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)

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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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Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks – 1/20/16 Preview

The Minnesota Wild (22-15-8) are on their way to SoCal today as they prepare to play vs the Anaheim Ducks (19-18-7). Fanpicks.com is proud to announce Rotopicker. A free to use tool which allows you to create winning lineups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition. Play the most exciting contests, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks. The premiere Daily Fantasy Sports site.

NHL MINvsANA 1-20-16

Talented defenseman Sami Vatanen was out of the lineup recently due to a flu, but Head Coach Bruce Boudreau indicated Wednesday afternoon that the smooth-skating Finn will be back for his Ducks tonight.

With 6 goals and 16 assists for the offensively challenged Ducks, Vatanen’s presence will be key if they hope to beat Minnesota. Not only does he make plays himself, he makes everyone on the ice around him better. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry must play up to par versus the deep Wild roster and carry the load up front.

The Wild are a deep and highly skilled team who haven’t quite put it all together yet this season. Mikko Koivu leads the team in scoring (33 points in 45 games), but Zach Parise (27 points in 36 games) and Mikael Granlund (4 goals in 45 games) really need to step up if they have any post-season dreams.

Devin Dubnyk, 18-14-4, 2.27 GAA, .921 Sv% and four shutouts should be getting the start for Minnesota, while rookie All-Star John Gibson gets the start for Anaheim. The American has a 9-7-2 record with a strong 1.90 GAA and .923 Sv%.

Tune in for what should be a close game on the West Coast tonight.

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