FanDuel DFS NHL – Sunday 1/14/18


There are four games on today’s All-Day Slate but just two games on the Early and Main Slates for FanDuel contests. Therefore, this post will be much shorter than usual and will not feature an official lineup. There are some recommended plays at each position; refer to the “Also Consider” options at the bottom of each position section for further suggestions.

I will be available to chat for the Main Slate but will not be around in the afternoon. 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

Last night’s lineup cashed easily. Sean Couturier had another huge game with two goals and an assist for 37.3 fantasy points. That’s his third straight two-goal game as the 25-year-old reached the 25-goal mark for the first time in his career. Logan Couture had a strong game as well, scoring a goal on six shots and finishing the night with 23.2 fantasy points. Travis Zajac did nothing against the Flyers, though his inexpensive price tag allowed for more talented players to be used throughout the rest of the lineup. For example, people like Brad Marchand (17.3 FP), Taylor Hall (21.3 FP), Mikael Granlund (23.7 FP), Jonathan Marchessault (12.8 FP), Alexander Radulov (11.2 FP), etc. But even a lot of the less expensive options had strong games. For example, Mathieu Perreault scored a power-play goal and added six shots for 22.1 fantasy points, and Richard Panik scored his first point with the Coyotes and came away with 11.2 fantasy points. Timo Meier managed just two shots and a block for 4.8 fantasy points but had an ownership rate of 48 percent, which made his minimal contribution less damaging. Brent Burns led the way on the back end, as expected, with 35.7 fantasy points and a 67 percent ownership rate; considering most lineups didn’t earn that many points, not having him in your lineup could have been the difference between cashing and falling short. Jacob Chychrun had another solid value performance with an assist and two blocks for 11.2 fantasy points, while the other top recommended defenseman, Ivan Provorov, tallied two assists (one on the power play) and a block for 18.1 fantasy points. Even Patrick Nemeth had a huge game for his price tag (16.4 FP). John Klingberg, Darnell Nurse and Samuel Girard found the scoresheet as well. Lastly, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights suffered a 3-2 loss to the Oilers, which left Fleury with just 9.6 fantasy points. His ownership rate of 48 percent, however, softened the blow. As expected, Martin Jones had a high ownership rate (36 percent) and, as expected, was shaky, getting pulled after allowing three goals on three shots; he finished with negative 9.6 fantasy points. Even though Fleury took the loss, the difference between the two goalies was actually 19.2 fantasy points, which is quite significant.


Today’s Schedule

  • Detroit @ Chicago – 12:30pm EST
  • Calgary @ Carolina – 3:00pm EST
  • NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh – 7:30pm EST
  • Vancouver @ Minnesota – 8:00pm EST

 

Starting Goalies

As of this posting, Jeff Glass (Chicago) is the only confirmed goalie.

Please refer to DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock for further goalie updates.

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/14/18

Centers

ELITE

Evgeni Malkin ($8,500)

Evgeni Malkin is coming off a four-point game and has put together a very impressive stretch of three games. Malkin scored two goals and two assists yesterday, two goals and an assist Jan. 7 against Boston and a goal in the game before that, giving him five goals and eight points in his last three contests. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and top power-play unit and has one goal and five points in two games against the Rangers this season. Don’t forget about Sidney Crosby ($8,900), though, who is on an impressive three-game point streak of his own. Crosby has two goals and nine points in his last three games. He tends to play well against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers, though he was held to just six shots on goal when these teams last met. There’s a good possibility that many will choose to stack both Crosby and Malkin for today’s contests even though the Rangers will be eager to bounce back from yesterday’s 7-2 loss to the Islanders.

Sean Monahan ($7,400)

Sean Monahan has points in six straight games, collecting four goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game this season. Calgary has won six games in a row.

MID-RANGE

Jordan Staal ($5,500)

Jordan Staal has points in five straight games during which time he has scored three goals and six points. He skates on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit and is playing with the red-hot Sebastian Aho. Though Calgary has been very stingy, Staal could be a very popular mid-range option today and has been producing in recent games.

VALUE

David Kampf ($3,500)

There aren’t many solid value options at the center position for today’s contests. However, it’s possible some could go with David Kampf, who is coming off a solid two-point effort against Winnipeg in which he scored his first career goal. He is skating on Chicago’s third line with Alex DeBrincat and newly-acquired Anthony Duclair.


Also Consider: Sidney Crosby ($8,900), Mika Zibanejad ($6,200), Mikko Koivu ($5,700), Nick Schmaltz ($5,600), Henrik Sedin ($5,500), Charlie Coyle ($4,700), Sam Gagner ($4,500), Victor Rask ($4,400), Mark Jankowski ($3,500)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Phil Kessel ($8,100)

Phil Kessel leads the Penguins in scoring and has been their best player all season. Kessel, like Crosby and Malkin, has points in three straight games, and he has nine points in his last five contests. He skates on Pittsburgh’s third line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game.

Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000)

Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to six games with a goal the other night against Florida. He has two goals and 11 points in his last six games and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game this season. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit.

Mikael Granlund ($7,100)

Once again, Mikael Granlund should be a popular play, especially after scoring a goal and an assist last night against the Jets. Granlund has points in three straight games, picking up two goals and five points in that stretch. He skates on the Wild’s first line and first power-play unit.

MID-RANGE

Sebastian Aho ($6,800)

Sebastian Aho is on quite a tear, potting goals in three straight games and in seven out of his last 10 games. He has nine goals and 14 points in his last 10 games. Aho skates on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season.

