FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Wednesday (3/20)
After a busy night in the NHL yesterday, just four games are scheduled this evening on the main-slate. With only eight teams taking the ice, stacking becomes even more important to differentiate lineups. There are plenty of great options for DFS purposes with four juggernaut offenses in action. Let’s take a deeper dive into tonight’s slate and find some of the best plays this evening.
Mark Scheifele (WPG): $7,900 @ ANH
We can make a case for a lot of players at the center position tonight. There are five guys priced in the $7,000 and above territory, all of whom could be the highest fantasy producer. That being said, Mark Scheifele will save some salary and is in a fantastic spot against the Anaheim Ducks. The Jets top line center has now recorded 79 points in 72 games and will be looking to add to his total against a weak Anaheim team. The Ducks rank as a bottom three team in the league for High Danger Chances Against (HDCA), however, they are the worst team on home ice in this category. Winnipeg should dominate this game from start to finish, with Scheifele leading the way.
Jack Eichel (BUF): $8,200 vs. TOR
The Maple Leafs are slumping at an inopportune time, with just nine games remaining of the regular season. Allowing 26 goals against in their last five games, Toronto is a team who cannot keep the puck out of the net. They are dealing with injuries on the back-end, which has allowed more open space for offensive players. Jack Eichel is an elite talent who should thrive in this environment as one of the best young players in the game.
Blake Wheeler (WPG): $8,500 @ ANH
Arguably the Jets most important player, most of the offense filters through the big winger. Blake Wheeler is a true set-up man on the power-play, while also looking to pass first during the attack. With 68 assists, Wheeler ranks third in the NHL to only Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid. As Winnipeg is heating up before playoffs, Wheeler finds himself on a four-game point streak with 16 points in his last 10 games. The majority of people will likely look to stack Toronto or the Tampa Bay at Washington game this evening. Do not sleep on Winnipeg, who can score with the best of them.
Jeff Skinner (BUF): $6,500 vs. TOR
Set to be one of the most sought after free agents this offseason, Jeff Skinner enters tonight’s action with 37 goals and 22 assists through 72 games. Playing on the top forward line next to Jack Eichel, Skinner is a true sniper who will fire a lot of shots on net. His price is not reflective on what he is capable of doing against a Toronto team who has given up a lot of goals lately. In addition, the Leafs played in Nashville last night and might come into this game a little sluggish against a hungry Sabres team.
Tyler Johnson (TB): $5,500 @ WAS
This game should be played like a playoff contest. Generally, teams play at a slower pace with more physicality. Thus, a lower score. While Tampa Bay is the most dominant team in the NHL right now, Washington is no slouch and will not allow this team to walk all over them. That being said, we should expect the Lightning to find the back of the net this evening, and Tyler Johnson is a good bet to place his name on the score sheet. Playing alongside Nikita Kucherov on the second forward line, Johnson has found chemistry with the dangerous forward, which has led to a career year. At a reasonable price, Johnson is worth a shot.
Tyler Myers (WPG): $4,200 @ ANH
As the third piece to a Winnipeg stack, look toward defenseman, Tyler Myers. The Jets are dealing with injuries to their two best d-men, which has opened ice-time and opportunities for the six-foot-eight big man. Although he will not correlate with Scheifele and Wheeler on the top power-play unit, Myers will log time on the second unit, providing addition fantasy production.
Rasmus Dahlin (BUF): $4,100 vs. TOR
As the power-play quarterback, rookie Rasmus Dahlin will surely be nominated for the Calder Trophy this year as one of the top rookies in the NHL. Dahlin is an offensive-minded defenseman who skates like the wind and generates chances all game. A final piece to a three-man stack, Dahlin provides salary relief to a sneaky stack with a lot of upside.
Jacob Markstrom (VAN): $8,300 vs. OTT
Vancouver is -170 favorites on home ice tonight, in a game which should be easily won. Yes, the Canucks are a much better team, however, that should not take away from the recent form of Jacob Markstrom. Outside of getting lit up by Vegas four games ago, Markstrom has been incredible. Now with a 2.71 GAA and .915 SV% on the year, the Swedish netminder has kept the Canucks relevant in the standings far longer than they should be.