FanDuel NHL DFS Strategy Advice: Tuesday (3/16)
Week 10 picks up on Tuesday with a seven-game slate, including a couple of major matchups in the East Division. The New York Islanders are winners of nine straight but will be presented with a difficult matchup against Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals, who are riding a five-game win streak of their own. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins travel west to try ending their two-game losing streak against a Pittsburgh Penguins team that are winners of six in a row. Several lopsided matchups are also set to occur, allowing fantasy managers to find deeper value amongst second and third-line skaters. Let’s check out a few players to target when constructing your Tuesday lineups.
Brock Nelson (NYI): $5,800 @ WAS
Brock Nelson has scored three goals across his last four games as the second-line C for the Islanders, seeing an uptick in average time on ice (19:08) during this same span. The 29-year old also centers the second power-play unit, affording him additional opportunities to get the puck on the net. Totaling six shots on goal against the Devils in their previous win on Sunday, Nelson has only gone without a point in one of his last seven games and should have numerous opportunities to chip in on an assist or find the back of the net against Capitals G Ilya Samsonov, who is averaging 3.50 GAA with a mediocre .892 save percentage across his last two starts. The Islanders will look to make it 10 straight wins in a pivotal matchup against the Capitals on Tuesday, with Washington only two points behind them to reign supreme atop the East Division. Nelson is a great value play at under $6,000 on FanDuel and should be plugged into fantasy lineups before the 7 pm puck drop in D.C. on Tuesday night.
Kirill Kaprizov (MIN): $6,300 vs. ARI
The Minnesota Wild are the hottest team in the West Division at the moment, coming into Tuesday’s matchup against the Arizona Coyotes on a four-game winning streak. A contributing factor to their success has been the play of LW Kirill Kaprizov. The 23-year old has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games for the Wild this season, earning four points (three goals, assist) on 16 shots against the Coyotes in their last two games played. With Tuesday marking the final game of the triple-header between the Wild and the Coyotes, expect Kaprizov to continue his superior play against Arizona reserve G Antti Raanta. Although priced moderately higher than the typical value player, Kaprizov is extremely talented in the offensive zone and should be rostered in as many lineups as possible in a favorable matchup at home.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR): $6,100 @ DET
Dougie Hamilton has scored at least one point in eight consecutive games, earning two multi-point games, including a two-assist outing against the Detroit Red Wings earlier this month. Carolina has won eight in a row and will officially become the No.1 ranked team in the Central Division if they can manage to avoid the upset in Detroit on Tuesday. Defensemen tend to be a bit pricier, so don’t feel guilty or frivolous, dropping over $6,000 to acquire Hamilton’s consistent offensive involvement. This is a rare find in the league and should be valued as such, particularly against projected Red Wings G Thomas Greiss, who allows a heinous 3.41 GAA across 15 starts this season.
Semyon Varlamov (NYI): $8,800 @ WAS
Arguably one of the hottest netminders in the league ahead of Tuesday’s matchup against the Washington Capitals, New York Islanders G Semyon Varlamov will look to continue his impressive four-game winning streak. Varlamov has allowed two goals or less in all four wins during this stretch, averaging a ridiculous 1.44 GAA with a .951 save percentage across the last week to help propel the Islanders atop the East Division. Based on his spectacular play within the pipes, Varlamov demands a high salary even for goalies, who are typically one of the more expensive pieces to add into lineups. He can take your lineup to the next level with his low GAA and the bonus points rewarded to a winning goaltender in DFS. Make sure to roster Varlamov early before setting the rest of your lineup to allow for more tinkering amongst cheaper value skaters available during Tuesday’s slate.