There are five games on tonight’s slate, with the Flames skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Connor McDavid will return to the Oilers lineup after serving his two-game suspension. It’s clear there must have been a glitch in FanDuel’s player pool since multiple centers are listed as wingers on tonight’s slate; plus, some of the price tags are completely off (i.e., Nick Ritchie being $7,600). So that will affect lineup construction on FanDuel.
CGY @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
EDM @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
TBL @ NYR – 7:30pm EST
VAN @ COL – 9:30pm EST
CHI @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
There are several of the most elite centers on tonight’s slate, though the final decision of which ones are best for cash games could come down to goalie confirmations and line combinations. Steven Stamkos ($8,700) has four goals in two games against the Rangers this season, but there are other elite options to consider. Auston Matthews ($8,300) likely will have the highest ownership in FanDuel cash contests. Therefore, for now I will just focus on a mid-range/value option in Mikael Backlund ($5,500). Backlund extended his point streak last night with a goal on six shots for 21.6 fantasy points. He now has points in six straight games, scoring four goals and eight points in that stretch. He skates on Calgary’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($8,800), Steven Stamkos ($8,700), Auston Matthews ($8,300), Nathan MacKinnon ($8,000), John Tavares ($7,800), Brayden Point ($7,700), Jonathan Toews ($7,600), Dylan Strome ($5,900), Derick Brassard ($3,800), Lias Andersson ($3,000)
Patrick Kane ($9,400) saw his 19-game point streak come to an end the other night against Dallas, though he’ll look to get back on the scoresheet tonight in Anaheim. Kane still managed seven shots on goal for 11.2 fantasy points, so it’s clear he’s still very much involved in Chicago’s offensive efforts. Kane has registered 20 shots on goal in his last two games, and he’s been incredibly productive. While he’s incredibly pricey tonight, he has been worth the price tag throughout 2019. However, Anaheim’s goaltending has been quite strong of late even though the Ducks can’t seem to buy a win.
Nikita Kucherov ($9,300) has been almost as hot as Kane, and he’s put up 13 shots in his last two games. Kucherov skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and will take on a depleted Rangers team that will not have Henrik Lundvqist between the pipes tonight. Kucherov managed just 9.6 fantasy points with an assist and a shot the last time Tampa was in Madison Square Garden, though Brayden Point wasn’t in the lineup for that game, which could have affected his performance. He’s still one of the safer plays when it comes to consistent production.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, you could go with Leon Draisaitl ($8,300), who has been on fire of late. Draisaitl has points in seven straight and in 10 out of his last 11 games, scoring 11 goals and 15 points in that time. It may depend on the Oilers’ lines tonight, but Draisaitl has had the scoring touch, and Frederik Andersen has been giving up three goals on a consistent basis.
Matthew Tkachuk ($4,800) is extremely underpriced, though Cory Schneider has provided underrated netminding on home ice for the Devils. That being said, Calgary scored three against a tough Islanders defense last night, and with multiple Devils out of the lineup, it’s possible the second line will continue to roll. He certainly makes for an extremely affordable stack with Backlund (and Sam Bennett at just $3,300).
Andreas Johnsson ($4,300) should continue to see high ownership in cash contests, and since it’s a small FanDuel slate, it’s important to eat some chalk. That being said, Johnsson has been productive in recent games, recording a point in three straight games with two goals and an assist. He has registered 14 shots in that time, and he should avoid the McDavid line tonight on home ice. Plus, with Nazem Kadri still out of the lineup, Johnsson is on the Maple Leafs’ top power-play unit, which offers exposure to Toronto’s best forwards.
J.T. Miller ($3,900) will skate with Steven Stamkos on Tampa Bay’s top line tonight against his former team. Though he put up a goose egg the last time he faced the Rangers in the Big Apple, his increased role could make a difference; plus, Lundqvist will not be in net, which should help.
That being said, Sam Gagner ($3,300) is an even better deal. His value will be affected by Edmonton’s line combinations, however, so that’ll have be addressed in chat.
Also consider: Alex DeBrincat ($7,400), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,100), Brock Boeser ($7,000), Elias Pettersson ($6,800), Bo Horvat ($5,900), Kasperi Kapanen ($5,000), Zach Hyman ($4,000)
Erik Gustafsson ($5,900) has seven assists in his last three games, recording three consecutive multi-point efforts and earning 22.9, 20.2 and 25.6 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He has points in seven out of his last eight games and skates on Chicago’s top power-play unit.
Tony DeAngelo ($4,000) and Brady Skjei ($3,600) are worthwhile value options on tonight’s slate, though there are other choices listed below. Skjei is particularly appealing since he has scored goals in back-to-back games, potting three total goals on seven shots while tallying four blocks in his last two games, earning 35.2 and 18.4 fantasy points, respectively. DeAngelo has points in seven straight games, tallying eight assists in that time.
Also consider: Morgan Rielly ($6,400), Mark Giordano ($6,300), Tyson Barrie ($5,300), Ryan McDonagh ($4,500), Travis Hamonic ($3,900), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,800), Andy Greene ($3,700), Ryan Graves ($3,500), Rasmus Andersson ($3,500)
Assuming Louis Domingue ($8,500) gets the nod for Tampa Bay tonight, he seems like the safest option for the win. He defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago and has won 11 straight games, earning 26.4, 24, 28.8, 24, 22.4, 18.4, 31.2, 30.4, 28.8, 14.4 and 10.4 fantasy points in his last 11 appearances, respectively. While many of those are not high outputs, the Bolts are heavy favorites tonight against a Rangers team that recently traded several of its top players. Plus, Henrik Lundqvist will not be in net, so unless Alexandar Georgiev stops 50-plus shots like he did against Toronto recently, Domingue should be a safe bet for the 12-point win bonus. If Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,700) is in net, he’s also a safe play, though the price tag will be tough to manage given how expensive the elite forwards are on tonight’s slate.
Update: With Andrei Vasilevskiy getting the nod, expect David Rittich ($7,900) to be the chalky play on FanDuel tonight. I’ll likely play him (or Crawford) in cash.
Another option might be Corey Crawford ($7,500), who is expected to start one of the next few games for Chicago.
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