Hey it is the first Wednesday in December and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are four games in all to choose from so let’s try to get this right.
This is a slate that has a little late coast flavor. Let’s discuss!
Carey Price ($9,300) – This is a strange one because Montreal on the road can be a risky proposition at times but Price is a talent that seems to always recover from not so good starts. The Colorado game was not one of his finer ones with three goals allowed on 29 shots. His 14 wins and .921 save percentage is pretty solid. He gets wins and that is the name of the game in daily fantasy along with volume of saves. Anything after that is considered a bonus.
Antti Raanta ($8,000) – With Corey Crawford nursing a lower body injury once again, Raanta is in line to rack up a couple starts. St. Louis comes into town with some mean intentions and a motivated Jake Allen. They want revenge from last season’s playoffs but sometimes that works in the opposition’s favor. Something tells me Chicago, in a battle of hot teams, has enough to win this game because they have a little more overall depth and have a way of showing up in crunch time. Raanta will not have an easy time of it but he has shown the short term ability needed here.
Others to consider: Frederik Andersen ($8,000), Ondrej Pavelec ($6,900).– we will have updates as goalie starts come in during the early afternoon on Twitter.
Ryan Getzlaf ($7,700) – The lighter slate offers a bit of a different price structure so you can buy big then slide down if needed. Getzlaf against a tired Philadelphia team could pay off handsomely. That Anaheim first line is physical and could easily wear down Philadelphia’s defense which should lead to more and more chances for points as the game goes on. You may want to consider Corey Perry as a nice duo stack. Getzlaf is right around a point a game player and that should go up based on how Philadelphia lost to San Jose last night.
Jonathan Toews ($5,800) – It is “Rivalry Night” and these are the type of games where Jonathan Toews plays at his best. The playoff series against St. Louis was an example and the two teams have played great of late. This is a time when the best players excel. Toews has five goals in his last ten games and ten goals overall on the year. Would it be nice if he shot the puck a bit more? Sure. However, let’s not get too picky here. Clutch is everything and rivalry games is usually “Toews Time”.
Others I like: Jori Lehtera ($5,000), Brayden Schenn ($4,600), Alex Galchenyuk ($4,500).
Value: Marcus Kruger ($2,800), Scott Laughton ($2,600).
Zach Parise ($8,900) – The inevitable question will be can Parise stay healthy because if he does, he produces right at a point a game. He has jumped $2,200 in value in just a week. When you score a goal and have nine shots on net, that will generally do it. Parise has 18 points in 18 games. The winger looks healthy, is hitting people, and plays in all situations. Montreal will be a tough test but at the very least the high volume shooter is going to fire away and that should help him hit his value. Anything else is a bonus.
Marian Hossa ($6,700) – The ageless winger keeps on finding ways to get points. Hossa has 11 points in his last ten games, including ten assists. Yes, he has not scored a lot (three goals) but that should come eventually. He has 73 shots on goal. The puck luck will start going his way soon enough. Marian Hossa will be a key cog and as vital as players like Brad Richards and Patrick Kane on this night. Match-ups favor the Chicago Blackhawks and the winger will be able to take advantage of them.
Others I like: Jakub Voracek ($7,500), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,200), Matt Beleskey ($4,700).
Value: Jiri Sekac ($2,800), Ben Smith ($2,500).
P.K. Subban ($6,600) – Oh let’s roll with this! Subban had a two point night in the 4-3 win over Colorado and now has 16 points in 26 games on the season. Could he have a few more points? Sure. The power play for Montreal has to improve and Subban is a vital key to that. He must shoot the puck more accurately. If he does, even more points will come. As that improves, teams will fear Montreal a bit more special teams wise. The man will the booming shot has to let the hammer fall.
Jared Spurgeon ($4,400) – When players shoot the puck a lot and block quite a few shots on a consistent basis, they are good picks at their price. Spurgeon is an excellent case of this fact. He can easily get four or five points in a night then provides the occasional offensive production as a bonus. He plays top pairing ice time for the most part so that gives the defenseman more chances to rack up those points. People should not be surprised by this. In some ways, he is more valuable than Ryan Suter.
Others I like: Jacob Trouba ($4,700), Cam Fowler ($3,900), Marco Scandella ($3,700).
Value: Nicklas Grossman ($2,800), Mark Fayne ($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!