Hey it is Sunday and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are a half dozen games to choose from tonight so choices will be a little more plentiful. At any rate, let’s get to work.
This is a slate that might drive you a bit crazy with so many back to backs. Let’s see what is on the docket.
Jimmy Howard ($7,500) – Here is the big problem. When you look at the schedule and see so many uncertainties with back to back situations, Howard is playing at home and did not have to play on Saturday. Montreal is on a five game winning streak but come into Detroit after a game where Carey Price looked a bit human and honestly Montreal is not going to put up six on Detroit. Howard will see to that as Montreal could be coming into a trap.
Anton Khudobin ($6,900) – This is all box cars gamble city! Keep an eye on who else is starting on the Sunday slate but San Jose will be limping in literally just looking to go home. However, they will still fire some shots (Carolina played Saturday too). Now Carolina’s backup has not looked the greatest at times this year but the Hurricanes had a nice effort against Boston with some bad luck. IF they play like that against San Jose, a W is more likely. Khudobin is a risky play but it will allow you to save a bit.
Others to consider: Corey Crawford ($8,600), Roberto Luongo ($8,000) — we will have updates as goalie starts come in during the early afternoon on Twitter.
Pavel Datsyuk ($8,100) – Give Datsyuk tons of credit as he just keeps finding ways to produce daily gold. He is almost a five daily fantasy point per game level and this age, that is an amazing stat. Detroit is going to face a Montreal team that is playing sky high right now. Given how the Atlantic Division is this year, those teams often crash on down soon after. Datsyuk could feast on that considerably and his surrounding cast on the top six will be helpful.
Henrik Zetterberg ($5,900) – Think of Zetterberg here as a poor man’s Datsyuk if you do not quite have the money to place Datsyuk in your starting nine. Yes his scoring slowed down a little along with his daily average but on any given Sunday that can magically change. Teams will be keying on Datsyuk, especially Montreal. Carey Price will not be playing either which also helps the cause here. Zetterberg could create some more power play chances also. This is one to keep an eye on.
Others I like: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,400), Riley Nash ($4,600), Elias Lindholm ($4,500).
Value: Ryan Carter ($2,900), James Sheppard ($2,900), Vernon Fiddler ($2,500).
Jordan Eberle ($5.800) – Let’s save a little money and ride a player that has more value than his price suggests. Playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins against an Arizona team that can give up goals in bunches may be just what the daily fantasy doctor ordered. This may be a case of where it does not matter who starts for Arizona. Edmonton and Eberle could heat up for this one at the perfect time. It has the makings of being a moderately high scoring game.
Justin Abdelkader ($4,100) – The fun part in ascertaining value is when a player gets top six minutes with returning top flight forwards. On the side, I would look at Tomas Tatar ($4,300) as well. There are several plays that could provide a spark if Detroit can take advantage of a somewhat vulnerable Montreal team. Abdelkader is the most likely to break out as he was close to scoring several times on Friday night. Hey, you never know!
Others I like: Johan Franzen ($6,800), Evander Kane ($5,100), Antoine Roussel ($3,800).
Value: Emerson Etem ($3,000), Jason Zucker ($2,900), Justin Fontaine ($2,500).
Justin Faulk ($7,800) – That escalated quickly! Faulk had a goal against Boston on Saturday and figures to have even more chances against a weary San Jose team. He is one of the top rated daily producers among defensemen in his last ten games (4.6 per contest). His price has skyrocketed to the heavens it seems and yes this is a lot of money normally but it is pure matchup dictation here. If he keeps firing 3.5 to 4 shots a night, then the production will keep coming.
Jared Spurgeon ($5,600) – Spurgeon is the most viable defensive threat on Minnesota and it is not even close. He has looked very good in the two games since his return and Winnipeg is almost ripe for a clunker. Worse comes to worse, the defenseman can provide enough shots and blocked shots to offset potential loss. There are just some underlying indicators that this game may feature more offense than most are expecting. If it develops, then you struck some gold here with this pick.
Others I like: Duncan Keith ($5,300), Cam Fowler ($4,600), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,600),
Value: Sergei Gonchar ($3,000), Josh Manson ($2,500), Danny DeKeyser ($2,500).
Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and i’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck today!