FanDuel DFS NHL – Wednesday 11/8/17


UPDATE: Auston Matthews will NOT play tonight.

There are just three games on tonight’s slate, and all six teams have had at least a day off before tonight’s contests. Today’s post highlights some recommended options as well as players that should be popular plays. My favorite picks at each position are in blue.

NOTE: I will be unavailable to answer questions on Discord tonight. Feel free to DM me on Twitter; I will do my best to answer. Otherwise, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock for updated goalie confirmations and other updates.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup did not cash. In fact, the night was a bit of a disaster. In general terms, most of the lineup was ineffective, as most of the early games were relatively low-scoring, especially compared to some recent slates. Mathew Barzal assisted on the Islanders’ lone goal, but Josh Bailey’s nine-game point streak came to an end as the Isles took a 2-1 overtime loss. Charlie Lindgren and the Canadiens came away with the victory, however; he earned 27.2 fantasy points for his second straight win. Most surprisingly, Clayton Keller posted a goose-egg on the night. Pittsburgh was due for the win, but it was all the second line, with Evgeni Malkin having the biggest night on the team. Matt Murray did come away with the win as expected; he finished the game with 27.2 fantasy points. Patric Hornqvist had the best performance of the night from the main lineup, recording a power-play assist, three shots and three blocks for 18.1 fantasy points. Shea Weber did very little, registering just one shot and three blocks for 6.4 fantasy points; his 50 percent ownership softened the blow, but it was a disappointing showing. Alex Pietrangelo, who had a 25 percent ownership rate, contributed just two shots and a block. Jaden Schwartz had another large game with a goal and an assist. Taylor Hall’s point streak came to an end as the Devils’ only tally of the night came from the fourth line. Ryan O’Reilly finished with eight fantasy points, though the Sabres came away with a 3-1 win. Max Pacioretty had another strong game with 20 fantasy points, and Anze Kopitar recorded a goal, a power-play assist, two shots and a block for 25.3 fantasy points. Sean Monahan grabbed a power-play assist and added two shots, and Johnny Gaudreau scored a power-play goal on five shots. Jake Muzzin recorded an assist, four shots and four blocks for 20.8 fantasy points, and Seth Jones had five shots on goal for eight fantasy points. Hopefully tonight’s lineup will fare much better even though it’s a small slate.


 

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Minnesota @ Toronto – 7:30pm EST
  • Boston @ NY Rangers – 8:00pm EST
  • Tampa Bay @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
  • BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed)
  • TBL: vs. SJS:

 

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

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/8/17

Centers

Steven Stamkos ($8,600)

Steven Stamkos leads the NHL with 25 points in 15 games this season. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 21.3 fantasy points per game.

Auston Matthews ($8,200) – DTD?

Auston Matthews always has the potential to put up big points, though he has produced modest fantasy point totals in his last two games (14.4, 12.8). That being said, he’s generally a popular play, and for good reason. The 20-year-old superstar has 19 points in 16 games, but there’s a chance he may miss tonight’s contest. He did not participate in yesterday’s practice and was considered a game-time decision ahead of Monday’s game. Matthews is averaging 18.9 fantasy points per game but his status is unknown at this point.

Mika Zibanejad ($7,400)

Mika Zibanejad has 17 points in 16 games this season and has been a big part of the Rangers’ recent surge. He has 11 points in his last seven games and is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game this season. Zibanejad skates on New York’s first line and first power-play unit.

Patrice Bergeron ($7,300)

Patrice Bergeron has assists in back-to-back games, earning 14.4 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He centers the Bruins’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game this season. Brad Marchand did not travel with the team for tonight’s game, but the Bergeron and David Pastrnak combo could be dangerous nonetheless. Since the Rangers have been giving up plenty of goals, it’s definitely a pair worth considering, though Pastrnak may be the safer choice.

Nazem Kadri ($5,800)

Nazem Kadri is coming off a two-goal performance in which he had an 18 percent ownership rate; he earned 30.9 fantasy points with two goals (one on the power play) and four shots. If Auston Matthews does not play tonight, Kadri will have a bigger role in tonight’s game against Minnesota. He centered the team’s second line between Leo Komarov and William Nylander in yesterday’s practice, and he skated on the team’s first power-play unit as well.

