We continue to try to bring you some early 2015 winnings here on the playbook. This is a mid slate as you can see below.
Note: There are just four games tonight.
This is a fun slate. Let’s discuss!
Frederik Andersen ($8,400) – This may be risky but the Rangers are ready to capitulate a little on the road again. Andersen’s 2.01 GAA and .925 save percentage over the last ten games make him very attractive to DFS players once again. Remember the days when he was a minimum value goalie this year? Yes, I do too. That seems like a very distant memory now and that is far from a bad thing. Anaheim does need to score a bit more as they have averaged less than 2.5 goals for in the last eight games.
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,200) – The fun thing is playing against Boston will hopefully get the motors running in Pittsburgh from the start this time. Though he only has a 5-3-1 record of late, his .930 save percentage in that span just kills it. Fleury nearly sees 30 shots on goal a night which is the perfect amount of rubber to see in order to get points without just being exhausted all the time. His workload also has been monitored nicely by Pittsburgh.
Others to consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($9,100), Jhonas Hiller ($7,900). — Lundqvist especially could steal a win in Anaheim. Hell if Cory Schneider can do it, it should be a piece of case for “The King”. Right?
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,100) – Value may be the word here as the top guys will be taken in droves with high frequency. You are going to have to stand out somehow and Backstrom has 12 points in his last ten games. That includes a whopping seven goals. That is truly called a power play against a Toronto team where everything is so suspect. People may even be thinking stack and we are too.
Derrick Brassard ($5,000) – This is where having Stepan may not pay off as much as having Brassard. It is one of those things but the goals will have to come from one of these lines. That is unless, a goal bonanza comes from this game which is very unlikely. The center has ten points in his last ten and 30 points on the year. Why more people do not ride this guy is beyond me in every way.
Others I like: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Ryan Getzlaf ($8,500), Tyler Bozak ($4,700).
Value: Stephen Weiss ($2,800), Jay Beagle ($2,500).
Alex Ovechkin ($9,500) – A few people would say I am crazy here but Ovechkin is a Tyler Seguin like must play here. The great number 8 has 11 points in his last ten games and a whopping +9. His game has come around this year as he now stands at 19 goals in 38 games. The point a game pace is getting closer to fruition. Hey, Toronto is the opponent. This could be a good night to stack him with a sneaky Burakovsky play as well.
Corey Perry ($7,000) – The value is still very reasonable. Obviously it will keep creeping up but normally Perry is around $8,000 or a bit higher. Goals will come for the forward but he does have to shoot more. Perry shooting at less than three shots per game is making some DFS owners skittish of starting him all the time. That explains the slight, incremental jumps in value. Owners need a big night from him and he may be able to deliver.
Others I like: Jiri Hudler ($5,000), Justin Abdelkader ($4,000). — Hudler keeps clicking with Johnny Gaudreau so you know what to do.
Value: Andre Burakovsky ($2,900), Beau Bennett ($2,600).
Kris Letang ($5,600) – Defense never rests here and Letang’s value is a big reason for his play tonight as much as anything. While Pittsburgh and Boston should not be overly high scoring, the defenseman gets points from other ways enough to justify spending a little less than the very top while still getting top production. It will allow you spend in other places where normally you would not get to.
Mike Green ($4,700) – If you want to spend $7,200 on John Carlson go right ahead but one might just get almost the same point totals from Green as you would from Carlson. That price point is still too good to pass up and with all due respect to Carlson, he is not the best defensemen out there on this night. Anyway, Green is a good plug for what ails you and again allows the money to go up for higher priced talent elsewhere. Green also has eight points in his last ten games while shooting the puck more on net.
Others I like: Dion Phaneuf ($4,600), Sami Vatanen ($4,300).
Value: Karl Alzner ($2,900), Simon Despres ($2,900).
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!