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.
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
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.