FanDuel DFS NHL – Saturday 1/13/18


There are seven games on tonight’s slate, which includes the first matchup between Nico and Nolan, the first- and second-overall picks from last year’s draft. Today’s post provides an overview of options available for tonight’s FanDuel DFS NHL contests. There are a lot of strong plays, especially at wing, so make sure to check the “Also Consider” options at the bottom of each position section for further suggestions.

NOTE: Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is expected to miss tonight’s contest (illness), which means Ivan Provorov will take over on the top power-play unit.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter (@JillianSydney). FTA+ subscribers can tag me (@JWagner) in the NHL Discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate, matchups, lineups, etc.

 


Summary of Last Night’s Results

One of last night’s lineups cashed, though the main one did not. Wheeler/Rask/Ovechkin/Aho/Ferland/Hinostroza/Edler/Jones/Rittich cashed easily, but the main lineup, which featured Blake Wheeler, Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Huberdeau and Sergei Bobrovsky, came up short.  Wheeler was the main culprit, as the first-line center on a seven-game point streak came up with just one shot on goal. However, what made him a relatively safe pick was his high ownership, which ranged between 40-53 percent. While Sergei Bobrovsky had a very poor game, his ownership rate lessened the blow as well, which was the main reason why he was recommended in the first place. Vancouver continues to be one of those teams that can pull off a big upset, but at least Bob’s ownership rate was 45-plus percent. Micheal Ferland’s three-game streak of putting up a goal and an assist came to an end, though linemates Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau had strong games. Gaudreau scored a power-play goal and earned 17.3 fantasy points, and Monahan scored a goal and an assist and added five shots for 28.5 fantasy points. The Calgary Flames won their sixth game in a row, and David Rittich made 41 saves for 36.8 fantasy points in the win. Florida’s top line was chalk in most cash contests, though it was Evgenii Dadonov that had the huge game, not Jonathan Huberdeau. Huberdeau tallied a power-play assist and one shot for 10.1 fantasy points, which was disappointing, though he out-produced Aleksander Barkov, who was extremely popular. It was a strong night on defense, however, as the top three recommended defensemen all had very strong games and the fourth had an ownership rate of 41 percent. Alexander Edler continued his strong play with a goal, one shot and four blocks for 20 fantasy points, and Jacob Chychrun tallied an assist, two shots and two blocks for 14.4 fantasy points. Seth Jones, meanwhile, scored a power-play goal on five shots and registered one block for 22.1 fantasy points. Jordan Oestere managed just 4.8 fantasy points in the low-scoring Chicago-Winnipeg game, but his 41 percent ownership rate canceled out his less-than-ideal performance. As for other players recommended in the final lineup, Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and two assists and took home 33.3 fantasy points, while Sebastian Aho scored a power-play goal and a power-play assist and picked up 24.2 fantasy points. Nick Schmaltz earned just 4.8 fantasy points, as did Victor Rask.


Tonight’s Schedule

  • Winnipeg @ Minnesota – 7:00pm EST
  • Boston @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST
  • Philadelphia @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
  • Colorado @ Dallas – 9:00pm EST
  • Edmonton @ Vegas – 10:00pm EST
  • Anaheim @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
  • Arizona @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

  • WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed)
  • BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
  • PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed)
  • COL: Jonathan Bernier (confirmed) vs. DAL: Ben Bishop (confirmed)
  • EDM: vs. VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)
  • ANA: John Gibson (confirmed) vs. LAK: Jonathan Quick (confirmed)
  • ARI: Scott Wedgewood (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)

 

For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/13/18

Centers

ELITE

Tyler Seguin ($8,100)

Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games and in seven out of his last eight games, collecting seven goals and 11 points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ top line and top power-play unit, has three goals and six points in four games against Colorado this season and is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game.

Nathan MacKinnon ($8,000)

Nathan MacKinnon has been a go-to player in these lineups for quite some time. That being said, he is much more effective at home this season and therefore could be a risky play tonight in Dallas. He’s having such an incredible year, though, so it’s hard to count him out. MacKinnon has 18 goals and 52 points in just 41 games, including three goals and 12 points on his current five-game point streak. He skates on Colorado’s top line and top power-play unit and has four points in four games against the Stars this season (though three of them came in one game and all four came on home ice).

Patrice Bergeron ($7,600)

Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins will visit their arch rival Montreal Canadiens, and Bergeron enters the game on a four-game point streak, picking up six goals and eight points in that stretch. Carey Price has been much better of late, but Boston’s offense, especially its top-line trio of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, has been virtually unstoppable in recent games and should be a popular stack in cash contests. Bergeron is averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game.

