FanDuel DFS NHL – Thursday 2/8/18


There are nine games on tonight’s slate, with the Nashville Predators skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Today’s post provides an overview of various options at each position by price point. The lineup will be updated later today, as will the post in case of injury/news developments.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s main lineup did not cash. At the end of the day, the lack of production from players in the Predators-Maple Leafs game turned out to be the primary culprit in the loss. While Connor McDavid had a two-point game, neither of Toronto’s top-six centers had decent nights. Anze Kopitar and Patrice Bergeron were stronger picks, so the variations of last night’s lineup that were made up of McDavid, Bergeron and Kopitar all cashed, especially with points from multiple value options from yesterday’s post (i.e., Austin Czarnik, Pontus Aberg); I played Czarnik, though Aberg picked up an extra 3.2 FP with two shots on goal. To no one’s surprise, the Bruins came away with the win against New York, which left Anton Khudobin (45 percent ownership rate) with 24.8 fantasy points. Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala were all held off the scoresheet, as were Roman Josi and P.K. Subban. Brad Marchand tallied a short-handed assist, two shots and a block for 14.8 fantasy points, but the Smith/Fiala combo was a killer on the wing. Sean Kuraly, highlighted as yesterday’s best value option at center, scored a goal and earned 15.2 fantasy points. Jake Muzzin managed 9.6 fantasy points with five shots and a block, though Gardiner managed just 3.2. The lineups in which I stacked Boston’s top line, Edmonton’s top line and Los Angeles’ top line all cashed easily, but the main lineup did not.


Tonight’s Schedule

  • NY Islanders @ Buffalo – 7:00pm EST
  • Montreal @ Philadelphia – 7:00pm EST
  • Calgary @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
  • Vancouver @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
  • Nashville @ Ottawa – 7:30pm EST
  • Arizona @ Minnesota – 8:00pm EST
  • Colorado @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
  • Dallas @ Chicago – 8:30pm EST
  • Vegas @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST

Starting Goalies

  • NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed) vs. BUF: Robin Lehner (confirmed)
  • MTL: Carey Price (confirmed) vs. PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
  • CGY: David Rittich (confirmed) vs. NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed)
  • VAN: Anders Nilsson (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
  • NSH: vs. OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed)
  • ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed) vs. MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed)
  • COL: Jonathan Bernier (confirmed) vs. STL: Carter Hutton (confirmed)
  • DAL: Ben Bishop (confirmed) vs. CHI: Anton Forsberg (confirmed)
  • VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)

 

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

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 2/8/18

Centers

ELITE

John Tavares ($8,200)

John Tavares has cooled off considerably since going on quite a tear in late 2017. That being said, he has points in two straight games and draws a favorable matchup against Buffalo tonight. JT has two goals and five points in two games against the Sabres this season. He skates on the Islanders’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game.

Tyler Seguin ($8,000)

Tyler Seguin has recorded a goal in three consecutive games and in four out of his last five games; he also has points in five out of his last six games, scoring four goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season. He has earned 24.8, 36.5, 18.9, 4.8, 20 and 14.9 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Seguin has two goals and four points in three games against Chicago this year.

Sean Monahan ($7,700)

Sean Monahan has scored a goal in three straight contests as well, and he is coming off a two-point performance in which he earned 23.2 fantasy points. He skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14 fantasy points per game this season. Monahan has managed 14 shots in his last three games and 29 in his last six. He has earned 23.2, 24.8, 18.4, 8, 3.2 and 24.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.

Other top options: Jack Eichel ($8,000)

MID-RANGE

Matt Duchene ($6,100)

Matt Duchene is coming off a three-point performance in which he scored a goal and two assists and added four shots and a block for 36.5 fantasy points. He has points in three out of his last four games, picking up two goals and five points in that time. He skates on the Senators’ first line and first power-play unit.

Other top options: Nick Schmaltz ($6,300), Matthew Peca ($4,800), Travis Zajac ($4,500)

VALUE

Brandon Sutter ($3,400)

Brandon Sutter has registered an assist in four straight games. While he has a tough test tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sutter has been a very reliable and cheap fantasy option in recent games. He has earned 18, 8, 11.2 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, and he will be bumped up to the third line with the injury to Sam Gagner.

Other top options: Nolan Patrick ($4,300)


Also Consider: Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000), Kyle Turris ($5,100), Pavel Zacha ($3,700), Ryan Carpenter ($3,000)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Taylor Hall ($8,200)

Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 11 games with a power-play goal Tuesday against Ottawa. He has seven goals and 16 points on his current streak, earning 20.5, 14.4, 14.9, 21.6, 10.1, 26.4, 24.8, 21.3, 34.4, 48.2 and 17.3 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. Hall skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and has been one of most consistent and reliable DFS options in 2018.

Viktor Arvidsson ($7,000)

Viktor Arvidsson scored a goal last night in Nashville’s 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto, giving him points in four straight games and in six out of his last seven games. Arvidsson has recorded five goals and eight points in his last seven games, earning 21.6, 17.6, 24.8, 15.2, 3.2, 23.6 and 18.4 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit.

