NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (11/29)
Nine games comprise Tuesday’s NHL slate, offering plenty of opportunity to obtain value and cash out DFS lineups by the end of the night. Busier slates usually mean there is a lot of production to go around, but the challenge is identifying which players to target as the foundational pieces when constructing builds on DraftKings and FanDuel. That’s where I come in!
During the last DFS Primer on Friday, November 25th, several of my recommended players returned value, while others had quiet outings that did not result in good production. Jack Hughes (C – Devils) scored yet another goal in a 3-1 win over Buffalo, while New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (D – Islanders) racked up an assist, with goaltender Ilya Sorokin (G – Islanders) logging 24 saves against 26 shots in a 3-2 win. Filip Hronek (D – Red Wings) had a two-point night for Detroit, including a goal, while Timo Meier (RW – Sharks) also notched an assist against the Kings. New Jersey netminder Vitek Vanecek (G – Devils) did not start in the crease, while David Perron (LW – Red Wings) and Jack Eichel (C – Golden Knights) failed to show up in the point column in good matchups. Overall, it was a solid night for my recommended picks, but I’m trying to hit on all eight ahead of Tuesday’s nine-game slate.
Here are eight of my favorite players to invest in when building DraftKings and FanDuel DFS lineups during a jam-packed slate on the ice Tuesday night. Let’s cash out and enjoy some puck!
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Trevor Zegras (C – Ducks): $6,300
21-year-old Trevor Zegras has 20 points through 22 games played this season for Anaheim. He’s a bit volatile but his ceiling is massive, exemplified by the three-point outing he logged against Seattle in a 5-4 loss on Sunday. Zegras attempts three shots on goal per game and is capable of lighting the lamp, along with racking up assists, so at $6,300, he’s a solid value in DraftKings lineups.
Alex Ovechkin (LW – Capitals): $7,700
Washington continues to be led by veteran winger Alex Ovechkin. The 37-year-old has 11 goals and ten assists, scoring six more goals than the second-leading goal scorer on the Capitals. Ovi will face the Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Thatcher Demko (G – Canucks), who has surrendered three or more goals in four of his past five starts. Ovechkin has three multi-point games in his past five games, so fire him up with confidence ahead of Tuesday’s late puck drop.
Roman Josi (D – Predators): $8,100
Nashville continues to get huge production in the offensive zone from defenseman Roman Josi. The 32-year-old has 12 assists and four goals this season, providing a high shot volume that is enticing in DFS lineups. Josi has attempted at least five shots on goal in four consecutive frames, while also providing a high floor with blocked shots. He’s the rare defenseman worth paying a high salary on.
Ilya Sorokin (G – Islanders): $8,300
I rolled with Ilya Sorokin on Friday and I’m going back to him again when he plays the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The 27-year-old netminder has allowed two or fewer goals, including a shutout, in his previous three starts, going 3-0 during this stretch. The Flyers are on a ten-game losing slump and have a -21 goal differential, which makes Sorokin a smash add in DraftKings lineups.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Logan Couture (C – Sharks): $6,900
San Jose isn’t winning a lot of games but they have talented players on offense. One of them is Logan Couture, who has scored a goal in four of his past five games, adding two assists to raise his ceiling. Couture is a consistent contributor for the Sharks, so at under $7,000 on FanDuel, he’s worth investing in against Kings’ netminder Jonathan Quick (G – Kings). He’s allowed at least three goals in three of his previous four starts, making Couture a high-value addition in lineups on Tuesday night.
Kyle Connor (LW – Jets): $7,800
Kyle Connor has a goal in three consecutive games and is fresh off of a three-point outing against Chicago on Sunday. The 25-year-old winger attempts three to five shots on goal per game, which usually results in a point or two for Connor. He’s a bit pricey on FanDuel and will face a stout Colorado defense on Tuesday night, but Connor’s momentum is too great to ignore.
Brent Burns (D – Hurricanes): $6,700
It’s weird seeing Brent Burns in a different sweater than San Jose’s, but he’s still making an impact in Carolina. The 37-year-old defenseman has two assists in his past five games, but he offers a solid floor, attempting three to six shots on goal while racking up a couple of blocked shots as well. Consider Burns a pricey floor play against Pittsburgh, who just saw their win streak snapped by Toronto with a 4-1 loss.
Tristan Jarry (G – Penguins): $8,000
Speaking of Pittsburgh and win streaks, let’s look at their goaltender, Tristan Jarry. The 27-year-old has improved dramatically from earlier in the season, recording a shutout against Winnipeg, while surrendering only two total goals against Calgary and Philadelphia. Jarry has won four straight as a starter for the Penguins and while the Hurricanes are a talented offense, Jarry is playing with confidence in the crease. Get him into lineups and watch the points pile up.