FanDuel DFS NHL – Thursday 12/7/17


UPDATE: BRIAN ELLIOTT IS STARTING FOR PHILADELPHIA TONIGHT.

PLAYER NEWS: Bo Horvat is OUT tonight (he’ll miss 4-6 weeks). Matthew Tkachuk will NOT play tonight; he has been suspended for one game. Jaromir Jagr is OUT tonight. Jake DeBrusk IS expected to play tonight; Ryan Spooner is NOT expected to play. Justin Schultz will NOT play (he’ll be out a few weeks). Johnny Boychuk will NOT play tonight. Torey Krug WILL play tonight.

There are 18 teams in action tonight in the NHL, with the Flames, Flyers and Senators skating in the second half of back-to-back contests. Matthew Tkachuk may face supplementary discipline for spearing Matt Martin from the bench in last night’s game, so his status for tonight is unknown. There were several dirty plays in last night’s contests that could result in supplementary discipline but that’s the only one with relevance for tonight. The only injury update at this point is that Jake DeBrusk (BOS) is listed as a game-time decision. Today’s post provides an overview of options for tonight’s contests at each position and at different price points. Not every strong play is highlighted, and not every highlighted player is necessarily a top recommendation. However, some of my favorite picks are in blue, with other solid options (based mainly on recent performance and expected popularity) in light blue.  Please keep in mind that these recommendations may be altered throughout the day based on updates regarding starting goalie confirmations, line combinations and injury news.

 


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed easily. In fact, all four recommended lineups would have cashed, earning anywhere from 132.5 fantasy points to 201.3 fantasy points. All four goalies that were recommended came away with wins, with Frederik Andersen earning the most fantasy points with 45.6 thanks to 47 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Flames. Almost everyone in the lineup had a strong game, but the best value of the bunch was center Adam Henrique, who scored two goals and earned 33.6 fantasy points for just $4,700. As expected, Nazem Kadri had a better fantasy game than Auston Matthews, though Matthews made the final lineup because of expected popularity; he ended up with a 62 percent ownership rate, so the mild difference between the two centers’ scores was insignificant. Alex Ovechkin and his linemates had a monster game against the Blackhawks, with Ovi scoring a goal and three assists and finishing the game with 46.1 fantasy points. Claude Giroux also continued his strong play against the Oilers with a two-point night. His 18.1 fantasy points were in line with Jake Voracek’s 20.8, though Voracek couldn’t quite fit in the final lineup. That being said, for those of you who went with Voracek and Brett Connolly (who scored for the third straight game) instead of Giroux/Sam Bennett, you would have finished with a 195.4 fantasy points instead of a 180.2. Both cashed quite easily, however. Tom Wilson had the best game of his NHL career with four points, earning 50 fantasy points in FanDuel contests. As mentioned earlier, Andersen, Braden Holtby, Ryan Miller and Brian Elliott all came away with wins, with Andersen earning 45.6 fantasy points, Holtby finishing with 33.6, Miller with 43.2 and Elliott with 22.4. Both defensemen in the lineup had solid nights, with John Carlson tallying an assist, two shots and four blocks for 17.6 fantasy points and Kris Russell recording one shot and five blocks for 9.6 fantasy points.


 

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Arizona @ Boston – 7:00pm EST
  • NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh – 7:00pm EST
  • Winnipeg @ Florida -7:30pm EST
  • Calgary @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
  • Colorado @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
  • Dallas @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
  • Philadelphia @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST
  • Ottawa @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
  • Carolina @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • ARI: Scott Wedgewood (confirmed) vs. BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed)
  • NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed) vs. PIT: Tristan Jarry (confirmed)
  • WPG: Eric Comrie (confirmed) vs. FLA: James Reimer (confirmed)
  • CGY: David Rittich (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
  • COL: Semyon Varlamov (confirmed) vs. TBL: Peter Budaj (confirmed)
  • DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed) vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
  • PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed)
  • OTT: Mike Condon (confirmed) vs. LAK: Darcy Kuemper (LIKELY)
  • CAR: Cam Ward (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)

 

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

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 12/7/17

Centers

ELITE

Sidney Crosby ($9,200)

Sidney Crosby’s six-game point streak came to an end the other night against the Rangers when he recorded just six shots on goal. However, he generally plays very well against the Islanders, with seven points in four games against the Isles last year and an incredible 101 points in 58  regular-season games against the Islanders throughout his career. While Pittsburgh is getting offense from each of its top two lines, Crosby’s recent increase in production and his career numbers against the Islanders make him a top pick for tonight’s contests.

