Hey it is Sunday 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 features a 3 pm ET game. Let’s discuss!
Alex Stalock ($7,300) – With Antti Niemi starting against Calgary on Saturday night, Stalock figures to get the start against an Edmonton team that has lost 11 straight. It will be interesting to see how the Sharks come out after playing the Flames but they will probably give up a pretty good number of shots. Stalock will have to be at his best but Edmonton is the type of team that if you score on them early, that should make it easier for the goalie to get a W.
Others to consider: Michael Hutchinson ($8,400), Craig Anderson ($8,000).– we will have updates as goalie starts come in during the lunch time hour on Twitter.
Ryan Getzlaf ($8,500) – Who will play with Getzlaf is a big question? However, for Ryan Getzlaf, he still keeps hitting value just about every game. His point a game pace and physical style almost lends itself to four to five daily points a night. With light slates, you want players that can produce steady or very well. If the dollars are paid then that is the expectation. It will again be more fun to see who actually plays with Getzlaf so adjust your lineups accordingly. Remember this is a 3:00 pm ET start.
Pavel Datsyuk ($6,800) – It was disappointing to see Datsyuk have a bit of a sub-par game against the Rangers but he is playing as the third center at times so keep that in mind. The center gets his power play time but the game against the Rangers may have kind of been an aberration. Playing in Carolina might actually be beneficial for Detroit as the Rangers are a pretty tough team to play. Watch the ice time but expect Datsyuk to have a little more space to work with. Alain Vigenault had a pretty nice strategy in bottling up the Detroit pivot.
Others I like: Bryan Little ($6,200), Brayden Schenn ($4,600).
Value: James Sheppard ($2,900), Luke Glendening ($2,500).
Blake Wheeler ($6,000) – The inevitable rolling out of a winger on a hot streak is always a good idea when a rested team is playing another team who has given up goals in bunches at times. With the games the way they are and the match-ups, it was a decent idea to take a gamble on this. If it works a second game in a row then so be it. Watch for Evander Kane as an over the top on the second line as well in this one.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,000) – He has struggled a bit of late but that Nyquist value is nice and low which gives you the ability to still be able to afford other top tier players. At some point the winger is going to have some luck with getting assists because they are there but the chances are not converted. Playing against Carolina’s at times iffy defense might be a good thing. The key will be can Nyquist go from defense to offense consistently. Some games he has serious problems doing that. This game is one he should not.
Others I like: Daniel Sedin ($5,400), Matt Beleskey ($4,600).
Value: Drew Miller ($2,700), Tyler Pitlick ($2,500).
Erik Karlsson ($7,000) – Karlsson played pretty well against Pittsburgh but had some more opportunities that were not converted. He had an assist, three blocked shots and two shots on goal which meant he basically was right around his average and little more. That on a four game schedule is enough. Vancouver has a tendency to struggle against pace from time to time so maybe Erik Karlsson can hit for five to seven points on Sunday. Either way, he is still one of the best.
Jacob Trouba ($5,600) – The points were bound to come eventually (seven in his last ten games). Now, even better news is that Trouba has a great shot. His defensive game has been much improved. People forget that Trouba was filling into one big frame. This is a defenseman that is only going to get better and better. That is a comforting thought for daily owners out there. He is getting closer and closer to a must start in most DFS formats. His value creeps towards $6,000.
Others I like: Niklas Kronwall ($4,200), Cam Fowler ($4,200).
Value: Danny DeKeyser ($2,900), Marc Methot ($2,800).
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. We will also have a few adds and subtractions as well.
Good luck today!