NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (11/15)
The NHL has nine games on tap for us to consume on Tuesday’s slate, offering plenty of enticing options to insert into DFS lineups. The New Jersey Devils are sitting atop the Metropolitan Division with a nine-game winning streak intact, Boston boasts the highest positive goal differential (+30) in the league, and Vegas is off to a hot start after missing the playoffs last season. Major signings during free agency and high draft picks have dramatically altered the parity within the NHL, while teams who invested top dollar, such as Columbus, are not seeing the return on investment with players like Johnny Gaudreau (LW – Blue Jackets) inking huge contracts.
Friday’s recommended picks were not high-caliber picks across the board. Jason Robertson (LW – Stars) led the way for Dallas with two assists, while Sidney Crosby (C – Penguins) and Mitch Marner (RW – Maple Leafs) each logged an assist during Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win. John Tavares (C – Maple Leafs) was held without a point, along with both defensemen, Mikhail Sergachev (D – Lightning) and Vince Dunn (D – Kraken), while neither of my recommended goaltenders emerged with a win. Losses cripple the value that netminders provide in DFS, creating a sunken cost. Overall, it was one of the weaker recommended slates, so let’s look forward to the nine-game slate on Tuesday.
I’ve compiled eight of my favorite players on Tuesday’s jam-packed slate, so let’s jump right into who they are and why they should be rostered in DFS builds ahead of tonight’s puck drops.
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Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Dylan Larkin (C – Red Wings): $7,200
26-year-old Dylan Larkin has been delivering a steady floor recently, notching a point in four of his previous five games played. Detroit has a much better team through offseason movement, but Larkin is a mainstay, playing in his eighth season for the Red Wings. As such, Larkin is tied for the most goals (7) on Detroit and faces a struggling Anaheim Ducks team on the road Tuesday night. Goaltender John Gibson (G – Ducks) has allowed four to seven goals in each of his previous three starts, so fire up Larkin with confidence on DraftKings.
Jesper Bratt (RW – Devils): $6,800
New Jersey is on top of the division and seemingly the hockey world at the moment. 24-year-old Jesper Bratt leads the Devils with 19 points, scoring five goals and 14 assists. Bratt is a bit volatile and lacks consistency, but he still has three points in his last five games, while attempting two to five shots on goal, so against Montreal, he becomes a value play at under $7,000 on DraftKings. The Canadiens will roll out Jake Allen (G – Canadiens) to defend the crease, who has allowed four or more goals in two of his three previous starts. Bratt is a nice value on a busy slate, so add him into DraftKings builds.
Ivan Provorov (D – Flyers): $5,600
You aren’t going to jeopardize your ability to cash in a contest by rostering defenseman Ivan Provorov. The 25-year-old is now in his seventh year with Philadelphia, and has a fairly high shot volume for a defenseman, creating a high floor alongside a couple of blocked shots per game. Provorov only has one goal but seven assists through 15 games played, but he gets a plus-matchup against Columbus on Tuesday night. Blue Jackets’ netminder, Joonas Korpisalo (G – Blue Jackets), has allowed four or more goals in two of his three starts, meaning Provorov could find his way back into the point column.
Ville Husso (G – Red Wings): $7,800
I was burned by Ville Husso the last time I recommended him in DFS builds but he gets arguably the softest matchup against Anaheim on Tuesday night. The Ducks have a -26 goal differential, scoring only 42 goals through 15 games. Husso will benefit from Anaheim’s inability to score goals, racking up three total goals in their previous two losses combined. Fire up Detroit’s newly-minted netminder during Tuesday’s late puck drop.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Roope Hintz (C – Stars): $7,700
Dallas has talent throughout its roster, including 25-year-old Roope Hintz. Five years have helped Hintz develop into a strong contributor to the Stars’ offense, as he has six goals and 13 assists through 15 games played. Hintz has at least one point in each of his previous five games played and gets a juicy matchup against Tampa Bay’s struggling netminder, Andrei Vasilevskiy (G – Lightning), who has surrendered at least three goals in his last seven starts. Take advantage of his poor play in the net and plug Hintz into FanDuel lineups.
Mats Zuccarello (LW – Wild): $7,400
Mats Zuccarello is a veteran on Minnesota’s roster but that hasn’t stopped him from being a lead point scorer for the Wild this season. The 35-year-old winger has six goals and nine assists, including three consecutive points leading into Tuesday’s road contest against Nashville, which is struggling to manufacture points and stop shots. Juuse Saros (G – Predators) is a good goaltender but he’s in a bit of a downward spiral right now, allowing three to six goals in three of his previous four starts. Zuccarello knows how to create offense, while attempting two to three shots on goal per game, so plug him into FanDuel lineups on Tuesday night.
Ryan Graves (D – Devils): $4,600
Another New Jersey Devils player that piques my interest in DFS builds is defenseman Ryan Graves. The 27-year-old defenseman has two goals and an assist in his previous five games played while attempting three shots on goal and racking up a couple of blocked shots to provide a decent floor. The Devils are -170 favorites to beat Montreal on Tuesday night, while the juice on the total is leaning toward over 6.5 goals. This is a great sign for Graves’ ability to secure his eighth point of the season on the road against the Canadiens.
Logan Thompson (G – Golden Knights): $8,700
I’m done risking the goaltenders. It’s going to cost a pretty penny to roster Vegas netminder Logan Thompson, but he’s worth the salary. The 25-year-old goaltender has six consecutive wins as a starter in the crease, including two shutouts on the year, so against the anemic offense of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, Thompson becomes a smash start. Pay up to build a rock-solid foundation in FanDuel lineups with Thompson situated in a perfect game script.
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