We head into a Monday with just two games and not a lot of direction, as both of these series have been completely crazy in every way.
For those wanting to go with a low stakes approach, here is a GPP just for you:
Petr Mrazek ($8700) – With Ben Bishop looking so shaky throughout most of this series, how can you really trust him? Yes, Mrazek has had his moments, but he had that long shutout streak and comes off another shutout in Game 5. If Tampa Bay keeps getting sucked into Detroit’s style then Mrazek should be able to get a win and close out this series.
Braden Holtby ($9000) – Holtby has been the better goalie in this series, but at times his puck handling resembles Johan Hedberg’s abilities to negotiate the puck. However, a near .950 save percentage cannot be ignored, and Washington is at home. If there is a time to disprove the notion the Capitals cannot finish this, the time is now for Holtby and the Washington Capitals.
Others to Consider: Jaroslav Halak ($8600), Ben Bishop ($8500).
Pavel Datsyuk ($7700) – Datsyuk has been clutch in this series when Detroit has needed him, and in a potential closing game, why not right? He is 100% for the first time in awhile, and he is showing why he is still one of the best players in the world. These are risks because of the nature of how this series has gone, but we will roll with Datsyuk.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5200) – Game 7’s can often yield unlikely heroes, and a young player like Kuznetsov could easily qualify as one. He had an excellent Game 5 and not a half bad Game 6. The Russian center was unlucky in a lot of regards. With increased ice time comes increased scoring possibilities. It is a time to go a little more contrarian than usual, so we go youth here!
Others to Consider: Nicklas Backstrom ($8200), Ryan Strome ($4400), Jay Beagle ($3300).
Values: Landon Ferraro ($2900), Joakim Andersson ($2500)
Alexander Ovechkin ($9300) – It’s hard to turn away from a player like Ovi. He’s the best scorer in the league, and on a night where there are only two games, fade him at your own risk. Ovechkin did have a pretty good Game 6, but his check will be remembered especially if Game 7 does not go well. More pucks have to hit the net for Ovechkin here, and do not be surprised if he attempts 12-15 shots in this tilt.
Tomas Tatar ($5200) – The risks keep on coming. This is going to be an all or nothing night in DFS, so do not be shy to go in different directions. Hedging lines instead of stacking may pay off a bit better in some cases. Tatar is due in this series, and it would not surprise me to see him light the lamp in Game 6. Just keep on shooting Tomas, and good things are going to come!
Others to Consider: Troy Brouwer ($6100), Ondrej Palat ($4800), Nikolay Kulemin ($3200), Ryan Callahan ($5600), Justin Abdelkader ($4100).
Values: Drew Miller ($2900), Matt Martin ($2500).
John Carlson ($8400) – This is where I want to spend because there were quite a few chances by Carlson who plays a high risk, high reward type of game. If you are going to take a shot at spending up on defense, Carlson is your guy. Scoring will be at a premium, but point potential suggests that Carlson may be one of the few players in a low scoring game that will come close to value or exceeding it.
Nikita Nesterov ($3500) – You have to keep looking in different directions if you want to do well in GPP’s or even cash games, simply because a lot of owners are going to have the same players in a two game slate. Just take a few risks, and it is okay to go a little crazy. Nesterov is a fun risk where if he does not do too much, you do not lose as much if you say take a Niskanen and he tanks.
Others to Consider: Mike Green ($7100), Nick Leddy ($6000), Niklas Kronwall ($3600).
Values: Brooks Orpik ($3000), Danny DeKeyser ($2700).
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!