We head into a new week with a pretty solid five game schedule that does have a late slate option.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Cory Schneider ($9,100) – There will be a moment of silence if I get this one wrong but Schneider is not only on fire but he is flat out carrying the New Jersey Devils. He is 7-1-1 in his last nine decisions with a robust .944 save percentage. Usually, he has little margin for error as New Jersey has a slight issue scoring goals period or generating shots for that matter (73 in the last four games). Edmonton will provide a little bit of a test but without Taylor Hall, the already below average Oilers will have that much of a tougher time.
Others to consider: Devan Dubnyk ($9,300). — Watch for Chicago goalie confirmation.
Joe Pavelski ($8,700) – The price is high but on this night you are going to have to pay to play somewhere. Pavelski has six goals in his last ten games but was skunked oddly enough against Carolina of all teams. Those 15 power play goals are just too enticing to leave out of the lineup. Yes, his shooting percentage has regressed a bit over the last three or four weeks but his PDO is pretty solid. “Little Joe” could have a big night against the Calgary Flames.
Joe Thornton ($5,300) – Few players are hotter than Jumbo Joe right now and the reality is few even noticed. Thornton has ten points in his last six games and now is sixth in the league with 33 assists on the season. Yes his 85 shots for the year are a bit of a detriment but he will block a few shots here and there and has a tendency to pick up a power play here and there. This is a bit of a gamble but hey let’s have some fun with it because there are plenty of others to like on this night.
Others I like: Ryan Johansen ($8300), Mikko Koivu ($4,900), Patrik Elias ($3,700).
Value: Joe Colborne ($2,900), Chris Tierney ($2,700).
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – The showtime center is ready to dazzle on the Chicago ice against a team that does not really play all that much defense. The funny thing is he has 15 points in his last 11 games but only two power play assists. Talk about odd! If this is a time for Chicago to work on their power play, this may be it. Take Kane stick with a little Patrick Sharp then run a bunch of cheaps or use Marian Hossa. Either way, this could be a good time had by all. Spend the money!
Nick Foligno ($6,700) – The Columbus Blue Jackets have a nice, shiny power play first unit and they like to trot it out. Their first line is pretty damn good with Johansen and Cam Atkinson. After that it does get a bit more dicey because of health issues, injuries, and worse. However, Los Angeles will even have a tough time out muscling his first line which comes in at a good bit over 650 pounds. Foligno slipped a bit but has come back with a vengeance again!
Others I like: Zach Parise ($7,900), Patrick Marleau ($5,800), Michael Cammalleri ($5,000).
Value: Tyler Kennedy ($3,000), Ben Smith ($2,500). — Watch out for Tobias Rieder!
Brent Burns ($5,700) – It is a little light on the high end side of things so I do recommend potentially dropping a few notches as you will see below. Yes he is continuing to struggle but at some point the low PDO and really bad puck luck has to stop. He nearly had a couple goals against Calgary in their last meeting so let’s take a shot at this. Again, let’s see what happens and worse comes to worse….slide Mark Giordano over the top if you have to.
Marco Scandella ($3,900) – This is going way off the board but that is what makes DFS so much fun! Scandella has a booming shot that really is lethal. The strange part is Mike Yeo often misused him at first but gradually he has found his way on to the daily fantasy hockey landscape. He may not get you the most points but right now, he may be Minnesota’s best fantasy defenseman, period! Though he is not a must start, on nights with short slates, it is worthy consideration.
Others I like: Ryan Suter ($4,400), T.J. Brodie ($4,200), Adam Larsson ($3,300).
Value: Dan Hamhuis ($2,900), Kevin Connauton ($2,800).
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!