golden Knights hoped he would be when they selected him in the expansion draft over the summer, and he has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers this season. Though his seven-game point streak came to an end against the Blues Jan. 4, Marchessault picked up where he left off with a goal and an assist against Chicago Friday night, finishing the game with 28 fantasy points. He has six goals and 13 points in his last nine games and skates on Vegas’ top line. Marchessault had been on the top power-play unit but has been skating with the second unit over the last two games; he is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season.

MID-RANGE

Brock Boeser ($6,700)

Brock Boeser scored a goal last night, his 22nd of the season, earning 18.4 fantasy points. Boeser scored a goal and an assist against Montreal when these teams met Dec. 19, finishing that contest with 28.5 fantasy points. He’s averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game and is always a threat for a multi-point effort.

Tyler Johnson ($5,800)

Tyler Johnson got back on the scoresheet last night with a power-play assist and four shots for 14.9 fantasy points. That gives him points in 13 out of his last 15 games. Johnson skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit.

David Perron ($5,800)

David Perron has points in six straight games, picking up two goals and four assists in that time. He skates on the Golden Knights’ second line and first power-play unit and has earned at least a point in 11 out of his last 13 games. While he doesn’t have the ceiling some of the other Vegas wingers do, his consistency makes him a solid pick.

Reilly Smith ($5,700)

Reilly Smith skates on the Golden Knights’ top line with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault and has been hot in recent games. In fact, he has points in four out of his last five games, collecting two goals and six assists in that span. Smith has earned 29.6, 8, 17.3, 19.2 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.

Daniel Sedin ($5,600)/Thomas Vanek ($5,600)

Carey Price is coming off perhaps his best performance of the year, so it’s possible Montreal could keep Vancouver’s offense at bay tonight. That being said, the last time these teams met, Daniel Sedin went wild for a goal and an assist and eight shots on goal, earning 33.3 fantasy points. Simiarly, Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick and an assist and earned 49.3 fantasy points in that matchup. It’s unclear which Price will come out tonight, though he has had his struggles this season. These wingers could be better suited for GPP’s, however, as neither should be popular in cash contests tonight.

Danton Heinen ($5,100)

Danton Heinen has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, picking up two goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Boston’s third line and first power-play unit.

VALUE

Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)

Andreas Athanasiou came through with another solid performance the other night, scoring a goal and an assist and registering six shots for 29.6 fantasy points. He now has goals in three out of his last four games, scoring a total of four goals and five points in that stretch. He skates on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit and has recorded 21 shots in his last four games.

Alex Tuch ($4,200)

Alex Tuch picked up his ninth goal of the season Friday night against Chicago and came close to netting his 10th as well but was robbed by Blackhawks goaltender Jeff Glass. That being said, Tuch has points in four out of his last five games and is more of an under-the-radar choice out of Vegas. He has earned 20, 6.4, 19.7, 11.2 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and skates on Vegas’ third line and second power-play unit.

Daniel Sprong ($3,700)/Dominik Simon ($3,600)

Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon are skating on Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby, and both are coming off strong performances. Sprong, who should be a very popular value option in tonight’s contests, scored two goals and an assist and earned 41.6 fantasy points, which explains the quick jump in his price tag. However, he remains very cheap given his exposure to Crosby; he also skates on the team’s second power-play unit. Simon tallied two assists and 19.2 fantasy points the other night in Brooklyn but did not see time on the power play.


Also Consider: Max Pacioretty ($6,500), Gustav Nyquist ($6,200), David Backes ($5,400), Tomas Tatar ($5,300), Ryan Spooner ($4,500), Anthony Mantha ($4,300), Noel Acciari ($3,700), Tim Schaller ($3,600), Martin Frk ($3,500), Oscar Lindberg ($3,400), Vinni Lettieri ($3,300)

 

 

Defensemen

ELITE

Victor Hedman ($6,600)

Victor Hedman scored a goal last night, adding six shots and a block for 23.2 fantasy points. He has points in back-to-back games, in five out of his last six games and in 10 out of his last 12 games, collecting a total of three goals and 14 points in that stretch. Hedman skates on Tampa Bay’s first power-play unit and has two assists in two games against Detroit this season.

MID-RANGE

Alexander Edler ($4,800)

Alexander Edler had another strong game last night with five shots and five blocks for 16 fantasy points. He has earned 16, 17.6, 11.2 and 20.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Edler plays on Vancouver’s first power-play unit.

