Fantasy Hockey Targets

Early Games

With four early games on the schedule this afternoon, Fanpicks is here to supply you with the fantasy hockey targets you’ll need to win your DFS contest.

As always, we supply you with at least a couple of DFS value picks (usually more) and fill out the roster with big-ticket players.  There’s nearly always cash leftover in order to give you the flexibility to make it your own. (Lineup Below)

  • Starting the day at 1 pm (est) off is Minnesota versus Buffalo. The Wild are the heavy favorite, but they have an array of scorers so it’s hard to say who’s going to have their day. The safer way to go when dealing with teams like that is to ride the hot-hand of course. Those hands belong to Jason Pominville today. The former Sabre has 12 points in his last 9 game, and a return to your former stomping grounds is always inspiring. Jack Eichel was tempting, as he played over 23 minutes last game but we were dedicated to our other options up the middle. That’s not to say don’t play the kid, he is a very nice option today.

Rather, Rasmus Ristolainen ($3700 – Value Pick) will represent the Sabres for my squad. He is their number one defenseman who played nearly 25 minutes a night, and has 36 points. Sure he can be a defensive liability, but other players with similar qualities (I’m looking at you Tyson Barrie), cost A LOT more.

  • Next up at 3 pm, the Flames are in Pittsburgh to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

Crosby has 5 points in his last 3 games and will be relied on to lead the charge against Calgary. When he’s at the top of his game, there is none better.

I selected Carl Hagelin as an insurance policy to Crosby. He’s that extra lining to protect your big investment. Simply, if it’s Evgeni Malkin‘s line that goes off, you can still get in on those precious Penguin points.

Newly acquired Justin Schultz should make his debut in black and yellow this afternoon. At $3000 he could be a huge value pick, especially if he gets any powerplay time with the big guns. But that’s by no means a gaurantee, so I went with the slightly more costly option in Derrick Pouliot ($3300 – Value Pick). The 22-year-old quietly has 6 assists in 17 games since being recalled from the AHL. and usually plays around 15 minutes a game. He is a very talented puck mover and does get some time on the man-advantage, so if he can get at least one assist I will be satisfied.

Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes and has only allowed 2 goals in his last 3 starts. The Pens need to win this game if they want to carry momentum into the playoffs, so I’m going with arguably (Dubnyk) the safest bet in the pool.

  • Also at 3 pm, the Avalanche play host to the Predators. Filip Forsberg is the man to own in these days, but as I went with cheaper options at LW I tagged his setup man Mike Ribeiro at center instead. All of those cross-ice one timers Forsberg scores on the PP come off the stick of Ribeiro, so if he can piggyback the mighty Swede it’ll be a good day.

Since I wasn’t taking the number one sniper in this game, Jarome Iginla instantly became a target. He’s already scored once this season against Nashville, and playing in Colorado gives the veteran a chance at the matchups he needs to thrive.

  • Finally, at 4 pm the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks do battle for Pacific division supremacy. Tied at 80 points a piece, the Kings have 2 more wins than their SoCal bredren, but two points today and none of that matters.

Ryan Getzlaf sat out Anaheim‘s last contest, but should be back today. In any case, David Perron is a solid value pick. He’s been a mainstay in my lineup for the past month and always performs. He isn’t just riding the coat-tails of the bigger named Ducks either, he is setting them up for success too. Jamie McGinn (LW) is also a nice option today, he’s scored in both games for Anaheim since being acquired at the deadline.

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NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks

We’re ready to layout for you our favorite NHL Fantasy Hockey Picks of the night. There’s nine games on tap for Tuesday, with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Erik Karlsson all suiting up and ready to rip the fantasy scoresheet. FanPicks rotopicker has selected the nine best option for tonight’s action.

  • LW – Filip Forsberg – $6,600

Forsberg has been sensational in February, notching his second hat trick in the last three games. Additionally, the former first-round pick has three games this month with three or more points, giving him 46 on the season in total. Needless to say, the 21-year-old is on a torrid pace lately and should be started whenever he’s on ice.

  • LW – Brad Marchand – $6,300

The month of February has been ridiculous for Marchand, scoring in 10 of 14, including two multi-goal games. Keep the former third-round pick glued into your lineups.