Brayden Point ($5,600)

Brayden Point has points in three straight games, including two goals and four points. He has 16 points in 15 games and is averaging 15.1 fantasy points. Point skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit. If you play him with Nikita Kucherov, that will give you exposure to Tampa’s top two lines and both power-play units.


Also Consider: Logan Couture ($7,000)

 

 

Wingers

Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)

Nikita Kucherov has a league-leading 14 goals and 23 points in 15 games this season and has come through for this lineup time and time again. He skates on Tampa Bay’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 22.8 fantasy points per game. He has been a go-to option for these lineups every time the Lightning have been on the schedule, and tonight is no different. Though he is expensive, he has been too good and too consistent to pass on.

David Pastrnak ($7,400)

David Pastrnak skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit. He has 14 points in 13 games this year and is averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game this season. Pastrnak has points in back-to-back games, including two goals and an assist. He has earned 14.4, 34.1, 6.4 and 28.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. He scored three points in three games against the Rangers last season.

Pavel Buchnevich ($4,500)

Pavel Buchnevich had points in four straight games before putting up two scoreless performances. However, he got back on track Monday night with a goal and an assist and 24.2 fantasy points against the Blue Jackets. He now has eight points in his last seven games and is in a great spot on the Rangers’ first line and first power-play unit.

Michael Grabner ($3,700)

Michael Grabner does not get any time on the power play, which was true last season even when he put up 27 goals. However, he is back at it again this year and has played very well of late. Grabner skates on the fourth line, which will scare many away from using him; that being said, he is cheap and has three goals in his last two games and six goals in his last six games. He is an all-or-nothing option, but given his price tag, he just might be worth the chance.

Yanni Gourde ($3,600)

Yanni Gourde has goals in three straight games and has four points in his last three contests. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit; like with Brayden Point, using Gourde with Nikita Kucherov will give you exposure to Tampa’s top two lines and two power-play units. Gourde has seven points in his last seven games.

Chris Stewart ($3,500)

Chris Stewart is another interesting value option for tonight’s contests, though he carries quite a bit of risk. That’s because he has gone seven games without a point. But the reason he could be fantasy-relevant is because he was back on Minnesota’s first line in yesterday’s practice; he did quite a bit of damage in a top-six role earlier in the season when the Wild were missing many key forwards. Stewart scored six goals and eight points in the first six games of the season. While he could easily come away with nothing tonight, he could make for an under-the-radar value choice IF he remains on the top line. He is slated to play on the team’s second power-play unit according to LeftWingLock, though only the top unit saw ice time in Monday night’s loss to Boston.

Connor Brown ($3,400)

Connor Brown earned zero fantasy points in Toronto’s 4-3 overtime win against the Knights Monday night. However, he had goals in the previous three games and has been able to contribute offensively in recent games. He remains dirt cheap and could be worth a chance. He skated on the team’s third line with Tyler Bozak and Mitch Marner, as well as on the team’s second power-play unit, in yesterday’s practice.


Also Consider: Joe Pavelski ($7,400), James van Riemsdyk ($6,300), Chris Kreider ($5,600), Nino Niederreiter ($4,900)

 

 

Defensemen

Brent Burns ($7,400)

Brent Burns has been too inconsistent this season to make these lineups but is always worth highlighting given his potential ceiling. He has just seven points in 13 games this season but can always come up with 30 fantasy points on any given night. There are other options on defense that are more reliable for tonight’s contests, however, though many will find Burns irresistible.

Victor Hedman ($6,400)

Victor Hedman has points in three straight games, recording five assists in that stretch. He has earned 19.7, 13.2 and 21.3 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Hedman has gotten off to a surprisingly slow start this season but may be turning things around with his recent production. Even if Hedman is not the high-powered fantasy defenseman he was last year, his consistency and reliability are starting to improve. In fact, he has points in six out of his last seven games. Hedman skates on Tampa Bay’s first power-play unit.

Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,100)

Kevin Shattenkirk extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist in Monday night’s win against the Blue Jackets. Shattenkirk now has three goals and eight points in his last five games and should be a very popular play in all formats tonight. He is averaging 14.7 fantasy points per game this season but plays the point on the Rangers’ red-hot top power-play unit.

Torey Krug ($5,500)

Torey Krug also extended his point streak Monday night; he now has points in four straight games, collecting two goals and six points as well as an average of 18.9 fantasy points per game in that stretch. Krug plays on Boston’s top power-play unit.

Ryan McDonagh ($4,900)

Ryan McDonagh has managed to score at least a point in five out of his last six games, recording six assists in his last six games. He has earned 19.2, 22.9, 6.4, 14.4, 17.6 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. He skates on the Rangers’ second power-play unit.

Tim Heed ($4,200)

Tim Heed has been a relatively solid value pick in recent contests. He has points in six out of his last nine games. Heed has averaged 11.2 fantasy points per game this season and skates on the Sharks’ top power-play unit.


Also Consider: Ryan Suter ($5,200), Morgan Rielly ($4,800), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,700), Nick Holden ($3,500)

 

 

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,400)

Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 11 wins on the year. He is averaging 25.5 fantasy points per game and has only lost twice. That being said, he hasn’t been very strong of late, giving up 4, 2 and 5 goals in his last three games, respectively. Tonight’s matchup against San Jose is tough to call, especially since Martin Jones has played so well. That’s why both goalies are highlighted in today’s post.

Martin Jones ($8,900)

Martin Jones has played very well of late, winning each of his last three starts and giving up a total of just four goals in that stretch. In fact, Jones has surrendered 2, 1 or 0 goals in eight straight contests. He is averaging 21.9 fantasy points per game this season and has earned at least 16.8 fantasy points in eight straight appearances.

Henrik Lundqvist ($8,500)

Henrik Lundqvist has had an ugly year; there is no way around that. However, he has now won four games in a row. He may not be standing on his head the way he has done throughout his career, but he also doesn’t have a very good team in front of him. However, The King has won four in a row and five out of his last six. He beat the Bruins twice last year. But again, this is a very different Rangers team playing in front of him.

Frederik Andersen ($8,200)

Frederik Andersen is a risky play since he has looked like Swiss cheese of late. That being said, the Leafs have found success this season and are favored in tonight’s matchup against the Wild. Andersen could be a popular play even if he’s a risky one. He has lost three out of his last five games but could end up with the win. It’s tough to say.


Also Consider: You can consider any of the six goalies, to be honest. No one is a truly safe bet.

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 11/8/17 Lineup

NOTE: This lineup is subject to change depending on updates throughout the day, i.e., starting goalies, line combinations, injuries, etc.

  • C: Mika Zibanejad ($7,400)
  • C: Nazem Kadri ($5,800)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Pavel Buchnevich ($4,500)
  • W: Michael Grabner ($3,700)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,100)
  • D: Torey Krug ($5,500)
  • G: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,400)

If I could add one player to the above lineup, it would be David Pastrnak ($7,400).

 

Alternates

  • C: Mika Zibanejad ($7,400)
  • C: Logan Couture ($7,000)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: David Pastrnak ($7,400)
  • W: Pavel Buchnevich ($4,500)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • D: Nick Holden ($3,500)
  • D: Zdeno Chara ($3,800)
  • G: Martin Jones ($8,900)

 

  • C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,300)
  • C: Logan Couture ($7,000)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: Pavel Buchnevich ($4,500)
  • W: Yanni Gourde ($3,600)
  • W: Chris Stewart ($3,500)
  • D: Victor Hedman ($6,400)
  • D: Ryan McDonagh ($4,900)
  • G: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,500)

 

  • C: Mika Zibanejad ($7,400)
  • C: Brayden Point ($5,600)
  • W: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
  • W: David Pastrnak ($7,400)
  • W: Pavel Buchnevich ($4,500)
  • W: Chris Stewart ($3,500)
  • D: Ryan McDonagh ($4,900)
  • D: Tim Heed ($4,200)
  • G: Frederik Andersen ($8,100)/Henrik Lundqvist ($8,500)/Tuukka Rask ($8,200)

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

 

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