The night of the stack

Another edition of our NHL DFS picks is on tap. With so many games on the plate we have a variety of talent to chose from. As you have options at the bottom of your lineup, you are able to afford more high-end talent too. That’s exactly what we went for right off the bat. Let’s take a look at my picks tonight.


My star power is real, and it consists of Tyler Seguin, Daniel Sedin and Patrick Kane.

Seguin has 11 points in his last 9 contest and is at home against a Jets team that allows nearly 3 goals per game (2.93 – 24th overall NHL).

Super talented 20-year-old Valeri Nichushkin will be riding shotgun next to the dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Seguin. I’m stacking and so should you.

Daniel Sedin is the top player (tied) in the league on a streak at the moment. His 1.6 Pts/G average over the last 5 games (1g,7a) puts him at the top of the list. He also has a very favourable matchup at home to the Senators who are allowing an average of 3 goals against per game (25th overall NHL). Henrik Sedin is a tremendous value at just $5700, so stacking them is a great idea.

As a second Center I took a chance on Jori Lehtera. The St. Louis Blue hasn’t performed as well as last year, but has been warming up of late with 3 points in his last 3 games. Playing with Jaden Schwartz and Vlad Tarasenko at even-strength is the key.

Sam Gagner is also an option up front. He is listed as a Center on Fanpicks.com but may be on the wing in other leagues. At near DFS minimum, playing on the first line in Philly as Claude Giroux’s replacement Gagner is bound to gather some points.

In a head to head matchup, Michael Stone has been one of the best fantasy defenseman for the past month and Dmitri Kulikov faces a Coyotes team that doesn’t play their best hockey on their own side of the blue line.

Antti Niemi is a great value pick tonight. If you’re looking for a discount in nets look no further as at $6800 and a home matchup vs the Jets you can’t go wrong.

Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Quick are your heavy hitters.

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DFS Basketball Picks


  • My roster ($100 leftover)


Kyle Lowry is just a bulldog. The Raptors star posted a triple-double against the Knicks and has no reason not to rip the T-Wolves.

Patty Mills at $4200 is a good value. He usually comes through in the clutch and is a dependable lower priced option.

The man, the legend himself Vince Carter is in the starting lineup of a fantasy team for the first time in forever…and at $3500 you can’t go wrong. Just for the entertainment value you win!

The 21-year-old Chicago Bull Bobby Portis is consistently capable of 20 FPPG, so at $4500 you gotta take the Power Forward.

Marvin Williams should feast on Kevin Love’s lack of defensive prowess tonight. I’m looking for double-digit rebounds from the PF.

There are a few intriguing options at Center tonight including the likes of Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins, but at $7200 K-A Towns is too big of a discount to pass up.

Another player at the position that ended up making the squad is Nikola Jokic. With 29 and 34 fantasy points back-to-back, the Utility slot was a prime opportunity for me to play the big Serb.

Tobias Harris rounds out the roster with 42.5 FP ovr his last 2 games combined. The Small Forward should get the start again versus the 6ers.


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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).

  • My roster ($600 remaining)


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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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

In today’s edition of our daily fantasy basketball value picks we assemble a team of not-so big name players, but ones we hope can step in and get the job done.

  • The Roster


At Gaurd, Mudiay, Oladipo and Beverley make up the three spots, while lone superstar James Harden holds down one Utility hole.

Up front we have Orlando’s Evan Fournier, the younger is capable of putting up solid performances based on his rebound totals. Harkless has been hot and should be one of the higher owned percentages of the night, while Trevor Booker rounds out the trio.

Nikola Jokic is coming off big performances, and the difference between his cap hit and everyone else around him is huge. He can definitely be an X-factor in daily fantasy basketball leagues tonight.

Again, this isn’t necessarily a lineup but just a list daily fantasy value picks for each slot!


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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Another edition of our daily fantasy hockey picks. We’ll take a look at what strategy I employed tonight, and who I ended up with using the standard 50k salary cap.


The secret’s out! I went with a well-balanced approach.

Filip Forsberg is the highest paid skater on this team, and while he didn’t score in Montreal last night I’m sticking with the Predators highly skilled forward. The Maple Leafs are in full liquidation mode right now and morale could not be lower.

Johnny Gaudreau is the prime pick, but as he is more expensive we will take the man of the hour, Andrew Ladd. The Winnipeg captain is the league’s top player available leading up to the NHL trade deadline and the lowly Jets are sure to deal him. It is most likely his last home game, so I’m banking on the emotions of the night to pay dividends.