  • RW – Patric Hornqvist – $5,000

Hornqvist piled up eight points in his last six games, which included a 4 points night in yesterday’s game against Arizona.

  • RW – Craig Smith – $4,500

Smith went plus-3, with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over St. Louis. He enjoyed his best game this season against the stout Blues’ defense and now sits at 25 points on the year.

  • C – Sean Monahan – $5,200

Monahan is on a three-game point streak and is up to 43 points in 60 games this season. The 21-year-old continues to center Calgary’s top line and is continuing to find ways to produce depite the fact the team has lost seven of their last eight games. Monahan’s consistent point production and 144 shots on goal make him a solid fantasy asset.

  • C – Colton Sceviour – $4,100

Sceviour has a surprising three points in his last three games, a tally that doesn’t really jibe with his defensive focus.

  • D – Kris Letang – $5,900

This blueliner is officially en fuego, as Letang’s now racked up eight points over his last six games. He’s now got a hefty 48 points in 51 games this year, slotting him in at fourth overall in scoring among defenseman.

  • D – Tyson Barrie – $5,500

Barrie has been hot of late, registering six points in his last five games. He now has 11 goals and 42 points — 19 of which came on the power play — in 60 games on the season.

  • G – Roberto Luongo – $6,900

Luongo ended up not enjoying his scheduled day off, as he replaced an injured Al Montoya early in the Panthers last contest. The 36-year-old put forth a valiant effort on the back end of a back-to-back slate, but he ended up dropping both games of the weekend. Luongo has a 1.78 goals-against average in his last four appearances, beginning with the win over the Jets last month.

NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks

Filip Forsberg

Brad Marchand

Patric Hornqvist

Craig Smith

Sean Monahan

Colton Sceviour

Kris Letang

Tyson Barrie

Roberto Luongo

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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.

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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 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.

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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 Hockey Picks

On this President’s Day edition of my daily fantasy hockey picks, I take another look at a potential winning strategy to help you win your daily fantasy hockey league and make some serious cash on FanPicks.

On a night where three big ticket goaltenders will be taking the night off (Luongo, Crawford, Rinne), finding great value in net is all you can do. By taking Mike Condon over the more talented Jacob Markstrom you save $1500, a nice sum you can use to bolster another spot in your lineup since neither are exactly Vezina candidates.

Let’s take a look at the rest of my lineup…

  • My Roster

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In this case, I’m going to take advantage of the extra cap room and select the league’s most expensive skater Tyler Seguin. Seguin suffered a scary skate-to-arm injury last game but should be fine tonight versus the same Predators he scored a pair against earlier this year.

Sidney Crosby was very tempting as my other Center, as there’s just something about Florida that brings out his competitive nature so take the gamble if you can afford it. I couldn’t due to other desires, such as playing Alex Galchenyuk, so I slotted in the streaky Habs forward behind Seguin (Galchneyuk is listed as a center on FanPicks but a LW elsewhere). “Chucky” netted a pair of one-time powerplay goals in a frustrating Friday night loss, so his strong play could continue against one of the NHL’s worst defenses.

Patrick Eaves has points in five straight, but his $5000 price tag puts him above other viable options such as birthday “boy” Jaromir Jagr at $4900. The now 44-year-old legend has a shooting percentage 5% higher than his career average, and a date with his former franchise on his big day is worth watching.

Montreal rookie Sven Andrighetto netted a pair on Friday night, and now leads the team in goals per 60 minutes played despite just joining the top-six last game. He now skates next to Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to form a skilled scoring line and has a matchup with the aforementioned Coyotes weak D.

The LW spot was the hardest to fill today. Thomas Vanek was a healthy scratch recently for his all-too-common lackluster efforts, but has four points in his last three games for the struggling Wild since sliding back into the lineup. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has four goals and two assists over his last four contests, a big sign that the 21-year-old is starting to heat up after a slow start.

PK Subban has 11 points during his eight game point streak, following six points in the previous six games.  He has been on fire since Christmas time and has easily been the Canadiens best player night after night.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has five points in his last three games and has been a beast all season, but with a high priced veteran like Subban already on the roster, I needed to save a little money on my other defenseman. Maple Leaf Jake Gardiner has benefited from Dion Phaneuf’s departure by scoring two goals and two assists over his last three games, so we’ll roll with him.

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