Late Top NHL Picks

Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Washington Capitals (49-17-3) vs Minnesota Wild (44-24-5)

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin is having a somewhat sub-par season by his standards, but he reached a milestone in his last game by becoming the third player in league history (Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky) to score at least 30 goals in his first 12 seasons. Minnesota ranked second in the league in scoring entering March with an average of 3.38 goals per game, but that number has dwindled to 2.21 this month, leading to 11 losses in 14 games (3-10-1). One of the few players who has been immune to the slump is Eric Staal, who has pumped in seven goals in the last 10 games to boost his total to 26.

Los Angeles Kings (35-32-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (41-25-4)

Kings captain Anze Kopitar (club-best 35 assists) has scored five goals and set up eight others in his last 14 games overall. Rookie Drake Caggiula has bounced back from a three-game benching, recording a goal and an assist in back-to-back outings as Edmonton completed a home-and-home sweep of the Avalanche.

Anaheim Ducks (41-23-8) vs Vancouver Canucks (30-36-7)

Jonathan Bernier has stepped up his game with fellow Ducks goaltender John Gibson nursing a lower-body injury, posting a stellar 9-1-1 mark in March with one shutout, a 1.71 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Vancouver’s 28th-ranked offense is fueled by sophomore sensation Bo Horvat, who notched his team-leading 30th assist and 50th point in Sunday’s 2-1 setback at Winnipeg. The 21-year-old has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his last 21 games overall and three (two goals, one assist) against Anaheim this season.

New York Rangers (46-26-1) vs San Jose Sharks (42-26-6)

Just as the San Jose Sharks appeared on the verge of running away with the Pacific Division title, they have tumbled back to the pack in the wake of an ugly six-game losing streak. They will be without center Logan Couture, who was hit in the face by a deflected puck in Saturday’s loss. to Nashville. Rick Nash is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak and also tallied for the Rangers against San Jose in October.

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Primetime Top NHL Picks

Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Winnipeg Jets (34-35-6) vs New Jersey Devils (27-35-11)

Coach John Hynes is giving Keith Kinkaid an extended look in net with New Jersey set to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The 27-year-old Kinkaid has started four of the last six games and yielded 12 goals in that stretch, while workhorse goaltender Cory Schneider is mired in one of the worst runs of his career with a 1-8-2 mark. With Kinkaid’s mild success, Schneider will need a good outing against the Jets to stay on the coach’s good grace. Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who scored and set up a goal in the first encounter with New Jersey, has collected 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in his last 18 games.

Nashville Predators (39-25-7) vs Boston Bruins (39-30-4)

Preds leading scorer Ryan Johansen recorded his 100th career goal Monday to push his total to 58 points – seven in the last eight games. Boston captain Zdeno Chara has notched 24 points this season and is one shy of 600 for his career.

Ottawa Senators (41-25-6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (35-32-4)

Mike Hoffman set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal in Saturday’s 3-1 Ottawa setback in Montreal to extend his point streak to six games (one goal, six assists) while increasing his point total to 16 (three goals, 13 assists) in his last 15 contests. Claude Giroux, a Ontario native, will play in his 650th NHL contest on Tuesday. He enjoyed quite the homecoming when he last faced Ottawa. The 29 years-old center scored twice, which included the OT winner.

Buffalo Sabres (32-32-6) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (48-19-5)

Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly is one away from reaching the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season and third in his career. Sergei Bobrovsky, who was named Columbus’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, is 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts. The Blue Jackets are 8-0-0 at home on Tuesdays this season.

Detroit Red Wings (31-32-12) vs Carolina Hurricanes (33-27-9)

The Hurricanes are looking to avenge an overtime loss to Detroit in the second of a Raleigh-based two day series with the Red Wing. Carolina lost a pair of players to injury on Monday. Defenseman Ryan Murphy went down with a lower-body ailment in the third period while goaltender Eddie Lack was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being hit in the head by Andreas Athanasiou on the winning play in overtime. Defenseman Justin Faulk scored a pair of goals for the ‘Canes to raise his season total to 16, matching the career high he set last campaign. Henrik Zetterberg has recorded two goals and six assists over his last seven games to get within one of 900 career points, all with the Red Wings organization.

Florida Panthers (33-31-5) vs Toronto Maple Leafs(35-24-7)

Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault scored his team-leading 29th goal Monday in his 68th game after recording eight over his first 49 NHL contests. Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, who has recorded a career-high 36 points this season, is one game shy of 400 in the NHL.

