-T.J. Oshie WILL play tonight. He skated on the Capitals’ top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin in today’s morning skate; he will take his usual spot on the team’s top power-play unit.
-Jacob Trouba is listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game, so you may want to use another defenseman unless you will be able to monitor the situation until close to puck drop. See below for details.**
Today’s lineup is a bit riskier than usual, with multiple stacks and seven out of the nine players coming from only three teams. That being said, a lot of these players have been popular choices in recent games, so even if it’s not the safest cash lineup, the popularity of many players should help level the playing field. Today’s lineup features Alexander Ovechkin, who sits at 999 career points headed into tonight’s match-up against the Penguins.
Ovechkin scored goal against Pens in Nov. 16 meeting
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Florida @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
Montreal @ Winnipeg – 7:30pm EST
Pittsburgh @ Washington – 8:00pm EST
San Jose @ Calgary – 9:30pm EST
FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed) vs. NYI: Thomas Greiss (confirmed)
MTL: Al Montoya (confirmed) vs. WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed)
PIT: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
SJS: vs. CGY: Chad Johnson (confirmed)
1/11 NHL Lineup
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,800)
Nicklas Backstrom was recently reunited with Alex Ovechkin and has played a large role in the team’s recent success. The Capitals have gone 5-0-0 in 2017 and have won six games in a row. Backstrom has 34 points in 40 games this season and has points in three straight games, including one goal and three assists. He scored two goals and five points against the Penguins on Nov. 16, finishing the game with a whopping 57 fantasy points. Backstrom plays on Washington’s top line and quarterbacks the top power-play unit.
Vincent Trocheck ($6,300)
Vincent Trocheck scored a goal and an assist in his most recent game, finishing the contest with 25.3 fantasy points. He plays on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit in the absence of Aleksander Barkov. He has three points in his past three games and eight points in his past seven games.
My Next Pick
Mikael Backlund ($6,100): Mikael Backlund has now gone two games without a point but remains a viable option at center. He has 11 points in his past eight games. Backlund skates on Calgary’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,400), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,600), Joe Thornton ($5,600), Phillip Danault ($4,400)
Alexander Ovechkin ($8,900)
Alex Ovechkin may only have 33 points this season, but he has quite a few in his career. In fact, his next point will be his 1,000th career point, so he should be especially eager to reach the impressive milestone tonight against the Penguins. Ovi is coming off a three-point game and has five points in his past four games. He plays on Washington’s top line and top power-play unit and scored a goal against Pittsburgh on Nov. 16.
Alexander Radulov ($6,500)
Alexander Radulov’s six-game point streak was snapped the other night against the Capitals, though the Canadiens were held to only one goal against the stingy Braden Holtby. That being said, Radulov’s success in recent games keeps him fantasy-relevant. He has eight points in his past seven games and has built solid chemistry with linemate Max Pacioretty. Radulov plays on the Habs’ top line and top power-play unit.
Drew Stafford ($3,800)
Drew Stafford ended up coming through the other night and therefore makes tonight’s lineup. He now has points in two straight games and seems to be settling in on the Jets’ top line with Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers. At $3,800, Stafford is an affordable option and gives you exposure to one of the hottest players in the league in Ehlers. He plays on the team’s first power-play unit.
Timo Meier ($3,600)
Timo Meier is another value option who happens to play on his team’s top line. He only has two points in 11 games this season but has produced shots at a consistently-high rate and has moved to the top line to play with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. Meier does, however, play on the team’s second power-play unit. If you are looking for PP1 time, you could consider going with Joel Ward ($3,800) instead, as he now plays on the Sharks’ top man-advantage unit.
My Next Pick
T.J. Oshie ($6,600)–IF HE PLAYS: It’s unclear if Oshie will be able to return to the lineup tonight after sustaining an injury the other night against Ottawa. If he does play, he’ll likely slot in on the right side of the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, as well as return to the team’s top power-play unit. Oshie has five points in his past five games. He scored two goals and two assists against Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, finishing the game with 47.8 fantasy points.
Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,700): Nikolaj Ehlers has points in five straight games, scoring five goals and two assists in that stretch, and has points in eight out of his past ten contests. He plays on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit.