Brayden Schenn ($7,000)

Brayden Schenn went five games without recording a point but scored a hat trick Tuesday night against Montreal, finishing the game with 44 fantasy points. He is having an excellent season with St. Louis, scoring 13 goals and 33 points in 28 games and averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game. Schenn was moved to the Blues’ second line but is still skating with Jaden Schwartz with whom he has had great chemistry all year. Alex Steen is the third member of the line, with all three joining Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo on St. Louis’ top power-play unit. Schenn and the Blues will take on Dallas’ backup netminder Kari Lehtonen since Ben Bishop is day-to-day with an injury. Schenn hasn’t been reliable in recent games but has the potential for a huge game, making him a risky choice with huge upside. He earned two assists in a game against Dallas earlier this season and scored three goals in two games against the Stars last season when he was a member of the Flyers.

MID-RANGE

Nathan MacKinnon ($6,800)

Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals and earned 36.2 fantasy points Tuesday night against Buffalo, giving him 31 points in 26 games this season. He skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit and should get Gabriel Landeskog back on his line as the Avs’ captain has finished serving his four-game suspension. MacKinnon is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game but has been better at home than on the road so far this season.

Anze Kopitar ($6,700)

Anze Kopitar has goals in three straight games and has scored three goals and six points in that time, as well as five goals and nine points in his last five games. He skates on Los Angeles’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game this season. Los Angeles will face the Senators, who are playing in the second half of a back-to-back and who have lost nine out of their last 10 games.

Vincent Trocheck ($5,900)

Vincent Trocheck is coming off a huge performance with three assists and 36.2 fantasy points Monday night and has registered six, eight, five, two and seven shots in his last five games, respectively. He skates on Florida’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game this season.

Brayden Point ($5,200)

Brayden Point has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and an assist since skating with Nikita Kucherov at even strength. He plays on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and has 23 points in 27 games, averaging 13.1 fantasy points per game. Point was a popular stack option with Kucherov the other night and could be popular once again tonight against Colorado, especially since Tampa Bay scored six goals in the team’s 6-2 win Tuesday night.

VALUE

Radek Faksa ($4,100)

Radek Faksa’s four-game point streak came to an end the other night, though he still managed five shots on goal for eight fantasy points. Faksa has earned 8, 11.2, 21.6, 30 and 44 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and St. Louis has given up 23 goals in its last eight games. Faksa skates on Dallas’ third line.


Also Consider: John Tavares ($8,300), Mark Scheifele ($8,000), Evgeni Malkin ($7,700), Aleksander Barkov ($6,800), Derek Stepan ($5,300), Mathew Barzal ($5,200), Henrik Sedin ($5,100), Patrik Berglund ($3,800)

 

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Nikita Kucherov ($8,800)

Nikita Kucherov has points in four straight games and has put together back-to-back multi-point performances, collecting two goals and six points in his last four contests. Kucherov skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit, leads the league in points with 40 and is averaging 20.7 fantasy points per game.

Phil Kessel ($8,000)

Phil Kessel has goals in back-to-back games and has 13 goals and 34 points in 29 games this season. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game. He scored one goal and seven points in four games against the Islanders last season.

Jake Voracek ($7,900)

Jake Voracek had another strong game last night against the Oilers, recording an assist and registering eight shots on goal. He has earned 20.8, 29.3, 9.6, 11.2, 8, 24, 22.1, 20, 26.1 and 23.7  fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He skates on Philadelphia’s second line and first power-play unit and scored a goal and earned 20 fantasy points when the Flyers played the Canucks Nov. 21.

