DFS NHL Lineup

With twelve games on the NHL schedule tonight there is a wealth of talent to select from to form your DFS NHL lineup. 

In this edition I went with an expensive, high-flying offense, two value picks on D, and a fair value in goal.

The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just 2 of their last 10, and have dropped their last 3 games.

The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.

Minnesota’s Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.

Matthew Dumba was my value pick. Rolling the dice on Dumba based on the matchup allowed me to afford Patrick Kane instead of Erik Karlsson essentially. (meaning Karlsson is still a great option tonight)

Devan Dubnyk could be priced higher based on the matchup, so I will take the fairly valued netminder over the 23 other starters tonight.

  • My Full Lineup
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Filip Forsberg had two hat-trick last week for me in my lineups, so I like my odds with him shooting against Devils backup goalie Keith Kinkaid. Not to mention the Devils don’t exactly have a shut down center. Playing at home will create mismatches for the talented young Swede.

Evgeni Malkin returned from injury last week and looked as dynamic as ever. He centers Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin, a line that showed instant chemistry from day one and is constantly a threat to score.

The Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau is hot, with 17 points in his last 15 games. Buffalo isn’t exactly stacked defensively. I’m hoping for a multi-point game. I just think Gaudreau’s offensive zone dominance will eventually overwhelm the Sabres in defensive coverage, and the slick Flame will find the hole.

The Sharks’ offense is dynamic and Joe Thornton is playing like he should be wearing the C again. He was terrific against the Canucks earlier this week and has 21 points in his last 15 games. Playing with current captain Joe Pavelski helps. He has 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games. Tomas Hertl rounds out the trio.

Finally, Michael Stone is a tremendous value at $3800. He can play at both ends of the ice and should log close to 25 minutes against Anaheim. I’m hoping for a multi-category performance from him. An assist, and a couple of shots on goal and blocks.

 

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With March Madness fast approaching, College Basketball’s Top 25 is under the spotlight. Villanova is the clear collegiate powerhouse, with the rest of the class jockeying for position behind them.

Fanpicks has a daily fantasy version of “bracketology” coming for the much anticipated event, so make sure you know all there is to know. Here’s a look at the entire Associated Press Top 25 Poll. 

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Kansas – the only other school to receive first place votes – comes in second, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa and North Carolina.

Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, Michigan State and West Virginia round out the top 10. In fact, all top 10 schools held a position in the top 10 in last week’s polls as well. Something to remember when putting together your March Madness Brackets.

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Here’s another installment of my winning (hopefully) daily fantasy hockey lineup. This week we are going to take a look at one of the lesser-known ways to play daily fantasy sports. An old friend perhaps, the point-spread.

In a point-spread contest, athletes are ranked by a spread rather than an appointed salary. There may or may not be a point cap, similar to a salary cap. The top players will be ranked below 0, and the “cheapest” players will be your positives. IE: Sidney Crosby is the NHL’s most valuable skater at -13.8, while injured rookie Lucas Lessio is a +7.7. The spreads are based off their FPPG production.

  • My Lineup

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I went with the small spread mentality. Don’t start too deep in the hole right out of the gate, and maximize your values. A well-balanced philosophy combined with boom-or-bust picks was my best chance to wrangle this one in.

So obviously my team is Montreal Canadiens dependent. Goaltender Ben Scrivens has played his best hockey of late, riding a three-game winning streak into Buffalo so I had to take him at -0.5 (a great discount for goaltenders). The line of Alex GalchenyukTomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher is one of the hottest in the NHL, so I went with Galchenyuk. The least productive of the bunch, which is why I’m banking on a break-out.

With that line so hot, captain Max Pacioretty is due for a return to the spot light. He started getting some chances toward the end of their previous game, and a young team like the Sabres may be just what the doctor ordered. Pacioretty was too expensive for this owner and his aforementioned philosophy, so we went with his setup man, David Desharnais. While we know he won’t contribute in multi-categories, if he can get 2 assists, a couple of shots on goal and maybe even one across the goal line, it will have been worth the gamble.

My joker, perhaps the X-factor…Jaden Schwartz,.The uber-talented young Blues forward is returning from a fractured ankle he suffered in October…49 games ago. He will find his place next to his two former linemates Jori Lehtera and Vlad Tarasenko in a line that could produce instant fireworks.

Marian Gaborik returns to MSG with his rolling LA Kings, so I’ll take the chance that the veteran plays a solid game against the team that traded him because he wasn’t effective enough for them.

The only big ticket item we have is Penguins Defenseman Kris Letang. His -9.8 price tag, or shall I say spread, didn’t scare us away.  A matchup with the lowly Hurricanes could be a tasty treat for the red-hot blueliner. His FPPG totals are just too ridiculous to even consider not playing him in with this matchup.

Alexei Emelin has been looking like a stud on his own blueline over the last few contests and his muli-category ability makes him very appealing. Not to mention Jeff Petry is out with an injury so Emelin‘s playing time will go up.

Checkout our daily blog for our previews and picks!

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In Case You Missed It

Cross-Sport Super Bowl Challenge

In case you missed it, FanPicks.com offered up the only Daily Fantasy Sports Cross-Sport Super Bowl Challenge. That’s right! The only Fantasy Football Super Bowl contest on the web! In order to compete in Daily Fantasy Sports, the contest must include at least three events, therefore – toss in a little NBA action and you have yourselves a Super Sunday! What could be more exciting than cheering for Cam Newton to throw a TD and Jeff Teague to drain a three?

