FanDuel DFS NHL – Sunday 11/12/17


UPDATE: Brett Connolly is expected to return to the Washington lineup. He skated on the fourth line in today’s morning skate, which will leave the third-line combo of Vrana-Eller-Wilson intact.

 

There are four games on tonight’s slate, with New Jersey, Chicago, Edmonton and San Jose playing in the second half of back-to-back contests. Today’s post provides an overview of options at each position, including elite, mid-range and value plays, though with the small slate there are limited options in net. My favorite picks are in blue, with other solid picks in light blue.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed. It was a pretty low-scoring night in general, especially compared to some recent slates, but the lineup cashed with some strong individual performances. The Islanders bounced back from a 5-0 blowout loss Friday night to a 5-2 victory against the Blues. However, Brayden Schenn found twine and added three shots and a block for 18.4 fantasy points, yet another strong performance from him. Jason Zucker proved many wrong and scored yet again, extending his point streak to four games and giving him six goals in his last three games. He has scored Minnesota’s last six goals and got the game-winner in a tight game against Philadelphia last night; Zucker, who finished with 16.8 fantasy points, had an ownership rate of just 12 percent. Montreal was happy to have Jonathan Drouin back, and his return seemed to stabilize the top-six. Max Pacioretty put together another strong night, scoring a goal and an assist on nine shots and coming away with 36.5 fantasy points. Charlie Lindgren battled yet again and came up with a 2-1 overtime victory, finishing the night with 35.2 fantasy points; he continues to be a strong play. The Panthers had a quiet night, with Jonathan Huberdeau earning just 6.4 fantasy points with four shots; the Columbus-Detroit game was equally low-scoring, and Anthony Mantha put up just two shots. Toronto surprised Boston with back-to-back wins with a 4-1 victory in Boston. As expected, James van Riemsdyk had another strong game, scoring a power-play goal, an assist and adding three shots for 25.3 fantasy points. Morgan Rielly and Torey Krug had big games again, and Nazem Kadri found the scoresheet yet again as well. Patrice Bergeron’s point streak came to an end, however, though he was highly-owned. Jeff Petry was a shockingly popular play, but with Shea Weber back in the lineup for the Habs, Petry’s role was limited; Jordie Benn outperformed Petry even though neither had a strong game. Joel Edmundson had an uncharacteristically ineffective night, though the Islanders jumped out to a 4-0 lead, which changed the face of the game early. Blake Wheeler returned to form with two assists and 16.5 fantasy points in the Jets’ 4-1 win against the Coyotes. The rest of Winnipeg’s top line, including Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor, had a strong night as well; the trio was responsible for five third-period points.


 

Tonight’s Schedule

  • New Jersey @ Chicago – 7:00pm EST
  • Edmonton @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
  • Tampa Bay @ Anaheim – 8:00pm EST
  • San Jose @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed) vs. CHI: Corey Crawford (confirmed)
  • EDM: Laurent Brossoit (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
  • TBL: vs. ANA: John Gibson (LIKELY)
  • SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed) vs. LAK: Jonathan Quick (LIKELY)

 

For starting goalie updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/12/17

Centers

ELITE

Connor McDavid ($9,200)

Connor McDavid has points in three straight games and in eight out of his last nine games, including an assist and 16 fantasy points against Washington when these teams met Oct. 28. Aside from a poor performance against Detroit four games ago, McDavid has had a strong season and has been pretty consistent all year. He has not been putting up the same fantasy numbers he did last year, but he has been involved offensively. He has 19 points in 16 games, is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game and skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit.

Steven Stamkos ($8,700)

Steven Stamkos leads the league in points with 30 through 17 games, including two goals and six points on his current three-game point streak. He and Nikita Kucherov have been unstoppable this season, and both make for great starts tonight. That being said, Kucherov has been the go-to for these lineups even more so than Stammer. Stamkos skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 22.1 fantasy points per game this season.

MID-RANGE

Rickard Rakell ($6,700)

Rickard Rakell has points in four straight games and is coming off a three-point performance in which he finished the game with 28.7 fantasy points. He skates on Anaheim’s first line and first power-play unit and leads the Ducks in all major scoring categories, including goals (6), assists (8), points (14) and power-play points (5). Those aren’t overwhelming stats, but he has been solid for Anaheim this year.

