FanDuel DFS NHL – Wednesday 12/6/17


UPDATE: Ryan Miller will start for Anaheim tonight.

There are just four games on tap for tonight in the NHL, with the Flames and Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Capitals, Flyers and Oilers and Senators and Ducks squaring off. T.J. Oshie, Jaromir Jagr, Brandon Manning and Michal Neuvirth have been ruled OUT for tonight’s games, with Jakob Silfverberg listed as a game-time decision.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed, finishing in the top quarter of most contests. It was looking like it might be a little tight towards the end of the night, but Malcolm Subban and the Golden Knights pulled off a shootout win against the Ducks, which helped the lineup cash relatively easily. Subban gave up three goals but made 26 saves and earned 20.8 fantasy points with his sixth win of the year. Jonathan Marchessault, however, was unable to convert on many scoring opportunities he created throughout the game; he finished with just 4.8 fantasy points, which was a major disappointment. However, Knights defenseman Colin Miller recorded six shots on goal for 9.6 fantasy points, which was solid value for his $3,900 price tag. Mikhail Sergachev, the other value defenseman in yesterday’s lineup, returned great value for his $4,000 price tag, recording a power-play assist, two shots and a block for 13.3 fantasy points. The other two value plays in the lineup, Tyler Johnson ($4,100) at center and Kyle Connor ($4,500) at wing, earned a combined 16.5 fantasy points. Johnson, who had an ownership rating of over 40 percent, registered a power-play assist and a shot for 10.1 fantasy points, while Connor recorded three shots and a block for 6.4 fantasy points in the Jets’ 5-1 loss to the Red Wings. Sidney Crosby was a major letdown with just six shots and 9.6 fantasy points, but fortunately linemate Patric Hornqvist had yet another huge game, earning 31.7 fantasy points thanks to a power-play goal, an assist, five shots and two blocks. Nikita Kucherov also turned in a solid performance, recording two assists (one of which came on the man advantage) and two shots for 19.7 fantasy points.

 


 

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Calgary @ Toronto – 7:30pm EST
  • Chicago @ Washington – 8:00pm EST
  • Philadelphia @ Edmonton – 9:30pm EST
  • Ottawa @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
  • CHI: Anton Forsberg (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
  • PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. EDM: Laurent Brossoit (confirmed)
  • OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. ANA: Ryan Miller (confirmed)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 12/6/17

Centers

Connor McDavid ($8,900)

Connor McDavid did not find the scoresheet against the Flyers earlier this season but managed four shots and two blocks for 9.6 fantasy points. However, he did score five points in two games against Philadelphia last season. McDavid is averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game this year and has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, collecting one goal and four points in that time. He skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit.

Auston Matthews ($7,900)

Auston Matthews has earned 8, 30.6, 9.6, 16, 11.7 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. He has been a popular option throughout the season despite the fact that he hasn’t been nearly as productive as he was last year. He is averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game, however, and tallied an assist against Calgary last week; plus, he has five points in his last five games despite not finding the scoresheet in his most recent game. Matthews plays on the Maple Leafs’ first line and second power-play unit.

Nazem Kadri ($6,000)

Nazem Kadri scored a goal against Calgary when these teams faced each other last week in Calgary; he also scored two goals in two games against the Flames last season. Kadri skates on Toronto’s second line and first power-play unit.

Adam Henrique ($4,700)

Adam Henrique has earned a point in all three games as a member of the Ducks after getting traded from New Jersey last week. He has three assists, four shots and three blocks in three games with Anaheim, earning 11.2, 10.1 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on the Ducks’ top line and top power-play unit.


Also Consider: Sean Monahan ($7,500), Sean Couturier ($6,500), Jonathan Toews ($6,500), Valtteri Filppula ($3,600)

 

 

 

Wingers

Alex Ovechkin ($8,700)

Alex Ovechkin has goals in back-to-back games and in five out of his last six games, collecting seven goals and eight points in his last six contests. He skates on Washington’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 18.9 fantasy points per game this season. Ovechkin has registered four shots on goal in each of his last four games, and he has recorded a total of 49 over his last 10 games.

