FanDuel DFS NHL – Thursday 11/9/17


So sorry for the confusion with tonight’s post. Several of you brought it to my attention. I will post just one lineup for the 11/10 slate to avoid this. But again, I apologize!


 

UPDATE: Andrew Shaw is expected to play tonight. Jonathan Drouin’s status is still unknown, though he participated in Montreal’s morning skate; he will be a game-time decision. Kyle Palmieri is expected to return to New Jersey’s lineup. Shea Weber is OUT.

There are seven games on tonight’s slate, with Minnesota and Tampa Bay playing in the second half of back-to-backs. Today’s post highlights players of interest at each position; my favorite plays are in blue.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed easily. Everyone in the lineup scored at least a point, and Andrei Vasilevskiy came away with a 5-1 victory, making 32 saves and earning 33.6 fantasy points. Nikita Kucherov played like Nikita Kucherov, scoring a goal and two assists and coming away with 34.9 fantasy points, while second-line winger Yanni Gourde tallied two assists, one shot and four blocks for 24 fantasy points. Nazem Kadri, the only player in the lineup from the Wild-Maple Leafs game, scored a goal and earned 13.6 fantasy points. The Rangers won the team’s fifth game in a row; if you went with Henrik Lundqvist, he got 28.8 fantasy points in the Blueshirts’ 4-2 win over the Bruins. All four Rangers skaters found the scoresheet; Mika Zibanejad and Michael Grabner finished with 9.6 fantasy points each with a combined two assists, one shot and one block. Pavel Buchnevich, on the other hand, scored a goal and an assist and added four shots for 26.4 fantasy points. Kevin Shattenkirk extended his point streak with an assist; he also registered one shot and four blocks, good for 16 fantasy points. Lastly, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug recorded an assist, one shot and three blocks for 14.4 fantasy points.

As for other strongly recommended players, all five highlighted centers scored at least a point; Steven Stamkos tallied three assists and 29.3 fantasy points, Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and an assist and earned 24.8 fantasy points and Brayden Point recorded an assist, three shots and two blocks for 16 fantasy points. Every winger except for Chris Stewart found the scoresheet as well, including David Pastrnak, who came up with a goal and an assist and 24.8 fantasy points. On the back end, Brent Burns, as expected, contributed very little with just three shots; however, Tim Heed did indeed have a stronger fantasy performance with 9.6 fantasy points on the night. Victor Hedman came up empty but Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists and three blocks for 20.8 fantasy points. Three of the four highlighted goalies came away with wins, while Martin Jones finished in the red; fortunately, however, Vasilevskiy was the one in the lineup, and he earned more fantasy points than any other goalie on the night.


 

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Chicago @ Philadelphia – 7:00pm EST
  • Edmonton @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
  • Minnesota @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
  • Arizona @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
  • Detroit @ Calgary – 9:00pm EST
  • Vancouver @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
  • Tampa Bay @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • CHI: Corey Crawford (confirmed) vs. PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
  • EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed) vs. NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed)
  • MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. MTL: Charlie Lindgren (confirmed)
  • ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed) vs. STL: Carter Hutton (confirmed)
  • DET: Petr Mrazek (confirmed) vs. CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed)
  • VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. ANA: Ryan Miller (confirmed)
  • TBL: Peter Budaj (LIKELY) vs. LAK: Jonathan Quick (LIKELY)

 

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

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/9/17

Centers

Connor McDavid ($9,200)

Connor McDavid tallied three assists in the Oilers’ 6-3 win against the Devils Friday night, and he scored the game-winning overtime goal Tuesday night to give the Oilers a 2-1 win over the Islanders. Significantly, the Oilers have not won back-to-back games this season. That being said, the team played well against New Jersey last week and will look to do the same this evening. McDavid has 17 points in 14 games this season and is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game. He skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit.

Steven Stamkos ($8,600)

Steven Stamkos had another big game last night against the Sharks, tallying three assists (one on the power play), two shots and a block for 29.3 fantasy points. He now has points in 14 out of 16 games this season and continues to lead the league in points with 28. He is averaging just south of 22 fantasy points per game this season; he skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit.