Other top options: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000), Mikael Granlund ($7,500), Jonathan Marchessault ($7,400), Jake Voracek ($7,200)

MID-RANGE

Alexander Radulov ($6,800)

Alexander Radulov has points in 11 out of his last 13 games and has earned at least 11.2 fantasy points in 12 out of his last 13 games. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and has been one of the most reliable wingers in recent games. He has earned 12.8, 29.6, 1.6, 17.6, 14.4, 38.9, 11.2, 18.4, 18.6, 16.8, 11.2, 37.6 and 36.5 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively, scoring seven goals and 19 points along the way.

Mike Hoffman ($6,700)

Mike Hoffman has points in four consecutive games, scoring two goals and six points and adding 12 shots and a block in that time. He skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit.

Jason Zucker ($6,600)

Jason Zucker has goals in back-to-back games and has points in nine out of his last 10 games, collecting seven goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on Minnesota’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 23.2, 16.8, 4.8, 18.9, 14.9, 20, 18.4, 17.3, 21.6 and 16 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively.

Reilly Smith ($6,100)

Reilly Smith has found the scoresheet in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, scoring four goals and seven points in that span. He skates on Vegas’ first line and first power-play unit and has registered 17 shots in his last five games. He has earned 18.1, 37.3, 3.2, 17.2 and 26.9 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.

Yanni Gourde ($4,900)

Yanni Gourde has points in three straight games and in six out of his last seven games, netting five goals and eight points in that span. He skated on Tampa Bay’s first line and second power-play unit at today’s morning skate and has earned 23.7, 16.8, 18.1, 3.2, 16.8, 16.8 and 21.6 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.

Other top options: Kyle Palmieri ($5,800)

VALUE

J.T. Compher ($4,100)

J.T. Compher is coming off a two-point game and has lit the lamp in four out of his last five games. Additionally, he has points in five out of his last six games, recording a total of four goals and six points in that stretch. He skates on Colorado’s third line and first power-play unit but was not in the lineup when these teams met Jan. 25.

Colin White ($3,400)

Colin White skates on Ottawa’s first line with Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman, as well as on Ottawa’s second power-play unit. He scored his first goal of the season in his most recent game and has points in two out of his last three games.

Other top options: Alex Killorn ($4,000), Colton Sissons ($3,800), Pontus Aberg ($3,100)


Also Consider: Wayne Simmonds ($5,800), Craig Smith ($5,300), Mattias Janmark ($5,000), Kevin Fiala ($5,000), Sam Reinhart ($4,500), Anthony Beauvillier ($4,500), Tyson Jost ($3,500), Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,500), Stefan Noesen ($3,400), Christopher DiDomenico ($3,200)

 

 

Defensemen

ELITE

Brent Burns ($7,400)

Brent Burns is always a strong play in DFS, especially when it comes to cash contests. While he is coming off his worst fantasy performance in weeks, he still managed 9.6 fantasy points with four shots and two blocks. That was clearly a major disappointment considering his price tag, but Burns is always good for at least a solid floor, which can’t be said of all elite options. He draws a tough matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights but always has the ability to pile up the shots and blocks. He has just two points in his last four games but scored a goal (his first of the season) when these teams met Nov. 24, and he is averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game. Burns has two goals, eight assists, 43 shots and 18 blocks in his last 10 games; he skates on San Jose’s first power-play unit.

HIGH MID-RANGE

Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,500)

Shayne Gostisbehere has points in three straight games, scoring one goal and four points and adding 11 shots and 10 blocks in that time. He skates on Philadelphia’s first power-play unit and is averaging 13.7 fantasy points per game with 37 points in 49 games this season. Ghost has earned 22.4, 12.8 and 34.9 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.

Other top options: P.K. Subban ($6,200), Jared Spurgeon ($5,500), Nick Leddy ($5,300)

LOW MID-RANGE

Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,700)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic continues to be a solid floor play at a reasonable price tag. He has earned 12.8, 8, 20, 12.8, 6.4, 24.8, 14.4, 38.1, 9.6 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He skates on San Jose’s second power-play unit and earned 17.6 fantasy points when these teams met back in November.

T.J. Brodie ($4,500)

T.J. Brodie has points in three straight games, recording five assists, eight shots and five blocks in that span. He skates on Calgary’s second power-play unit and has earned 12.8, 25.6 and 22.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.

Jeff Petry ($4,500)

Jeff Petry has goals in back-to-back games and points in four out of his last six games, earning 22.1, 41, 9.6, 14.4, 44.5 and 12.8 fantasy points in those six games, respectively. He skates on Montreal’s first power-play unit and has three goals (all on the power play), eight shots and eight blocks in just his last two games.

Other top options: Ryan Ellis ($4,900), Matt Dumba ($4,600)

VALUE

Cody Ceci ($4,000)

Cody Ceci was highlighted in Tuesday’s post and came through with a solid fantasy performance, recording a power-play assist as well as two shots and three blocks for 16.5 fantasy points. Ceci skates on Ottawa’s second power-play unit and has points in two out of his last three games. However, he has provided a safe floor in five straight games, earning 16.5, 8, 19.2, 8 and 8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. No one else in the 50/50 contests in which I participated had him in their lineups, so he could provide some sneaky value at a reasonable price tag.

