We head into a nice, light Wednesday as the schedule relaxes into something more manageable. Three games in all with what feels like those early slates on the weekend. The time to dive into it is now!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Braden Holtby ($8900) – Would we go with the heel turn here? Why yes we would! Holtby is 3-0 against the Penguins this year with just one goal allowed and a .989 save percentage. This may be playing with napalm but Washington has devised a way to mostly neutralize Pittsburgh’s weapons while Alex Ovechkin has managed four points in three meetings. Holtby is at least in Pittsburgh’s heads somewhat and that is a good a reason as any to give the Caps goaltender the nod on this night.
Others to consider: Cory Schneider ($8500). — If it was anyone other than Calgary, Schneider would have been our top guy but he is one of the hottest goalies in the league over the last month or so.
Nicklas Backstrom ($8000) – It is a high pay to play night on this short slate as we roll Backstrom out against the Penguins. The Ovechkin/Backstrom duo seems to work pretty well against whatever Pittsburgh tries to throw at them. At the very least, they both should generate shots and scoring chances. Backstrom has 64 points on the season which is quite impressive and on his way to an 85 point season. That is not bad at all. He also has seven power play points in his last ten games (27 on the season).
Others I like: Sidney Crosby ($8800), Ryan Getzlaf ($8000), Patrik Elias ($3900). — Watch for Adam Henrique as well.
Value: Travis Zajac ($3000), Joe Colborne ($2700).
Johnny Gaudreau ($4700) – The Jersey kid plays in the Garden State as a pro and something tells me he may put on a show even with Cory Schneider in net for New Jersey. He has slipped a little offensively and defensively but those things happen as a rookie. However, Gaudreau is still trying to create as he has seven assists in his last nine games. With Jiri Hudler by his side, it just seems a matter of time before the goals start to come back. He will ease back into it. The winger is too good not to.
Mike Hoffman ($4700) – It is one of those nights where going a little cheap again can pay off. Anaheim meet Mike Hoffman. Mike Hoffman meet Anaheim. The talented left winger just seems to have a speed no one sees coming until its too late. Hey, he has pretty good hands too. There is an outside chance Hoffman may come close to 30 goals. At the very least he should pass 25. Against a spread out Anaheim team, this might be a really good time to roll the dice on the winger. Just take a chance!
Others I like: Michael Cammalleri ($6800), David Perron ($4200).
Value: Emerson Etem ($3000), Steve Bernier ($2900).
John Carlson ($8200) – Defense prices are awfully high but Carlson has been playing as good as Erik Karlsson of late. Remember in DraftKings blocked shots and shots per game if they add up over five per is a very good thing. That really means only an assist even will bring you a good night even at that high of a salary. Yes it is a high risk play but on light slates, there is sometimes just no other way to go. You either go big, or you go home with no dough.
Hampus Lindholm ($4600) – Yes the injury of Sami Vatanen has helped Lindholm’s confidence and now it has resulted in a nice streak of points. He has seven points in his last nine games and actually merits playing in all of your lineups. His price is still pretty reasonable at this time. He is now getting power play time and more time in all situations. Ottawa will be a bit of a challenge but Lindholm was always thought to be one of the most versatile defensemen that Anaheim had.
Others I like: Francois Beauchemin ($4500), Adam Larsson ($4300).
Value: Brooks Orpik ($3000), Jon Merrill ($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!