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist vs the Capitals on Saturday night, so he is well rested and confident.

Ales Hemsky has 5 points in his last 6 games, ride with him before he runs out of gas.

Steven Stamkos is hot, but Tyler Johnson is more affordable. Johnson should be surging back into the force he usually is, and is a nice gamble at home to Arizona.

Charlie Coyle has found the back of the net 3 times in his last 4 contests, and the Wild have woke from their season long slumber since the firing of former Head Coach Mike Yeo.

Matt Dumba has goals in consecutive games (3 pts) and has enjoyed a breakout season of sorts. He still has ways to go but he can contribute in fantasy, specifically in the goal department. A rare feat for any defender.

Cody Ceci has his ups and downs, but the acquisition of Dion Phaneuf takes some pressure off the young defenseman. He is playing more freely, so his points, shots on goal and blocks should continue to rise.

Kevin Connauton has been averaging 15 fantasy points per game over his last 4 contests – another great option.

Carter Hutton is 3-0-1 in his last 4 games with 2 shutouts. Predators vs Maple Leafs. Need I say more?

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

FanPicks presents our daily fantasy basketball value picks once again. Important note: This isn’t necessarily an optimal lineup for you to use (though we do quite well), but rather Value Picks and Targets that could help put you over the top of your DFS contest. In order to win your daily fantasy basketball contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory. As you can see I still have a healthy $100 leftover, so use this roster as a fantasy aid to assemble your dream team.

  • My Roster


Reggie Jackson tops off our list, fittingly so because he is our highest paid player tonight. At $6500 that isn’t much to be your pinnacle, but we went with a balanced approach and no real cheapies.

Dragic and Deng should pick up where they left off last game, picking up the slack for their injured Heat bredren. Avery Bradley has five 20-point performances since January 22, and can rack up boards, assists and steals too.

Kyle Lowry is a great option tonight as well.

Jabari Parker has been rolling and is a ultra-popular in daily fantasy circles these days. He put up a season high 34.5 FP last game and should continue tonight. His price tag makes him a must-start even if he can’t repeat to that extent.

Lakers, Julius Randle scored 50.5 FP in his last two outings combined, while D’Angelo Russell recently learned he will be starting for the rest of the season. His bump in minutes should boost his confidence so his worth the gamble as he fits snuggly into the lineup.

Big-men Tristan Thompson and Ian Mahinmi were prime Value Picks. Thompson will be more heavily owned as he has been averaging 26.8 FPPG over his last three and is the bigger name, but Mahinmi has also been averaging 26 FPPG (last 2 games) and provides a nice deal at $5200.

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Daily Fantasy Targets

FanPicks presents our daily fantasy targets once again. Important note: This isn’t necessarily an optimal lineup for you to use (though we do quite well), but rather Value Picks and Targets that could help put you over the top of your DFS contest. In order to win your daily fantasy contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory. As you can see I still have a healthy $400 leftover, so use this roster as a fantasy aid to help land your desired athletes.

For example: While I think that T.J. Oshie could be in line for a good game tonight, the point of this lineup is to target the value picks and potential surprising performers so I’m suggesting the Canadiens Dale Weise and Bruins Brett Connolly on the Right Wing.

  • Let’s take a look at the rest of my targets today.


Alex Ovechkin is the lone superstar of the lineup and is a must-play, but Filip Forsberg is no slouch. The second best player in my lineup has been on a tear, and definitely holds his own star power. The Canadiens goaltending is subpar, so Forsberg could make the most of his opportunities.

Weise is rumoured to be on the trade block for the soon-to-be seller Montreal Canadiens, so a bump up to the first line in a showcase isn’t shocking. Sven Andrighetto could earn his place back on Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty‘s wing, but Weise will begin there and has a chance to produce. He scored last game and has 14 goals on the year.

The same philosophy stands for Brett Connolly. While he isn’t necessarily on the trade block, he does have great linemates in Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand is 3rd in NHL even-strength goals and rolling at the moment, so Connolly should have a safe floor with some upside.

Mike Ribeiro returns to his former, and hometown Montreal Canadiens tonight. Since being paired together Forsberg has been dominant, so stacking this duo could prove fruitful.

Robby Fabbri comes as cheap as $3400 in some leagues, and has 8 points in his last 9 games. Alex Steen just went on the IR. More ice-time=more points for the talented young Blue.

Speaking of talented young Blues, Colton Parayko seems like a must-start every night. The hulking 22-year-old has 4 points in his last 3 games and continues to fill in gracefully for the injured anchor Alex Pietrangelo.

