Hey it is hump day (I mean Wednesday) and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are just two games to choose from tonight so choices are kind of scarce. At any rate, let’s get to work.
This is a slate that might drive you to the funny farm and we are not kidding. Let’s see what is on the docket.
Cam Talbot ($6,200) – Here is the big problem. None of the four goalies playing tonight inspire any confidence right now. The choice from Philadelphia is not great and although Talbot is in for Henrik Lundqvist, Talbot is no slouch. Yes, he is having an off start to the year but people forget he saved the bacon of the Rangers last year and is capable. The Flyers have scored three or more goals in five straight games but something tells me the Rangers need this game much more than Philadelphia. It is the type of game Cam Talbot must steal for the New York Rangers so that he can help spell Lundqvist with confidence.
Others to consider: Steve Mason ($8,500), Ryan Miller ($8,200), Ben Scrivens ($6,500) — we will have updates as goalie starts come in during the early afternoon on Twitter.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,700) – There is just a sense that Vancouver is not that good. Ryan Miller’s save percentage is below average actually and Vancouver can be scored on in bunches. RNH has been averaging just about four daily fantasy points in his last ten games and has righted himself. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Nugent-Hopkins should draw pretty good match-ups to exploit the Canucks. These very light nights are a challenge but the late game appears to have a little more offensive power on paper.
Brayden Schenn ($6,100) – That slow start early in the season is a distant memory. Now with the injury to Claude Giroux (Ankle/leg — out at least two games), Schenn will be rooted on the first line with Scott Laughton and NHL point leader Jakub Voracek ($8,500). Schenn and Voracek have some pretty solid chemistry together. The duo can definitely cause some match-up headaches. If you are eager to see what the center does with more ice time, tonight is your chance to see what he can do on the big stage.
Others I like: Derek Stepan ($5,300), Henrik Sedin ($4,000).
Value: Brad Richardson ($2,800), Shawn Matthias ($2,600).
Rick Nash ($7.900) – This is a crucial game that the Rangers have to have. Nash has 12 goals in 18 games and it just seems whenever New York lays an egg at home, they bounce right back led by the left winger. This is a game where goals are to be had if the team from MSG pushes the pace. Philadelphia is a bit banged up, does not have much of a defense, and their captain (Claude Giroux) is out. Nash will face a lot of physical shenanigans from the Flyers but this is a game where you may want to snatch him up and Martin St. Louis ($4,900). That is going to be a pretty decent stack for Wednesday.
Daniel Sedin ($6,200) – The best part of taking risks is anything with the Sedin twins given their recent cool-off. Edmonton can give up goals, especially to a top line. They are truly a team that can be very much all over the place. Remember the $4,000 value of his brother Henrik if you try a dual stack. That is still below the DraftKings average. The twins tend to produce at right near a point a game against Edmonton (Daniel had 74 points in 77 games). There have been worse picks.
Others I like: Radim Vrbata ($5,900), Chris Kreider ($3,900).
Value: Pierre Edouard-Bellemare ($2,800), Linden Vey ($2,700).
Alex Edler ($5,500) – The name of the game tonight is getting blocked shots and shots on goals as they are worth a half point each. Anything after that almost seems like a bonus on Wednesday night. The Canucks defenseman already has 59 shots on goal this year and 30 blocked shots. If he can muster even a point, that is about a five daily point night. With the lowered expectations among most of the defensemen in this short slate, Edler is not a bad pick here.
Dan Girardi ($4,700) – Girardi is kind of in the same boat as Edler. The Rangers defenseman has 48 blocked shots and 35 shots on goal this year. If he can get pretty close to a point every other game, then he provides very good daily value. Wednesday may be just the perfect time to ride a good Rangers performance for a reasonably low price. There are always worst decisions and at the very least Girardi gets you three points almost every time out just by blocked shots and shots on goal.
Others I like: Mark Streit ($4,700), Dan Boyle ($4,200), Justin Schultz ($4,100),
Value: Mark Fayne ($3,000), Nick Schultz ($2,700).
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!