We head into a Wednesday with only three games. There will be lots of off the wall plays here so chug away!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Braden Holtby ($8800) – This is a Wednesday night that is ugly beyond words. Yet, based on the energy expended from the New York Rangers last night, playing the Caps goalie is a pretty solid play. Out of the other options, this is probably the best one considering Holtby has fared pretty well in his last dozen starts with a goals against average under two and a save percentage around .930. By the way, Henrik Lundqvist is still not starting so this is still solid.
Others to consider: Jonathan Bernier ($8100). — Maybe Talbot again?
Nicklas Backstrom? ($7200) – This could get feverish rather quick as Backstrom is battling the flu. However, every sign indicates that he is going to play on Wednesday. Will he be 100%? Now that is a question to ask but sometimes the best performances come when least expected. Think of this as a chance for a first line center to get a crack at a less than optimal Rangers team. The “Islanders hangover” really could help the Capitals at a very crucial time.
Sean Monahan ($5900) – Sophomore slump? Hell no! Monahan is on pace for at least 55 points and an outside chance of getting closer to 60 if he keeps on his current pace. Still, he could approach 28 goals or so and that is a fine season considering how strange it started. He is becoming a must own and 11 points in his last ten games is a pretty good indication of that. Quietly he has four power play goals in his last eight contests. Holy Alberta, Batman!
Others I like: Nazem Kadri ($4500), Derek Stepan ($4300).
Value: Philip Varone ($2900), Leo Komarov ($2500).
Alex Ovechkin ($9500) – This really is too easy and Ovechkin is an elite player who does not have to shoot pucks at Henrik Lundqvist but against a tired Cam Talbot. That looks a good bit more appealing. The left winger is one of our long duration streak players as he keeps averaging around 5.5 daily points per night. Yes you have to spend higher but it is a different kind of value if you can swing “The Great Eight” and then some. That one timer is dynamite!
Jakob Silfverberg ($4600) – This is a fun one to go a bit off the reservation on so let’s do so. The key is to just let this ride and see where it goes. Silfverberg has seven points in his last nine games. Though the Anaheim forward corps is quite crowded, he does fire the puck on net at a pretty good volume. He is moderately priced and approaching three daily points per contest. That will make him a pretty good buy and yet still be owned at a very low rate on cash games and GPP’s alike.
Others I like: Jiri Hudler($8000), Johnny Gaudreau ($4800).
Value: Teemu Pulkkinen ($2900), Jiri Sekac ($2900).
John Carlson ($7500) – Defense prices are really high on the short slate so if you want to slide back from the top Calgary pair, at least Carlson does save you some dollars. His points per game are about the same daily wise so it would be wise of you to at least take a shot in the dark here. If Ovechkin and Backstrom are 100% then Carlson is an even better play. There are always options at lower prices that can be had if worse comes to worse and Carlson is always a power play threat.
James Wisniewski ($4500) – With a game as a Duck under his belt, Wisniewski should be more acclimated now. This should help him going forward on his second tour of duty. If he is smart, he will play a little more relaxed because on Monday his nervous energy nearly cost him several times. Again, the key is to play within yourself and not force things As long as Wisniewski is able to not force the issue too much, he should be just fine even on the road in Calgary.
Others I like: Dion Phaneuf ($4300), Morgan Reilly ($3500). — Russell/Wideman — Pick one if you have the $$$.
Value: Karl Alzner ($2900), Simon Despres ($2900).
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!