FanDuel DFS NHL – Thursday 11/8/18


It seems as though we may be rid of the two- and three-game slates, at least for a little while. That new trend kicks off tonight with a large nine-game slate.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE:
VAN @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
ARI @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
EDM @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
BUF @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
VGK @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
NYI @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
CAR @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
SJS @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
MIN @ LAK – 10:30pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: There weren’t too many highlighted players in yesterday’s post with the small slate, but two out of three had strong nights. Unfortunately, Sean Monahan did not have a good game and was not involved in Calgary’s lone power-play goal of the night. He finished the game with four shots and 6.4 fantasy points. However, the two highlighted Capitals came through with 20-plus fantasy points each. Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play and added three shots and two blocks for 20.5 FP, while John Carlson assisted on both of Washington’s goals and added two shots and four blocks for 26.1 FP. He had a very high ownership rate in FanDuel cash contests, but he came through with another strong performance. I played light last night but ended up going with Anaheim goalie Ryan Miller; the Ducks give up a ton of shots, and Miller has managed solid fantasy point totals even when he’s given up two or three goals. I thought Calgary would be more productive on the night in general, but they forced Miller to make 37 stops in a 3-2 win, leaving him with 33.6 FP, the second-highest on the slate behind Braden Holtby (40.8 FP). I used a combination of Matthew Tkachuk (18.9 FP), Jakob Silfverberg (16.8 FP), who was moved back to the second line, Calle Jarnkrok (6.4 FP), Ryan Hartman (16.8 FP) and Jake Guentzel (9.6 FP). On the back end, I went with Olli Maatta as my second defenseman; he collected two shots and four blocks for 9.6 FP.

 


Here are some plays to consider for tonight’s slate:

 

CENTER

Mid-Range Plays: Max Domi ($6,800), Elias Pettersson ($6,300)

Max Domi has goals in four straight games and in six out of his last seven games, scoring seven goals and eight points in that stretch. Domi skates on Montreal’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game this season. He scored two goals and earned 28.8 fantasy points when these teams met in Buffalo earlier this season.

Elias Pettersson continues to be a great fantasy value. The Swedish rookie has a tough matchup on the road in Boston against Jaroslav Halak, who has played very well this season. However, he has goals in each of his last two games, earning 20 and 54.9 fantasy points, respectively. Pettersson has 10 goals and 16 points in 10 games this season and is averaging 22.7 fantasy points per game. He skates on Vancouver’s second line and first power-play unit.
As always, these are just a few highlighted players, but there are many other options on tonight’s large slate. Tampa Bay’s top line has been hot of late, though I don’t usually like to play Steven Stamkos in cash (I prefer Brayden Point, though I generally prefer Yanni Gourde over other Lightning forwards). I also prefer Leon Draisaitl over Connor McDavid these days, though it’s hard to tell how Roberto Luongo will play now that the Panthers have returned from Finland. He’s played just one full game this season but looked strong in the Global Series against Winnipeg. Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins will be on home ice in a favorable matchup, even though Vancouver has been strong this season; Bergeron offers a solid floor and has 20 points in 14 games this season. It looks as though Tyler Seguin may be back with Jamie Benn tonight, which could be what he needs to break his goalless drought. Also, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks will look to respond after the stunning firing of head coach Joel Quenneville. One player who has been strong in recent games is Philadelphia’s Nolan Patrick. Patrick has points in four straight games, tallying two goals and six points in that stretch for 11.2, 16.8, 17.6 and 21.6 fantasy, respectively. He skates on the Flyers’ second line and first power-play unit. Chris Tierney could be another cheaper option on tonight’s slate, especially if Brady Tkachuk returns to the lineup for Ottawa. Tierney doesn’t have much of a ceiling but has points in back-to-back games and is averaging 12.9 fantasy points per game this season. I prefer Matt Duchene over Tierney, though Tierney is more affordable. Vegas is 2-6-0 on the road this season and will be without center Erik Haula, so Ottawa could have another strong offensive game unless Marc-Andre Fleury pulls off an incredible performance. That being said, Vegas is coming off one of its best performances of the season even though they took a 3-1 loss in Toronto.

Also consider: Patrice Bergeron ($8,300), Tyler Seguin ($7,500), Jonathan Toews ($7,200), Brayden Point ($6,900), Leon Draisaitl ($6,300), Matt Duchene ($6,000), Nolan Patrick ($5,200)

Value: Chris Tierney ($4,600), Artem Anisimov ($4,400), Brad Richardson ($4,200)–a bit pricey, Colin White ($3,200), Eric Fehr ($3,000)

 

WINGER

Top Play: Patrick Kane ($8,500)

There are a ton of great winger options on tonight’s slate, many of which are listed below. However, one interesting storyline for tonight revolves around Patrick Kane, who has been openly upset about Joel Quenneville since it was announced the other day. Kane has just two assists in his last three games, but he and the Hawks could come out flying on home ice tonight, and Kane’s ceiling is one of the highest on the slate. He’s averaging 21.8 fantasy points per game this season and is set to skate on Chicago’s first power-play unit with Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat, which should improve his odds of finding the scoresheet.

