We head into an easier Sunday. There are eight games and there are also early and late slate options. We concentrate on the night games only for Sunday. As for the early games, we have you covered on Twitter.
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Cam Talbot ($7,900) – There will be a temptation to play Carey Price or even Tuukka Rask but who knows if both will even start. Remember it feels like almost every team is either on the back end or the front end of a back to back. This makes gauging these games and picks very tough sledding. Talbot suffered tough loss on Saturday against Nashville but he is a resilient young goalie and though Dallas will be tough, this may be a good chance to get a win.
Others to consider: Jaroslav Halak ($7,800). — Watch for Winnipeg goalie confirmation.
Steven Stamkos ($7,800) – The Stamkos line err Steven Stamkos looked fine on Saturday as he had two points and almost had more. The key is how Stamkos was able to possess the puck pretty good against a tenacious Kings team defense. Yes the Bolts play again at home against Anaheim but the Ducks are hurting a bit and that could benefit the center. People have to like their chances in taking Stamkos, who is not near $9000 like he could be. This will help acquire other players. Start Stamkos!
Ryan Kesler ($6,200) – At this point, you play Kesler even if Ryan Getzlaf does give it a go. He is definitely a game time decision and why Ryan Kesler becomes a must play regardless. The second line center has first line talent and it especially vital on the power play where he annoys and infuriates opposing goalies. That is something you cannot pass up at all. He has eight points in his last ten games and the slump is most definitely over.
Others I like: Tyler Seguin ($8500), John Tavares ($8,000), Tomas Plekanec ($4,900).
Value: Lars Eller ($2,900), Bryan Flynn ($2,600).
Max Pacioretty ($7,500) – The Boston rivalry tends to bring out another side of Pacioretty that screams more points. This is going to be a charged game and the expectation is that the Bruins just have severe problems containing him at times in these clashes. Pacioretty has 11 points in his last ten games and literally that serves him well for not just Boston but that makes him a must start on Sunday. The reality is that is a no brainer for DFS fans.
Andrew Ladd ($5,800) – The Winnipeg Jets first line might be a pretty decent play on Sunday against a Colorado team that flat out did not show up until late in the third period against Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk had an 18 save shutout that seemed to really take the wind out of Colorado’s sails. The Avs do not really have a plan against this first line so if Ladd gets a few points, no one should be shocked. Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler have the wheels to stretch the D enough for Ladd to find spots for glorious scoring chances.
Others I like: Rick Nash ($8,800), Nikita Kucherov ($4,500), Reilly Smith ($4,500).
Value: Kevin Hayes ($3,000), David Pastrnak ($2,800). — Watch for Brett Ritchie!
P.K. Subban ($5,700) – Defense prices are low because of the players playing so this is easy. Subban had three assists in New Jersey and also had several scoring chances. Now it is Boston and everyone knows what that means. Nothing gets the defenseman fired up like Boston. The shots will fire more often. The up and down pace should be a benefit for Montreal and the defensive corps which will mean more offense. That makes Subban a must own and an affordable one at that.
Johnny Boychuk ($5,300) – It is just that kind of night where a DFS player could really put together a great team with a couple thousand to spare. Boychuk is too good to pass up and a few hundred below average as far as salary while getting above average talent. Boychuk escaped injury against Boston and the Islanders power play is still pretty potent. They get a Buffalo penalty kill that is not so potent. Start Boychuk like a top defenseman on this evening.
Others I like: Dustin Byfuglien ($5,100), John Klingberg ($5,000), Victor Hedman ($5,000).
Value: Kevin Klein ($2,900), Kevan Miller ($2,600).
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 today!