It’s a massive 13-game slate tonight that has the potential for big fantasy totals. Studs Nathan MacKinnon ($8,400) and Connor McDavid ($8,700) are both in action as their teams take on struggling Western Conference opponents in the Wild and the Kings, respectively. On the flip side, there are some low-key Eastern conference games which could be fruitful as David Pastrnak and the Bruins take on Buffalo and the Islanders-Penguins play the second game of a home-and-home series.
Top Line Stacks
DAL vs. WPG
Justin Dowling ($3,400) – Tyler Seguin ($7,200) – Jamie Benn ($5,300)
The Stars come into this game still on a tear, having won six of their last seven games. While they started the season slowly offensively, the Stars have come on of late, scoring four or more goals in three of their last five games. Their newly formed top line has been responsible for much of that production, as the trio has now scored 17 points over its last four games. Center Justin Dowling has taken over first-line center duties of late, and excelled in that area, making him a great value add to Benn and Seguin, who together have combined for 35 shots on goal over their last four games. The Stars also have a nice matchup against the Jets, a team that features the sixth-worst penalty kill in the league. It’s an affordable trio that has plenty of upside for this massive slate.
Superstar to Target
Leon Draisaitl ($8,300), EDM at LAK – Draisaitl took a backseat to his center, Connor McDavid ($8,700) in Edmonton’s last game, but tonight might be the German’s time to shine. Draisaitl enters this game averaging just under two points per game and goes up against a Kings team that features the worst GAA average in the league, and the third-worst penalty kill. Rostering both of the top Oilers is certainly one way to go, as the two have combined for the most goals scored of any other line in the league. But if you have to choose one, going with the discount here on Draisaitl is a fine way to play it, as he’s essentially matched McDavid stride for stride thus far in terms of fantasy production. On a big slate with tons of value options to choose from, the savings off McDavid here should be valuable, making Draisaitl a fine anchor tonight.
Value on Offense
Brock Nelson ($4,700), NYI vs. PIT – Nelson isn’t super cheap, but relative to his production and night-to-night exposure, his price is a bargain. The Islanders’ forward is now averaging just under a point per game, after racking up seven points in his last four games. He is also playing increased minutes of late, averaging over 20 minutes per game over that same span. Averaging 2.89 SOG per game, Nelson also gets solid power-play exposure and comes in averaging 1:37 on the PP per game. He posted three points against the Penguins in his last game and gets the same team tonight, yet his price only went up $100 making him great value again.
Kirby Dach ($3,000), CHI vs. TB – The third overall pick in last year’s draft, Dach has enjoyed a big run of success of late, scoring six points over his last four games. Playing limited minutes per night, Dach’s still been able to average over two SOG in his last four games and played a season-high 14 minutes in his last outing. Priced near the min and up against a Tampa Bay team that sports the eighth-worst GAA in the league, Dach’s the perfect kind of boom-or-bust option you can employ in your GPP lineups tonight, as his upside matches those well above him in price at the moment.
Philipp Grubauer ($7,700), COL at MIN – Grubauer has been a fantastic target for daily fantasy purposes this season, as the netminder has been exposed to plenty of shots thanks to Colorado’s shabby defense. The Avalanche allow 33.4 shots against per game — the fifth most in the league — giving Grubauer a great shot at reaching the DraftKings 35-save bonus on a nightly basis. 7-3-1 on the season, Grubauer has now hit over 20 DKFP four times in his last 10 games, and he has come within one save of the nightly bonus in two of his last four games. With the Avalanche set as small road favorites tonight, he’s a solid GPP play in net.
Joonas Korpisalo ($7,800), CBJ vs. DET – The Blue Jackets aren’t usually a team you see listed as heavy favorites, but they do enter tonight’s game with the flailing Red Wings as (-170) home favorites. Korpisalo has been excellent in his last couple of starts, stopping 55 of his last 59 shots against, while picking up wins in three of his last four games. Given that he’s available for well under $8K tonight, the in-form Korpisalo looks like a solid target in most formats against a Red Wings team that still averages over 30 SOG per game but has scored just 2.3 goals per game (last in the league) this season.
Value on Defense
Tyson Barrie ($4,000), TOR at ARZ – The Leafs come in reeling after the firing of their head coach yesterday, and might in a good spot for offensive production as a result. Tyson Barrie hasn’t been the offensive guru we may have expected in Toronto, but he’s still averaging 2.5 SOG per game, and one blocked shot per game, giving him a fantastic fantasy floor on a nightly basis. The Coyotes are a tough matchup on paper, but if you buy into the narrative of an angry team out to save face after the firing of their coach, Barrie’s a cheap way to get exposure to that group tonight, and a solid value target on defense.
Ethan Bear ($3,700), EDM at LAK – Bear has turned into a nightly value target on defense as the Oilers defenseman comes into this game averaging over 21 minutes of ice per game. Given increasing responsibilities as the season has progressed, Bear’s also seeing just under one minute of power-play exposure every night, while averaging 1.5 blocked shots per game. The Oilers defenseman has now exceeded his nightly DraftKings average point total in six of his last seven games, and he gets a cake matchup against the Kings, who are last in the league in GAA per game. He’s a fine savings option if you don’t want to pay up at defense tonight.
Miro Heiskanen ($5,400), DAL vs. WPG – As outlined above, the Stars have been on a roll offensively of late, and a big reason why is improved production from their backend. The 20-year-old Heiskanen enters this game on a tear, having scored seven points in his last four outings, and has been boosted by his move onto the top power-play unit for the Stars. Averaging 25 minutes of ice per night over his last five games, Heiskanen has hit the DK SOG bonus twice and also managed to average one blocked shot per game in that span as well. He gets a great matchup against the Jets, who have the sixth-worst penalty kill in the league and is a solid value under $6K.
Oscar Klefbom ($6,300), EDM at LAK – Like all the Oilers on this slate, Klefbom is in a great spot to potentially post a big night against the Kings, who are a bottom-five team in most defensive categories. The big Swede went through some dull patches earlier in the year but has been extremely productive of late, producing nice numbers in all the important fantasy categories, including 12 blocked shots and six points in his last four games. A big minutes’ eater and a player capable of hitting multiple bonuses per night, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him get on the score sheet here either against such a poor defensive team. He’s a fine pay-up target and a good stacking option with most Oilers forwards.
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