As proud parents of this revolutionary Daily Fantasy game, FanPicks.com held their own 30-player contest. As our Sports Insider and DFS Expert I felt the extra pressure to perform. It wasn’t just their Super Bowl…It was mine too! Thankfully I was more like Peyton than Cam even though I chose Newton…and won my game! Let’s take a look at my lineup below to see what approach I took to win a Cross-Sport Contest…(by 10 points)

  • My Roster

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With the Panthers and Broncos both being defensive juggernauts, I knew I had to get my big points from the NBA, and depth players weren’t going to get the job done in the Super Bowl. I had to get big performances from second and third tier players on the court and just keep my head above water on the gridiron.

I was tempted to take Peyton ($5900) at that discount compared to Newton, but I just thought even if stifled, Cam has more plays in his legs than Peyton. If they were both to be shut down at least Newton’s youth and athleticism could allow him to get garbage stats. That’s not usually the case with Manning. That decision paid off at the top of the lineup.

Emmanuel Sanders was the easiest choice for me. Demaryius Thomas has been cold for a while now, and a matchup with Josh Norman and the lack of deep ball ability from Manning meant Thomas would struggle again. Sanders’ short to intermediate ability at finding holes in the defense was tailor-made for Manning at this stage.

Teddy Ginn is the only Panthers WR capable of making a big play, so taking him over the sure-handed Greg Olsen at TE was my investment decision regarding the Panthers receiving core.

The gambles on Funchess and Green were worth their price tag compared to a more expensive say Corey Brown who could’ve easily done nothing just as easily, and doesn’t have a big ceiling either.

On the court…

Kristaps Porzingis was an obvious choice. His multi-category beastliness at $6200 was a must-have in a game where I needed contributions anywhere I could get it.

Amid trade rumours Jeff Teague was due for a big game. He’s been rolling and at only $5700 his big-game ability was right on the money for me.

Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic was my biggest ticket at $7100, but he was in a prime position for major playing time, and again, a multi-category threat.

Checkout my regular game previews and picks for your chance to copy my lineups or just get some advice and win your Daily Fantasy Sports contest!

 

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NBA Daily Fantasy Picks for February 9th

Premium Picks that are worth the Cost

Player

Position

Team

Projection

Salary

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Sacramento

35.7

8900

DeAndre Jordan

C

LA Clippers

30.1

7200

Chris Paul

PG

LA Clippers

28.1

7900

Carmelo Anthony

SF

New York

27.6

7400

Rajon Rondo

PG

Sacramento

26.3

7500

Nikola Vucevic

C

Orlando

25.2

7100

Paul Millsap

PF

Atlanta

20.9

7400

These are the projections for those premium players, salaries over $7000 but consistent performances that can be relied on. Demarcus Cousins leads the list by over 5 fantasy points as he has continued his huge season with a 30+ fantasy point performance last night. However, you can go a little cheaper at the premium spot with Rajon Rondo, who led the league with 33 fantasy points last night, or Paul and Jordan who have been putting up big numbers to fill that gap of no Blake Griffin in the lineup.

Value Picks

Player

Position

Team

Projection

Salary

Nikola Jokic

C

Denver

24.4

5200

Victor Oladipo

SG

Orlando

24.1

6000

Dwyane Wade

SG

Miami

23.6

6700

Isaiah Thomas

PG

Boston

23.2

6900

Robin Lopez

C

New York

22.4

4900

Rudy Gay

SF

Sacramento

21.9

6700

Evan Turner

SG

Boston

21.8

5200

Jeff Teague

PG

Atlanta

21.3

5700

However, it is the value picks, not the premium picks that win Daily Fantasy Tournaments. Premium picks are reliable but also come with high ownership percentages and when if come to Daily Fantasy NBA Cash Drafts, low ownership picks are key. When you need to save a little cash look for these picks to fill those positions. When you can get a starting center like Jokic or Lopez for such a cheap price he is bound to put up decent numbers just from the minutes on the court alone. Turner and Thomas as well have been very hot lately and their salaries have not yet completely adjusted for their big performances.

Factoring in the Matchups

Home Team

Away Team

Over Under

Spread

Houston

Portland

217.5

-3

Charlotte

Washington

208.5

-4.5

Indiana

Detroit

204

-1.5

Cleveland

New Orleans

209.5

-5.5

Philadelphia

Brooklyn

204.5

-1.5

Memphis

Dallas

193.5

-5.5

Minnesota

Chicago

204

-3.5

San Antonio

L.A. Lakers

200

-8.5

Phoenix

Utah

189

3

Golden State

Oklahoma City

224.5

-4.5

One of the most important factors however is the pace of the matchup, which can be generally defined by two numbers. Over Under and Spread. Over Under is the total number of projected points that will be scored by the 2 teams in the matchup and the spread is the projected win margin, negative meaning the home team is favored. The best matchup is one with a high Over Under and a low spread, meaning it is competitive and fast paced, the best situation for a lot of fantasy points to be found.

Looking at these matchups, the key two are clearly Portland @ Houston and Oklahoma City @ Golden State. Both those matchups look to be higher scoring than the rest, so favor those players just a little bit extra when making your picks.

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