Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup

There are only five games on the NHL schedule tonight, and with the season coming to a close, matchups become even more important when considering your daily fantasy hockey lineup.

Some daily fantasy players like to spread their wealth over an abundance of games, but as some teams are fighting for their playoff lives others are dreaming of greener pastures so effort levels can waver significantly.

In this edition of my daily fantasy hockey lineup, I’ve loaded up on Kings, and Panthers, while rounding out my team with stalwart’s from playoff teams (one exception: Columbus’ hot Boone Jenner)

  • My Lineup

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The Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be contenders this season, but have dealt with their share of drama from the get-go. Captain Steven Stamkos has had a whirlwind season including the non-stop trade rumours due to his status as an impending unrestricted free-agent, while top prospect Jonathan Drouin refused to report to their minor league affiliate for a while leading to an in-house suspension.

Just as Tampa thought that things would turn up in time for the playoffs, those hopes took a major hit when the club announced the loss of Stamkos for one-to-three months with a blood clot this weekend, and top pairing defenseman Anton Stralman with a broken leg last week. 

Scoring winger Ondrej Palat missed over 20 games this season due to injury, but has heated up of late going on a tear about a month ago and recently producing 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points over his last 10 games.

Though the Vancouver Canucks have won two straight, the Kings are still the heavy favorite. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Canucks hadn’t won one in their previous 10 and LA is true Stanley Cup contender.

Enter a trio of Kings: Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter and value pick Kris Versteeg.

Jonathan Quick is one of the league’s few elite goaltenders, and is aiming for a career-high 40 wins tonight. He’s at least $1000 cheaper than the St-Louis Blues tandem of Jake Allen (injured) and Brian Elliott, more talented than them and has the desired matchup.

I also stacked two members from the Florida Panthers top line. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has made a habit of wrecking the Montreal Canadiens this year, and capped off the season with a 4-point effort (2 goals, 2 assists) on Saturday night. The young Finn is fresh, confident and primed to wreck the Maple Leafs tonight.

Linemate and living-legend Jaromir Jagr has points in 5 straight games, while scoring at least one point in 16 of 21 games since turning 44 years old on February 15th (9 goals, 13 assists). He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the NHL playoffs.

 

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup

Once again, we are pleased to present to you our daily fantasy basketball lineup. With seven afternoon/evening games on the table today and no night games, make sure you have your rosters prepared for battle earlier than normal!

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the OKC Thunder kick things off at 3:30 pm (EST) versus Giannis Anteteokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. At the same time, Golden State tips-off against the Lakers in what is sure to be an exciting fast paced matchup.

Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell should steal the show while running the floor, but Julius Randle is the one who made my squad. I needed major discounts somewhere, and with a wealth of talent at guard today, it was worth investing in the front court.

The usual suspects from Golden State may be missing, but with such widespread scoring and high price tags among the Warriors players I opted for other talent.

At 4 pm, the Suns will play the Grizzlies in Memphis, while the lone 5 pm contest includes Dirk Nowitzki heading to Denver to battle Nikola Jokic the Nuggets.

At 6 pm we have a pair of mid-level games to keep us entertained, with the Pistons hosting the Trail Blazers and the Heat and 76ers squaring off in an Eastern Conference dual.

Robert Covington and Ish Smith have been more than solid recently, and with Covington being so reasonably priced I didn’t mind stacking up on the 6ers.

Finally, for the grand finale we have James Harden and his struggling Houston Rockets in the Six to face the red-hot Toronto Raptors. Harden had a heck of a month of February, but Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are no slouches. The two take turns dominating games, and with DeRozan killing it the last time out, I’m banking on Lowry tonight.

  • My Lineup

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup

With only four games scheduled tonight, you may think it will be a slow night for daily fantasy basketball lineups. But one game is all you need when it’s a Thunder vs Warriors rematch. Here is my DFS lineup, including some nice value picks. There is still $500 leftover to do as you wish with, replace and upgrade, but we feel this is a solid lineup either way.