Blake Wheeler ($7,700)

Blake Wheeler is having quite a week as he has scored one goal and eight points on his current three-game point streak and has recorded two goals and 11 points in his last five games. Winnipeg will aim to bounce back from a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings and will face Florida’s backup netminder James Reimer, who has given up three or four goals in each of his last four appearances. Wheeler skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game this season.

David Pastrnak ($7,200)

David Pastrnak has points in six straight games, collecting four goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game this season. He scored two points when these teams met Nov. 14, finishing the game with 23.2 fantasy points.

MID-RANGE

Jaden Schwartz ($6,900)

Jaden Schwartz continues to thrive alongside Brayden Schenn and is coming off a two-assist performance the other night. He has 34 points in 28 games and is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game this season. Schwartz skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power-play unit and scored two points against Dallas when these teams faced each other earlier this season.

Anders Lee ($6,400)

Anders Lee skates on the Islanders’ first line and first power-play unit and has 16 goals and 28 points in 27 games this season. His four-game goal streak was snapped the other night against Tampa Bay, but he has been very strong in recent games. Lee is averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game this year and will face a Penguins team that gave up four goals in its most recent game.

Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)

Patric Hornqvist continues to be a very popular play in cash contests but has proven to be well worth it given his recent success. He skates on Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby, as well as on the team’s first power-play unit, and has points in six straight games and goals in four straight. Hornqvist is coming off a two-point performance in which he earned 31.7 fantasy points, and he is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game this season. He has eight points, 32 shots and nine blocks in his last seven games, averaging 21.1 fantasy points per game in that stretch.

Brock Boeser ($6,100)

Brock Boeser scored two goals and earned 32.5 fantasy points against the Flyers when these teams met Nov. 21 in Philadelphia. He has just three points since that game but can always break out for a multi-point performance. He has 25 points in 25 games and is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game this season. Boeser skates on Vancouver’s first line and first power-play unit.

Tyler Johnson ($4,500)

Tyler Johnson has points in back-to-back games since moving to the Lightning’s top line to skate with Steven Stamkos at even strength. He also plays on the team’s second power-play unit, giving you exposure to everyone in Tampa’s top six. Johnson has earned 10.1, 35.7, 8, 8.5 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and had an ownership rate higher than 40 percent Tuesday night.

VALUE

Andrew Shaw ($3,900)

Andrew Shaw has points in five straight games, netting three goals and six points in that stretch. He skates on Montreal’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 17.6, 16.8, 15.2, 11.2 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Daniel Carr ($3,000) also is worth consideration; he has points in all three of his games this season, scoring a goal and four points and averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game.

Yanni Gourde ($3,800)

Yanni Gourde skates on Tampa Bay’s third line and second power-play unit and is coming off a two-goal performance in which he earned 30.9 fantasy points. He has points in back-to-back games; while he is averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game this season, he has shown an ability to come up with a huge performance, making his ceiling higher than most value plays. His most recent game was his fifth multi-point game of the season.

Michael Raffl ($3,000)

Michael Raffl has goals in back-to-back games with three points in that time, earning 18.4 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He skates on Philadelphia’s second line with Jake Voracek, which has significantly improved his fantasy value. However, he has played very well in recent games and has five points in his last five games. He’s not a great pick but would make a solid mini-stack with Voracek and is a strong value option if you’re tight against the budget.


Also Consider: Brad Marchand ($7,500), Claude Giroux ($7,200), Jake Guentzel ($6,600), Daniel Sedin ($5,700), Conor Sheary ($5,500), Jordan Eberle ($5,500), Wayne Simmonds ($5,300), Loui Eriksson ($4,600), Marian Gaborik ($4,500), Kyle Connor ($4,500), Jake DeBrusk ($4,300), Mathieu Perreault ($4,200), Nick Bjugstad ($3,900), Daniel Carr ($3,000)

 

 

 

 

Defensemen

ELITE

Kris Letang ($6,600)

Kris Letang has points in three out of his last four games and was a popular play the other night against the Rangers. He is averaging 13 fantasy points per game this season and skates on Pittsburgh’s first power-play unit. He has earned 17.6 and 19.7 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively.