Like with Bergeron, David Pastrnak is never a bad play, and he as well as Nikita Kucherov could have solid ownership tonight. Both players should be pretty safe cash plays given their expected ownership and recent production/matchup. However, if I target Tampa Bay it most likely will be Yanni Gourde, who skates on the second line and second power-play unit. Gourde has goals in three straight games and is averaging 15.1 fantasy points per game; he’s much more affordable than Kucherov, though his price has increased to $5,900. Another player who has seen a sharp price increase since his last game is Mark Stone, who now sits at $6,400. Stone is coming off a truly massive performance as he scored two goals and five points and recorded seven shots for 59.7 fantasy points. That level of production could increase his ownership on tonight’s slate, though considering the size of the slate, ownership should be more spread out in general. Stone skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game. I also like Jeff Skinner and Evgenii Dadonov, who continue to produce. Skinner and the Sabres are coming off a tough loss to the Rangers but will face Carey Price, who has given up 13 goals in his last three games. Dadonov skates on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in eight straight games, collecting five goals and 10 points in that time. Mike Hoffman has also been very consistent; he’s riding a nine-game point streak heading into tonight’s game against the Oilers. Hoffman has been moved to Florida’s top line but was bumped to the second power-play unit. Like Skinner, Timo Meier is coming off a rough performance but has been very hot in recent games. Meier is tied for second in the league in goals with 11 and is still averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game as a member of San Jose’s second line and second power-play unit. Other options worth considering are listed below.

Also consider: David Pastrnak ($8,300), Nikita Kucherov ($8,200), Jamie Benn ($7,800), Claude Giroux ($7,400), Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), Jeff Skinner ($6,700), Evgenii Dadonov ($6,700), Ilya Kovalchuk ($6,500), Mark Stone ($6,400), Alexander Radulov ($6,000)–DTD, Yanni Gourde ($5,900), Timo Meier ($5,600), Mike Hoffman ($5,500), Tomas Tatar ($5,200)

Value Plays: Jason Pominville ($4,900), Brady Tkachuk ($3,900)–DTD, Ty Rattie ($3,700), Michael Grabner ($3,300)

Jason Pominville continues to be a tempting play considering he skates on the top line and top power-play unit and costs under $5,000. Pominville managed just three shots for 4.8 fantasy points against the Rangers but had points in the previous seven games, recording seven goals and 13 points in that span. He’s averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game and scored two goals for 32.5 fantasy points when these teams met in Buffalo in late October.

If Brady Tkachuk returns to Ottawa’s lineup tonight, he could be a solid value option, assuming he picks up where he left off. He would likely skate on the second line and first power-play unit. Other affordable options include Ty Rattie, who offers exposure to Connor McDavid on Edmonton’s top line, as well as Michael Grabner, who extended his point streak to five games with a goal against the Flyers the other night. Arizona travels to Philly to complete the home-and-home, and Grabner’s price tag makes him an intriguing pick. Additional options are listed below.

Also consider: Alex Tuch ($4,800), Nick Schmaltz ($4,600), Nikolay Goldobin ($3,500), Marcus Sorensen ($3,400), Richard Panik ($3,300)

 

DEFENSE

Top Play: Thomas Chabot ($4,700)

My top defensive play on tonight’s slate, once again, is Thomas Chabot. Chabot is coming off his best performance of the season and will look to continue to produce tonight against Vegas. He scored a goal and two assists and recorded an insane nine shots on goal and a block for 44.5 fantasy points the other night against New Jersey. Chabot skates on Ottawa’s first power-play unit, leads the team in scoring with 20 points in 15 games and is averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game this season.

There are plenty of other solid choices, however. A few of particular interest to me are Keith Yandle, Torey Krug, Ryan McDonagh and Jeff Petry, all of whom will be on home ice tonight. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, consider Alex Goligoski, though he put together a disappointing performance against Philadelphia the other night.

Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,100), Keith Yandle ($5,500), Dougie Hamilton ($5,500), Torey Krug ($5,400), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,300), Ryan McDonagh ($5,200), Matt Dumba ($4,900), Jeff Petry ($4,400), Maxime Lajoie ($4,200), Alex Goligoski ($3,900), Slater Koekkoek ($3,500)

 

GOALIE

Top Plays: Jaroslav Halak ($8,200), Corey Crawford ($8,000)

Tonight is the first game for the Blackhawks since Joel Quenneville was relieved of his duties. Fans and players alike are pretty charged up about the situation, so tonight’s game could go a number of ways. Assuming the team bounces back and plays an emotional game on home ice, however, Corey Crawford could be an excellent play. He’ll go up against a team that averages more shots per game (40.6) than any other team in the league while managing the fourth-worst goals-per-game rate (2.60).

Another top option is Jaroslav Halak, who has been great this season. He is set to get the nod for the Bruins as they host the Canucks. Though Halak took an overtime loss to Vancouver Oct. 20, Boston will be on home ice, and Halak is still averaging 24.4 fantasy points per game this season. He and the Bruins are favored to win tonight, though if the previous matchup is any indication, he might not see a high shot volume, which could limit his production.

Also consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,400), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,500), Craig Anderson ($7,800)–GPP, Roberto Luongo ($7,700), Linus  Ullmark ($7,600)

 

 

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