We head into a Saturday slate that has 13 games (trm 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 three weeks get underway. Get in them and make some extra money!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Carey Price ($9500) – It is rare that on a deep slate where I do not like many of the options out there but here we are. Price is the best goalie in the league hands down but even then, This is all about trying to nab the most daily points possible. The Montreal goalie will find a way to get you to the goal. He is the player closest to six daily points per contest which owners are literally cashing three out of every four times when Price is a play.
Cam Talbot ($9100) – We still think this is a bit of a trap but the young goalie has been quite good while Henrik Lundqvist has been out. Yes the Rangers are on the road in Carolina but literally the Hurricanes score so little that this pick may cost a lot but you could get a lot. The best part is the ease of shutout possibility. Expect Talbot to face low to medium shots for this game.
Others to consider: Pekka Rinne ($8700), Cory Schneider ($8300).
John Tavares ($8900) – This will be a tough one for Tavares in the sense that Cory Schneider is starting and that he is a goalie who could definitely curb Tavares points. The play itself is still a must anyway as the captain will get is shots and scoring chances on net. After all, New Jersey gives up over 30 shots per goal on a given night and nearly gave up that many to a Buffalo team on Friday night.
Brandon Pirri ($5700) – Let’s risk it a bit! All this guy does is score goals. No really, if you just look at Pirri’s numbers, he really just scores goals. It just tends to come to him as his eight goals in his last ten games to boot. The player just fires pucks from everywhere and his shoot first mentality. The best part is Boston almost allows these chances far too much which means the center could get 5-6 shots on goal. All he has to do is actually score to exceed value.
Mark Scheifele ($4900) – This is more of a match-up play. Again the Jets often get themselves into these games where lines often exploit other lines and themselves sometimes too. However, with +/- not a worry, the forward gets the nod simply on point potential alone. Washington can give up goals in bunches like Winnipeg can so though this is a big risk, it might just pay off too. Hey we have done worse here after all!
Others I like: Tyler Seguin ($8500), Tomas Plekanec ($5900), Anders Lee ($4600), Aleksander Barkov ($4000).
Value: Matt Cullen ($3000), Marcus Kruger ($2700).
Max Pacioretty ($8900) – This really is the style and pace that Pacioretty loves to play and this time San Jose is in Montreal’s house. The left winger has had a strange couple weeks but nothing cures oddity like a good fantasy night. Now those Sharks might just press a little too much knowing they have to keep winning to have a shot at the playoffs. This sets up well for the forward who often comes up big on Saturday nights. Typically this is his biggest DFS day of the week.
Rick Nash ($8300) – The left winger feasts against teams that give him a ton of ice. Carolina will likely do this out of respect even though he has been more miss than hit of late. Nash’s scoring chances and shots on goal per game are a little bit down and that shot selection has been rather questionable too. He must get back to more productive shots on net. That is why he was on pace for at least 45-50 goals and not what he is doing now.
Marian Hossa ($7000) – 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 Hossa-Toews combination is literally just too easy to pass up. I do not even know why this is much of a debate. Yes you have to spend a little but it is not all that outrageous given the points per game in the last ten contests. Actually the fact Chicago is playing Dallas may make this decision even easier.
Others I like: Jamie Benn ($7800), Kyle Okposo ($5400), Bobby Ryan ($5300), Wayne Simmonds ($5300).
Value: Adam Lowry ($2800), Pierre Bellemare ($2700), Jordin Tootoo ($2500).
Erik Karlsson ($8500) – Defense prices are a little bit funky but hey we keep it rolling here with a guy who loves playing Toronto (7.8 DraftKings points per contest). The Maple Leafs seem to let the Swedish defenseman do whatever the heck he pleases so if you have some room, why not spend the $$$ to acquire him and thank yourselves later. Also with Toronto going full on tank, can you really not have Karlsson in your lineup?
Kris Letang ($5800) – With Pittsburgh facing a team that is far more down on their luck than they are, Letang suddenly comes into play again especially at his price. Yes it could be a bit of a trap price wise but it does not take much to hit value there. Basically average equals said value here. If the Penguins should break out (even New Jersey scored four goals against the Coyotes), this looks like an even more sound investment. You could do much worse at this point.
Torey Krug ($5000) – High event hockey often suits Krug well and this time of year for that matter. He had a goal and assist against Ottawa. Actually Krug could have had more so keep this in mind. Florida often gives up 30+ shots a nice and 15+ scoring chances. With the defenseman on the first unit power play against a Florida penalty kill that can break down, this again is a smart play. Most may pass up the Boston blueliner honestly.
Others I like: Shea Weber/Roman Josi, Justin Faulk ($5200), Johnny Boychuk ($4900), Aaron Ekblad ($3800).
Value: Marc Staal ($3000), Andrew Campbell ($2700), Jon Merrill ($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!