I think Andrei Markov is going to have a multi-point night, so play him if you can afford it. In this case I couldn’t so I went with the more youthful of Canadiens defenders, Nathan Beaulieu. Beaulieu is a fine talent on the backend, a terrific skater with poise and a solid defensive game. But he is still developing so inconsistency is his biggest issue. That being said, home games are when you should play him. When he gets the matchup he needs he has the opportunity to carry the puck up ice and make plays offensively. On the road he gets stuck in tough situations and needs to remain safe more often than not. The Predators like to active their D (Weber, Josi, Ellis, Ekholm), so expect the Habs to mirror that with PK Subban, Markov and Beaulieu.

In goal, likely MVP Brayden Holtby was my numero uno selection as he has a great matchup and is just too good this season. He’s fresh and ready to to go. The cheaper option here was Boston’s Jonas Gustavsson. He is 10-4-1 this season, and the visiting Blue Jackets are a good matchup (3rd worst in NHL) for the Bruins backup goaltender.


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Daily Fantasy Picks

With four evening games left on the NHL schedule tonight, many of you are scrambling to make your daily fantasy picks. In this edition, every player is on a hot streak (okay, except for one). Let’s see what kind of daily fantasy hockey team that afforded me to put together.

  • My roster


I immediately went gunning for Rickard Rakell and Tyler Johnson (the exception). Rakell has 4 points his his last 3 games, and while Johnson was hurt and hasn’t been producing much, he is playing with Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. The Tampa trio was arguably the NHL’s best last season and Johnson should be getting back into game shape just about now.

David Perron has been a whole new player since being traded to the Ducks half a dozen weeks back. He has 5 points in his last 5 games and looks great next to Ryan Getzlaf. I didn’t necessarily intend to stack Rakell and Perron but Anaheim is the NHL’s best team since the All-Star break and should keep it going tonight.

Speaking of Ducks, Sami Vatanen made my lineup again. He can easily reach double digits with a solid effort, and rarely has a real off night. His price tag and production just always seem to be the perfect fit for my squads so here’s to the Anaheim powerplay!

TJ Brodie was a consolation prize of sorts. I originally had the much cheaper 19-year-old Noah Hanifin pegged there, but with some extra loot left over I had to take the Calgary star. Brodie has been an unheralded stud for a couple of seasons now, and is in the midst of a nice stretch at the moment.

Johnny Gaudreau has 5 points in his last 3 contests, while Jarome Iginla looks rejuvenated for a late-season push with the Avalanche. Iggy’s been lighting the lamp regularly again.

Cam Ward is getting the nod for the Hurricanes and has been excellent lately. He himself has seen a resurgence and looks to have restored some confidence and ability to stop pucks. Ward should be a safe play.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Targets

We offer you our daily fantasy basketball targets again. This isn’t necessarily an optimal lineup for you to use (though we do quite well), but just some targets and value picks that could help put you over the top of your DFS contest. In order to win your daily fantasy basketball contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory. Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My roster


We wanted to start off with a few big guns with Lebron James, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, but selecting Westbrook crippled our cap situation so unfortunately he didn’t make our cut. That’s not to say don’t play him, we just couldn’t afford him!

DeMar DeRozan replaces Westbrook at the top of the lineup, with Raul Neto of the Jazz filling a gap at $3900 only. We hope he can have a solid 15 point game with some assists to boot.

Air Gordon” isn’t just a dunk specialist, the kid can ball. He is one of those not-so-cheap but not too expensive guys you hope can outplay his salary hit.

Chandler Parsons has at least 24 points in three straight games and has another opportunity to pile up those trey shots against the 76ers on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger is definitely capable of big games, and Denver seems like prime ground to put it down. If Sully can throw down 30 fantasy points we will consider it a victory.

Rounding out the lineup are a pair of cheap options who could have big days filling in for fallen soldiers. Rolling the dice on Kris Humphries could really pay off. With Chandler and Len suffering injuries, Humphries has a major opportunity to impress his new team, while Kyle Anderson has a tremendous chance to come up with a big game as Kawhi Leonard went down last time out.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy hockey optimal lineup, but Value Players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy hockey contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My Roster


In today’s lineup I started off superstar heavy. Tyler Seguin versus the Bruins, Evgeni Kuznetsov (did you see that pass), and goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Seguin is playing his former team so I expect a passionate performance, while I am stacking Justin Williams with Kuznetsov. The RW pool is thin, and some playing time with Alex Ovechkin is never a bad thing.