Blake Wheeler ($7,600)

Blake Wheeler had one of his worst fantasy performances of the season last night, registering just one shot on goal for 1.6 fantasy points. That is well below his average of 17 fantasy points per game. However, it seems as though the moment you snooze on Wheeler is the moment you pay dearly for it. So even though he didn’t produce last night and will be in the second half of a back-to-back tonight, he’s still very much in play. He skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit and has points in seven out of his last eight games. Wheeler has scored two goals and five points in three games against the Wild this season. That being said, don’t expect him to be a very popular option given the matchup and his performance last night.

Sean Couturier ($7,000)

Sean Couturier could be a very popular play tonight. The 25-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season and has goals in three straight games, scoring five goals and six points in that stretch. He also has goals in five out of his last six games and has 23 on the year. Couturier skates on Philadelphia’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 16 fantasy points per game.

MID-RANGE

Logan Couture ($6,700)

Logan Couture has points in back-to-back games, recording one goal and three assists in that span. He skates on San Jose’s second line and first power-play unit and could be a popular play tonight as the Sharks take on the Coyotes, who will be in the second half of a back-to-back. Couture scored a goal against Arizona earlier this season (11/22), finishing the game with 15.2 fantasy points, and he grabbed four points in five games against them last year.

William Karlsson ($6,100)

William Karlsson has points in back-to-back games and will be fresh coming out of Vegas’ five-day bye week as the Knights host the Oilers tonight. Karlsson has 22 goals and 36 points in 41 games this season and has five goals in his last five games. He’s a little more risky than someone like Erik Haula in that he does go games without getting on the scoresheet, but the upside is definitely there as he has had many multi-point efforts this season. Karlsson skates on Vegas’ first line and second power-play unit and could be eager to have a strong game tonight after his All-Star Game snub. Plus, the Knights will look to bounce back after suffering an 8-2 loss to the Oilers in mid-November.

VALUE

Travis Zajac ($3,900)

This is more of a gut pick, but Travis Zajac tends to be a Flyers killer. He has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, scoring three goals and five points in that time. He skates on New Jersey’s second line with Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri as well as the top power-play unit, putting him in a pretty good spot tonight, especially at this price tag.

Nolan Patrick ($3,600)

Nolan Patrick has been completely fantasy irrelevant for most of this season. That doesn’t mean he’s had a terrible year, but he hasn’t produced offensively. There’s a very small chance that could change tonight, for he could be motivated going up against the player that leapfrogged him in the draft rankings. He’s playing with Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds, both of whom have played well in recent games, and is coming off the bye week. The chances are very slim, but if you want to give it a “what the heck” college try, he might be worth it.


Also Consider: Connor McDavid ($8,800), Ryan Getzlaf ($7,500), Anze Kopitar ($6,900), Nico Hischier ($6,000), Erik Haula ($5,800), Christian Dvorak ($3,700)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Claude Giroux ($7,800)/Jake Voracek ($7,300)

Claude Giroux is tied for second in the league in points with 52 through 42 games. He skates on Philadelphia’s first line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games and in 10 out of his last 11 games. The Flyers’ top power-play unit will be without Shayne Gostisbehere tonight, which does hurt the unit’s effectiveness. That being said, Giroux has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers all year and is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game. Jake Voracek is having a solid season as well, and he leads the league in assists with 43. In fact, Voracek has eight goals 51 points in 42 games, putting him towards the very top in league scoring as well. Voracek skates on the Flyers’ second line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games, picking up five assists in that stretch. He is averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game.

Patrik Laine ($7,700)

Patrik Laine skates on Winnipeg’s top line and top power-play unit and has goals in back-to-back games, picking up 20 and 18.9 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He has two goals in three games against the Wild this season and has points in six out of his last seven games, recording two goals and eight points in that span.

Brad Marchand ($7,700)/David Pastrnak ($7,100)

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak skate on Boston’s top line and top power-play unit and, along with Patrice Bergeron, continue to be one of the most targeted stacks on a nightly basis. Marchand has 17 goals and 40 points in 32 games this season, averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game and picking up points in three straight games (2G, 6A). Pastrnak enters tonight’s matchup against Montreal with points in four straight, collecting two goals and six points in that stretch. He is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game.

