We head into a Wednesday with four games as the playoffs continue with Game 4’s and many questions abound.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Devan Dubnyk ($8500) – This is going to be more of a risk than it looks because of the fact that Dubnyk pitched a shutout on Monday. The St. Louis Blues are going to look to get more than 20 shots on goal. They are not getting enough shots to net, and the quality of those shots are awful. Dubnyk has been quite good in Round 1 so far. He has only allowed five goals in three games. If you can, you start him!
Carey Price ($9300) – Price held up in Game 3 against Ottawa, even in overtime. Can he do it one more time and get Montreal a long break? One goal allowed on 34 shots is not too shabby, and Price has played rather well since the wacky second period in Game 1. Can he withstand the Ottawa pressure, especially in the first period?
Others to Consider: Craig Anderson ($8300) (if he starts), Jake Allen ($8100) — Allen might be a high risk GPP play again. Henrik Lundqvist may also be considered.
Ryan Kesler ($5400) – The uglier the game gets the more I want Ryan Kesler in my lineup. For his relatively cheap price, it is worth it to take a shot for a player who can get those in-close garbage goals. Winnipeg and Anaheim may play a little closer to the vest but either Kesler or Getzlaf is going to get those daily points. This is a time to take a lower priced risk here.
Bryan Little ($4800) – Little was very active in Game 3 with four scoring chances and six shots on goal and a goal as well. Mid priced options are always a good thing in these playoffs simply because of the old adage that this allows you to really spend at goalie and other positions. The center finally is looking like the player we saw for most of the regular season. Is it too little too late? We are going to find out and quick!
Others to Consider: Derek Stepan ($5000), Tomas Plekanec ($7000), Alex Galchenyuk ($4500)
Values: Rickard Rakell ($3000), Nick Spaling ($2800)
Zach Parise ($8200) – Parise had a goal and an assist in the last Wild victory over the Blues. Those seven DK points made the price more than worth it, and the left winger could very well do it again. This is going to be a lot of fun to see how St. Louis defends the captain, as they did not do a very good job in Game 3. If Parise gets any space away from the Blues tight checking, he will do more damage.
Blake Wheeler ($5900) – Wheeler really had some bad luck and missed several shots, but he did connect on his only shot on target. Could he strike again? The answer is yes. If Ladd-Little-Wheeler are reunited, even for a bit, that could be a scary proposition for Anaheim. The lower price makes this a more attractive play. Wheeler has the speed and power forward ability to make life miserable for Anaheim.
Others to Consider: Jason Pominville ($6700), Andrew Ladd ($5000), Jason Zucker ($4400), Jakob Sifverberg ($4800), Chris Kreider ($4100).
Values: Emerson Etem ($2900), Steve Downie ($2700).
Erik Karlsson ($7900) – This is put up or shut up time for Karlsson, as Ottawa faces elimination. The defenseman has had his chances, but he just is not having those multiple point outbursts that he needs to have in order to keep Ottawa alive. Can Karlsson be the distributor and finisher? Daily owners need both to justify the price tag in this particular case.
Jacob Trouba ($4500) – You may be able to take a shot here at another defenseman who faces elimination. Dustin Byfuglien is a bit too scary of a risk at $6500, but Trouba is safer and he can produce the points needed to allow you to spend elsewhere. This is the gamble of gambles, as far as GPP plays. Winnipeg faces elimination, so I expect Trouba to have a pretty good night once more.
Others to Consider: Kevin Shattenkirk ($6300), Dan Girardi ($4300), Tyler Myers ($4000), Matthew Dumba ($3300).
Values: Ian Cole ($3000), Adam Pardy ($2900).
Thanks for reading guys, and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselDFS, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck tonight!