FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (1/4)

by Tom Vecchio | @DFS_Tom | Featured Writer
Jan 4, 2018

We have a 12 game slate tonight, and there are some very interesting options on the board. A few teams on the slate will be super chalky due to very favorable matchups, so you can go there for cash games, and not a bad choice to fade them in tournaments.

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Center

Patrice Bergeron (BOS): $7,400 vs. FLA
The Bruins are hot right now, and you want to get exposure to them anytime you can. Bergeron is one of my favorite players to roster since he is so consistent and always see plenty of ice time. He is on the first forward line, and the first power-play unit, but more importantly, he will be out there to counter the opposing team’s top line. He is a great two-way center and shows that by blocking almost one shot per game.

Kyle Turris (NSH): $5,000 @ ARI
The Predators are up against the Coyotes tonight, who are giving up over three goals per game. Anytime Arizona is on the slate, you want to stack against them since they are a fountain of DFS points waiting to happen. Turris is on the second forward line and the first power-play unit and has one goal over his last three games, so a nice spot for him to get this streak moving in the right direction.

Wing

Brad Marchand (BOS): $7,500 vs. FLA
Marchand is one of the true goal scorers for the Bruins, as he has 16 goals in 30 games this season. He is also on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, so the potential for double-dipping on points here is huge. They are up against the Panthers who are giving up over three goals per game, so a perfect spot to attack, which makes him great for any format. He is taking over two shots per game and can chip in with some blocked shots every now and then.

David Pastrnak (BOS): $7,100 vs. FLA
Pastrnak is the last part of this Bruins stack we are looking at, giving this stack 100% ice time correlation. Pastrnak hasn’t scored in 10 games, and with a player this good, he is due for some positive goal regression. He takes almost three shots per game, and with being on the top lines with the other players, he has multi-point potential, but we really want to see a goal out of him tonight.

Kevin Fiala (NSH): $5,000 @ ARI
Fiala has 26 points in 38 games this season but has five games without a point. Bit of a cold streak for him, but this is the perfect spot to get things going, as he is up against the Coyotes, who are giving up over three goals per game. He is on the second forward line and the second power-play unit, giving him plenty of ice time against this very weak defense.

Craig Smith (NSH): $4,200 @ ARI
Smith is the next part of this Predators stack and brings a bit of salary relief to the table. He has 23 points in 38 games this season and is also on the second forward line and the second power-play unit. Not a true punt play, but the savings he has, along with taking almost three shots per game are too good to pass up.

Defense

Roman Josi (NSH): $5,700 @ ARI
Josi is the last part of this Predators stack we are looking at, and he is one of my favorite defenders to roster. He plays a ton of minutes, taking over three shots per game, and is blocking over one shot per game. He is also on the first power-play unit, and truly one of the best all-around defenders in the league. Great cash game option tonight, and really any night.

Keith Yandle (FLA): $4,600 @ BOS
Yandle is on the top defensive pairing for the Panthers, and makes a good play tonight since he will be out there to counter the Bruins top line, which I also wrote about above. This combo actually has some correlation together, since if the Bruins top line will be seeing a ton of ice time, that means more ice time for Yandle. Also should be noted that this is a homecoming game for Yandle, as he is from Massachusetts, so let’s buy into that narrative.

Goalie

Ben Bishop (DAL): $8,500 vs. NJ
Bishop is at home and a -170 favorite according to Vegas, putting him in a good spot to pick up the much-needed win. He has two wins over his last three starts and has only allowed four goals over that span. The Stars play great defense and limit the number of offensive opportunities the opposing team can have. He doesn’t have massive save upside in terms of volume, but coming away with the win is more important.

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Thomas Vecchio is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Thomas, check out his archive and follow him @DFS_Tom.

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