Hey it is Sunday and I am back for more daily picks and more here on “The Playbook”. There are just five games to choose from tonight so choices will be more difficult. At any rate, let’s get to work.
This is a slate that might drive you a bit crazy. Let’s see what is on the docket.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,200) – The Rangers are on the back end of a back to back but this is the Edmonton Oilers, a team that they traditionally dominate at home. His career numbers are not so hot against Edmonton (1-1-2 with a 2.51 GAA) but again the opposition has lost four of five to plummet into last in the Western Conference. There are few excuses to expect anything less than a win and he could face a solid amount of rubber to boot. That’s a potential bonus.
Corey Crawford ($7,600) – If you scratched your head at how Chicago just seems to not be able to score three and four goals with any kind of consistency this year then you are not the only one. At some point the dam will break eventually. It has to, right? Corey Crawford has a 1.72 GAA and a .930 save percentage. His record and daily points should be better. San Jose comes off an exhausting, comeback win against Dallas. The Sharks could be ripe for a Crawford W here.
Others to consider: Frederik Andersen ($8,600), Jimmy Howard ($7,600) — we will have updates later this afternoon on confirmed goalies via Twitter.
Tyler Johnson ($6,400) – Most thought Johnson’s breakout season was a fluke last year. This year, he is even better with 16 points in his last 11 games. With the goals coming the way they have in the last couple games, Detroit should be very afraid of what is coming in. Consider that Tampa Bay scored seven goals on Saturday and none were by Steven Stamkos. Think about that! Johnson is a very good mid value play considering the higher prices of the upper echelon.
Ryan Kesler ($5,600) – I normally do not bite on revenge games like this born from traded players but I will here at this price. Kesler has been a great addition for the Ducks and plays on their first power play unit. Vancouver comes in after playing Los Angeles on Saturday night. That is never fun. Ten points in 15 games is pretty damn good and this has been a game circled on his calendar. With Corey Perry out, Kesler will be leaned on a little more from the Anaheim perspective. That is beneficial to your bottom line.
Derick Brassard ($5,400) – Saturday night in Toronto was tough from a defensive standpoint for the New York Rangers but he continues to roll along. While Derek Stepan gets into NHL game shape, Brassard will continue to see lots of opportunities and a wounded Edmonton team defense on Sunday. Do you like those odds? I certainly do. He is more than worth a look in your DFS leagues.
Others I like: Logan Couture ($8,000), Henrik Zetterberg ($6,800), Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600), Tyler Bozak ($5,400).
Value: Brian Boyle ($2,900), Leo Komarov ($2,700), Cedric Paquette ($2,500).
Rick Nash ($7.000) – This is a tailor made setup for Rick Nash. He scores a lot of goals and faces a team that gives them up in bunches. Add in Edmonton’s disastrous road trip so far and Nash should be licking his chops. The double digit goal tally is no fluke as he is just potting those chances at a very good rate. He is an absolute must own against Edmonton and that price is not all that bad to be honest.
Patrick Kane ($5,900) – The points have to come sometime, don’t they? There are too many Chicago players that we are saying this about but their puck luck is 2013 New Jersey Devils like. It is unbelievable in every way. Nine points in 14 games just does not seem right for a superstar like Kane. The shooting percentage that rivals teams like Florida will eventually balance out. The Kane and Toews duo has been reunited and will need to start piling up those points. San Jose might be a decent target.
Tommy Wingels ($5,600) – I am not surprised by his recent surge as he has earned his ice time. Wingels played over 19 minutes in his last game and is seeing increasing power play time. He seems the perfect utility play that is just above per player spent value on DraftKings ($5,555). He is also averaging nearly four shots on goal per game this season which is another reason to consider Wingels. After all San Jose has a ton of weapons in their Top Six and now add in Wingels for that much more. Chicago might provide a chance for him to flourish again.
Others I like: Phil Kessel ($9,000), Nikita Kucherov ($5,700), Brandon Saad ($4,600).
Value: Patrick Maroon ($3,300), Mike Hoffman ($3,000), Iiro Pakarinen ($2,500).
Erik Karlsson ($7,200) – Giordano has more daily points per game than Erik Karlsson. That’s right! This will make Karlsson angry as the defenseman has been underwhelming in his own end of late while not producing as much as he usually does offensively. Toronto and Ottawa are both on back to backs and these Battle Of Ontario games often take on a life of their own. It is worth it to jump on the Ottawa blueliner even if the price seems high.
Niklas Kronwall ($4,800) – Kronwall has ten points in 14 games and faces a Tampa team that can give up some goals from time to time. He has a hard shot and blocks shots. Those are two things you need in DraftKings. The key for the defenseman is simply getting that shot on net. When he does that, Detroit just seems to generate chances. Every so often, he does throw off a deliberate shot wide. With the lively boards at Joe Louis Arena, it is not a bad idea. That is a sign of fantasy evolution.
Others I like: Brent Burns ($5,700), Dan Girardi ($4,600), Anton Stralman ($3,500).
Value: Roman Polak ($3,300), 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!