NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Friday (10/28)
We’ve got six games rounding out the NHL DFS slate on Friday night. The regular season is fully underway in its third week, but plenty of surprises abound. In the Eastern Conference, Boston is dominating, preserving a four-game winning streak and holding a 7-1 record. Quietly, John Tortorella has the Philadelphia Flyers out to a 5-2 record with a plus-four goal differential. After a hot start, the New York Rangers have lost three consecutive games and are getting outscored 26-22. The Western Conference is loaded with talent too. Vegas, Calgary, and Edmonton are all dominating in the Pacific division, while Dallas has a plus-ten goal differential that has allowed it to reach the top of the Central division. Anaheim and St. Louis are the teams spiraling downward in the West, enduring six and three-game losing slumps.
Tuesday’s slate was top-heavy in terms of production. My recommended picks felt the impact. Let’s start with the good. Nazem Kadri (C – CGY) buried two goals and an assist in a dominant 4-1 win over Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Marchessault (RW – VGK) contributed an assist during the Golden Knights’ 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks. Buffalo Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (D – BUF) scrounged up a point via assist during a lopsided 5-1 loss to Seattle, but Sabres netminder Eric Comrie (G – BUF) blocked just 19 of 24 shots on goal. This is where the bad production took over. Sidney Crosby (C – PIT), Artemi Panarin (LW – NYR), and Ben Chiarot (D – DET) all were held without a point, while Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger (G – DAL) allowed Boston to score two goals during a 3-1 road loss. Kadri was the only ace to return more value than the initial investment.
A lighter, six-game slate still offers plenty of players who possess good value in plus-matchups. Likewise, there are some players with high usage on bad teams, so don’t discount them either. Here are eight of my favorite players to target when constructing DFS lineups ahead of Friday’s puck drops. Let’s cash out!
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Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Mark Scheifele (C – WPG): $6,400
12-year veteran Mark Scheifele is priced reasonably on DraftKings in a plus-matchup against the lowly Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. Scheifele has finally found some production, scoring goals in consecutive games against the Blues and Kings. He should continue to produce a point per night while taking around three to five shots on goal. The ceiling isn’t huge, but neither is the salary against the Coyotes, who have surrendered 29 goals through six games played.
Martin Necas (RW – CAR): $5,300
Carolina is playing well with its new roster build this season. Martin Necas is now in his sixth year with the Hurricanes and he’s been busy, scoring points in four of his past five games played. The winger will face the New York Islanders at home on Friday night in a matchup where the ‘Canes are -190 favorites on the moneyline. Three shots on goal and a point is just the recipe to return enough value on a reduced $5,300 salary on DraftKings, so plug Necas in with confidence.
Devon Toews (D – COL): $5,400
Devon Toews can score points in the offensive zone, but Colorado’s defenseman makes a living blocking shots in the defensive zone. The 28-year-old has at least two blocked shots in three of his past four games played while attempting a couple of shots on goal per game. Toews could score his first goal of the season or get another assist against New Jersey, who are averaging over three goals allowed per game.
Frederik Andersen (G – CAR): $8,100
Carolina spent a ton of money on Fred Andersen during the last offseason and he’s continued to perform well early on this season. The 33-year-old netminder has three wins and a loss as a starter this year for the Hurricanes, allowing just one goal in two of these starts. The New York Islanders have only scored 22 goals this season, so they aren’t an offensive juggernaut to avoid. Start Andersen as a nice foundational piece in your lineups.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Elias Pettersson (C – VAN): $7,900
Vancouver has been getting consistent production out of Elias Pettersson this season. The 23-year-old has three points in his previous two games, but he’s hardly attempting any shots on goal, which is discouraging. The salary is high, but Pettersson has shown the ability to be hyper-efficient recently. He gets a good matchup for production against Pittsburgh, as oddsmakers expect over 6.5 goals to be the most likely outcome in this matchup. Pay up and start Pettersson against Tristan Jarry (G – PIT) and the Pens on Friday night.
Brad Marchand (LW – BOS): $6,900
In his first game of the season on Thursday, Brad Marchand was red-hot, scoring two goals and adding an assist during a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings. The 34-year-old veteran winger is in line for another highly productive outing against Elvis Merzlikins (G – CBJ) and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, so pay up to acquire Marchand’s massive ceiling in a plus-matchup.
Zach Werenski (D – CBJ): $6,400
Staying with the Boston versus Columbus matchup, I’ll switch to the other side and suggest Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski as a high-floor player to target in lineup builds. Werenski has been busy with his shot volume, steadily delivering three to four shots on goal per game, turning it into four points in eight games played. Plus, he adds value with a couple of blocked shots in the defensive zone, making Werenski a good piece despite facing the red-hot Boston Bruins.
Alexandar Georgiev (G – COL): $8,000
Colorado lost Darcy Kuemper (G – WAS) to Washington during free agency but 26-year-old netminder Alexandar Georgiev has been a quality replacement to start the year. Georgiev is 4-1 as a starter this season, allowing two goals in four of his five starts. He’s also facing high shot volume, finishing with over 30 saves in three games. New Jersey has young offensive talent but the Avs still have superior personnel, which will help Georgiev return value in lineups with another win on Friday night.
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