We head into a light slate with just four games. It is time to get down to work because this will be fast.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Marc-Andre Fleury ($9100) – This is our riskiest play of the night actually as Pittsburgh usually disappoints me whenever I play some of their players (yes more than one). Fleury has fared pretty well against Colorado in the past and has three straight wins right now. His .937 save percentage the last ten games has been among the league’s best and though the Avalanche view almost every game as a must win, the Penguins do as well.
John Gibson ($8800) – Well who knows how this will go or if Gibson will even play. This is based simply on Frederik Andersen not playing a back to back after just coming back from injury. So do check back on Twitter with beat writers to make sure Gibson is confirmed. In theory, this should be a low scoring game and literally a game where every inch is fought over. That is the common English translation of it might feel like a playoff game. There is moderate risk here.
Others to consider: Cam Talbot ($8400). — Consider Jimmy Howard as a GPP play.
Sidney Crosby ($9000) – This is a good time to see if Crosby will pounce on a team defense that is weak again. He has six points in this four game point streak and though only one goal, there has been no shortage of scoring chances. We have not seen that dominant three or four point night from #87 in a long while and conditions are at least decent to where it is a slight possibility. Evgeni Malkin is considered your alternative play here. Expect Crosby to fair pretty well.
Henrik Zetterberg ($5800) – Let’s risk more! Zetterberg has been practicing which is a great chance he could return against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The center did struggle to be honest before his head injury but maybe the time away was the best thing that could have happened. Now he comes back and in a game that will be quite a bit of fun. This is a must play if he is a go so take a look at the Red Wings beat around lunchtime for more information.
Others I like: Pavel Datsyuk ($8500), Bryan Little ($5100).
Value: Stephen Weiss ($2500).
Rick Nash ($6400) – This is a pure value trap perhaps but Nash becomes a viable GPP play at this price. The Rangers have 18 road wins on the year and Nash is one of the bigger reasons why. It is worth it to take a shot anyway. The game will have the look of a playoff game and that is an important test for the left winger who came up very small in last season’s playoffs. Five goals in his last nine games makes me toss away the issues from the last week.
Tomas Tatar ($5100) – This is rather reasonable and easy but Tatar has been pretty consistent of late with ten points in his last ten games, including points in his last two. He is a high volume shooter and must be involved early in games. Tatar is also one of those sparks on the power play and the one thing that could derail the Rangers. If you really think about it, the young guns in Detroit are key in games like this more than most realize.
Others I like: Andrew Ladd ($7000), Brendan Gallagher ($6000).
Value: Jiri Sekac ($2800), Dale Weise ($2700).
Kris Letang ($6700) – Defense prices are a bit high in spots but most are pretty modest and reasonable. You know what you are getting in Letang and Colorado tends to allow a lot of chances and can give up three or more goals very easily which should mean opportunities for the Penguins’ number one defenseman. After all, spending only a little over $1100 past the average is not outrageous for potentially a 5+ point DraftKings night. See, that was easy!
Keith Yandle ($5300) – It is a time to go easy here and enjoy the lower price on Yandle while it lasts. While the defenseman was feeling things out for the Rangers, game number two has some higher expectations. Detroit has had their fill of the power play specialist with very mixed results. This may be a night where Yandle’s role expands a bit more. He will likely play 20+ minutes.
Others I like: Dustin Byfuglien ($5600), Paul Martin ($3500).
Value: Simon Despres ($2700), Jan Hejda ($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!