MID-RANGE

Nick Leddy ($5,700)

Nick Leddy continues to be an excellent fantasy play. He has points in three straight games and in seven out of his last eight games, recording two goals and nine points in that time. He has earned 14.9, 12.8, 14.9, 14.4, 21.3, 20, 14.4, 26.9, 9.6, 24.8 and 22.4 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. Leddy plays on the Islanders’ first power-play unit.

Drew Doughty ($5,600)

Drew Doughty is coming off a huge three-point game in which he earned 26.1 fantasy points, and he has eight points in his last seven games. He is averaging 13.2 fantasy points per game this season but has started to pile on the points in the Kings’ recent string of wins. Doughty skates on Los Angeles’ top power-play unit and has a favorable matchup against a Senators team that played last night, losing for the ninth time in the last 10 games. Similarly, Jake Muzzin ($5,000) has four points in his last three games and has provided a steady floor for most of the season. He is averaging 12.8 fantasy points per game and skates on the Kings’ top power-play unit as well.

Shea Weber ($5,400)

Shea Weber has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, collecting three goals and five points as well as 17 shots and seven blocks in that stretch. He plays on Montreal’s top power-play unit and is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game this season.

Tyson Barrie ($5,200)

Tyson Barrie has points in three out of his last four games and has earned 16.5, 9.6, 14.9 and 14.9 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. He is averaging 12.9 fantasy points per game this season but has played very well in recent games and should get a boost tonight with Gabriel Landeskog returning to the lineup and to the top power-play unit, which Barrie quarterbacks. The Avs will have a tough test against the talented Tampa Bay Lightning, but Barrie has been a solid fantasy asset all season.

Colton Parayko ($5,100)

Colton Parayko has points in four out of his last five games and has earned 8, 12.8, 16.5, 16, 23.4, 6.4, 24.5, 23.2, 17.6 and 8 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He skates on St. Louis’ second power-play unit and has been a more inexpensive alternative to Alex Pietrangelo, who hasn’t been as consistent as Parayko over the last 10-game stretch during which Parayko has managed to average 15.64 fantasy points per game compared to Pietrangelo’s 10.33.

VALUE

Mikhail Sergachev ($4,200)

Mikhail Sergachev has points in five straight games, collecting one goal and five points in that stretch. He plays on Tampa Bay’s second power-play unit and has earned 13.3, 14.9, 8.5, 14.1 and 14.9 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.


Also Consider: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,600), Dustin Byfuglien ($5,100), Alexander Edler ($4,800), Keith Yandle ($4,800), Charlie McAvoy ($4,600), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3,700), Noah Hanifin ($3,600), Jeff Petry ($3,600), Jason Demers ($3,500)

 

 

 

Goalies

ELITE

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300)

Andrei Vasilevskiy is coming off back-to-back wins and is favored tonight against Colorado. He leads the NHL in wins with 18 and is averaging 25.7 fantasy points per game.

Carey Price ($9,000)

Carey Price earned his first loss since returning to Montreal’s lineup after missing more than three weeks of action. However, he is still 5-1 since coming back Nov. 25. He has earned 4.8, 25.6, 22.4, 29.6, 37.6 and 48.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Price and the Habs are favored tonight against a Flames team that played last night.

Jonathan Quick ($8,800)

Jonathan Quick has won five games in a row, earning 19.2, 27.2, 25.6, 26.4 and 28 fantasy points in his last five starts, respectively. The Kings have picked up six wins in a row with backup Darcy Kuemper grabbing a win Dec. 1. Quick and the Kings are favored tonight against an Ottawa team that played last night and that has lost nine out of its last 10 games. Quick is averaging 21.9 fantasy points per game this season.

MID-RANGE

Tristan Jarry ($8,400)

Tristan Jarry is coming off an ugly loss to the Rangers in which he gave up several questionable goals. However, he and the Penguins are favored once again tonight against an Islanders team that gives up plenty of goals to opposing teams. In fact, the Islanders have surrendered 16 goals in the team’s last three games alone. Pittsburgh will be eager to bounce back after the team’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers the other night, and Jarry played well in his previous starts, winning four games prior to Tuesday’s loss. He is averaging 20.9 fantasy points per game this season. While it’s possible he could give up several goals, Pittsburgh should have enough firepower to get the win, especially at home.

