Last night’s lineup struggled with the Maple Leafs’ 7-1 win over the Islanders, leaving Anders Lee and Ryan Strome with ineffective games. Craig Anderson played well but proved to be the wrong option in net as he and the Sens lost 3-2 to the Sabres. Auston Matthews and Jamie Benn had monster games but were unable to carry the rest of the lineup into a cash position.
Today’s lineup features Jordan Weal of the Philadelphia Flyers, who plays on the Flyers’ second line and second power-play unit.
Top-six forward Jordan Weal could offer cheap value
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Toronto @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
St. Louis @ Detroit – 8:00pm EST
Philadelphia @ Calgary – 9:30pm EST
Florida @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST
TOR: Curtis McElhinney (confirmed) vs. CBJ:
STL: Carter Hutton (LIKELY) vs. DET: Petr Mrazek (confirmed)
PHI: Michal Neuvirth (confirmed) vs. CGY: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
FLA: vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)
2/15 NHL Lineup
Aleksander Barkov ($6,700) – vs. San Jose Sharks
Aleksander Barkov has been back in the lineup for three games after missing more than a month with an injury. He has points in each of those three games, scoring two goals and an assist. He has 30 points in 39 games this season and had a point against the Sharks earlier this season. Barkov plays on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit.
Brandon Dubinsky ($5,100) – vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Brandon Dubinsky has been the Blue Jackets’ hottest player in recent games. He is centering the team’s second line between Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner, and he plays on the team’s second power-play unit. Dubs has points in consecutive games, including one goal and two assists, and has six points in his past four games.
My Next Pick
Patrik Berglund ($4,300): Patrik Berglund has goals in three straight games and has six goals in his past five games. He plays on St. Louis’ second line and second power-play unit.
Henrik Zetterberg ($5,900): Henrik Zetterberg is an affordable option at center and has points in three straight games and in six out of his past seven games. He plays on Detroit’s first line and first power-play unit.
Also Consider: Auston Matthews ($7,200), Logan Couture ($6,900), Sean Monahan ($6,900), Nazem Kadri ($6,800), Vincent Trocheck ($6,300)
Patrick Marleau ($6,300) – vs. Florida Panthers
Patrick Marleau had his point streak snapped against the Devils the other day. However, his nine-game point streak is still telling of the type of fantasy performances he has put together in recent games, and he should be fired up after his 500th career goal is celebrated before the start of tonight’s game. Marleau has eight goals and 13 points in his past ten games. He plays on San Jose’s second line and first power-play unit and should be a popular play in cash games.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100) – vs. San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Huberdeau, like Barkov, has been back in the Panthers’ lineup for three games. However, for Huberdeau the past three games are his only games of the season. That being said, he has points in each game, scoring a total of two goals and five points in that three-game stretch. He plays on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 23.1 fantasy points per game.
William Nylander ($5,600) – vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
William Nylander is having a great rookie season even if it has been overshadowed by Auston Matthews’ and Mitch Marners’ first-year campaigns. He has 36 points on the year, including three in his past three games. He’s coming off a two-point performance in which he earned 24.8 fantasy points. Nylander plays on Toronto’s first line and second power-play unit.
Jordan Weal ($3,000) – vs. Calgary Flames
Jordan Weal is only in this lineup because he’s a winger at the $3,000 price point. That being said, he’s not at all a bad value option considering he’s a top-six forward for the Flyers. Weal was recently called up to replace the injured Travis Konecny, and he had a solid game the other day in the Flyers’ overtime win against the Sharks. Weal plays on the Flyers’ second line and second power-play unit, putting him in a good position to generate fantasy value. He’s kind of a throwaway option at $3,000 but could come up with a point or some useful fantasy production.
My Next Pick
Jaden Schwartz ($5,500): Jaden Schwartz has points in back-to-back games, including three assists. According to the Blues’ line combinations from yesterday’s practice, Schwartz is slated to play on the second line with Patrik Berglund and David Perron.
Also Consider: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,300), Cam Atkinson ($7,000), Mitch Marner ($6,800), Anthony Mantha ($5,100), Matthew Tkachuk ($4,900), Andreas Athanasiou ($4,300)
Brent Burns ($8,600) – vs. Florida Panthers
Brent Burns is, from a fantasy perspective, the most dominant offensive defenseman in the NHL. He has 59 points in 54 games, putting him in fourth place in the entire league behind only Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and Nicklas Backstrom. He is averaging 19.3 fantasy points per game this season and has 12 points in his past 10 games. Burns hasn’t been producing a ton of points in recent games but has made up for the lack of production in peripheral stats. In fact, he has earned at least eight fantasy points in 14 straight games and at least 11.2 in 13 of those 14 games. Though 11.2 fantasy points is not a lot for an expensive option, it’s nice to have that reliability, especially on a night when there are a lot of solid value options. Plus, it’s always possible he’ll come through with a massive fantasy performance.
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,700) – vs. Detroit Red Wings
Kevin Shattenkirk has points in four straight games, earning an assist in each game. He has assists in six out of his past seven games and has nine points in his past ten games. Shattenkirk plays on the Blues’ first power-play unit.
My Next Pick
Dougie Hamilton ($5,600): Dougie Hamilton only has six points in his past ten games but has averaged 11.8 fantasy points in that stretch. He plays on Calgary’s second power-play unit and had two points against Philadelphia on Nov. 27.
Also Consider: Nikita Zaitsev ($4,500), Morgan Rielly ($4,500), Jason Demers ($3,900), Michael Matheson ($3,900)
Curtis McElhinney ($7,800) – vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney isn’t generally a safe option in fantasy hockey. However, he will face his former team for the first time since being claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many players are especially motivated to face their former teams after trades, but getting waived could almost be a more insulting move. This may be more of a gut pick, but considering Columbus’ recent struggles and McElhinney’s eagerness to beat his former bench boss and team, he seems like a good value play tonight (ASSUMING HE STARTS). However, if he does NOT start, Frederik Andersen would not necessarily be a replacement option given his shaky play of late.
My Next Pick
Jake Allen ($8,200): Jake Allen has won three games in a row, giving up two, one and zero goals in his past three games, respectively. He faces a Detroit team that has lost four straight.
Also Consider: Martin Jones ($8,900)
- C1: Aleksander Barkov ($6,700)
- C2: Brandon Dubinsky ($5,100)
- W1: Patrick Marleau ($6,300)
- W2: Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100)
- W3: William Nylander ($5,600)
- W4: Jordan Weal ($3,000)
- D1: Brent Burns ($8,600)
- D2: Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,700)
- G1: Curtis McElhinney ($7,800)
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