Sean Monahan ($7,600)

Sean Monahan has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and three assists and averaging 16.68 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game this season.

Anze Kopitar ($6,600)

Anze Kopitar has points in each of his last six games, collecting a total of two goals and eight points in that span. He skates on Los Angeles’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game this season. He and the Kings likely will face former teammate Peter Budaj in net, who should be plenty motivated; however, Kopitar has been very consistent and is priced extremely reasonably considering his recent production. He has 19 points in 15 games this season.

Brayden Schenn ($6,500)

Brayden Schenn and linemates Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz have had incredible performances in back-to-back games, with Schenn scoring a goal and two assists and earning 31.7 fantasy points Tuesday night and tallying four assists and 34.1 fantasy points on Saturday. Schenn skates on the Blues’ top line and top power-play unit and has a favorable matchup against the Arizona Coyotes this evening. He is averaging 15 fantasy points per game this season and has 18 points in 16 contests.

Brayden Point ($5,600)

Brayden Point extended his point streak to four games with an assist and 16 fantasy points in last night’s win against the Sharks. He now has points in four straight and in seven out of his last eight games. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit.

Artemi Anisimov ($4,900)

Artem Anisimov’s four-game goal streak came to end in Chicago’s most recent game, but he scored a goal and an assist and earned 30.1 fantasy points against Philadelphia when these teams met Nov. 1. He skated on the Blackhawks’ second line with Brandon Saad and Richard Panik in yesterday’s practice, as well as on the team’s second power-play unit.

Derek Grant ($3,300)

Derek Grant has points in five straight games and in eight out of his last nine games, scoring three goals and nine points in those contests. He has solidified his role as as a top-six forward now that Ryan Getzlaf could miss up to two months; he skated as the team’s first-line center between Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry in Thursday’s game. Getting a top-line forward for $3,300 is an absolute steal, especially when that player is on an impressive point streak and sees time on the power-play; he skated on both units in Tuesday’s game, though he generally plays on the second unit.


Also Consider: Sean Couturier ($6,600), Eric Staal ($6,500), Bo Horvat ($5,900)

 

 

Wingers

Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)

If you read these lineups on a semi-regular basis, you know to expect Nikita Kucherov will be front and center. There is no exception for tonight’s contests, especially after Kucherov scored three points and earned 34.9 fantasy points last night against San Jose. He has two goals and five points in his last two games and leads the league in goals with 15; plus, he is second in the NHL in points with 26, just two behind linemate Steven Stamkos. Kucherov is averaging 23.6 fantasy points per game; he skates on Tampa’s first line and first power-play unit.

Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,300)

Vladimir Tarasenko has recorded five points, 14 shots and an average of 35.7 fantasy points per game over his last two contests alone. He skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit and has played extremely well with linemates Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz in recent contests. He and the Blues have a favorable matchup against Arizona tonight, though Schwartz has been more consistent during the season. Tarasenko has the higher ceiling and will be the more popular play, while Schwartz could be a little safer. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to have at least one member of the Blues’ top line in your lineup tonight. All three skate on the first power-play unit as well.

 Leon Draisaitl ($7,600)

Leon Draisaitl is coming off a two-point performance and has goals in three out of his last four games and points in five out of his last six games. He is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game this season and skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit. Draisaitl scored a goal and earned 21.6 fantasy points against the Devils last week.

Taylor Hall ($7,500)

Taylor Hall is averaging 17.6 fantasy points per game this season and skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit. He scored a goal on seven shots against the Oilers last week, finishing the game with 23.2 fantasy points. Hall hasn’t been overly successful against his former team but has been having a solid season. He failed to find the scoresheet Tuesday night against St. Louis but has not gone two games without a point all year.

Johnny Gaudreau ($7,500)

Johnny Gaudreau has been very dependable, scoring at least a point in 12 out of 15 games this season, including two goals and seven points on his current five-game point streak. He also has points in nine out of his last 10 games. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit, has 19 points in 15 games and is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game.

Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)

Jaden Schwartz is one player that has been discussed in these posts on a frequent basis this season. That’s because he has been pretty consistent all year, with at least a point in 13 out of 16 games. He is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game and skates on the Blues’ top line and top power-play unit. The Blues’ top line of Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will be heavily targeted tonight, but the matchup is favorable and the line has scored a combined 16 points in just the last two games.

Max Pacioretty ($7,200)

Max Pacioretty has points in six straight games, scoring a total of four goals and eight points in that span. He is averaging 14 fantasy points per game this season but has averaged 21.1 fantasy points per game on his current streak. Several Montreal skaters were injured in Tuesday’s game against Vegas, and head coach Claude Julien has deemed them “50/50” to play tonight. That is something that will have to be followed throughout the day to see what the lines will look like before puck drop. Pacioretty had been skating on the team’s second line and first power-play unit and has been a popular play in recent games. He and the Canadiens will face a Minnesota team in the second half of a back-to-back.

Tyler Toffoli ($6,100)

Tyler Toffoli has points in three straight games, netting two goals and four points in that time. However, he has five goals and seven points in his last six contests. He skates on Los Angeles’ second line and second power-play unit.

Vladislav Namestnikov ($5,600)

Vladislav Namestnikov hasn’t been nearly as consistent or reliable as Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov this season. However, he is at least $3,000 cheaper and plays with both of them on the top line and top power-play unit. He is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 43.7 fantasy points, and he has 17 points in 16 games this year. Namestnikov is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game.

Yanni Gourde ($3,600)

Yanni Gourde now has points in four straight games thanks to a two-assist performance last night against San Jose in which he earned 24 fantasy points. That’s incredible value for a player that costs just $3,600. Gourde skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit.


Also Consider: Clayton Keller ($6,600), Brock Boeser ($6,200), Jason Zucker ($4,700), Micheal Ferland ($4,600), Jesper Bratt ($3,900), Charles Hudon ($3,400), Brian Gibbons ($3,300)

 

 

Defensemen

Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100)

Alex Pietrangelo is coming off one of his worst performances of the year but has been one of the most consistent fantasy defensemen this season. He has 15 points in 16 games and is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game. He has earned at least eight fantasy points in 14 out of 16 games this season, and he skates on St. Louis’ first power-play unit.

Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,800)

Shayne Gostisbehere has assists in three straight games, though he has played in just one game after missing several games with an upper-body injury. He plays on Philadelphia’s first power-play unit and has earned 14.9, 13.3, 14.4, 14.4 and 13.3 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively; he has earned at least 13.3 fantasy points in eight out of his last nine games. Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks shut out the Flyers when these teams met Nov. 1, though Gostisbehere was not in the lineup.

Shea Weber ($5,700)

Even though Shea Weber has had two straight underwhelming fantasy performances, he remains a solid option, especially considering he has been a popular play on most nights. He has 11 points, 49 shots and 41 blocks in 16 games this season and is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game. Weber skates on Montreal’s first power-play unit.

Jake Muzzin ($5,000)

Jake Muzzin continues to be a reliable mid-range option on defense. He has 11 points, 42 shots and 33 blocks in 15 games and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game. Muzzin skates on the Kings’ second power-play unit and has points in two out of his last three games. Alec Martinez ($4,700) is worth consideration as well, as is Drew Doughty ($5,600).

Jeff Petry ($4,300)

Jeff Petry has points in two out of his last three games and has earned 12.8, 11.2, 24.8, 6.4 and 11.7 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Petry skates on Montreal’s second power-play unit.

Michael Del Zotto ($4,200)

Michael Del Zotto has points in back-to-back games and has earned 12.8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit and is averaging 11.1 fantasy points per game this season.

Adam Larsson ($3,700)

Adam Larsson has earned 6.4 fantasy points in each of his last two games but managed 22.4 fantasy points with an assist, three shots and six blocks against the Devils last week. He is averaging 9.1 fantasy points per game.