Taylor Hall ($7,500)

Taylor Hall has 42 points in 39 games this season and is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game. He could be in a good spot tonight against an inconsistent Flyers team. Hall has goals in three straight games, recording three goals and six points in that stretch. He has registered 18 shots on goal in just his last two games and has earned 34.4, 48.2 and 17.3 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit.

Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)/Reilly Smith ($5,700)

Jonathan Marchessault’s price tag has gone up considerably, but he remains one of the most consistent fantasy wingers in DFS. He has points in back-to-back games and in nine out of his last 10 games, scoring six goals and 14 points in that stretch. He skates on Vegas’ first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season. Reilly Smith, who fills out the Knights’ top line with William Karlsson and Marchessault, has points in back-to-back games as well and is a cheaper way to get exposure to Vegas’ most effective line. Smith has points in five out of his last six games, including two goals and nine points. He skates on Vegas’ second power-play unit.

MID-RANGE

Mikael Granlund ($6,800)

Mikael Granlund could be a very popular play tonight. He has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and two assists and adding six shots and two blocks in that time. He skates on Minnesota’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season. Granlund has 11 points in his last eight games, putting together four multi-point games in that time.

Mikko Rantanen ($6,700)

Mikko Rantanen has points in three straight games and in 11 out of his last 12 games, recording three goals and eight points in his last three contests and six goals and 17 points in his last 12. He skates on Colorado’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14 fantasy points per game this season.

Alexander Radulov ($6,200)

Alexander Radulov has scored a goal and two assists in back-to-back games, earning 37.6 and 36.5 fantasy points, respectively. He has points in four out of his last five games with four goals and nine points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and tallied two assists the last time these teams met.

David Backes ($5,400)/Danton Heinen ($5,100)

Boston’s third line has been very effective of late, as have the team’s first and second lines. This makes it tricky to know which players to target, but both David Backes and Danton Heinen enter tonight’s game with points in consecutive games. Backes has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last seven, collecting a total of four goals and 10 points in that stretch. Heinen has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six, putting up two goals and eight points in that span. Heinen plays on Boston’s top power-play unit, and Backes plays on the second unit.

VALUE

Ryan Spooner ($4,500)/Jake DeBrusk ($4,100)

Boston has been getting scoring from all four lines, which includes both Ryan Spooner and Jake DeBrusk, who skate with David Krejci on the Bruins’ second line. Spooner and DeBrusk have points in back-to-back games and play on the Bruins’ second power-play unit.

Mattias Janmark ($4,300)

Mattias Janmark has goals in back-to-back games and points in five out of his last six games, picking up four goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ third line and second power-play unit but has zero points in four games against Colorado this season.

Mathieu Perreault ($3,900)

Mathieu Perreault recorded eight fantasy points last night and makes for a strong value option given the potential he offers. He has points in two out of his last three games, earning 8, 16 and 32.5 fantasy points in those games, respectively. Perreault has one goal in one game against the Wild this season; he skates on Winnipeg’s second line and second power-play unit.

Miles Wood ($3,500)

Miles Wood skates on New Jersey’s third line and second power-play unit and is coming off a two-point game in which he earned 28 fantasy points. He has three goals in four career games against the Flyers.

Tyson Jost ($3,300)

Tyson Jost has points in back-to-back games and offers exposure to Colorado’s top players as he skates on the team’s first power-play unit. He plays on the team’s fourth line at even strength, though that line has been producing of late. Jost has one goal and two assists in his last two games and has earned 21.6, 8.5, 1.6 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.


Also Consider: Joe Pavelski ($7,000), Rickard Rakell ($6,700), Max Pacioretty ($6,500), Tanner Pearson ($5,200), Tomas Hertl ($5,100), Jesper Bratt ($4,800), Kyle Connor ($4,500), Kevin Labanc ($4,200), Travis Konecny ($3,900), Marcus Johansson ($3,800), Antoine Vermette ($3,700), Timo Meier ($3,700), Richard Panik ($3,400), Joel Armia ($3,400)

 

 

Defensemen

ELITE

Brent Burns ($7,300)

Brent Burns has points in four straight games, in nine out of his last 10 games and in 11 out of his last 14 games. He has earned 22.9, 32.1, 22.4, 16, 6.4, 17.6, 19.7, 16.5, 21.3, 29.3, 4.8, 37.8, 29.8 and 31.7 fantasy points in his last 14 games, respectively, scoring six goals and 18 points and adding 72 shots and 11 blocks in that stretch. He is “back,” and he has been worth his price tag.

