FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Saturday (3/3)
We have only three games on the “main” slate tonight so that will tighten up our options somewhat. Only two playoff teams are involved and face each other (Toronto vs. Washington) and of the four early tee time squads, only the Arizona Coyotes are playing well lately. With the trade deadline behind us, some players are adjusting to new teams and others may be relieved to still be with their buddies. Others may be disappointed to not have been dealt to a cup contender, so we’ll look at recent performances more closely than ever today.
Max Domi (ARI): $5,100 vs. OTT
Domi has suffered through a miserable third season when many thought he might have a coming out party. Arizona has a ton of kids in the sandbox without enough adult supervision (as Edmonton did for years…okay, still does), and the results have been predictable (last in offense). They are coming around though, slowly but surely with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games. Domi has four points in his last five games and he’s cheap at $5,100.
Nazem Kadri (TOR): $6,400 vs. WAS
Kadri got off to a slow start this year but has turned his season around. He has a decent shot at 30 goals this year and has 14 points in his last 13 games. With Auston Matthews out rehabbing his shoulder, Kadri should enjoy more ice time and is slated to center Toronto’s top line with Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau.
Mitchell Marner (TOR): $6,400 vs. WAS
Marner has shown steady improvement this year, with only a couple of speed bump slumps along the way. He is now the Leaf’s top scorer with 53 points and is logging very close to 16:00 per game on average. He has 18 points in his last 13 games and should be viewed as a pretty safe option going forward.
Mike Hoffman (OTT): $6,400 vs. ARI
Hoffman was one of the prominent names bandied about as the trade deadline approached, and many were surprised he wasn’t dealt (including himself, I’m guessing). After going pointless in four straight games as the deadline approached, he now has three points in his last two games. His talent is obvious and looks to be a guy that has breathed a sigh of relief and can now go out and just play hockey.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM): $7,100 vs. NYR
I’ve watched this kid play in junior a few times and he’s an absolute bull on the ice (with talent). His game has translated well to the NHL as he is already close to a point per game player the last two seasons (even without playing on Conner’s line much this year). He is finishing strong with 16 points (including 9 goals) in his last 14 games and the Rangers are now 25th in defense.
Mats Zuccarello (NYR): $5,900 vs. EDM
It would be pointless to recite any recent stats to back up an argument to start Zuccarello, as he is pointless in his last four games (see what I did there?). I still like him as a player and he admittedly was affected by the yard sale the Rangers had recently. I think he’s too good to stay in this funk, and his new center, Vladislav Namestnikov, had a great debut for his new team. I’m rolling the dice that they will find some chemistry on the ice tonight.
John Carlson (WAS): $5,900 vs. TOR
Some guys really put it together in a contract year and Carlson is exhibit A. With 50 points already, he’s going to cash in this offseason and should help you cash in tonight. Toronto is solid defensively but Washington boasts a top ten offense and Carlson is humming along with 9 points in his last 11 games.
Morgan Rielly (TOR): $4,500 vs. WAS
Some bargain hunting was in order and Rielly fit the bill pretty well. With two points in his last three games (and Jake Gardiner gimpy), he should be the number one defenseman and power play quarterback for the league’s third-best offense.
Antti Raanta (ARI): $7,300 vs. OTT
As of press time, Holtby and Georgiev were the only confirmed goalies, but Raanta is the predicted starter against a Senators team that is 3-6-1 in their last ten games. As mentioned earlier, the Coyotes are playing their best hockey of the season (by far) lately, and Raanta’s stats are quite good (2.47 goals against average and 0.923 save percentage). As always, make sure your goalie is a confirmed starter before entering your lineup.
Sheldon Curtis is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Sheldon, check out his archive.