Dallas Stars (31-33-9) vs Montreal Canadiens (42-24-7)

Although defense and goaltending have been a nightmare for most of the season, Stars starting netminder Kari Lehtonen was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week following a stellar four-game stretch. Lehtonen started each game during the current 3-0-1 run and recorded an 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. Andrei Markov sat out 19 games this season after missing just four over the previous four campaigns, but is still providing solid production for the Habs with a pair of goals and an assist in Saturday’s win over Ottawa.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft

June 29th 2016

With half of the matchups starting early in the afternoon, it will be a stretch to find the right players to fill your lineup. We just might be able to help you with some picks that have been quite good over the past few days. Here is the daily fantasy baseball draft primetime top picks! (Click to play FP)

Top Pitcher

Top Hitters

 

Milwaukee is 8-2 when Junior Guerra takes the ball. He enters Sunday’s action against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a rotation-best 3.67 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.

Top Hitters

Top Hitters

 

Brian Dozier extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a home run (the first of two on the night) to lead off the second inning in the opener. His career high is 11 games.

Ben Revere collected four hits, swiped three bags (tying a career high) and came around to score three times in Monday’s Nationals matchup against the Mets.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Brandon Crawford was back in the lineup Tuesday after getting a day off Monday due to “general soreness.” He’s been out of the starting lineup twice in the past week.

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and two walks on Tuesday against the Giants.

Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday with a single in the first inning. This hit streak is it’s longest of the season.

Returning to action

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup in Tuesday’s series opener, but said he expects to play on Wednesday. Turner went 7-for-14 with three homers and seven RBIs when these two teams met earlier in June.

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MLB Fantasy Draft Top Picks

June 15th 2016

The Yanks’ and the Rox’ will start Wednesday MLB scheduled lineup starting at 3PM EST time. All 30 team’s will follow in on the action. Make your MLB fantasy draft picks early to enjoy the league wide contest, as four games will be played in the early evening. Rest easy though, eleven more games will start at 7PM EST time and FanPicks has those late evening contest prepared for you, as well (click to join). Check out Wednesday schedule and the top draft picks available for them contest!

Schedule

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) PITCHING MATCHUP

New York

Colorado

3:10 PM Ivan Nova vs Chad Bettis

Miami

San Diego

3:40 PM Justin Nicolino vs Luis Perdomo

Los Angeles

Arizona

3:40 PM Clayton Kershaw vs Patrick Corbin

Milwaukee

San Francisco

3:45 PM Jimmy Nelson vs Johnny Cueto

Chicago

Washington

4:05 PM Jason Hammel vs Stephen Strasburg

Baltimore

Boston

7:00 PM Kevin Gausman vs Steven Wright

Toronto

Philadelphia

7:05 PM Marco Estrada vs Jeremy Hellickson

Cincinnati

Atlanta

7:10 PM Anthony DeSclafani vs Bud Norris

Pittsburgh

New York

7:10 PM Jeff Locke vs Noah Syndergaard

Seattle

Tampa Bay

7:10 PM Nathan Karns vs Drew Smyly

Houston

St. Louis

7:15 PM Collin McHugh vs Adam Wainwright

Detroit

Chicago

8:10 PM Mike Pelfrey vs Chris Sale

Cleveland

Kansas City

8:15 PM Corey Kluber vs Ian Kennedy

Minnesota

Los Angeles

10:05 PM Tyler Duffey vs Hector Santiago

Texas

Oakland

10:05 PM Derek Holland vs Sonny Gray

Top MLB Fantasy Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
Clayton Kershaw P LAD @ARI 62 47.3 52.9 49
Corey Kluber P CLE @KC 56.5 38.3 40.3 35.5
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 55 19 14.4 17
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR @PHI 54 25.7 19.6 17.5
Corey Dickerson OF TB SEA 44.5 14.3 18.1 11.8
Khris Davis OF OAK TEX 44.5 18.5 11.6 8.6
Stephen Strasburg P WAS CHC 43.5 36 41.7 41.5
Steven Wright P BOS BAL 43 40.5 39.3 35.8
Carlos Gonzalez OF COL NYY 42 24.5 16.6 16.1
Joc Pederson OF LAD @ARI 42 24.8 16.7 10.5
Bud Norris P ATL CIN 41.5 12.5 13.5 12.2
Johnny Cueto P SF MIL 39.5 32.3 43.1 40
Jose Abreu 1B CWS DET 39 22 17.2 13.5
Justin Upton OF DET @CWS 39 17.5 13.7 13.8
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL CIN 38.5 16 13.7 9.7
Matt Carpenter 3B STL HOU 38.5 23.8 20.9 18.3
Adam Wainwright P STL HOU 37 31.7 29.9 21.2
Kyle Seager 3B SEA @TB 36.5 14.2 16.3 9.3
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA @SD 36 12 11.3 8.9
Martin Prado 3B MIA @SD 36 19.7 17.2 13.2
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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Top Evening Picks