Tuukka Rask ($7,900)

Tuukka Rask is favored at home against an Arizona team that has lost four out of its last five games. Arizona shouldn’t be underestimated, and Antti Raanta likely will make his first start in quite some time, but Rask and the Bruins are heavy favorites. The Bruins should be relatively healthy, with several key players back in the lineup, which will only improve the team’s chances of grabbing a win at home. Rask is having a tough season overall but has won each of his last two starts and made 10 of 11 saves in relief of Anton Khudobin in the Bruins’ 5-3 loss to Nashville Dec. 4.

VALUE

Connor Hellebuyck ($7,700)

Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets are coming off a tough 5-1 loss to a very determined Red Wings team but will look to rebound tonight against the Florida Panthers, who will be without starting netminder Roberto Luongo. James Reimer has given up 13 goals in his last four appearances, which should give Winnipeg an opportunity to take home the win tonight. Hellebuyck is averaging 20.6 fantasy points per game this season but is still a risky play given Florida’s potential for offense. That being said, he’s a decent value option given Winnipeg’s offensive prowess and his strong play throughout the year.

Jacob Markstrom ($7,700)

Jacob Markstrom defeated the Flyers when these teams met Nov. 21 and likely will start tonight as Philadelphia comes to town in the second half of a back-to-back. It will be a different team than the one Vancouver played a few weeks ago, especially now that the Flyers have started to turn things around a bit by picking up back-to-back wins. That being said, Philly could be tired for tonight’s matchup, and Markstrom has played very well in recent contests. He is coming off an impressive shutout against the Hurricanes in which he made 30 saves and earned 44 fantasy points, and he has won each of his last two starts, giving up one total goal in those two games. He made 36 saves on 38 shots when these teams met in Philly a few weeks ago, finishing the game with 32.8 fantasy points.


Also Consider: Aaron Dell ($7,900)–IF HE STARTS, David Rittich ($7,200)–contrarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 12/7/17 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,200)/David Krejci ($5,600)/Vincent Trocheck ($5,900)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,800)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Andrew Shaw ($3,900)
  • W: Nick Bjugstad ($3,900)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)/Shea Weber ($5,400)/(Byfuglien/Parayko/Muzzin/Yandle/Edler)
  • D: Mikhail Sergachev ($4,200)/Jeff Petry ($3,600)/Vlasic ($3,700)
  • G: Darcy Kuemper ($7,700)

Just Missed/Highly Recommended: W Pastrnak ($7,200), W-T Johnson ($4,500), C MacKinnon ($6,800), C-B Schenn ($7,000)

 

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: David Krejci ($5,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,800)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($4,500)
  • W: Daniel Carr ($3,000)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)
  • D: Jeff Petry ($3,600)/Mikhail Sergachev ($4,200)
  • G: Darcy Kuemper ($7,700)

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: David Krejci ($5,600)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($4,500)
  • W: Mathieu Perreault ($4,200)
  • W: Phil Kessel ($8,000)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)
  • D: Jeff Petry ($3,600)
  • G: Darcy Kuemper ($7,700)

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: David Krejci ($5,600)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($4,500)
  • W: David Pastrnak ($7,200)
  • W: Wayne Simmonds ($5,300)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)
  • D: Jeff Petry ($3,600)
  • G: Peter Budaj ($7,600)

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: Brayden Schenn ($7,000)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($4,500)
  • W: David Pastrnak ($7,200)
  • W: Daniel Carr ($3,000)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)
  • D: Jeff Petry ($3,600)
  • G: Tuukka Rask ($7,900)

 

  • C: Sidney Crosby ($9,200)
  • C: Mathew Barzal ($5,200)
  • W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
  • W: Tyler Johnson ($4,200)
  • W: David Pastrnak ($7,200)
  • W: Jake DeBrusk ($4,300)
  • D: Nick Leddy ($5,700)
  • D: Shea Weber ($5,400)
  • G: Tuukka Rask ($7,900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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