Anze Kopitar ($6,500)

Anze Kopitar has an impressive seven-game point streak going during which he has collected two goals and nine points. He skates on Los Angeles’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game.

VALUE

Lars Eller ($3,800)

Lars Eller has had a very strong stretch since he played his best game of the year against the Oilers when these teams met Oct. 28. He scored a goal and an assist and registered six shots in that contest, finishing the game with 31.2 fantasy points. Since then, he has found the scoresheet in four out of six games and has scored a total of two goals and six points in that stretch. He skates on Washington’s third line and second power-play unit, though there could be some changes to the lines if Brett Connolly returns to the lineup.

Derek Grant ($3,300)

Though he came up with a grand total of zero fantasy points in his most recent performance, Derek Grant has been a reliable value option this season. He had points in five straight games before Thursday night’s performance and has points in eight out of his last 10 contests. Grant skates on Anaheim’s first line and second power-play unit.


Also Consider: Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,300), Logan Couture ($6,600–2G last night), Brayden Point ($5,500), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,000)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Nikita Kucherov ($9,100)

Nikita Kucherov has been in almost every installment of this lineup all season long, and the same is true for tonight. He has been too reliable to overlook with 16 goals and 29 points in 17 games this season. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game.

Alex Ovechkin ($9,000)

Alex Ovechkin has points in four straight games, picking up three goals and four points in that span. He skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and had a very strong game when these teams met at the end of October, tallying three assists and five shots for 32 fantasy points, the same point total as linemate Evgeny  Kuznetsov ($7,300). Ovi has 19 points in 17 games this season and is averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game; he has been a pretty popular play throughout the season.

MID-RANGE

Vladislav Namestnikov ($6,300)

Vladislav Namestnikov is having a great year and is thriving on Tampa Bay’s top line and top power-play unit with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. He has 18 points in 17 games and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per contest. Namestnikov currently has points in three straight games, including three goals and five points, and has points in four out of his last five games.

Tyler Toffoli ($5,900)

Tyler Toffoli has points in four straight games and in six out of his last seven games, scoring a total of six goals and eight points in that stretch. He skates on Los Angeles’ second line and second power-play unit and is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game this season. However, he has averaged 18.35 fantasy points per game over his last seven contests.

VALUE

Yanni Gourde ($4,000)

Yanni Gourde has been a great fantasy play in recent games, especially when paired with someone from the Lightning’s top line (like Nikita Kucherov, for example) so you have exposure to the top two lines and both power-play units. Gourde has points in five straight games and remains an incredibly cheap option. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit and has three goals and seven points on his current five-game point streak. Gourde has earned 11.2, 24, 15.2, 18.8, 28.5, 8 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.

Jesse Puljujarvi ($3,100)

Jesse Puljujarvi returned to Edmonton’s lineup yesterday and was the best player on the ice for the Oilers. He scored a goal on five shots, finishing the game against the Rangers with 20 fantasy points. Puljujarvi skated on the Oilers’ second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic, both of whom have played well in recent games, as well as on the team’s second power-play unit. He could be a nice value play and carries very little risk at that price if you’re low on budget space. Even if he does nothing, he’s practically the cheapest option available, which could give you more flexibility elsewhere in the lineup.


Also Consider: Dustin Brown ($5,600), Kyle Palmieri ($5,500), Jakob Silfverberg ($5,100), Tomas Hertl ($4,800), Joonas Donskoi ($4,100), Alex DeBrincat ($3,800), Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,400)

 

 

Defensemen

ELITE

Victor Hedman ($6,000)

Victor Hedman has points in four out of his last five games, recording one goal and six assists in that span. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first power-play unit but is averaging just 11.9 fantasy points per game this season. He has the potential for a big game but hasn’t been nearly as reliable as he was last year, at least not so far this season.

MID-RANGE

John Carlson ($5,700)

John Carlson hasn’t had big nights on a very consistent basis but has had some huge performances in recent games, including a two-point performance in the Caps’ most recent game, which got him 24.2 fantasy points, as well as a solid performance against Edmonton at the end of October for 19.2 fantasy points. He is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game and skates on Washington’s dangerous top power-play unit.

