We head into another huge Saturday. There are nine games for the late and regular slate options. We concentrate on the night games only for Saturday. As for the early games, we had you covered on Twitter.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Andrew Hammond ($6400) – These are strict high risk GPP plays for a reason but Hammond is going to get a shot now that apparently Craig Anderson had a setback in his hand injury recovery and Robin Lehner has a head malady which landed him on the injured reserve. How the third string goalie follows up his 40+ save performance against Montreal is a considerable unknown though the first twenty minutes is going to tell us a lot.
Keith Kinkaid ($6400) – We keep acting shocked by going with this but Carolina plays on the road on the back end of a back to back. Their record is the new highest GPP risk that I have recommended all year. The Canes could come out and put a four or five spot on Jersey and actually quite a few would not be surprised. The cheap price tag just makes it so much easier to be able to squeeze in more high priced talent. Will Carolina figure out the Kinkaid weakness or does New Jersey manage to win again? It’s a fun question to find out.
Others to consider: Carey Price ($9600), Brian Elliott ($7500). — Watch for Khudobin/Ward decision.
Joe Pavelski ($8600) – This is a good time to have the Pavelski line because their numbers are very solid leading into this “Stadium Series” with Los Angeles. Though the Kings have won six straight, this world needs something to give on the board besides the 70’s line part two with Los Angeles. Wait….speaking of…..
Jeff Carter ($8100) – That refurbished 70’s line is the only thing clicking in Los Angeles lately. After all, what else do you have there at times? This line has become a must play for as long as this hot streak has and Washington’s defense could have some problems against this top line. Please be aware that Carter just gets it. His twelve points in his last nine games include six and a ton of power play chances. Imagine if a few more of those had gone in.
Ryan Getzlaf ($6o00) – Even on the back end of a back to back, I cannot look away from this one. The game is in Edmonton, Getzlaf had a nice multiple point night, and that price! My word! Yes he had struggled badly over the last ten games or so but again that seems like a far away and distant memory. He is a must play across the board and such be treated as a high ownership target. There may be few after that are higher owned.
Others I like: Sidney Crosby ($7500), Tyler Johnson ($5700), Nick Bjugstad ($5,200). — Watch for Crosby/Malkin in cash games.
Value: Vernon Fiddler ($2900), Stephen Weiss ($2600).
Vladimir Tarasenko ($6100) – This really is too easy and Tarasenko can fit in right into your GPP or cash lineups. Yes his points per have dropped a hair but the goals have not. Five goals in his last nine games sprinkled in with several 5+ shot games make him a must own against a Pittsburgh team feeling the heat lately for not scoring enough goals. Opened up games mean more goals so do not be shocked to see the right winger on the score sheet once more.
Jaden Schwartz ($4900) – If you play one, you must play the other as they say. Schwartz is the perfect compliment to Tarasenko and their chemistry is evident. This is like watching two young guns play at a level a good bit above their age. Having Pittsburgh come to town should actually be quite helpful as again this line will face the second pairing defensive wise and that is a drop from the first. Schwartz could find himself in a lot of good scoring positions once again.
Mark Stone ($4,700) – This is a play that keeps on giving once again. Mike Hoffman could also be a play here as Ottawa is just rolling along with these two young guns, especially with Stone who is basically playing first line minutes. He is on the ice for a bit more than 19 minutes a contest over the last ten and there are little signs of the ice time decreasing any time soon. Yes his power play production is not that great but the chances are starting to come. Get in on the ground floor as they say.
Others I like: Max Pacioretty ($8500), Tomas Tatar ($5300), Mike Cammalleri($4600).
Value: Steve Bernier ($2900), Devante Smith-Pelly ($2900).
Kris Letang ($6200) – Defense prices are pretty solid as Letang finds himself in a pretty good slot here against St. Louis. Even if he just blocks several shots and fires several times on net, all it takes is an assist or goal for the defenseman to hit value and lately those assists have just kept on coming. His price is certainly not prohibitive to cash or GPP so really the Penguin can be used in either format. After all, Crosby and Malkin are about $1000 off from last week so all three could be had for less than $21,000. That is, if you are really adventurous.
Justin Faulk ($5800) – It is just that kind of night where Faulk could do pretty well even if the Hurricanes do not score a lot. That is how it worked on Friday night when he found the score sheet once more in a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. You have to be encouraged by the fact that the defenseman just keeps playing his game despite a mistake or two in almost every game. Carolina needs his production point wise more than anything so you take the rather good with the bad sometimes.
John Klingberg ($4000) – Yes there is the Seguin injury and the price drop but Klingberg can almost create his own offense and that first line for Dallas will still be pretty solid. No one should worry too much there as it is more after the initial wave that is worrisome. In daily fantasy, we do not have that problem to worry about. The defenseman has ten points in his last ten games and is averaging nearly four DK points a night. What else do you really want from the player and at that price? Exactly, go pick him up already!
Others I like: Alex Pietrangelo ($5100), Aaron Ekblad ($3800).
Value: Danny DeKeyser ($2700), Jakub Kindl ($2500).
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!