Ryan Pulock ($4,000)

Ryan Pulock has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and two assists and adding seven shots and seven blocks in that time. He has earned 23.2 and 27.2 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively, and has two goals and nine points in his last seven games. He skates on the Islanders’ second power-play unit.

Nate Schmidt ($3,900)

Nate Schmidt isn’t necessarily a must-have option on tonight’s slate, but he is being highlighted since his recent production likely has gone unnoticed. The Vegas blueliner has points in three straight games, picking up a goal and two assists as well as six shots and seven blocks. He no longer skates on the Golden Knights’ power play but has earned 16, 14.4 and 18.9 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.

Other top options: Stephen Johns ($4,000)


Also Consider: John Klingberg ($6,700), Dougie Hamilton ($5,600), Alexander Edler ($5,000), Greg Pateryn ($3,900), Victor Mete ($3,500)

 

 

Goalie

ELITE

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,200)

Andrei Vasilevskiy is coming off one of his worst performances of the year. He gave up four goals on 26 shots and was pulled after two periods in a 6-1 loss to the Oilers. Needless to say, that is not a typical showing from the Russian netminder, who continues to lead the league in wins with 31. He is averaging 24.1 fantasy points per game and won his previous four starts, earning 28.8, 29.6, 36.8 and 52 fantasy points, respectively. The Lightning are heavy favorites tonight against the visiting Canucks.

Ben Bishop ($8,800)

Ben Bishop is 3-0 against Chicago so far this season and will have the added advantage of not having to face Corey Crawford. Bishop is coming off a strong performance in which he made 31 saves and earned 32.8 fantasy points in a 2-1 win against the Rangers. He hasn’t been extremely consistent in recent games but has been strong against the Blackhawks this season and is favored in tonight’s matchup.

Devan Dubnyk ($8,700)

Devan Dubnyk is sure to be a popular play as well coming off a huge win against St. Louis and considering the Wild are heavily favored tonight against Arizona. The same was true for Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets the other night, who gave up three goals in a 4-3 win over the Coyotes. That being said, Minnesota should be able to pull out a win, and Dubnyk has won three of his last four starts. He is averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game this season.

Carter Hutton ($8,600)

Carter Hutton will look to bounce back tonight after giving up three goals on eight shots in the first period the other night against Minnesota. Hutton had been playing at the top of his game prior to Tuesday’s blowout. He won each of his four previous starts, recording two shutouts and two games in which he held the opponent to just one goal. That means he had given up a total of just two goals in his previous four starts before giving up three in one period Tuesday night. That stretch of four consecutive wins includes a 36-save win against the Colorado Avalanche in which he earned 36.8 fantasy points. Hutton is averaging 21.1 fantasy points per game this season.

MID-RANGE

Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,400)

Marc-Andre Fleury is coming off one of his worst performances of the season in an emotional return to Pittsburgh. That being said, he has been excellent all year and is averaging 24 fantasy points per game. The Knights take on a Sharks team that has been inconsistent, and Fleury had won three games in a row and six out of seven leading up to Tuesday’s loss to the Penguins. He’s not a safe play, though, considering neither team is significantly favored in tonight’s matchup.

Other top options: Brian Elliott ($8,000)

VALUE

Craig Anderson ($7,600)

Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators are having a very tough year, but Anderson has been a decent fantasy play in recent contests. He has won back-to-back games and has earned at least 20 fantasy points in four straight games. That doesn’t make him a safe play by any means, though he could be a decent GPP play. But he has been able to make a lot of saves regardless of the outcome of the game, and he’ll face a Nashville team in the second half of a back-to-back.

Other top options: David Rittich ($7,800)



 

FanDuel DFS NHL 2/8/18 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: John Tavares ($8,200) or Jack Eichel ($8,000)–Eichel should be very popular and therefore is a safer play tonight
  • C: Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000) or Matt Duchene ($6,100)
  • W: Taylor Hall ($8,200)
  • W: Jason Zucker ($6,600)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($4,900)
  • W: Sam Reinhart ($4,500)
  • D: Ryan Pulock ($4,000)
  • D: Cody Ceci ($4,000)
  • G: Carter Hutton ($8,600)*

*Devan Dubnyk ($8,700) should be chalk goalie of the night and therefore pretty safe for cash games

Alternate Cash

C-Tavares/Eichel, W-Hall/Zucker/Killorn/White, D-Pulock/Ceci, G-Hutton

C-Eichel/Sutter, W-Hall/Arvidsson/Zucker/Reinhart, D-Petry or Brodie/Pulock, G-Dubnyk

 

As requested, here’s my original lineup from the first time I looked at the slate:

Original lineup

  • C: Sean Monahan ($7,600)
  • C: Travis Zajac ($4,500)
  • W: Taylor Hall ($8,200)
  • W: Mike Hoffman ($6,700)
  • W: Jason Zucker ($6,600)
  • W: J.T. Compher ($4,100)
  • D: Jeff Petry ($4,500)
  • D: Cody Ceci ($4,000)
  • G: Carter Hutton ($8,600)

 

 

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