Jakub Voracek ($7,900)

Jake Voracek is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 29.3 fantasy points, and he has earned 29.3, 9.6, 11.2, 8, 24, 22.1, 20, 26.1, 23.7 and 8 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He skates on Philadelphia’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this season. Voracek registered six shots and two blocks for 12.8 fantasy points when these teams met Oct. 21.

Claude Giroux ($7,200)

Claude Giroux tends to play fairly well against the Oilers, scoring a goal in these teams’ earlier matchup this season and scoring four points in two games against Edmonton last season. He has put up back-to-back goose-egg performances but should rebound tonight with a better effort as the Flyers try to win the team’s second in a row after finally breaking a 10-game losing streak the other night. Giroux skates on Philadelphia’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game this season.

Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)

Jesse Puljujarvi skates on Edmonton’s top line with Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic, offering excellent exposure to one of the best players in the game at a very affordable price. But he has turned in two consecutive strong fantasy performances, registering seven shots on goal Nov. 30 against Toronto and following up that game with two goals and 30.4 fantasy points Dec. 2 against Calgary. The one downside is he isn’t listed on Edmonton’s power-play units, but he has plenty of value given his role on the top line. Other value options worth considering from the Oilers include Mark Letestu ($3,900) and especially Zack Kassian ($3,200), who has points in four straight games. Jujhar Khaira ($3,100) is listed on the Oilers’ first power-play unit; he has points in each of his last two games and in three out of his last four games, scoring two goals and four points in that span.

Sam Bennett ($3,900)

Sam Bennett will be without linemate Jaromir Jagr tonight but has been stellar in the last few games and could be a solid value play tonight. He tallied an assist and 12.8 fantasy points against Toronto last week and has points in four straight games, collecting two goals and six points in his last four contests. He skates on Calgary’s third line and has earned 20.8, 30.4, 19.2 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, averaging four shots on goal per game in that stretch.


Also Consider: Patrick Kane ($8,200), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,800), James van Riemsdyk ($6,400), William Nylander ($5,500), Wayne Simmonds ($5,300), Jakob Silfverberg ($5,000)–IF HE PLAYS, Alex DeBrincat ($4,800), Connor Brown ($3,400), Brett Connolly ($3,200), Zack Kassian ($3,200), Jujhar Khaira ($3,100)

 

 

 

Defensemen

John Carlson ($5,700)

John Carlson has points in back-to-back games and has 21 points in 28 games this season. Carlson has been a beast this year and has made the most of getting more playing time than ever. He is averaging 14 fantasy points per game and has earned 14.4, 19.7, 9.6, 6.4, 17.6, 16.5, 4.8, 16.5, 18.1 and 21.3 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He skates on the Capitals’ first power-play unit.

Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,400)

Shayne Gostisbehere tallied an assist and 12.8 fantasy points in his most recent game, giving him 20 points in 24 games this season. He is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game and skates on the Flyers’ top power-play unit. The Flyers take on an Oilers team that has given up five goals in each of its last two games, which should leave things open for Philadelphia to put some numbers on the board.

Darnell Nurse ($4,600)

Darnell Nurse’s price tag has come up significantly in the last few games, but he has become much more fantasy-relevant along the way. He has three assists in his last two games and has been fairly reliable with a decent floor for a long time. He may not be worth the money tonight, especially when teammate Kris Russell offers a similar floor for $1,000 less, but he has been dependable in recent games.

Matt Niskanen ($4,300)

Matt Niskanen had a poor fantasy performance the other night but had been a steady producer of solid value for four straight games before that. He has a tough matchup against the Blackhawks tonight but should be fairly busy shutting down a high-octane offense, especially as Chicago has totally changed up its lines ahead of tonight’s contest. Niskanen skates on Washington’s second power-play unit and has 30 shots and 17 blocks in 15 games this season. He has earned 4.8, 17.6, 11.2, 11.2 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Dmitry Orlov ($3,700), who also skates on the Caps’ second man-advantage unit, has points in two out of his last three games. He has been less consistent but has put more points on the board in recent games. Of the three Capitals defensemen mentioned in today’s post, however, John Carlson is the most reliable and has the highest ceiling by far.

