We head into a huge President’s Day with eight games. Let’s get right to work!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Ryan Miller ($8,300) – This is a bit of an odd pick but hey these are sometimes the challenges we face. Yes there will be other recommendations on Twitter as game times get closer but Miller may be a late surprise as Minnesota still has some issues scoring on the road. If Miller can hold Minnesota off early then it could be a Vancouver type of night. People have to understand that lots of people will be locked on certain games tomorrow — almost to a fault.
Jimmy Howard ($6,800) – We will roll with this as a GPP only because Howard is so cheap and Montreal just has serious problems scoring at times in Detroit. This is not a pick just looking at statistics. This is pure gut. That is what makes it fun about DFS sometimes is just going a little against the grain to try and get the desired result. There will be many people that pay up to take Carey Price but sometimes the better team does win. Detroit is actually the better team.
Others to consider: Semyon Varlamov ($8,100), Cam Talbot ($7,900).
John Tavares ($8,800) – This is the safe play for most because Tavares comes off a four point night against Columbus and often lately it seems Tavares gets a point or two against the Rangers. That does seem the highest probability and the center really does cause matchup problems for any Ranger defenseman. If he plays down to the Rangers, then that is different. His linemates, especially Anders Lee is going to be tough for the team in Gotham to stop at times.
Henrik Zetterberg ($6,300) – That Zetterberg is still right around a point a game with all the youth scoring in Detroit points to just how great the center still is for the Red Wings. Monday could be a fairly low scoring game but if it is not, the Swede could possess the line that does some damage against Carey Price and the Habs. We call 13 points in 10 games and a 4.7 points per daily quite scorching and someone that is a must play on this night.
*Mikko Koivu ($5,200) – His dip in price may just be attractive enough to sneak him in on an otherwise moderate to heavy slate, at least for a Monday. He has nine points in his last ten contests and just has an air of confidence that seemed missing for far too long. No wonder why Zach Parise is starting to gain that itch too. Now does it result in scoring in a big spot on the road with the playoffs so close to view? That is the big question we are waiting an answer for.
Others I like: Pavel Datsyuk ($5,200), Bryan Little ($5,100).
Value: Cedric Paquette ($2,900), Stephen Weiss ($2,700).
Rick Nash ($8,600) – Call me crazy but he seems due against the Islanders. The Isles are a team that has tormented him some in the past to be quite blunt. It almost seems like he gets chances but the net turns into the size of a thimble. Maybe that changes on Monday night and that is going to be sorely needed. The seven goals and 12 points in the last nine games are no fluke and the 35 goals puts him on pace for over 50. He might just do it and a good game against the Islanders would give everyone a boost.
Radim Vrbata ($6,800) – The Sedin’s right hand man I mean right winger should have just enough space to make an impact against the Wild. It may not be a three point night but Vrbata could easily have two points against a team his speed could cause some fits. Yes Devan Dubnyk has been damn good but that road record and the fact he gave up three goals to Carolina has to offer Vrbata some hope. Vancouver and Vrbata said they saw some things so let’s see if they exploit them.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,000) – This is a play that keeps on giving once again. His linemate Tomas Tatar is just that damn good as well. Honestly Nyquist could be even better than his 40 points in 54 games. That is a scary thought, isn’t it? This is a perennial 35-40 goal scorer in the making. Just be patient and watch him as he matches up well against Montreal. The only wall is Carey Price. If he solves that along with Tatar then it could be a very good night for Detroit.
Others I like: Tomas Tatar ($5,500), Andrew Ladd ($4,700). Ladd is crazy value.!
Value: Cal Clutterbuck ($2,800), Nik Kulemin ($2,600). — Watch for Linden Vey!
Mark Giordano ($5,700) – Staying away from most of the really high priced guys tonight but Giordano is affordable mostly because the goal well has dried up. Maybe a Boston team coming in that is reeling a little bit could be just the tonic. The defenseman is still productive in most formats and his value equals his point production over the last ten games. This may be a chance for him to break out a little again.
Johnny Boychuk ($4,900) – It is always good that Boychuk literally averages a little over three shots and three blocks a night because that means at least three points minimum are in the bank. Anything after that is a bonus and is worth taking a shot on. If he gets even one points, this means a good night for you. More people should be on him and also Travis Hamonic as they both have been producing of late. At the very least, they are both pretty reasonably priced.
Kevin Klein ($4,000) – Yes there is lots of risk here and maybe not all that much reward but hey this is like playing with house money. Klein has five points in his last ten, blocks enough shots and even gives you a shot or two on average a night. Someone is going to get a point likely from the blue line against the Islanders and it may just be him. Do not be shocked to even see Klein getting some more power play time on Monday night. He has earned it.
Others I like: Travis Hamonic ($4,400), Torey Krug ($4,200).
Value: Danny DeKeyser ($2,900), Marc Methot ($2,500).
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 tonight!