Oscar Klefbom ($5,500)

Oscar Klefbom has put up pretty consistent numbers this season but has been a disappointment nonetheless, as he has just four points in 16 games. The Edmonton power play has struggled tremendously, and it’s very clear that the team misses Andrej Sekera dearly. That being said, Klefbom has earned at least 9.6 fantasy points in nine out of his last 11 games and has earned at least 8 in 10 out of 11. He skates on the Oilers’ top power-play unit but has generated most of his fantasy points through peripheral stats. He registered six shots and a block for 11.2 fantasy points when these teams met Oct. 28.

Jake Muzzin ($4,900)

Jake Muzzin has 12 points in 16 games this season, including assists in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games. He is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game and skates on the Kings’ second power-play unit. Muzzin has earned 14.4, 20.8, 6.4, 16.5, 9.6, 8 and 16 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively; he tallied an assist against the Sharks at the beginning of the season. Muzzin continues to be a pretty safe play.

Brandon Montour ($4,500)

Brandon Montour has points in back-to-back games, recording a power-play goal and an assist as well as eight shots and a block for an average of 17.45 fantasy points. He skates on Anaheim’s first power-play unit.

VALUE

Slater Koekkoek ($3,500)

Slater Koekkoek has points in back-to-back games and could be a nice value option in tonight’s contests. He has a goal and an assist in his last two games, earning 9.6 and 18.4 fantasy points in those games, respectively. He does not see time on either power-play unit, however, so it could just be a fluke.


Also Consider: Sami Vatanen ($4,600), Hampus Lindholm ($4,200), Tim Heed ($4,100), Justin Braun ($3,800)

 

 

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,400)

Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the league in wins with 12 and has recorded just two losses this season. He is averaging 26.1 fantasy points per game this year and has won two in a row, though the two games before that were not his strongest. One was an overtime loss in which he gave up two goals on 35 shots and earned 18.4 fantasy points (not a win but not terrible), and the other was a win in which he surrendered five goals on just 23 shots and earned just 6.4 fantasy points (a win, but terrible). Other than that, he has earned at least 14.4 fantasy points in every game this year and has come away with at least 20 fantasy points 10 times.

Braden Holtby ($9,300)

Braden Holtby has won five games in a row, earning 29.6, 23.2, 28.8, 28 and 34.4 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. He is averaging 22.9 fantasy points per game this season and defeated the Oilers when these teams met Oct. 28, giving up two goals on 40 shots and finishing the game with 34.4 fantasy points. The Oilers have been inconsistent this season and are hard to predict, but Holtby has played well in recent games and should be a popular play tonight.

Corey Crawford ($8,900)

Corey Crawford registered back-to-back shutouts and followed up those performances with back-to-back losses, which makes for an interesting case. A lot of that has to do with the play of his teammates, which hasn’t been great. That being said, the team is coming off a come-from-behind victory against the Hurricanes, which could mean that the offense is starting to click once again. Even though Chicago is favored and Crawford has an especially favorable matchup against New Jersey backup Keith Kinkaid, it’s not a slam-dunk. But he should be a popular play and has been stellar this season.


Also Consider: Martin Jones ($8,800)

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/12/17 Lineup

NOTE: This lineup may change based on injury updates, changes to line combinations, starting goalie confirmations, etc.

  • C: Anze Kopitar ($6,500)
  • C: Rickard Rakell ($6,700)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($9,100)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($4,000)
  • W: Tyler Toffoli ($5,900)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($3,100)
  • D: John Carlson ($5,700)
  • D: Jake Muzzin ($4,900)
  • G: Corey Crawford ($8,900)

The next player in the lineup would be winger Alex Ovechkin ($9,000)

 

 

If you must have Ovi, here’s a similar, more Caps-heavy lineup with him in the mix:

  • C: Anze Kopitar ($6,500)
  • C: Lars Eller ($3,800)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($9,100)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($9,000)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($4,000)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($3,100)
  • D: John Carlson ($5,700)
  • D: Jake Muzzin ($4,900)
  • G: Corey Crawford ($8,900)

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Dirk Shadd-Tampa Bay Times

 

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