FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Saturday (11/11)
With ten games on the main slate tonight, the lineup options are almost endless. Most teams have played at least fifteen games now and we are starting to separate the fads from the trends. It looks like we have another great rookie crop this year, and that could mean there are some continued bargains. Some trends to keep an eye on are the early struggles of Carey Price and the very real potential of the Penguins giving up seven plus goals in a game. A couple of other teams to load up against are the Coyotes (again) and the Maple Leafs.
Ryan O’Reilly (BUF): $5,300 vs. MON
O’Reilly has quietly established himself as a steady, veteran performer on a young Sabres team. Averaging 20:22 in ice time per game, he faces the second worst defensive team in the league (Montreal Canadiens). It is a bit of a mystery as to who the Habs will have in net, and how well he’ll play. Charlie Lindgren has been a nice story, but will his bubble burst tonight? If so, O’Reilly, who has eight points in his last eight games should benefit.
Aleksander Barkov (FLA): $6,700 vs. NJ
Barkov is another quality center playing in relative obscurity in Florida. He is the Panther’s top center playing on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and the underrated Evgenii Dadonov. He has twelve points in his last nine games and faces off against a Devil’s squad that is no longer a frustrating trap team, coming in at nineteenth in goals against.
Anders Lee (NYI): $6,200 vs. STL
If the superstar (John Tavares) is too pricey for your tastes, it behooves you to check out the trusty sidekick. In this case, I am opting for the red-hot Anders Lee. He fired 34 pucks past opposing goalies last year and is on pace for 43 this year, and has twelve points in his last eight games. Feed him, Johnny!
Kyle Connor (WPG): $4,100 vs. ARI
I’ll admit it, Kyle. You’re in this lineup because you are cheap and I needed someone cheap. But hey, you also scored 71 points in your first season of college hockey (38 games) and play on the Jet’s top line with Mark Sheifele and Blake Wheeler. Oh, and the matchup against Arizona is as good as it gets.
Clayton Keller (ARI): $6,500 vs. WPG
Arizona is a bad team right now, maybe historically bad. They do have some legitimate talent up front though, and Keller is already at the top of that list. The comparisons to a young Patrick Kane were scoffed at by many, but the kid has been lights out. His 17 points put him in the top 25 scorers in the league and he is fourth in the league with 11 goals. For what it’s worth, the Jets will be playing a back to back that night, having played the night before in Vegas. Everyone gets a good night’s sleep there, right?
David Pastrnak (BOS): $7,500 vs. TOR
Pastrnak is a great young talent and plays on the top line in Boston with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, who is back from injury. Toronto’s number one goalie, Frederik Andersen, is playing poorly with a goals-against average of 3.33 and a save percentage of .898 and Curtis McElhinney‘s stats are even worse. This could be a pad-the-stats night for David (and you).
Justin Schultz (PIT): $4,000 vs. NSH
Schultz resurrected his career last year in Pittsburgh, with a 51 point regular season and 13 more in the playoffs. He recently returned from a concussion and scored in his first game back. He has suffered a slow start to the year, as have many Penguins, but is a solid value play at four grand.
Roman Josi (NSH): $5,900 vs. PIT
Josi is as reliable an offensive man as you’ll find on this slate, having scored eight points in his last eight games. Nashville is still trying to get rolling offensively but should have newly acquired Kyle Turris in the lineup as a spark, and as mentioned previously in this article, no team can step on a rake defensively like the Penguins. If this does turn into a shootout (or a rout), Josi should have a prominent role.
Jake Allen (STL): $8800 vs. NYI
The Blues are playing great hockey right now and Allen is a huge reason behind their early claim as the best team in the NHL. I don’t like messing around when choosing my goalie and I’ll stand by these stats: played 13 of 17 games, winning percentage of .750, save percentage of .921 and goals against average of 2.36. The Blues are hosting this game in their barn and are 7-1 at home, while the Islanders are 3-5 on the road. Of course, always check to make sure your goalie is indeed starting today’s game.
Sheldon Curtis is a correspondent at FantasyPros.