June 14th 2016

 Major League Baseball resumes with all 30 team in action this Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in an early morning matchup, while the rest of the games will begin at 7PM ET tonight. There will be a clash at Fenway, as two of the top pitchers this season will face-off. O’s Chris Tillman will go for win number 9, but he’ll have to out-duel Boston’s ace David Price. Also, Brew’s Crew pitcher Matt Garza will make his return from injury for the first time this season in San Francisco . He will have a lot on his plate, as he go’s against the leagues third best ERA pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Here is the MLB fantasy baseball draft top picks (click to draft):

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Games FP Avg Last Four Games FP Average Last Ten Games FP Average
Madison Bumgarner P SF MIL 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 55 19 14.4 17
Chris Iannetta C SEA @TB 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
John Lackey P CHC @WAS 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD MIA 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL @SF 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL HOU 48 29 21.5 13.2
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS BAL 48 28.8 21.8 15.9
DaeHo Lee 1B SEA @TB 47.5 17.3 11.6 13.1
Robinson Cano 2B SEA @TB 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA @TB 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET @CWS 46 21 14.2 10.3

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Notables

  • With Chicago Cubs Jorge Soler on the disabled list, rookie Albert Almora Jr. is likely to start in left field against Washington’s left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Known primarily for his defense, Almora has three hits in 10 at-bats since being called up earlier this month.
  • New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after sitting out Sunday due to wrist soreness.
  • By the time Jacob deGrom starts Tuesday’s series opener with the Pirates, the Mets’ right-hander will have had a week off between outings.
  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
  • It’s possible that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will return Tuesday against the Cards. He was out of the lineup for all three games of Houston’s series against Tampa Bay after spraining his left ankle last Thursday against Texas.
  • New York Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi is 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA over his last nine starts, the longest winning streak by a Yankees pitcher this season.
  • Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not expected in the lineup for a sixth straight game because of a strained left hamstring, though he will be available as a pinch-hitter.
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Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Top Picks

June 7th 2016

All 30 teams are back for daily fantasy baseball MLB gameplay, this Tuesday starting at 4PM ET. It all starts with the first of a double header between the  New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Zack Greinke P ARI TB 59.5 40.7 34.5 31.6
Zach Davies P MIL OAK 57 33.3 29 21.8
Justin Upton OF DET TOR 46 21 14.2 10.3
Jacob deGrom P NYM @PIT 44.5 33.3 27.7 24.9
Adam Conley P MIA @MIN 42.5 16.5 17.9 22.9
Kyle Hendricks P CHC @PHI 41 36.5 32.4 29.5
Aaron Sanchez P TOR @DET 41 35.3 31.4 30
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Desmond Jennings OF TB @ARI 39 13 8.8 4.3
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 39 20 11.5 8.7
Joe Ross P WAS @CWS 38 32 23.7 24.7
Jay Bruce OF CIN STL 35.5 21.7 22.5 19.6
Michael Pineda P NYY @LAA 34.5 20.8 19.7 19.8
Eduardo Nunez SS MIN MIA 34.5 22.5 18.2 17.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX HOU 33 17.8 16.3 9.1
Wilson Ramos C WAs @CWS 32.5 16.8 19 13
Yasmani Grandal C KC @LAD 32 14.5 9.8 8
James McCann C DET TOR 32 12.5 15.8 8.8

Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Notables

  • Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Tommy Joseph has started the past six games, allowing Howard to “clear his head,” as manager Pete Mackanin put it. Joseph, who was called up May 13, recorded more hits for the month (10) than Howard (7) in 35 fewer plate appearances.
  • Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has enjoyed success against O’s pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, going 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run in his career against the righty.
  • Ryan Braun will seek career hit No. 1,500 with the Brewers.
  • Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated from paternity leave, with the Nationals optioning Trea Turner to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move. Zimmerman is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
  • Charlie Blackmon has reached base safely in 32 straight games, good for the second-longest streak in the Majors. It’s the longest streak for the Rockies since Troy Tulowitzki reached safely in 41 straight last season.
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