Kris Russell ($3,600)

Kris Russell has points in three straight games, picking up a goal and three assists in that span. He has earned 20.8, 32.8, 16, 3.2, 9.6, 12.8 and 16 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively, and is generally reliable for a decent floor of 8-10 fantasy points.


Also Consider: Cam Fowler ($5,100), Brandon Montour ($4,700), Ivan Provorov ($4,500), T.J. Brodie ($4,200), Jake Gardiner ($3,800), Francois Beauchemin ($3,500), Cody Franson ($3,500)

 

 

 

Goalies

Braden Holtby ($9,100)

Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals are favored tonight against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks in large part due to the fact that the Hawks will be without starting netminder Corey Crawford. Holtby went 2-0 against Chicago last season, giving up a total of two goals. However, these teams are very different, and Washington is missing most of last year’s lineup due to turnover and injuries. That being said, Holtby should be a popular play at home tonight and should be a relatively safe cash play.

Frederik Andersen ($8,600)

The other popular cash play likely will be Toronto’s Frederik Andersen, who has a 15-8-1 record this season and who defeated the Flames last week, giving up one goal on 20 shots. The Flames have given up a lot of goals in recent contests, and Toronto is heavily favored tonight. It’s always possible for Calgary to break out offensively, but Andersen should be very popular, especially on such a small slate. He is averaging 22.4 fantasy points per game this season and has won three out of his last four games, giving up just two goals in the only loss in that span.


Also Consider: Ryan Miller ($8,000), Brian Elliott ($7,700)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 12/6/17 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to 7:30pm EST puck drop.
NOTE: Voracek doesn’t fit, so go with Giroux at W2

  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • C: Adam Henrique ($4,700)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700)
  • W: Jake Voracek ($7,900)/Claude Giroux ($7,200)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)
  • W: Sam Bennett ($3,900)
  • D: John Carlson ($5,700)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
  • G: Frederik Andersen ($8,600)/Braden Holtby ($9,100)

 

Matthews will be more popular play, but I like Kadri more tonight.
Consider WSH winger Brett Connolly ($3,200) with goals in two straight.

 

  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • C: Nazem Kadri ($6,000)
  • W: Jake Voracek ($7,900)
  • W: Claude Giroux ($7,200)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)
  • W: Sam Bennett ($3,900)
  • D: John Carlson ($5,700)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
  • G: Frederik Andersen ($8,600)

 

  • C: Connor McDavid ($8,900)
  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700)
  • W: Wayne Simmonds ($5,300)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)
  • W: Sam Bennett ($3,900)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
  • D: Jake Gardiner ($3,800)
  • G: Frederik Andersen ($8,600)

 

  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • C: Nazem Kadri ($6,000)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700)
  • W: Claude Giroux ($7,200)
  • W: Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)
  • W: Brett Connolly ($3,200)
  • D: John Carlson ($5,700)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
  • G: Frederik Andersen ($8,600)

 

If you were looking to include McDavid, Matthews, Ovechkin and Kane in the same lineup (not necessarily recommending this, but if it’s what you were hoping to accomplish), here’s one way you could do it:

  • C: Connor McDavid ($8,900)
  • C: Auston Matthews ($7,900)
  • W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700)
  • W: Patrick Kane ($8,200)
  • W: Brett Connolly ($3,200)/Tom Wilson ($3,200)
  • W: Michael Raffl ($3,000)
  • D: Kris Russell ($3,600)
  • D: Francois Beauchemin ($3,500)
  • G: Jonathan Bernier ($8,000)/Brian Elliott ($7,700)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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