Also Consider: Joe Pavelski ($8,000), Max Pacioretty ($7,600), Blake Wheeler ($7,000), Jaromir Jagr ($5,900), Justin Williams ($5,700), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,500), Conor Sheary ($5,300), Michael Frolik ($5,100)
Jacob Trouba ($5,100)
Jacob Trouba was held off the scoresheet for the second game in a row in the Jets’ 2-0 win over Calgary the other night. However, he finished the game before that with eight fantasy points through peripheral stats, and he has seven points in his past seven games. He has averaged 17.1 fantasy points per game over his last seven games.
With Jacob Trouba being a game-time decision, you may want to move ahead with another defenseman unless you will be able to monitor the situation until close to puck drop. Either way, you should have a backup plan if Trouba is unable to go tonight.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,600) had a massive game last night, registering two assists and earning 30.4 fantasy points. He could be a sound option to replace Trouba. If you end up using Vlasic, that will clear up an additional $500, which you could use to upgrade one of the value plays in the lineup, such as Timo Meier. For example, you could consider Joonas Donskoi ($4,400), who has two goals in his past three games and scored two goals against the Flames when these teams met on Dec. 20. Meier will skate on San Jose’s top line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, however, so you can always stick with him.
Alternatively, you could use someone like Ian Cole ($3,800) instead of Trouba, which would clear up an additional $1,200. In that case, you could use someone like Marcus Johansson ($5,200) or Michael Frolik ($5,100) instead of Meier. You could also use Nate Schmidt ($3,100) instead of Trouba and then use Patrick Marleau ($5,700), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,500) or Conor Sheary ($5,300) instead of Meier. But again, Meier remains a solid value option in tonight’s contests and does not need to be replaced. Keep in mind, however, that Vlasic is a more dependable pick than Cole or Schmidt.
Nathan Beaulieu ($4,100)
Nathan Beaulieu did not register a point in the Canadiens’ loss to the Capitals the other night. However, he managed to put together another strong fantasy performance, finishing the game with one shot and six blocks, good for 11.2 fantasy points. He has five points in his past four games and has averaged 16 fantasy points per game over his last seven games.
My Next Pick
Brent Burns ($8,200): Just like last night, Burns isn’t necessarily a realistic option since his price tag is so hefty. However, he had another huge game last night, scoring a goal and two assists and finishing with 32.8 fantasy points. That gives him seven points in his past three games.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,600): Vlasic returned to the Sharks’ lineup last night and had a strong effort against the Oilers, finishing the game with two assists, two shots and seven blocks, good enough for 30.4 fantasy points. NOTE: It may be worthwhile swapping Vlasic in for Trouba.
Also Consider: Shea Weber ($6,600), Mark Giordano ($6,400), John Carlson ($6,200), Justin Schultz ($6,000), Jeff Petry ($5,500), Dmitry Orlov ($4,500), Ian Cole ($3,800), Nate Schmidt ($3,100)
Braden Holtby ($9,600)
Braden Holtby hasn’t been as reliable this year as he was last season, but he is starting to heat up and has a solid chance of procuring a win tonight against Pittsburgh. He has won three games in a row, earning shutouts in the first two and surrendering only one goal in his most recent game. He has averaged 37.6 fantasy points over his past three contests. Holtby made 25 saves on 26 shots against the Penguins on Nov. 16, finishing the night with 28 fantasy points in the winning effort.
My Next Pick
Aaron Dell ($7,900): Aaron Dell has only started six games this season, but his performances have been impressive nonetheless. He has won his past three starts, including a 21-save shutout against the Flyers on Dec. 30. He has gone 4-1 this season and has surrendered a total of 10 goals in six appearances. Considering his favorable price tag, Dell could be a strong value option tonight (assuming he starts over Martin Jones, who played last night against Edmonton).
Also Consider: Thomas Greiss ($8,400)
- C1: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,800)
- C2: Vincent Trocheck ($6,600)
- W1: Alexander Ovechkin ($8,900)
- W2: Alexander Radulov ($6,500)
- W3: Drew Stafford ($3,800)
- W4: Timo Meier ($3,600)
- D1: Jacob Trouba ($5,100)
- D2: Nathan Beaulieu ($4,100)
- G1: Braden Holtby ($9,600)
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