We head into a rare Wednesday-Thursday overlap with three games and a good bit of chaos as one series ends and two get under way in round number two.
For those wanting to go with a low stakes approach, here is a GPP just for you:
Frederik Andersen ($8900) – With the Tampa-Detroit game giving me a little heartburn, I spend up and go higher here, as Anaheim opens against Calgary. Both teams are well rested and though the Flames can give anyone fits, the Ducks have to feel good about sweeping Winnipeg in Round 1 and Andersen getting much needed rest afterwards. It could be a nice springboard into Round 2.
Henrik Lundqvist ($9200) – Holtby has been a little shaky and if a rested Rangers team could not be more defensively in a bunker, Kevin Klein will make his return and Mats Zuccarello is out. The Rangers could, at times, play like the John Tortorella led Rangers, which could be even worse than what we saw in Round 1. Henrik Lundqvist was very good when he had to be in most of the first round against Pittsburgh. A home win in game number one is likely.
Others to Consider: Braden Holtby ($9000), Ben Bishop ($8600).
Tyler Johnson ($8300) – Datsyuk may be considered later but Johnson is the “right now.” Tyler Johnson is just one of those players that people kept doubting. Yet, all he has done is produce and produce. He is the number one offensive option by a mile on Tampa Bay and when Detroit cannot stop him, that is a scary thought. This is a huge Game 7 in more ways than one for the short in stature but large in skill forward.
Sean Monahan ($6700) – You have the feeling that Sean Monahan will do something even if Calgary loses in Game 1. The first line of Calgary combined for 10 points in the series clincher against Vancouver. Anaheim is likely to win, but do not count Monahan and company out. It will be interesting to see how the center fares on the Flames power play. Anaheim does take penalties from time to time.
Others to Consider: Ryan Getzlaf ($8800), Pavel Datsyuk ($8000), Derek Stepan ($5600).
Values: Rickard Rakell ($3000), Matt Stajan ($3000)
Corey Perry ($9000) – It is too hard to stay away from the Perry-Getzlaf duo. I do not even care who the left winger is. These two, when they are at their best, are too much for Calgary. It will be a lot tougher for the Flames to box out these two bruising forwards than the Sedin twins. This will be a clash that really should tilt towards Anaheim, at least for Game 1.
Tomas Tatar ($5300) – The risk paid off handsomely when the winger had a couple goals, as Tampa really had a tough time stopping him. Again, Tatar seems to be a player that could fair well in a Game 7. It is a gamble, but hey, there seems to be a plan here, and at a moderate price, why not take another shot? There is always this fun idea that an unexpected hero can come from anywhere. Snipers can always be dangerous.
Others to Consider: Alexander Ovechkin ($9300), Ondrej Palat ($4600), Johnny Gaudreau ($6400), Ryan Callahan ($4500), Justin Abdelkader ($3800).
Values: Andre Burakovsky ($2600).
John Carlson ($8100) – This is a huge GPP risk, but if he provides points like Game 7 against the Islanders, then the price is not so bad. The Rangers have a tendency to play a little tight early against Washington, so if there is going to be scoring, it might be in Game 1. The key word is might! At the very least, there should be some opportunities that might not exist later in the series.
Ryan McDonagh ($5800) – 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 this two day, three game slate. McDonagh is a mid range option that a lot may pass over because of what looks chic in the late Thursday game and that Wednesday Game 7. He can provide sneaky value and has eight points in his last ten games.
Others to Consider: Mike Green ($4800), Jason Garrison ($3800), Sami Vatanen ($6000).
Values: Danny DeKeyser ($2900), Marc Staal ($2800), Simon Despres ($2800).
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!