We head into another huge Saturday. There are ten games for the early, late, and regular slate options. We mixed everything in so you can read it all at once do the split even slate.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Roberto Luongo ($7900) – This an early slate must play and normally recommending the goalie against Buffalo is a very bad idea but the options are few and some of those are more questionable. Look Florida has to win this game to keep up with Boston and Philadelphia. The Panthers looked so lifeless on Thursday and Luongo could only do so much. Saturday should be a different story and a better result for the goalie who has carried this team on his back all year.
Brian Elliott ($7400) – We keep acting shocked by going with this but St. Louis has to start playing better….right? The Blues have looked rather ordinary in the last 10-15 games and Elliott has been yanked as well. Playing in Edmonton against an Oilers team hellbent for the number one pick should hopefully be motivation or basically a cure for what ails them. This regular slate start should do just the trick without having to spend over $9000 on Carey Price.
Others to consider: Carey Price ($9400), Cory Schneider? ($9000). — Talbot may hit reality.
Joe Pavelski ($8200) – This is a good time to have the Pavelski line because they are going up against an Ottawa team who feels like they accomplished something because they have won four straight to get back in the playoff picture. The consistency of the center has to be marveled as he easily heads past the 40 goal mark at some point later in the season. Sixteen power play goals is just on the level of Alex Ovechkin basicaly and that has to be commended and tonight he has to be played.
Anders Lee ($5000) – Going down the rungs of the ladder can always find value and I guess someone panicked when they saw Lee not on the first line the other night because down came his price again in the last week. That is good for early slate players because now you can buy one of the hottest DFS players for a pretty cheap cost which allows you to hop up and buy a John Tavares, for example. Saturday may be one of the few times where cap room will be a reality so take advantage of it.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4800) – Even against St. Louis, Nugent-Hopkins on that first line is someone I can get behind. At the very least this could work as RNH is hitting the net more. He really does seem to have chemistry with Benoit Pouillot. Four goals in his last eight games is a marked improvement for someone who has largely had a bust of a season. Someone is likely to get a point or two for Edmonton and the late slate train is all aboard.
Others I like: Pavel Datsyuk ($8700), Derek Stepan ($5600), Nick Bjugstad ($3900).
Value: Max Talbot ($2700), Stephen Weiss ($2500).
Rick Nash ($7300) – If you play him, you presume the neck issue is a faded memory. Nash has been incredible this year especially on the road where he is averaging slightly over a point a game. He has had a bit of an off week to say the least so no one should be surprised if he pots one against Philadelphia. The Flyers nearly dead last penalty kill and knack for giving up short handed goals give Nash potentially even more opportunities.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($6900) – 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. The bottom line is the right winger is perfect for your late slate lineup as he plays Edmonton. Someone is going to score and Tarasenko is the most likely right now. That ice can be pretty fast and everyone knows just how fast and slick the Russian is, especially when the net is close.
Jaromir Jagr ($3,700) – This is a play that is a nice, sentimental one. Jagr’s first game as a Florida Panther is against the Buffalo Sabres. Could this have been set up any better? The answer is probably no. Yes his numbers have fallen way off but that was because his ice time and disdain towards it made a trade necessary. It was best for both parties and now Jagr will get his ice time and expect the numbers to head upwards slowly but surely.
Others I like: Max Pacioretty ($9000), Tomas Tatar ($5100).
Value: Devante Smith-Pelly ($2900), Steve Bernier ($2800).
Andrei Markov ($5400) – Defense prices are pretty nice if you just look for the right pairings. Why pay over $7000 for P.K. Subban when you can have Markov for a few grand less? The defenseman has basically the same splits as Subban and daily points per game over the last several weeks. Use the money for other defensemen, forwards, or even a goalie. Quietly Andrei Markov has been creating more chances and shooting the puck at 2.5 shots per night. Late slate value!
Justin Faulk ($5400) – It is just that kind of early slate where you can come back and spend on Roman Josi or Shea Weber but Faulk is reasonably priced enough and that means buy. The ten points and five power play points surely never hurt over the past few weeks. Even his possession numbers improved slightly and he was even a +1 in that span. Those are baby steps of progress but the offensive upside is hard to pass up as a sneaky play.
Michael Del Zotto ($4800) – Yes this is a high risk GPP play that you can even duo stack Mark Streit with but at the price on the night slate, why not take a shot. What is the worst that could possibly happen? Del Zotto has been rather good for Philadelphia in a sea of disastrous defensemen. The talent has always been there but the confidence was lacking. It is still hard to believe that he is only 24 years old. Expect continued production and increased power play time.
Others I like: Alex Pietrangelo ($5700), Aaron Ekblad ($3400).
Value: Sergei Gonchar ($2900), Mattias Ekholm ($2500).
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!