Cody Franson ($3,500)

Cody Franson skates on Chicago’s second power-play unit and provided excellent value in his most recent performance, finishing the game with six shots and four blocks for 16 fantasy points. He is averaging 10 fantasy points per game this season.


Also Consider: Drew Doughty ($5,600), Dougie Hamilton ($5,200), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Alec Martinez ($4,700), Jason Demers ($4,100), Matt Dumba ($3,900), Joel Edmundson ($3,800), Jordie Benn ($3,500)

 

 

Goalies

Corey Crawford ($9,100)

Corey Crawford has given up 2, 1 or 0 goals in each of his last five games, which includes an incredible 35-save shutout against the Flyers in which he earned 48 fantasy points. Tonight’s game will be in Philadelphia, and having Shayne Gostisbehere in the lineup should make Philadelphia a more threatening opponent, but even if Crawford doesn’t record a shutout, he has been solid all year and could be a popular play. There are other goalies that will be safer picks, however.

Jake Allen ($8,800) Carter Hutton ($8,300)

It looks like Carter Hutton will get the start. He has not lost a game this year, making him an even stronger choice. With Jonathan Drouin questionable for tonight’s game, Hutton could be the smarter choice over Charlie Lindgren, and Hutton is just $600 more. Jake Allen could turn out to be the most popular “elite” goalie in tonight’s contests since he and the Blues will take on the Arizona Coyotes, a team that has struggled all year. Allen has won back-to-back games, though he gave up four goals to Toronto Nov. 4. That being said, St. Louis has one of the most favorable matchups this evening, and Allen is averaging 20.9 fantasy points per game this season. He won’t be the most popular play, but he’ll be up there.

Charlie Lindgren ($7,700)

More than likely, Charlie Lindgren will be the most popular goalie in tonight’s contests. He has won back-to-back games, earning 27.2 and 50.4 fantasy points in those two efforts. In fact, Lindgren is undefeated at the NHL level in five career starts. That won’t last, but many will go with the hot hand while it lasts. Montreal is favored tonight against the Wild in the second half of a back-to-back, especially since Devan Dubnyk may have to start his second game in two nights with Alex Stalock back in Minnesota for the birth of his child. However, it’s possible Montreal will have trouble scoring if Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Shaw are unable to play. Still, Lindgren will be an extremely popular choice.


Also Consider: Cam Talbot ($8,600), Peter Budaj ($7,600)

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/9/17 Lineups

NOTE: This lineup will be updated later today after more info regarding starting goalies, line combinations, injuries, etc. is released

  • C: Brayden Schenn ($6,500)
  • C: Derek Grant ($3,300)/Artem Anisimov ($4,900)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)
  • W: Max Pacioretty ($7,200)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Jake Muzzin ($5,000)
  • D: Cody Franson ($3,500)
  • G: Charlie Lindgren ($7,700)

 

Main Lineup:

  • C: Brayden Schenn ($6,500)
  • C: Derek Grant ($3,300)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)
  • W: Max Pacioretty ($7,200)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100)/Jake Muzzin ($5,000)
  • D: Cody Franson ($3,500)
  • G: Carter Hutton ($8,300)

 

  • C: Brayden Schenn ($6,500)
  • C: Anze Kopitar ($6,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)
  • W: Max Pacioretty ($7,200)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Cody Franson ($3,500)
  • D: Adam Larsson ($3,700)
  • G: Charlie Lindgren ($7,700)

 

  • C: Brayden Schenn ($6,500)
  • C: Derek Grant ($3,300)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)
  • W: Max Pacioretty ($7,200)
  • W: Tyler Toffoli ($6,100)
  • D: Ivan Provorov ($4,500)
  • D: Cody Franson ($3,500)
  • G: Charlie Lindgren ($7,700)

 

If you want to put all your eggs in two baskets (I’m playing this in GPP):

  • C: Brayden Schenn ($6,500)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Jaden Schwartz ($7,200)
  • W: Vladislav Namestnikov ($5,600)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100)
  • D: Joel Edmundson ($3,800)
  • G: Charlie Lindgren ($7,700)

 

 

 

 

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