MID-RANGE

John Klingberg ($5,700)

John Klingberg has points in five straight games and in eight out of his last nine games, collecting two goals and 12 points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ second power-play unit and is averaging 13.7 fantasy points per game this season. He has one goal and four points in four games against Colorado this year.

Ivan Provorov ($4,900)

Ivan Provorov will jump up to Philadelphia’s first power-play unit tonight in the absence of Shayne Gostisbehere, which elevates his fantasy value considerably. That being said, he has been productive of late anyway, picking up points in three straight games with three goals, five points, 12 shots and five blocks in that time. He has earned 20, 17.6, 42.6, 8, 12.8, 17.6 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.

Sami Vatanen ($4,500)

Sami Vatanen has points in five out of his last six games, recording one goal and six points as well as 17 shots and eight blocks in that time. He skates on New Jersey’s second power-play unit.

VALUE

Darnell Nurse ($4,200)

Darnell Nurse is coming off a monster game in which he scored two goals on three shots and added two blocks for 32 fantasy points. He has goals in two out of his last three games.

Jacob Chychrun ($3,900)

Jacob Chychrun continues to be an excellent value play. He tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points last night against Edmonton, giving him points in four out of his last six games. He has earned 14.4, 6.4, 20.8, 14.4, 22.4, 14.4, 8, 10.1 and 8 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. Chychrun skates on Arizona’s first power-play unit.

Colin Miller ($3,900)

Colin Miller generally provides solid peripheral stat coverage and can throw in an assist from time to time. He skates on Vegas’ first power-play unit (along with Shea Theodore), and has earned 6.4, 8, 12.8, 1.6, 12.8, 14.4 and 8 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.

Samuel Girard ($3,700)

Samuel Girard has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, picking up five assists in that stretch. He skates on Colorado’s first power-play unit.

Patrick Nemeth ($3,700)

Patrick Nemeth has goals in two out of his last four games and has recorded 19 shots and 48 blocks in his last nine games. He has earned 18.4, 6.4, 14.4, 28, 3.2, 11.2, 25.6, 12.8 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively.


Also Consider: Drew Doughty ($6,200), Cam Fowler ($5,400), Dustin Byfuglien ($5,100), Jacob Trouba ($4,700), Hampus Lindholm ($4,600), Tyler Myers ($4,500), Shea Theodore ($4,400), Josh Morrissey ($4,300), Josh Manson ($4,200), Jeff Petry ($3,600), Kevan Miller ($3,600)

 

 

Goalie

ELITE

Tuukka Rask ($8,900)

Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins have a favorable matchup tonight against Montreal, though Carey Price has been much better of late. That being said, Rask has had tremendous goal support, which gives him an edge for the win. Aside from his most recent game in which he gave up six goals in a barn-burner against Pittsburgh, Rask has been stellar. He won six straight games before that, giving up just six total goals in that stretch. He is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game and should be a popular play tonight.

MID-RANGE

Martin Jones ($8,000)

Martin Jones should also be a popular play tonight, as people are likely to target the well-rested Sharks as they take on an Arizona team that played last night. That being said, Jones has lost three games in a row and hasn’t been overly reliable this year. Even so, the Sharks are heavy favorites tonight against Scott Wedgewood and the Coyotes. Jones gave up one goal on 27 shots and earned 28.8 fantasy points the last time these teams met.

Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

Finally, a third goalie likely to be popular tonight is Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been sensational this season. The Oilers beat the Knights 8-2 when they played earlier this season, but the Knights were fielding their fourth- and fifth-string goalies at the time. Headed into tonight’s game, Vegas has gone 14-1-1 in its last 16 games. Fleury is averaging 27.6 fantasy points per game, and the Knights boast an 18-2-1 record at home this year.


Also Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($8,600), Ben Bishop ($8,500)/Jonathan Bernier ($7,800)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/13/18 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: Sean Couturier ($7,000)/Logan Couture ($6,700)
  • C: Travis Zajac ($3,900)
  • W: Brad Marchand ($7,700)
  • W: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300)/Taylor Hall ($7,500)/Mikko Rantanen ($6,700)/David Pastrnak ($7,100)
  • W: Alexander Radulov ($6,200)/Mikael Granlund ($6,800)Mikko Rantanen ($6,700)
  • W: Mathieu Perreault ($3,900)/Timo Meier ($3,700)/Richard Panik ($3,400)/Antoine Vermette ($3,700)
  • D: Brent Burns ($7,300)
  • D: Jacob Chychrun ($3,900)/Ivan Provorov ($4,900)
  • G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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