We head into a Saturday slate that has twelve games (nine night tilts). It is time to get down to work because this is going to be quick. Please note that there are a lot of featured contests on Saturday as the final four weeks get underway. Get in them and make some extra money!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Ben Bishop ($8400) – It is rare that I do not like many of the goaltending options but it is worse. There are few I like and just hope some of these are tolerable. Bishop faces a Jets team that can infuriate so look out. He is going to have to make more danger zone saves than he is accustomed to. A silver lining is Winnipeg leads the league in minors taken so that’s a few minutes for Bishop to get a hopeful breather. Can the goalie stand and deliver in the face of a hungry Jets team?
McKenzie Skapski ($6400) – We still think this is a bit of a trap but the young goalie did stop all but one shot the last time the Rangers were in Buffalo. New York is on such a role that would you really blame them for giving Cam Talbot a break? Granted the Sabres could manage to get it together to make things interesting but that could never happen or could it? It will be up to Skapski to face some tougher resistance than last time and forge a way through it.
Others to consider: Jonathan Quick ($8800), Mike Smith ($7100).
John Tavares ($9100) – This will be a test for Tavares as Ottawa came into the house and lowered the Hammond Hammer in a 2-1 win over the Islanders. Max Pacioretty comes into his home turf (Long Island native) and he is ready to do the same. Can Tavares stop this cold? His line does match up well against Montreal’s blue line. It is more than just the 12 points in his last 11 games for the center. This is more a question of can the Islanders shake off the doldrums and just try to play something close to 60 minutes.
Tyler Johnson ($5500) – Let’s risk it a bit! Johnson is set for another mini slump it would seem. However, we are going against the grain of the numbers. Ten points in his last ten games is very good for us but he is doing this while averaging only 2.1 shots per game and limited scoring chances. That is something to be concerned about but if any team potentially helps a power play, it may just be Winnipeg. Again it might just be a chance to get Johnson power play points which have been in short supply.
Tomas Plekanec ($4800) – This is more of a match-up play. Again the Islanders and Canadiens often seem to play this down to goals in spurts. Often what may happen is Plekanec will drift his way onto the top line, even if only temporary. The key will be do the Islanders get caught in the pace or does their goaltending bail them out for a change. The Montreal center, either way, will have his chances. If he converts, he hits value and that is how simple this is.
Others I like: Steven Stamkos ($8500), Matt Duchene ($6100), Anders Lee ($5100), Aleksander Barkov ($4400).
Value: Leo Komarov ($2900), Vladimir Namestnikov ($2800).
Max Pacioretty ($8700) – This really is too easy and Pacioretty loves to play near his hometown. Remember the Islanders often do play at a higher tempo which often draws teams in. That still means many point opportunities for the opposition. Shots per goal are likely to be near ten, maybe less. He does not have a goal against the Islanders yet this year but has had some very close calls. This might be the game he breaks through against them.
Rick Nash ($8400) – The left winger feasts against teams that give him a ton of ice. Buffalo really does not have anyone that can adequately cover Nash so if he imposes his will, that almost means at least a goal is probable. The Sabres also have the league worst penalty kill. If that is not enough incentive, I do not know what is. Yes the forward has been a little off from his scoring pace but despite that, his shots on goal often neutralize the goals and assists problem some of the time. He is still on pace for 45+ goals.
Jiri Hudler ($6400) – Just play him! It’s that easy. You look at all the multiple point efforts over the last dozen games or sort and this decision gets easier and easier. The Monahan-Gaudreau-Hudler line has 30 points total in their last six games. Now that is being on fire. Take Hudler and use him on the man advantage also. This is a must play until the music stops as they say. Even Colorado might be just a good enough match-up to continue the points bonanza.
Others I like: Gabriel Landeskog ($7100), Marian Gaborik ($5700), Daniel Sedin ($5600).
Value: Tyler Kennedy ($2800), Martin Erat ($2700), Jordin Tootoo ($2500).
Alex Pietrangelo ($5600) – Defense prices are a bit all over the place but this is why we often try to gamble with this and see what Pietrangelo can bring against a Minnesota team that could be a little tired. The Blues power play could have challenges against at tough Wild penalty kill that often gets very aggressive. That same aggressiveness might lead to chances. Maybe that makes a difference on the back end of back to backs where a step slower could open the door.
Tyson Barrie ($5200) – With facing a team that was a mirror image of themselves last year, Barrie benefits greatly knowing what the Avs are up against. The match-up he sees should be very favorable considering Calgary starts out slow and is another team on the back end of a back to back. Barrie’s power play point potential is the highest it has been in a couple weeks. Now if he can stop missing shots, which has been a tendency, that could lead to some solid results.
Others I like: Shea Weber/Roman Josi, Justin Faulk ($5600), Johnny Boychuk ($5100), Aaron Ekblad ($4100).
Value: Damon Severson ($3000), Andrew Campbell ($2600), Willie Mitchell ($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!