Mike Green ($4,800)

Mike Green has points in two out of his last three games, recording three assists in that time. While his peripheral stat coverage leaves a lot to be desired, Green has earned 18.1, 3.2, 9.6, 8, 4.8, 14.4, 27.4 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. Green plays on Detroit’s second power-play unit.

VALUE

Colin Miller ($4,100)

Colin Miller has earned 8, 12.8, 1.6, 12.8, 14.4 and 8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. He has been fairly reliable this season thanks to a high shot volume, and he is now back on Vegas’ first power-play unit. It’s likely that Shea Theodore ($4,400) will be more popular considering he has a higher ceiling, but Miller has been the more consistent of the two.

Ian Cole ($3,800)

Ian Cole has been involved in trade rumors and very well may be on his way out of Pittsburgh, but he has provided some solid value performances and could be a cheap option for tonight’s contests. He has earned 14.4, 4.8, 20.8, 3.2, 8, 8, 6.4, 19.2, 6.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively.


Also Consider: Shea Theodore ($4,400), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,400), Kevan Miller ($3,600), Jeff Petry ($3,600)

 

 

Goalie

ELITE

Tuukka Rask ($8,900)

Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins enter tonight’s game against the Penguins on quite a roll. Rask has won six games in a row, giving up a combined total of just six goals in that stretch. He has earned 28, 40, 28, 32, 37.6 and 16.8 fantasy points in those six games, respectively. However, the Penguins are coming off a strong performance and could pose more of a threat than the other teams Boston has faced over the last few weeks. This game could go either way, so Rask (and Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry) carry risk.

MID-RANGE

Carey Price ($8,500)

Carey Price has had his ups and downs this season but is coming off one of his best performances of the year in which he made 44 saves and took home a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s unclear which Price will come out tonight, though. He took home a win against Vancouver in the Dec. 19 matchup but gave up five goals on 39 shots in the process. The one thing that can be said, however, is that Price could be a popular option.

Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

But perhaps the strongest option on tonight’s slate, however, is Marc-Andre Fleury. Even though Fleury has struggled against the Rangers throughout his career, Vegas is 17-2-1 at home this season and will face a Rangers team that played last night. Fleury is coming off a loss, though he gave up just two goals on 39 shots and managed 21.6 fantasy points even without the win. However, the Knights are a different team at home, which puts Fleury in an excellent position tonight and should make him very popular. He has earned 21.6, 43.2, 24.8, 40.8, 28, 27.2, 20, -7.2, 28.8, 29.6 and 44 fantasy points in 11 starts this season. His one bad performance came against the Red Wings in October, though he suffered a concussion during the contest but did not exit the game, giving up most of the goals after the collision. He is 8-2-1 in 11 starts and is averaging 27.3 fantasy points per game this season.


Also Consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,600)–if he starts, Tristan Jarry ($7,900), Ondrej Pavelec ($7,700)–contrarian/GPP, Anders Nilsson ($7,300)–contrarian/GPP-extreme risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/7/18 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,400)
  • C: Erik Haula ($5,800)/Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($9,200)/Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)/Brad Marchand ($7,500)
  • W: Reilly Smith ($5,700)/Tyler Johnson ($5,800)/Brock Boeser ($6,700)
  • W: Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)
  • W: Daniel Sprong ($3,700)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)
  • D: Colin Miller ($4,100)/Alexander Edler ($4,800)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($8,400)
  • C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,400)
  • W: Reilly Smith ($5,700)/Tyler Johnson ($5,800)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($5,800)
  • W: Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)/Alex Tuch ($4,300)
  • W: Daniel Sprong ($3,700)/Alex Tuch ($4,300)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)
  • D: Alexander Edler ($4,800)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

 

  • C: Erik Haula ($5,800)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($9,200)
  • W: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)
  • W: Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)
  • W: Daniel Sprong ($3,700)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)
  • D: Colin Miller ($4,100)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

  • C: Steven Stamkos ($8,800)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)
  • W: Reilly Smith ($5,700)
  • W: Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)/Alex Tuch ($4,300)
  • W: Daniel Sprong ($3,700)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)
  • D: Alexander Edler ($4,800)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

  • C: Erik Haula ($5,800)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Brad Marchand ($7,500)
  • W: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,200)
  • W: Reilly Smith ($5,700)
  • W: Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)
  • D: Ian Cole ($3,800)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chase Stevens-Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

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