Jason Zucker ($6,100)

Jason Zucker could be a decent stack with Mikael Granlund as the two skate on Minnesota’s top line and top power-play unit together. Zucker has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and an assist and adding eight shots and three blocks in his last two contests.

VALUE

Anthony Duclair ($3,100)

Anthony Duclair is coming off a solid debut with the Chicago Blackhawks in which he tallied an assist and earned 9.6 fantasy points. That gives him two goals and three points in his last three games going back to his time in Arizona. Duclair could be a popular value option in cash contests given his price tag.


Also Consider: Gustav Nyquist ($6,500), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,900), Daniel Sedin ($5,900), Vinnie Hinostroza ($4,300), Lee Stempniak ($3,600), Markus Granlund ($3,400), Carl Hagelin ($3,100)

 

 

Defensemen

MID-RANGE

Mark Giordano ($5,900)/Dougie Hamilton ($5,100)

Mark Giordano has points in five out of his last six games and has earned 17.6, 1.6, 14.4, 21.6, 20.8 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. He skates on Calgary’s first power-play unit. Dougie Hamilton is on a four-game point streak in which he has collected two goals and two assists as well as 15 shots and five blocks. He skates on Calgary’s second power-play unit.

Ryan Suter ($5,700)

Ryan Suter quietly has points in four straight games, picking up one goal, four assists, 10 shots and four blocks in his last four contests. He skates on Minnesota’s first power-play unit.

Alexander Edler ($4,900)

Alexander Edler continues to be an excellent fantasy option and remains reasonably-priced. He has points in three straight games, collecting a goal and two assists in that time, but has been especially valuable because of his peripheral stat coverage. Specifically, Edler has registered 31 shots and 29 blocks in his last seven games. He has earned 20, 22.9, 24, 16, 17.6, 11.2 and 20.8 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. Edler plays on Vancouver’s first power-play unit.

VALUE

Matt Dumba ($4,300)

Matt Dumba scored two goals last night against Winnipeg, finishing the game with 36.8 fantasy points. That gives Dumba points in back-to-back games. He hasn’t been overly consistent this year but has a very high ceiling when he plays well.

Jordan Oesterle ($4,100)

Jordan Oesterle’s scoring streak seems to have slowed considerably, though he remains a popular fantasy play in cash contests, which makes him relatively safe. His ownership rate of 41 percent the other night is proof of just that. However, it appears as though he may play on Chicago’s first power-play unit for tonight’s matchup against Detroit, which makes him an even more valuable option since he offers exposure to both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Ian Cole ($3,900)

Ian Cole has put up decent value in recent games. He has earned 14.4, 4.8, 20.8, 3.2, 8, 8, 6.4, 19.2, 6.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He’s not a great fantasy option but is on the cheaper side and has a decent floor.


Also Consider: Kris Letang ($6,400), Jared Spurgeon ($5,500)

 

 

Goalie

MID-RANGE

Mike Smith ($8,300)

Mike Smith has won five games in a row, earning 34.4, 30.4, 25.6, 22.4 and 27.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. However, he still managed 23.2 and 13.6 fantasy points in two losses before that. He is averaging 19.9 fantasy points per game and will try to help the Flames to a seventh straight win today against Carolina. While Carolina’s offense has been hot, Smith is playing his best hockey of the season, and the Flames are finally putting the puck in the back of the net enough to help him get wins. He should be a very popular play in cash contests today.

VALUE

Jeff Glass ($7,600)

Jeff Glass has been on/off this season with some very strong performances and a few less-than-stellar efforts. He has gone 3-1-1 in five games this year, however, which is pretty solid for a 32-year-old rookie. Chicago is favored tonight against the visiting Red Wings, who played yesterday and lost several players to injury, and Glass is the only goalie confirmed as of this posting. That doesn’t make him a safe pick, but he could also have a decent ownership rate given his price tag. However, Smith is likely to be the most popular play.


Also Consider: Alex Stalock ($7,500), Jacob Markstrom ($7,600)–contrarian GPP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 1/14/18

NOTE: These will not be updated before puck drop and are not official/final lineup suggestions.

  • C: Evgeni Malkin ($8,500)
  • C: David Kampf ($3,500)/Mark Jankowski ($3,500)
  • W: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000)
  • W: Mikael Granlund ($7,100)
  • W: Sebastian Aho ($6,800)
  • W: Anthony Duclair ($3,100)
  • D: Alexander Edler ($4,900)
  • D: Matt Dumba ($4,300)
  • G: Mike Smith ($8,300)

 

  • C: Evgeni Malkin ($8,500)
  • C: Jordan Staal ($5,500)
  • W: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000)
  • W: Mikael Granlund ($7,100)
  • W: Vinnie Hinostroza ($4,300)
  • W: Anthony Duclair ($3,100)/Carl Hagelin ($3,100)/other value options listed above
  • D: Alexander Edler ($4,900)
  • D: Matt Dumba ($4,300)
  • G: Mike Smith ($8,300)

 

  • C: Evgeni Malkin ($8,500)
  • C: Charlie Coyle ($4,700)
  • W: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000)/Phil Kessel ($8,100)
  • W: Mikael Granlund ($7,100)
  • W: Matthew Tkachuk ($5,900)
  • W: Anthony Duclair ($3,100)
  • D: Alexander Edler ($4,900)
  • D: Matt Dumba ($4,300)
  • G: Mike Smith ($8,300)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

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