We head into a Wednesday with only three games. Don’t get soft on me now. Let’s roll!
Cam Talbot ($9000) – Again with Henrik Lundqvist returning, Talbot really has nothing to lose. His 8-1-1 mark in the last ten decisions is amazing along with the Carey Price like .951 save percentage over that span. Here is the thing. These two teams tend to play it close to the vest and the result is likely to be lower scoring. If it isn’t, there is little that can be done. However, every metric and stat points in that direction. Nothing really has changed from the last time these two teams met.
Others to Consider: Corey Crawford ($9200), John Gibson ($8,700) (as long as he starts)
Jeff Carter ($6500) – This will be tough but it is the time of year where the center heats up once more. Yes he is under performing right now but a lot of players on both the Kings and Ducks are compared to their daily averages. Taking the really high priced players is risky and often can be foolhardy but we have done worse. Carter has been snake bitten against Anaheim with only one assist in four games this year. If he was to break out against them, Wednesday might be the night.
Marko Dano ($4100) – WHO? That is right. Dano has six points in his last nine games but it is the play-making and creativity I have seen that makes him a fun buy. With the Blue Jackets just playing out the string, he will likely get more and more chances for top six and power play time. The Oilers love to give up goals (23 in their last five games) so why not try the center that is garnering some serious accolades of late. The best part is he is cheap! Everyone loves saving a little money on DraftKings.
Others to Consider: Anze Kopitar ($5700), Antoine Vermette ($3700)
Value: Andrew Cogliano ($2900), James Sheppard ($2800)
Chris Kreider ($4500) – This really is fun but Kreider has the talent to start scoring more consistently. Yes the six shots on goal against Florida was nice but he has to start putting some of these pucks in the net and not just on net. Kreider has at least 25-30 goal potential and he will barely reach 20 this year. Yes it is a growing process but this is a big stage game and the angry left winger has to play with snarl and poise balanced. If he can, expect good things Wednesday night.
Marian Gaborik ($5800) – This is quite risky as we try Gaborik again. Let’s face it. Everything flopped against Arizona on Monday night because Mike Smith stood on his head and only gave up one goal. Hey it happens but the right winger missed several shots and that had to infuriate his owners a great deal. No one likes to spend that much money and not be rewarded. Maybe now at a lower price, Gaborik will rise to the occasion. At least that is the hope.
Others to Consider: Rick Nash ($9000), Jordan Eberle ($8600), Brandon Saad ($5100), Benoit Pouillot ($4300)
Value: Matt Hendrinks ($2900), Rene Bourque ($2800)
Drew Doughty ($6000) – Defense prices are a not all that bad on Wednesday considering. If you are reasonably careful, you can have decent production at reasonable price per point. Doughty should block enough shots and fires enough shots on net where if he just pushes across an assist or goal, he easily exceeds value. With the amount of minutes he will likely log (somewhere around 30), the defenseman will be worth it in your leagues and only $450 above DraftKings average.
James Wisniewski ($4500) – Damn these short slates actually create some values sometimes. Wisniewski is definitely a case of that. With him starting to play on the power play more, that means more chances and the points could come. He has a booming shot, has nice vision, and typically possesses an ability to carry the puck into the zone. Yes he can be a risk defensively but even there he does block some shots. As long as he hits the net, the defenseman is very effective.
Others to Consider: Keith Yandle ($5400), Jake Muzzin ($4600), Hampus Lindholm ($3600)
Value: David Savard ($3000), Marc Staal ($2900), Ryan Murray ($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!