We head into a Tuesday that features nine games. This will come flying in fast and furious, so let’s get right down to today’s NHL Targets.
For those wanting to up their risk factor, we have a high stake type of GPP just for you:
Cam Talbot ($8700) – This is almost going to look like a Ranger home game with all the blue at the Prudential Center tonight. Talbot is $700 cheaper than Lundqvist, and you can expect almost the same result against a New Jersey team just playing out the string. It is a fairly safe way to go here if you have a few extra dollars to burn after spending on the other positions.
Jake Allen ($8300) – Winnipeg has been rather hot lately, but the flu may have tightened its grip on 1 or more players. At any rate, the Jets come off a big win last night and are on the back end of a back to back. This sets up nicely for Allen, who is very well rested. With Brian Elliott playing a bit shaky of late, Allen really has a chance to go on a little run here. That means it could be a good night below the arch.
Others to Consider: Richard Bachman ($6800), Jonas Hiller ($7800) — Hiller is a sneaky play and will start the final three games, and Bachman is a high GPP risk against LA. I would also consider Steve Mason if nothing else fits right
Claude Giroux ($8400) – This has the makings of a high scoring, offensive showdown or a goalie duel in Philadelphia tonight. We err more somewhere in the middle. Giroux usually has success against the Islanders, but not this year for some reason. He is due for a good night against the poor penalty kill and a team that often gives up leads. He is not our highest confidence play, however.
Derek Stepan ($5200) – Let’s keep rolling the guy here. Stepan had a 12 game drought where he couldn’t score, and now has 12 points in his last ten games. Not surprisingly, the center is shooting the puck more at a clip of 3.1 shots per game lately. It has always been the knock on Stepan that he passes up too much. The last three weeks have been a different story, and DFS players have reaped the rewards. Playing New Jersey tonight after a great night against Columbus does not hurt.
Sean Monahan ($5100) – This is interesting because now the pressure is on Calgary to come through in the clutch. Behind the hot play of Calgary’s first line, they are in the position for a playoff spot. The Flames just have to keep winning, and they need Monahan to heat up even more. The pivot has points in eight of his last nine games. Arizona is an opponent with a lower priority, and that is trying to lose enough to have the most ping pong balls at the lottery April 18th.
Others to Consider: Matt Duchene ($7500), Kyle Turris ($5600), Henrik Zetterberg ($5300) — Turris is on fire with 13 points in his last ten games. Also if you have enough money, spend up for John Tavares
Values: Scott Gomez ($2800), Stephen Weiss ($2800)
Jakub Voracek ($6600) – This is the type of night where there is are a ton of wingers to choose from, so a duo stack of Giroux and Voracek is risky, but something we may just go with anyway. Ten assists in his last ten games is great, but, yes, the two goals on the amount of shots is concerning. Also, the Islanders are a match-up Philadelphia has not really exploited all year. They have to tonight, however.
Jaden Schwartz ($7300) – It was thought that Steen and Tarasenko might play tonight, but that is not the case, so start Schwartz with reckless abandon. Yes, his price has gone up, but he is still averaging in that 4-5 DK points a night range that puts him at or above value. Winnipeg has been much better defensively but is coming off a tough game against Minnesota. If St. Louis can start fast, look for Schwartz to be part of the action.
James Neal ($6200) – My goodness, this is a contrarian play, but it may be fun to try and duo stack James Neal and Filip Forsberg. It will take up less than 25% of your cap and may be a nice play against a Colorado team with nothing really to play for. Yes, there are risks, but Neal came back and looked like himself with a two point effort and 6.5 DK points last time out. Tonight could be just as good, as both teams can put the puck in the net.
Others to Consider: Marian Hossa ($6800), Gabriel Landeskog ($5600), Filip Forsberg ($5400), Ryan O’Reilly ($5000), Jiri Hudler ($5200)
Values: Martin Erat ($2800), Bryan Bickell ($2700), Jordin Tootoo ($2500)
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5600) – With points in three straight games, Shattenkirk is starting to look like himself again, and with a tired Winnipeg team coming to town, and their penchant to commit penalties, means more chances for the defenseman on the power play. Again, moderately priced is always a good way to go in order to spend up a hair for those big named players.
Keith Yandle ($5400) – Welcome to the high risk and high reward selection of the night. Yandle is on the reward side right now with nine points in his last ten games. When the Rangers are rolling on the PDO wave, Yandle is usually right there along with it. An advantageous match-up against New Jersey can only help pad those numbers. He could start out really hot early in this one.
Michael Del Zotto ($5000) – This is another hard and high GPP risk, but Del Zotto knows the tri-state area teams well, and, lately, his aggressive play has paid off handsomely for Philadelphia, especially at home. With the Flyers closing out strong at the friendly confines, it could be another good night for the defenseman, who has proven himself to be a better two way player than most thought when he was signed.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($8600), Roman Josi ($6500), Kris Russell ($5200) — Consider Ian Cole oddly enough as an almost value play
Values: Patrick Wiercioch ($2900), Marc Staal ($2900), Damon Severson ($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!