Max Domi has been on fire, but linemate Anthony Duclair is actually the more consistent performer. At $4800 I have to hope for the best from the speedy rookie.

Jaden Schwartz has more points than superstar linemate Vlad Tarasenko since his return, so even though I think Tarasenko could pot a pair tonight Schwartz offers the better value.

Ales Hemsky also plays for Dallas, but I don’t consider it a stack since rarely do the two play together (if ever). Hemsky is a skilled veteran who has been producing better-than-usual lately, and with my back against the cap wall I had to roll the dice.

I went with two youngers on the blueline. Arizona’s Michael Stone has quietly put up very nice numbers over the past 20 games, while Jacob Trouba is finding his game again in Winnipeg. The last two games have been fantastic, but I’m hoping that Trouba can put up his best fantasy game of the season with at least 1 point, multiple shots for and multiple blocked shots.



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Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy basketball optimal lineup, but value players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy basketball contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My roster


Chris Paul is my only major star. He will have to give it everything he has if the Clippers have any hope of beating Steph Curry and the mighty Warriors.

Teague and Carter-Williams provide good value at their price tags compared to most of the board. They average anywhere from 25 to 30 FPPG, a good 5 points more than their peers.

Goran Dragic and Luol Deng could put up big numbers again with all the injuries the Heat are dealing with at the moment. With Wade out specifically, the guard position has many minutes to fill and Deng flashed a version of his younger self last game giving hope for a repeat performance.

Antetokounmpo is the highest priced player remaining on my roster. The big-man has been putting up star-level fantasy stats lately and tonight should be no different. I’m expecting 30 fantasy points out of him.

Gerald Green will also benefit from the additional minutes he will receive tonight (Bosh – Out), while Jabari Parker has heated up as is a very good value.

Center Marreese Speights doesn’t play much, but he is very effective. He can get you 15 points and a few other category fillers if you’re really in a pinch for a low-cost player.

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As we have done each week, I will provide you with another daily fantasy lineup. You can choose to play the entire roster, or take some of my targets and sprinkle them into your selections. My philosophy includes players on streaks, good matchups, great value, and the occasional hunch. So here’s another version of my lineup.

  • My roster


I’m riding the hot David Perron, along with his defensive teammate Hampus Lindholm in a matchup with the struggling Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks duo should contribute offensively, while Lindholm can add points with a couple of blocked shots.

Alex Ovechkin was just too expensive to make it all work, so I subbed him out for youngster Andre Burakovsky. He’s not quite Ovi, but he has been on fire in his last 10 games, and plays with the uber-talented passer Evgeni Kuznetsov.

Dustin Brown has 9 assists in his last 10 games and his Kings are rolling. It may be a risk, but with the injury to Marian Gaborik the veterans ice-time is sure to go up.

Ryan Strome has been playing on a line with John Tavares (who has been tearing it up) so his production has risen dramatically. Strome was a very high draft pick just a few years ago, so he definieitly has the ability to pile up the points and light the lamp regularly. He is someone to keep an eye on as the season moves forward.

Up the middle I took my two power picks, Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby. Thornton has been looking youthful since Christmas and Crosby is the wildcard. If he plays great he will put you over the top in your contest, if not you better hope an average performance at that salary doesn’t cripple your daily fantasy lineup.

To cap it off, Keith Yandle has points in four straight, while Antti Niemi has a great matchup as his Dallas Stars take on the Arizona Coyotes.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

With the NBA trade deadline passing, and the schedule coming back from hiatus, FanPicks.com presents to you our first edition of daily fantasy basketball picks. You can try this roster, or just take some value pick targets out of this, it’s up to you!

  • My roster


I went with the most successful basketball technique known to date…a “big three”. Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Lebron James will lead this lineup into battle tonight.

“Bron-Bron” vs “D. Rose” is always a delight, and tonight will be no different. With so much time off, these big guns are well rested and ready to put on a show.

I expect Doug McDermott to be a major beneficiary of Rose’s play, same can be said for Bobby Portis except he creates many of his own chances as well.

Lebron will have a monster game, but it’s Tristan Thompson on the inside that I’m banking on. If the versatile big-man can keep pace with his teammates (James and Irving – who is on fire) that slot in your lineup will get a major boost in value.

Wesley Johnson, Danny Green and Patty Mills will be running the court when the Spurs taken on the Clippers in a late night showdown. Green and Mills will need a big game to counter CP3, Johnson and co. if they want to defeat a Clippers team they’ve had trouble with over the past year.

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