We head into a Monday slate that has seven games, and you have to think my goodness, is this Monday? Yes it is! It is time to dig into this, and with great urgency. This is a high potential scoring night….I mean very high!
Cory Schneider ($8800) – It is rare that on this kind of slate we go with the game that has an over/under of 4.5 but we are anyway. This is the biggest gamble of the season. Schneider has a home save percentage of .936 and a .941 save percentage over his last ten games. New Jersey would love nothing more to put Los Angeles in a deeper hole. Let’s go high risk and ride this anyway because hey it could be worse.
Kari Lehtonen ($8400) – We still think this is a bit of a trap but Lehtonen had shut out Chicago for crying out loud. This is Buffalo and therefore anything can happen but it is a decent way or should be a decent way to score some points. It is a conservative play. Lehtonen is winning games of late and that three points is vital considering. If he stops 24 of 25 and gets you a win, will you take that? The answer is yes!
Others to Consider: Corey Crawford ($9000), Jonathan Quick ($8800)
Tyler Seguin ($9100) – This will be a tough one to stay away from. Seguin against a team with the worst penalty kill and no one that can really match up with the center. How could this go wrong? If the pivot is smart, just start firing away early and often. He has slumped a bit in his last three games but the quality of competition is now tilted in his favor. Start him with reckless abandon and do not hold back!
Jonathan Toews ($6100) – Let’s double down here. Toews is a middle value in an upper-middle class world. When you get right down to it, Toews is a point a game guy riding with Marian Hossa and increasing his point totals which means he can do it when he has to. If Chicago needs the center to score, he does so. If he needs to play more defense, he does it. Carolina could be a trap game but the Blackhawks want to wipe the nasty taste of that Stars game out of their mouths.
Mark Scheifele ($5300) – This is more of a match-up play again. The Jets draw an Oilers team that cares more about looking respectable while losing than playing the game at times. Winnipeg is not exactly the scariest team right now but they should be able to scratch across three or four goals against Edmonton. Now when Bryan Little comes back 100%, will Scheifele still produce at the rate he is now? Go with it!
Others to Consider: Sean Monahan ($6200), Jeff Carter ($5400), Mikko Koivu ($4300)
Values: Mike Richards ($2800), Marcus Kruger ($2600)
Johnny Gaudreau ($5300) – This really is the style and pace that suits Calgary as they play a Colorado team that could provide quite a few chances. Now look Calgary takes a little while to get going sometimes but this first line does not. So you still take a shot at this stack while they are very reasonably priced. Say hello to Jiri Hudler too. This first line has been a great find and yet….okay just push play!
Zach Parise ($8700) – The left winger feasts against teams that give him a ton of ice. Toronto will give you almost whatever portion of the ice you want. The Leafs are also giving up nearly four goals a game over the last three weeks. That makes any top line play a good play whether they be in Toronto or anywhere for that matter. This might be a night where Minnesota even finds power play sanctuary err a goal or two.
Marian Hossa ($7200) – Just keep playing him! Why would you stop? The funny part is Hossa has the potential to be a 11-12% shooter and is still just below 10% even with shooting at a four shot per game clip. Hossa and Toews are a pretty decent price wise duo stack to consider even though Chicago is in Carolina. These are numbers too good to pass up but again there are many options!
Others to Consider: Jamie Benn ($8100), Thomas Vanek ($5000), Mark Stone ($4500)
Values: Adam Lowry ($3000), Antoine Roussel ($3000), Jordin Tootoo ($2800)
Erik Karlsson ($8500) – The defense never rests! Playing San Jose means play anyway! Add in a 79% penalty kill and you get the recipe for a night where Ottawa’s ability to push scoring chances should be immensely useful. The defenseman is too talented not to excel against a Sharks team with too much pressure against them. Yes San Jose plays better on the road but they give up nearly 2.7 goals a game and around three goals a contest in the last month.
Dennis Wideman ($5400) – With nearly three shots a game and three blocked shots a game, that is like a security blanket for DFS owners. With Wideman around a point a game, that translates to just about five DraftKings points a contest. The math is not that hard thankfully. The Flames defenseman is one of two to play with Kris Russell at least while you can. Colorado is a good points match-up.
John Klingberg ($3900) – This is an unusual slate which is why we beefed up the column a bit for targets. Klingberg has been getting his minutes in the last two games and has been a little unlucky. Buffalo may stoke the offensive fire just enough for him to see the box score. You are going to want to take a shot here to free money for other high output players.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5100), Tyson Barrie ($4700), Andy Greene ($3700)
Values: Jordie Benn ($2900), 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!