Eight games on the docket for tonight’s DraftKings hockey action which means that DFS players have a very deep player pool to dive into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Highlighted by superstars like Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Brent Burns let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000) – Fleury was my top goalie of the night thanks to his matchup vs Carolina. He has been fantastic since his return just after the new year going 2-1-1 and has allowed only eight goals against in four starts. Before his injury he was having a very solid season despite the struggles of the Penguins offense, and now that he has returned he has seen the bulk of the workload and will see that going forward. The Penguins travel to face the lowly Hurricanes on Tuesday night and Fleury has been fantastic on the away from home this season posting a 1.94 GAA and .939 SV% on the road.
Corey Crawford ($8,200) – Had it not been for Fleury and his matchup with the Hurricanes, Crawford would have been my top goalie of the evening. It’s difficult to pick against him right now while he is riding a five-game winning streak and is 8-2-0 in this last 10 games for the Hawks. While his numbers haven’t been stellar, 2.21 GAA and .926 SV% on the year, he sits second in the league in wins with 23 and he keeps his team in every game. He’s allowed 11 goals against on this current win streak and in this recent 10 game span he has posted a 2.17 GAA and .931 SV%. He has been average in his career against the Predators, but he shut them down last month at home and with Nashville’s struggles in the time period since Crawford is a very solid play tonight.
Others to Consider: Cory Schneider ($7,900), Devan Dubnyk ($7,800), Thomas Greiss ($7,800), Semyon Varlamov ($7,700), Connor Hellebuyck ($7,200), Louis Domingue ($6,500)
Kris Letang ($5,900): Before being held off the scoresheet on Saturday against Montreal Letang was on fire with a four-game point streak that produced nine points. He had a great non-offensive games against the Canadiens with five blocks and a shot on goal. On the season he is putting up 3.9 FPPG, which is good for third among defensemen on Tuesday night behind only Brent Burns and Roman Josi. The Penguins face the Hurricanes on Tuesday night and Letang in his career has managed eight points against Carolina.
Brent Burns ($8,300) – Burns, like a player like Erik Karlsson, has moved into that territory of being a defenseman who produces like a forward and should be considered an almost must start in your lineup if you can afford the hefty price tag. He’s a near point-per-game player with 39 points in 40 games this season, is riding an eight-game point streak and has 16 points in his last 10 games. In those 10 games he has posted five multi-point outings and is coming off back-to-back games of one goal and one assist. He has also added 18 blocked shots and 43 shots on goal in that span and sits second in the league to Ovechkin in SOG with 175. He has been an absolute monster this season sitting inside the top-15 in the league in scoring and second in scoring among defensemen to Karlsson. The Sharks are coming off a hard-fought game last night and face the Jets tonight on the road where Burns has been a beast, putting up 23 points in 22 games away from the Shark Tank this year.
Nick Leddy ($4,000): Leddy has not had the season offensively that he put up at the point last year with only 15 points in 42 games. However he has six points in his last seven games for the Islanders and with Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic both expected out of the lineup again on Tuesday night Leddy will be the focal point of the NY offense from the blueline. In the Islanders last game against the Blue Jackets Leddy managed an assist and in his career, mostly with Chicago, he has 13 points in 22 games vs Columbus.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($6,500), Roman Josi ($7,200), Duncan Keith ($6,000), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,700), Alex Pietrangelo ($5,500), Anton Stralman ($4,900), Tyson Barrie ($5,400), Mattias Ekholm ($3,200), Tyler Myers ($4,200), Nick Holden ($3,500)
Matt Duchene ($6,500) – Duchene has continued to be a very solid contributor for the Avs this season in what is a bounce back season after putting up only 55 points last season. He’s on pace right now to break the 70-point barrier and possibly break his career-high of 70 points that he set two seasons ago. At the moment Duchene has 21 goals which is only six shy of tying his career high of 27 and he is shooting at an astronomical level at 17.6%, well above his career average. Duchene has points in five of his last seven games for the Avs and he has been moved back to a line with Nathan MacKinnon and has seen his production pick up again. He had two goals and an assist against the Blackhawks on Sunday, his third multi-point game of those five.
Zach Parise ($7,800): Parise was my superstar to build around tonight and he has been strong since he returned from the injury that cost him nine games earlier this season and he has found his scoring touch again lately with five goals in his last four games and now has 27 points on the year. He had a hat-trick against the Blue Jackets and then managed a goal in two of his next three against Philly and New Jersey. He also put 17 shots on goal in the four games and has a very favorable matchup against the Sabres, who are bottom-half of the league in scoring defense, who Parise has 19 points against in 28 career matchups.
Joe Thornton ($5,100) – Thornton remains one of the most consistent centers in the league and can always be counted on for great assist numbers. He and Joe Pavelski have created a great rapport on the Sharks top line and on top of his great production as of late, points in nine of his last 10 games, he has posted back-to-back multi-point outings. He has four goals and 14 points in those 10 games and has seen nearly half of his SOG output for the season come in that span with 27 of his 67 shots in those games. He has a goal and three assists in his last two games against Toronto and Calgary. San Jose travels to Winnipeg tonight and on the road this season Thornton has produced 20 of his 31 points.
Nikita Kucherov ($6,200) – Kucherov is on pace for his second-consecutive 60-point season and has been on fire as of late. With points in nine of his last 10 games, he has produced 13 points playing in a rotating role in the Lightning top-six rotation with Steven Stamkos and most recently back with Tyler Johnson. He has also put up seven power-play points in those last 10 games (1G, 6A) and leads the team with 16 PPP on the season. Kucherov is the most consistent offensive contributor for the Lightning this season, but Stamkos is coming up quickly, and leads the team with 33 points and sits second in both goals and assists.
Tobias Rieder ($4,400): The Coyotes are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment and have ridden a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games all the way to second place in the Pacific Division. Rieder has been a key component of that with nine points in those 10 games. He has points in two of his last three games, both games multi-point outings, and is coming off one of his best games of the season on Saturday against the Predators posting two goals, an assist, seven shots on goal and two blocked shots for a 12.5 point night. He is averaging 3.1 FPPG on the season but on this recent streak by the Coyotes he is putting up over four FPPG per night.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($4,900), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900), Taylor Hall ($7,400), Steven Stamkos ($7,500), Sidney Crosby ($7,000), Jonathan Toews ($6,300), Blake Wheeler ($6,900), Patrick Kane ($9,000), Joe Pavelski ($7,700), John Tavares ($7,700), Tyler Johnson ($4,600), Sam Reinhart ($3,800), Cam Atkinson ($4,600), Andrew Shaw ($3,600), Patric Hornqvist ($6,000)
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