Steph Curry is questionable with an ankle injury that held him out of the Golden State game against the Hawks, but is expected to be ready to play tonight. Considering the ankle, and Kevin Durant‘s effort last time out, I’m rolling with Russell Westbrook tonight. The former two starred in the premiere, so this game is Westbrook’s to own. I’m hoping for a monsterous 50-60 fantasy point night.

Let’s take a look at the remainder of the roster.

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Norris Cole and Mirza Teletovic are the leading value picks here. Cole scored an outstanding 40.8 fantasy points last night and will look to keep it going versus the Spurs. Teletovic should be a popular selection in daily fantasy basketball at just $4700. He’s nailing them from beyond the arc, so he adds additional fantasy points even if he isn’t a dominant factor all game.

If I wasn’t taking Curry, you bet I was taking one of his teammates. Klay Thompson made the cut with back to back 40+ fantasy point games.

I’m looking for 45 fps from Kawhi Leonard against the Pelicans. And Dirk Nowitzki always seems to have a great game when I don’t take him, so with such a small pool of talent available, I’ll take my chances with the bubbling Maverick offense.

Joe Johnson, Alex Len and Luol Deng round of the lineup, as consistent vets who have high (enough) ceilings.

Good luck to all, and to all a good night of ball!

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DFS NBA Picks

Another edition of DFS NBA Picks is upon us. With one 3pm start you had to get your rosters in early, unless you were taking part in only an Evening Game contest.

Tonight is an extra special edition as Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors face off against the OKC Thunder. Let’s see which one of those star ballers made my DFS NBA picks.

  • My Roster

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The Superstars: Steph Curry, James Harden and Russ Westbrook. I didn’t select Curry in my last lineup as my lead superstar and it came back to haunt me. Can’t make the same mistake twice with the league MVP, “Steph! You’re in!”. Harden has had a really nice fantasy month. I’m banking on 35+ fantasy points. Russell Westbrook has been dynamite the last five games averaging 24.2 points, 11.4 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 31 minutes played per game.

Star PowerGiannis Antekounmpo is the lone above-average regular in this lineup. He’s been on fire and is fun to watch dominate inside the paint. If he tops 30 fantasy points it will be a good day.

Role Players: Anderson Varejao, PJ Hairston and Tyson Chandler are all pretty cheap and allowed me to afford my big three (Curry, Harden, Westbrook). Varejao is seeing an increase in minutes since his deadline day trade, Hairston has 20 and 18 points in his last two contests so at $3200 I had to snatch him up. Tyson Chandler has multiple 20+ fantasy point games this month, so once again at that price I had to take a chance on such value.

X-Factor: Not to be confused with eachother, Dieng and Deng are my X-Factors. Dieng has been a whole new player since the end of January, almost putting up 25 fantasy points on a nightly basis, while veteran Luol Deng has seen a revival since stepping in for all the Heat injuries.

The plan is for the superstars to have super games, while my support players all perform to at least their average. One exceptional performance combined with that should propel you to top spot in your daily fantasy basketball contest.

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DFS Hockey Picks

Another edition of DFS hockey picks is upon us. With only four games on the NHL schedule tonight we won’t have as much quantity as last night (thank you Tuesdays) but there is quality. The Bruins play the Penguins in the Nationally televised Rivalry Night on NBC and the lowly Habs visit Alex Ovechkin and the mighty Capitals in the early games. The Sharks face off versus the Avalanche at 10pm, while the Sabres will have their hands full with the home-town Ducks in the night cap (10:30pm).

As always, I try to target value picks who can help you win your daily fantasy contest. Players who should out-perform their expected output (regardless of salary sometimes).

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David Perron and Sami Vatanen have been fixtures in my lineup over the past couple of weeks, and deservedly so. Perron has 6 points in his last 6 games and at $5900 you have to take advantage of that kind of production.

My cheapest spot belongs to Montreal’s Sven Andrighetto. He is the Canadiens top scorer per 60 minutes played this season and a high-paced affair against the Capitals should work in the youngsters favour.

David Pastrnak is a slightly more expensive option coming off a two assist game and plays with the red-hot Louis Eriksson. Eriksson has 7 goals in his last 7 games but is far too expensive for this roster, so teammate Matt Beleskey gets the call. He has 4 points in his last 2 games and could produce in a physical matchup.

Jarome Iginla has an impressive 11 points in his last 9 games. He’s a safe bet to continue his dominance against the Sharks.

The real star power is at center with Jumbo Joe Thornton and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Thornton has 21 points in his last 16 games while Kuznetsov has 21 in 14 of his own games and is now playing with Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin is obviously the top dog to own in fantasy hockey but at 10 grand is far too pricey for this squad.

PK Subban always raises his game against the NHL’s premier talents, and while I was targeting Andrei Markov against his Russian counterpart (Ovechkin) all my value picks allowed me to spend up for Subban.

Freddy Andersen gets the call in net tonight for the Ducks against the bottom-feeding Sabres . The Ducks have won 5 straight. Can anyone remember the last time you could say the same about the Sabres? Nuff said.

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NHL Daily Fantasy Picks

With a trio of games left on this crisp Sunday afternoon, we’ll dive right into the competition with a trio of our own. A hat-trick of rookies if you rather. A youth All-Star team using the standard daily fantasy 50k salary cap. Let’s take a look at my winning strategy today.

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We’re going to Stack a pair of Red Wings up the middle. The 19-year-old Dylan  Larkin and 35-year-old Henrik Zetterberg. The 3:30pm EST puck drop vs the Bruins has all eyes on them, and the top line for Detroit needs to come through. Larkin’s speed will cause trouble for the aging giant Zdeno Chara and Boston defense, while Zetterberg knows exactly how to get it done in games like this.

23-year-old Jaden Schwartz returned from a season-long injury this week and collected a goal and assist in his return. He plays on a terrific line (one of the NHL’s best last season) with Jori Lehtera and Vlad Tarasenko,so it was no surprise the chemistry was instant. At such a moderate price tag for a potential superstar, I’m sticking with the slick Schwartz.

I was lucky enough to watch David Pastrnak play live shortly after being drafted in the first round by the Bruins in 2014, and he blew my socks off. His performance at his Team Czech Republic World Junior Championship camp surprised a lot of people, and raised a lot of questions. Such as, how does a kid this skilled make it all the way until the 25th selection? Pastrnak took no time to adjust to the NHL game, despite his smaller stature and hasn’t looked back. With Patrice Bergeron fighting an injury, the 19-year-old Pastrnak will take advantage of the extra opportunities he is given and rack up some points (2 points in last 2 games). Even if he struggles at even strength, his play making abilities will get him points on the powerplay.

Mats Zuccarello has six points in his last five games. The New York Rangers winger is on pace to break his career high of 59 points and has a nice matchup with a big rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Defensively, Stacking the Rangers Keith Yandle and (G) Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t my intention. Rather, the fact that they are both worthy individual DFS plays and play on the same team makes it look like a Stack strategy. Yandle has been the subject of many trade rumours recently, and I always say that rumored players turn it up a notch. Lundqvist is as big-ticket as you can get, but the matchup vs Philly and his talent level puts him at the top of our goaltender rankings today.

Rounding out the roster is a pair of rookies (surprise, surprise). A pair of 22-year-old rookie defenseman to be exact. Colton Parayko has performed admirably filling in for the injured Alex Pietraneglo (3 points in last 2 games). He has a cannon of a shot, and is lethal from the point on the powerplay if given enough time and space.

Rarely do you use a defenseman (let alone a rookie) as your Utility skater (as a forward is just more likely to produce points), but Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere is breaking rookie records by the day. This week, he broke an all-time NHL record for consecutive games with a point by a rookie defenseman (11 games, 16 points), and has 30 points in 36 games.

Important: I’m not saying you should play three defenseman, but these are three guys you should consider playing. Cutting Yandle to slide up Gostisbehere to the D spot, and adding another star forward in exchange for the salary saved is what will probably get you more points in your contest. I’m just offering you the candidates to mold your roster as you wish.

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